Mack’s Fishing Camp in the Everglades

Mack’s Fishing Camp in the Everglades

Marshall and Keith Jones run a south Florida landmark that has been in the family for four generations. (St. Petersburg Times)

Twin brothers Marshall and Keith Jones grew up among alligators and snakes at Mack’s Fish Camp, founded by their great-grandfather in 1937. Now the brothers are proprietors of the Florida Everglades fish camp, which some believe should be preserved as a historic site.

The Joneses are what people called “Gladesmen,” folks who depend on the Everglades for sustenance, and their numbers are dwindling. They rent boats, sell bait and take tourists on airboat rides. They both hope their children will choose to stay like they have.

This video by the St Petersburg Times includes interviews with the Jones brothers and snapshots of Florida culture — complete with alligators lurking around the family swimming hole.

The video accompanies a story by Times columnist Jeff Klinkenberg whose “Real Florida” series focuses on Florida culture and people who make the state unique.

CHANNEL: St. Petersburg Times /

Length: 3:21

Video and Editing by Maurice Rivenbark
Story by Jeff Klinkenberg