Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
On January 1, 2004 the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported on the lives and practices of Wiccans in Florida. "Wicca is a specific group within the broader neo-pagan movement, said Heather Morcroft of Orlando, president of the Wicca Religious Cooperative of Florida. She estimated that there are several hundred Wiccans in the Central Florida area and 2,500 to 3,000 pagans, people whose beliefs and practices vary widely, from agnosticism to the worship of ancient Norse gods to the embrace of nature. Thomas said she knows of groups of Wiccans in Polk County, but they tend to be wary of exposure because of fear of misunderstanding or harassment."