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Fort Myers: Still the Center of Southwest Florida

Despite the boom in Naples, Florida, and the fact that Cape Coral is southwest Florida’s largest town, FORT MYERS, “the City of Light” is still the center of Southwest Florida. FORT MYERS, started in the 1840’s when a hurricane forced the … Continue reading

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Tour Of Anna Maria Island Florida

  ANNA MARIA ISLAND was first settled at the start of the twentieth century by Tampa Mayor MADISON POST who named the island for his wife Maria and his sister-in-law Anna. Just as Cuban fishermen were the first visitors to the island at … Continue reading

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Brooksville Preserves Its History Well

BROOKSVILLE, located 50 miles north of Tampa, is a wonderful city of hills, ranging in elevation from 175 to 274 feet. Coupled with its condensed area (2.77 square miles) and its long history of successful planters, growers, and cattlemen, Brooksville … Continue reading

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Visit A Florida Museum This Saturday on Museum Day

This Saturday is the 11th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day and the opportunity for people to go online and get two free tickets to museums that may cost up to $15 dollars a ticket. In Florida there are 97 museums to … Continue reading

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Apalachicola’s Great American Botanist Lived A Wild Life

Dr Alvan W. Chapman was born in Massachusetts in 1809, educated as a physician at Amherst, and came to Quincy, Florida, at the age of 26.  A few years later he moved to the booming, port village of Apalachicola, where … Continue reading

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Pigeon Key Is A Unique Florida Keys Vacation

Three million visitors vacation in the Florida Keys each year, most of them looking for a secluded island with a private beach and unique experiences.  Most of them drive right past or even bike right over Pigeon Key. Four acre … Continue reading

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Florida’s First Controversial Film Is 100 Years Old

The Florida Enchantment (1914, Vitagraph Company), Florida’s first controversial motion picture was distributed across the nation one hundred years ago. Variety announced that “The picture should never have been put out.” Virginia Woolf loved the movie. The film, based upon … Continue reading

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