Paula Benshoff was born in Tampa but has lived in Sarasota since she was a young girl. She began working at Myakka River State Park in 1980 as a Park Ranger, and now 30 years later, holds the position Park Service Specialist. Paula has a deep love and appreciation for Florida’s natural areas and is a strong advocate for land conservation. When she is not working on land management, Paula enjoys collecting oral histories from some of Sarasota’s oldest residents.
Student Interviewer: Kaitlyn Bock
Kaitlyn Bock is originally from Philadelphia but has lived on Florida’s west coast since 2003. Over the years, she has developed a strong attachment to Florida’s natural lands and wildlife. Kaitlyn believes that an understanding of history can deepen our love for the land. By capturing local stories from Sarasota’s residents, Kaitlyn hopes to share the area’s historical knowledge and sense of place with the community.
Posted in: 2010