The Glades are the gateway to the Everglades and the launching point to discover Lake Okeechobee. The area produces more than just the contents of our nation’s produce aisles. The Glades are beautifully scenic and wild, with angles that conjure up “old Florida”. It is rich with history and a worthwhile option to consider as a commercial production destination for scenes requiring agricultural backdrops, birding, wildlife and anything with an angler angle, as well as all the stories that make The Glades an incubator for professional athletes.
Kreamer Island Tree House
For filmmakers seeking a remote destination, it doesn’t get more remote than Kreamer Island. The island is home to a giant treehouse with separate rooms, built as a shelter for those seeking refuge from stormy weather. Should a storm come up in Lake Okeechobee, boaters can wait it out. Also on site are several enormous banyan trees and local wildlife to make an interesting story with zero urban clutter in the skyline and waterway sunsets that are simply spectacular.
Just 25 miles from The Palm Beaches sits Torry Island, a birders paradise and the gateway to Florida’s largest lake. This diamond in the rough is a backdrop for nature shows featuring bald eagles, snail kites, roseate spoonbills, blue winged teals and other feathered residents.
Slim’s Fish Camp is a story in itself, not only as a one-stop shop for a day of fishing but the proprietor, Charles Corbin, operates the only manually-operated swing bridge in the state. Point Chosen Bridge crosses the Rim Canal and is opened by hand crank on demand during daylight hours for boaters that are navigating the edge of Lake Okeechobee.
Host Frank Licari (left) on set in the Glades for On the Town in The Palm Beaches
All these locations and more are featured in The Glades episode of On The Town in The Palm Beaches airing on South Florida PBS. For more information about locations and free permits, visit pbfilm.com.