Author J. Kent Thompson

Special to The Sun

Local author J. Kent Thompson will be speaking at the Wakulla County Historical Society meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Wakulla County Public Library, 4330 Crawfordville Hwy.

His topic will be the History of Florida Fisheries and Conservation Law Enforcement. An emphasis will be the early 1900s and the passage of fishery laws leading to the creation of agencies to enforce them.
Thompson is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.A. in History. After a 37-year career with the Florida Marine Patrol and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission he began to write about his experiences protecting the states natural resources. His books focus on North Florida and its rich history.
He has written about Florida’s fishing history, the “Forgotten Coast” of North Florida, local Tallahassee history and the surrounding areas. He has a seven book fictional series called “Marine Patrol Tales” relating the experiences of a North Florida maritime law enforcement officer.
He has also written a seafood cookbook that includes some of the best recipes an aspiring seafood cook could find. A barbecue pit master, he recently chronicled his journey around the South on a 11 state, 10,000 mile bucket list trip to all the old barbecue pits that still cook food low and slow over wood fires.
His books are available from his publisher at, the Wakulla County Historical Society Museum Gift Shop, and various businesses around the coast. They are available on line from Amazon or Barnes and Nobles. Signed copies of his books will be available after his presentation.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. For more information, please call 850-926-1110.