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About floridatraveler

Historian and travel writer M. C. Bob Leonard makes the Sunshine State his home base. Besides serving as content editor for several textbook publishers and as an Emeritus college professor, he moderates the FHIC at www.floridahistory.org

A 2020 LOOK AT FLORIDA THE NATURAL PLACE

With so many Florida attractions, restaurants, and resorts still closed due to the virus, I want to feature some things that the virus can not drastically change.  And that is Florida – the Natural Place. WE LIED ABOUT THE SUNSHINE … Continue reading

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FLORIDA AND THE SEARCH FOR CONFEDERATE GOLD

With most of Florida’s tourist attractions, top restaurants, and resorts closed or operating on a limited basis, I thought I would contribute a story on one of Florida’s favorite topics: TREASURE.   In this case, it isn’t pirate gold, but Confederate … Continue reading

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ELVIS AND THE COLONEL IN FLORIDA

A recent article that Tom Hanks might play the role of Colonel Tom Parker in a planned new Warner Brothers movie about the life of Elvis Presley attracted my attention.  I don’t know if the screenplay will feature Parker since … Continue reading

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Will The Virus Ruin Walt Disney World’s 50th Birthday Party?

The family entertainment center of the world is completely closed down.  International Drive is more deserted than on the last hurricane attack.  Since 9.8% of Florida workers are in the travel and vacation industry, the economy, particularly in Central Florida, … Continue reading

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Favorite Florida Food Facts 2020 Style

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Favorite Florida Food Facts 2020 Style

One of the important Florida economic institutions that are in limbo during this Coronavirus Pandemic is the restaurant industry. While you can pick up and have delivery of most comfort foods from the large restaurant chains, the stand-alone family restaurants … Continue reading

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Florida Might Be Closed, But I Am Back and Open

I have returned at a strange time.  Most of Florida’s attractions and resorts are closed so to fully benefit from my articles you might have to wait until that sunny day when things return to normalcy. Still, if you enjoy … Continue reading

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Florida’s Little Rivers Pack A Tourist Punch

Florida has 11,000 miles of rivers and most Floridians will remember that the 310-mile St. Johns River flows very slowly northward just a few miles from the Atlantic before reaching the ocean. People recognize the Suwannee River, with its 206 … Continue reading

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Key West Is Still Florida’s Literary Treasure

After reading Jack L. Roberts’ The Writers Compound, a book about four Key West writers, I became curious how many National Register Literary Landmarks were in Florida and I discovered that 33% of Florida’s sites are found in one town … Continue reading

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In Search of Florida’s Conquistadors

The story of European Florida begins with the two voyages of Ponce de Leon to the peninsula of Florida, but despite good records by the explorer, the location of his first landing on the East Coast of Florida can not … Continue reading

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