Once a Local, Always a Local | Kert Rhodes

Growing up in a local community like Palm Harbor is definitely something Kert is grateful for. With him being well traveled, he certainly couldn’t name any place like home than the place he grew up in, Palm Harbor.

During his early years, Kert recalled that there were not any establishments or restaurants around the area. Yes, he’s that old ;).  What he enjoyed and had fun doing is either driving around the orange groves or just being in the Gulf of Mexico with his family. He remembers the first time when a middle school was built and how everyone was equally excited to have a middle school in Palm Harbor.  Having a school so close to home was definitely something all of the school aged kids were excited about.

During this podcast episode, Kert also talked about his joy for being so close to the Gulf of Mexico.  When Kert is not working or playing golf you can find him on his boat enjoying a good time with his friends and family. The Gulf of Mexico is something that attracts many residents but Palm Harbor also has much more to offer like golf, local parks, and local businesses.

At the end of our conversation, Kert describes how much Palm Harbor has changed over the last 40 to 50 years. While there are a lot of improvements and smart technology made in the area, Kert still misses the old, simpler ways of Palm Harbor but then appreciates how things are moving forward for the locals. He even highlighted his great appreciation for the county’s support for local businesses which is a big factor in why they are thriving right now.

Listen to the full episode below!

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