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Placida, a slice of old Florida

The Hatch Gallery is filled with artist Jon Hatch’s quirky driftwood creatures and colorful signs.


The Hatch Gallery is filled with artist Jon Hatch’s quirky driftwood creatures and colorful signs.

PLACIDA, Fla. — Don’t blink or you’ll miss the turnoff for this tucked-away slice of old Florida east of Port Charlotte. The once-thriving fishing village, situated along Placida Harbor and on the way to Boca Grande, contains a cluster of cottages housing gift shops, galleries, a fish market, and the longtime landmark The Fishery Restaurant (13000 Fishery Road, 941-697-2451, overlooking a mangrove-lined inlet. For floor-to-ceiling tropical art, visit Margaret Albritton Gallery (13020 Fishery Road, 941-698-0603,, which carries colorful paintings by Albritton and her husband, Gary, along with every beach-themed tchotchke one can imagine. Albritton also organizes twice-monthly outdoor art markets featuring regional artists and artisans from fall to spring. Across the dirt road you’ll find The Hatch Gallery (pictured above, at 3060 Fishery Road, 941-697-9531, filled with artist Jon Hatch’s quirky driftwood creatures, rustic colorful signs, and nautical designs.

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