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Seven Women Who Changed Florida History

One hundred years ago Florida was the only state in the South with less than one million residents, but things would soon change in every aspect of society in Florida.  Many people played major roles in Florida history – here … Continue reading

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The Story of Florida Starts With Two Myths

The first thing any Florida school child learns about their home state is probably:  While searching for the Fountain of Youth, Ponce de Leon discovered Florida. That’s not just a myth.  It is a Double Myth!  Here is the real … Continue reading

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Pass-a-Grille: The Original Tampa Bay Beach Town

PASS-A-GRILLE BEACH, the Southernmost of Pinellas County’s barrier beaches, was the first beach community on the Gulf of Mexico to develop as a weekend residential spot for successful Tampa and St. Petersburg residents. Originally, home to fishermen, homesteaders, and lumber men like Zephaniah Phillips, the island … Continue reading

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Florida’s Pirate Legacy: Myth or Reality?

Being next to the Great Spanish Gold Fleet routes and the tropical waters of the Caribbean, Floridians love their stories of pirates and buried treasure as much as any region of the United States.  No less than 17 cities celebrate … Continue reading

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Florida’s Military Museums Honor Our Veterans and More

There are 1.5 million Floridians who served in the United States Armed Forces so it is not surprised that there are dozens of memorial gardens and local museums to honor the military past and present.  My father met my mother … Continue reading

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Craft Brewing Is Big Business In Florida

The craft beer industry has boomed in Florida in the last years, even in the Panhandle. Vicente Martinez Ybor not only brought the cigar industry to Tampa (Ybor City) in 1885. he constructed Florida’s first brewing company (1897), the Florida … Continue reading

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Florida’s Unique and Unusual Islands Are Worth A Visit

I love visiting islands. Florida has 4,510 islands over ten acres – some are even man-made creations.  My favorites are those that were once inhabited by man and became deserted for reasons logical and sometimes even mysterious. If you live … Continue reading

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