Crystal River or Withlacoochee River are good access areas, and the Cross Florida Barge Canal
has good boat ramps under the bridge for anglers to launch.
From run-ins with entrenched Panhandle political interests during his time in the Florida Legislature to conflict faced while trying to kill the Cross Florida Barge Canal
as a member of Congress, MacKay's stories are a treat for those interested in learning how dramatically a political landscape can change during the course of one politician's career.
In 2009, he published the award winning Ditch of Dreams, about the ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal
and is currently working on two books- one on the disability rights movement of the 1970s, and the other on Florida environmental policy and the politics of removing the Rodman Dam on the Ocklawaha River.
Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor have always had these hidden treasures, as has the vast stretch of coastline roughly from Anclote Key to the Cross Florida Barge Canal
off Crystal River.