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The Perfect Trip To Boost Christmas Spirit: Bok Tower and Gardens

The Christmas season can be a time of nervous energy and open tension.  It is a time when if you live in Florida, you may get a lot of visitors, both families and friends. It is also a time when … Continue reading

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Best Florida Sporting Events of Winter 2019

This is the time of time where people are looking at future calendars for vacation plans, trips around Florida, and events they want to attend.  As a sports editor, my father took paid close attention when major “must-see” events were … Continue reading

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Florida’s Waterside Entertainment Malls Are A Tourist Plus

A lot of Florida cities take advantage of both the climate and the location on the water of the ocean or a bay.   The creation of waterside entertainment centers give locals and visitors the option to dine, to shop, to … Continue reading

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My Favorite Florida Holiday Events and Celebrations

The Christmas holiday season is already opening in Florida at the same time the snowbirds and robins are arriving in the state.  Some of the events are very commercial while others are delightful and many have become traditional. Here are … Continue reading

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Florida’s Favorite Foods: Worth A Visit

When people like of Florida, they probably think of oranges and seafood. Our OJ is mainly produced for juice as opposed to California’s whole oranges, but our 1,350 miles of coastline means the Sunshine State is “swimming” in saltwater gourmet.  … Continue reading

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Florida “Under The Sea” Is A Vacation Experience

Underwater Vehicles in Florida Due to the sensitivity and depth of Florida’s reefs and poor visibility in most coastal area, Florida does not have the underwater submarine tours found in the Hawaiian Islands and in Catalina Island, California. Florida is … Continue reading

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Florida’s Often Undervalued Gem: Charlotte Harbor

Recently I attended a convention in Punta Gorda, the town where my family first moved to Florida in the 1960’s. The waterfront devastated by category 4 Hurricane Charley in August of 2004 has not only been rebuilt, it has been … Continue reading

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