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Cathy Salustri

About Cathy

Cathy Salustri, author of Backroads of Paradise (2016, UPF), writes about Florida in all its glorious iterations. She has a master's degree in Florida Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and is the arts and entertainment editor at Creative Loafing Tampa and lives in Gulfport, Florida, with her fiancé, hound dogs, cats and a crawfish. Read more about Cathy and her adventures at and

Special Interests

Cathy knows a lot about:

  • Florida backroads and travel
  • Florida history and culture
  • Florida outdoors and wilderness

Cathy's Special Recommendations

"When you visit Florida, get to know the locals. Ask them for advice, and you'll see a whole different side of Florida."

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