Palatka, Florida - The Bass Capital of the World

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC BK3064647

Palatka, Florida? Where the heck is Palatka, Florida? Let me say first of all, I am a Realtor but not in Palatka. My home and business is located in Brevard County, Florida. Thta is Florida's Space Coast, Cocoa Beach, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral.... you know the general area. Only about 45 miles from Orlando......Mickey's hometown! OK, why write about Palatka?

Its my hometown. It is where I am headed for the weekend.  A great little town with about 10,000 or so residents. It is located in Putnam County. Some folks know it as "The Bass Capital of the World." Located about 50 miles south of Jacksonville, about an hour from Daytona, 30 miles from the oldest city St. Augustine,, Palatka is central to a lot of places. Lest I forget, it is about 40 miles east of Gainesville, home to the University of Florida (Go Gators).

Palatka is still a small town. Downtown you find a sleepy little main street, St John's Ave), a city dock at he St John's River, the County Courthouse in the center of town. Lots of murals painted throughout the area, even one as a tribute to the connection between the Reverend Billy Graham and the town. Palatka is the kind of town where you will either know everyone or at least feel as if you know them!

The major employers in the area include Georgia Pacific Paper Company and Seminole Electric Company. With easy access to the "big cities" such as Jacksonville, there are lots of folks who commute daily for their job. There are several other cities in the 80,000 population Putnam County including Crescent City to the south, Interlachen to the west, East Palatka to the ..... east, I guess.

If you don't know by now, I enjoy going "home" for a visit. I don't sell real estate in Palatka but I do know folks who do! Call me, if you need more information. And, slow down your pace a little, visit Palatka!


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Gary L. Waters, is a Florida licensed real estate broker at  Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Melbourne, Florida serving Florida's Space Coast including the cities and surrounding communities of Melbourne, Viera, Rockledge, Suntree, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach.

 Call or text me directly at 321-693-3850.



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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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Hi, Gary - commenting on this "Old Blog", which I stumbled across while researching Bass Fishing!

      My Dad moved to Palatka in 1963; he practiced Dentistry.  He died in 1979, the Amphitheater at the river is named for him (Frederick L. Griffin / Rotary Club Memorial Amphitheater).

      As a kid, I came to Palatka at Christmas and for the summer for "Visitation" with Dad.   I moved there for my Senior year in High School (Palatka South, Class of 1974).   Our house (still owned by my stepmother) is on Moritani Point in East Palatka.

     I believe that you are a year older than I am (I was born in August 1956), so we may not have crossed paths back in the day.

     The only Realtor I knew in Palatka was the late Graf Reid (my brother David is married to Graf's sister, Dominique). 


Feb 21, 2013 10:47 PM #1
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
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Fred - Old Palatka...graduated from South in 1973. They are having a 1970-1977 reunion weekend thing in April centered on the Riverfront area. Hope to see some old friends!

Graf Reid was one one of my best friends in school although we did not associate much in off school hours. He lived in"Country Club" and I lived at the other end of Edgmoore Street!  Graf's dad was an optometrist I think.

I remember Dr. Griffin as well although my dentist was Dr. Todd!

I was in P-town last weekend to play in a fundraiser tournament fro the PHS Cheerleaders at the only golf course in Palatka.  I have thought about moving back but not much real estate business there!

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