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PONCE DE LEON DID NOT DISCOVER FLORIDA: THE MAN AND THE MYTHS

One of the first things people learn about Florida is that it was discover in 1513 by Ponce de Leon in his search for the Fountain of Youth.  As a historian, I can tell you these are both myths. Ponce … Continue reading

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FLORIDA’S FABULOUS VICTORIAN HOTELS: OPEN OR NOT

The history of Florida Is much longer than its attraction as a major winter destination. Prior to the post-Civil War Era, visitors had to enter Florida by coastal steamboat and outside of some mid-size hotels in Saint Augustine, there were … Continue reading

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FLORIDA: A STATE WITH A LOT OF NAMES

Nothing tells you more about the history and the people of a state than its names, but Florida, the third most populated American state is a mystery to so many of its residents.  Half of our population came from elsewhere, … Continue reading

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DOWNTOWN MIAMI IS BECOMING CRAZY COOL

When I was a student decades ago at the University of Miami (the U), I rarely went into downtown Miami.  There was a neat jazz club on the Miami River by the main bridge, but young people went to Miami … Continue reading

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The Dumbest Things People Say About Hurricanes

While September has been the worst big hurricane season, we can get one here in Florida in early July.

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The Dumbest Things People Say About Hurricanes

Well, hurricane season came early this year to Florida.  As I sit in my home office gathering information to see how close Elsa comes to Tampa Bay, I have a lot of images of past storms flash into my mind. … Continue reading

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Florida’s Best Beach Campgrounds and Recreational Stops

Florida is warming up with the Spring and late Spring months great times for camping and RVing if you have the equipment, but even if you do not, full facility State Parks have kayaks and canoes, nature trails, and some … Continue reading

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THE LAKESIDE TOWN WITH THE LIGHTHOUSE: MOUNT DORA

When growing up in Massachusetts, my family had a summer rooming-house in a fishing village.  Next door was the town toy and gift shop run by a lady named Mrs. Gassett. I got a job as a kid of putting … Continue reading

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DISNEY WITHOUT KIDS: ROMANTIC CHOICES IN A PANDEMIC WORLD

With Walt Disney World operating at a limited capacity and some restaurants and resort not open, it might seem premature to write an article on this topic, but I suspect that as Disney slowly opens options in 2021, more people … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Weekend Florida Vacation Spot

When people schedule their Gulf Coast Florida vacations, very few consider Punta Gorda as a town to stop.  The nearest beach is over thirty-minutes away.  There are no famous historical landmarks.  But they may be making a mistake. PUNTA GORDA, … Continue reading

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