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Who is Lucy Beebe Tobias?

Lucy Tobias

Lucy Tobias served as Authentic Florida expert for VISIT FLORIDA for two years.


Background: Award-winning reporter, environmental writer, and photographer Lucy Beebe Tobias retired after 23 years with New York Times regional newspapers in Florida to pursue adventures in both wild and great places yearning to be discovered in Florida.

Lucy was part of a team chosen by Audubon of Florida to do a campaign called 53 Parks in 53 Days to highlight all the parks DEP had proposed for closure, and in October 2011 received a Volunteer of the Year award from Audubon of Florida for this work.

Her first book “50 Great Walks in Florida” published by University Press of Florida in 2008, was selected to be part of their Wild Florida series. It takes you on short but significant jaunts to fascinating places all over the state. Want to know more? Invite Lucy for a fun talk and book signing to your group. The pictures are fabulous. And let’s take a walk! “50 Great Walks in Florida” is listed on UPF’s bestselling back list.

In 2011 her book “Florida Gardens Gone Wild” debuted as both a print and e book available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and her website.

Lucy is both the writer and illustrator of her first children’s book “Mary Margaret Manatee: the adventures of a young Florida manatee”

Lucy served up videos, blogs and stories about real Florida as Authentic Florida Expert for two years at 

She writes online about outdoor adventures for Visit Sarasota County 

and in print for Florida Gardening Magazine, Ocala Star Banner, Pet Gazette and other publications

She continues unique travel, gardening and environment adventures at You can sign up for her Saturday Morning magazine (free) that comes in your e mail once a month – things to do around Florida. To subscribe, go to

Her stand alone e book, published December 2012 is “10 Florida Great Walks Around Gainesville and Ocala” and is available on Kindle.

She is available for book signings and energetic Powerpoint presentations about any her books or the process of getting published in the digital age.

Her motto is: “Off the couch and out the door into undiscovered Florida, and take your dog with you!”

At the end of the day, it is all about going native and embracing this amazing space called Florida.

Obi and Lucy

Obi, a Welsh Corgi from Sunshine Corgi Rescue, and I have been together for 8 years. We love to travel and write about it! Photo by Joan Lyon


She is a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, and a volunteer with the Mote Marine Turtle Patrol plus Sunshine Corgi Rescue and a member of ABC Books 4 Children and Adults.
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