1962. East of the Pines was a community called “Talisman”. Talisman was considered the most chic and exclusive of the F.I. resorts. It was a private club with accommodation’s for only 50. The chef and kitchen staff were french. Cabanas, a half dozen houses and a clubhouse all built and decorated in neo-japanese style made up the community. One home with a private pool, and a large pool at the clubhouse were used as swimming in the ocean was not considered by this elegant group. The Talisman clientele were drawn mostly from international cafe society, and the french language was most often heard. The management would display the national flag of it’s guests on the boat dock. Members came over by private water taxi or seaplane as there was no public ferry. String bikinis abounded as the women lounged while chatting on plugged in telephones with friend in London, Paris, and Rome. In the takeover by the F.I. National Seashore in 1963, this community fell by the wayside, and what was left deteriorated, and was used by the rangers for housing.
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