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The Best Florida Lighthouses To Visit

It’s summer in Florida and its the time the native Floridians really hit the beaches. Popular attractions are some of Florida’s surviving 30 lighthouses which are open to the public, thanks in part to groups like the Florida Lighthouse Associations. … 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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St Pete’s Home Shopping Network Started With 112 Can-Openers

In 1977 Lowell “Bud” Paxson, owner of WWQT 1470 AM Radio in Saint Petersburg had a problem – an advertiser dropped out leaving the station with 112 avocado green-colored can openers. Paxson assigned his top on-air personality Bob Circosta three … Continue reading

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Ride And Drop Bike Riding Comes To Tampa and Orlando

Central Florida has recently joined a popular trend of recreational biking: bike sharing where people rent the use of bikes by the hour or have a monthly membership and pick up the bikes at hub locations thanks to a unique … Continue reading

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Webb’s Candy Factory Has Had The Sweets For Central Florida

A few miles south of I-4 on US27 in Davenport stands Webb’s Candy Shop and Ice Cream. It is a real candy factory, featuring products that tourists were enjoying eighty years ago. The store is actually the result of the … Continue reading

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Uncle Charlie’s Ghost Still Working For Florida’s Oldest Saloon

It is appropriate that the Fernandina Beach’s Palace Saloon, the oldest continuous bar in Florida, should be haunted. It seems most of Florida’s oldest buildings have their ghost stories and guiding tourists on nightly spook walks has become a profitable … Continue reading

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Bill Kitchen Florida’s Thrill-Master Robbed By Three Ninjas

Bill Kitchen, founder of U.S. Thrills of Windermere, Florida, has given millions of people the thrills of their lives with his amusement rides, but two weeks ago he had his own surprise when three men dressed as Ninjas robbed Kitchen … Continue reading

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Florida Folk Festival Serves Up The Best of Sunshine State Culture

Every Memorial Day weekend thousands of people head to the Stephen Folk Center State Park in White Springs, Florida, just off I-75. It’s time for the annual Florida Folk Festival featuring three days of music, dance, folk tales, arts and … Continue reading

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Triton Subs Puts Florida On The Underwater Map

Who cares about powerboats and kayaks when you can cruise the oceans with your own personal submarine. Better yet, place it on your big yacht and cruise the world’s oceans both above and below. TRITON SUBMARINES (http://tritonsubs.com), located at 90015 … Continue reading

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The Redneck Yacht Club – No Boats Allowed

When my father was Sports Editor of the newspaper in Punta Gorda – it was fishing, hunting, and football …. then fishing, hunting, and football. Not anymore. Charlotte County has the Redneck Yacht Club – one of the largest and … Continue reading

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