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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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How Safe Are Florida’s Greatest Historic Sites?

The recent destruction of much of Notre Dame in Paris brought a lot of questions from my college students since they know my long-time involvement in historic preservation. The restoration and rebuilding of historic structures is guided by the 3-M … Continue reading

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The Best Alternative Beaches In Florida: Not Here, But Try There

Famed Yankee catcher Yogi Berra once said that “no one goes to that (place), it’s too crowded.” That is the problem of many of Florida’s top beaches – if you don’t get there early, you might not get a decent … Continue reading

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Budget Guide To Dining Outdoors at Walt Disney World

March and early April are the best months to visit Walt Disney World due to reasonably mild temperatures, the lowest humidity of the year, and a low probably that your expensive day will be ruined by heavy rains. The parks … Continue reading

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Small Town Florida At Its Best: Dade City

Last week I took my annual trip up to Dade City.  The more I visit Florida’s small towns, the more I realize how much of Florida’s personality an charm is lost of tourists who jam into the booming coastal resorts … Continue reading

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