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A Few Important People`

Florida Panhandle (Pensacola)
North Florida / Jacksonville
North Gulf Coast / state capitol Tallahassee
Central Gulf Coast / Tampa Bay area
South Gulf Coast & The Florida Keys
Palm Coast - Treasure Coast
Central Florida & Orlando / Disney World
Florida Heartlands

Florida's Gold Coast
Dade County (Miami) area
Palm Beach area

Smaller Counties & Towns
Railroads of Florida
Indian Country of Florida
Historical Weather

Reading Material & Other Media

flag of the State of Florida      Florida state quarter of 2001      the Great Seal of Florida

Official Government Links & Info
Florida covers 65,755 square miles {170,304 km²}; the highest elevation is 345 feet {105 meters}.
Florida was admitted to the Union on 3 March 1845 {the 27th state}; seceded from the Union on 10 January 1861; rejoined the Union on 25 June 1868.
The popular name is 'The Sunshine State'; state motto 'In God We Trust'.
The state flower is the Orange Blossom; the state tree is the Cabbage Palmetto or Sabal Palm.
State animals are the Alligator & the Florida Panther; the state bird is the Mockingbird.
Official state anthem is "Where The Sawgrass Meets The Sky"; state song is "Old Folks At Home" by Stephen Foster

The Official Portal of the State of Florida
Florida State Lottery [est. 1986]
Florida Office of Film & Entertainment

State of Florida Page of Shame
Working Minds Philosophy Essay #105 [July 2013]: No Justice in Florida

state's 2013 promotion of its 500-year existence, which continues ...

Statewide Links
State of Florida entry at Wikipedia
browse travel books about Florida at Amazon
G.O.P. / B.P. Megaspill 2010 Page at Spirit of America Bookstore
Florida Assn. of Museums
www.FarmerAndRancher.com = FL paper
www.DurangoSteakhouse.com = Durango Oak Fire Steakhouse - 6 in FL
Florida Cattlemen's Association [est. 1934] based in Kissimmee, Florida
Florida State Fair [since 1904; Feb 2014 = #109] in Tampa, Florida
Beer Industry of Florida, Inc. [est. 1945] trade association based in Tallahassee, Florida
Florida Clean Water Network [est. 1994] in Navarre, Florida
The Everglades Trust [est. 1994] - buy the land and save our water
The Everglades Foundation [est. 1995] is based in Miami
Enterprise Florida, Inc. economic dev't group [est. 1996] based on Orlando, Florida

League of Conservation Voters [est. 1969] headquartered in Washington, DC - Florida Branch (Florida Conservation Alliance) is based in Dania Beach in Broward County

A Few Important People
Governor Richard Lynn 'Rick' Scott [since 2011; GOP] {also known as 'Sick Rick' Scott}
Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll [since 2011; GOP]
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson [Congress 1979-90; Senate since 2001; Dem]
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio [since 2011; GOP]

"It's the best job in [journalism], chasing crooks in Florida, because the well never runs dry."  — Carl Hiaasen



comedic crime writer Tim Dorsey of Tampa, Florida
browse booksauthor's websiteWikipedia

author Marjory Stoneman Douglas [1890-1998]

the Fanjul family of Palm Beach, Florida
they control one-third of the nation's raw sugar

Afro-American actor Stepin Fetchit [1902-85] was born in Key West, Florida

Henry M. Flagler [1830-1913] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961] lived in Key West, Florida
Ernest Hemingway Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

author Carl Hiassen lives in Florida

Afro-American author Zora Neale Hurston [1891-1960] lived in Florida at various times

John D. MacDonald's 'Travis McGee' mysteries are based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Trayvon Martin [1995-2012]
entry at Wikipedia'Justice For Trayvon' memorial site on Facebook

Suspicion Nation / the Trayvon Martin Injustice book by Lisa Bloom  "Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of The Trayvon Martin Injustice
and Why We Continue To Repeat It" [2014] by Lisa Bloom

Kindle Edition from Counterpoint [2/2014] for $11.99
Counterpoint 9x6¼ hardcover [2/2014] for $19.26

Seminole Indian leader Osceola [1804-1838]

Henry Plant

author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings [1896-1953]

Tennessee Williams [1911-83] lived in New York City, New Orleans, Italy, and Key West, Florida

Florida Panhandle (Pensacola)
includes Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington Counties
Edison Festival of Light [Feb 2009 = #71] in Fort Myers, Florida
White Sands Treatment Center - drug & alcohol rehab, 1820 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers, Florida
The Levin Papantonio Law Firm [est. 1955] of Pensacola, Florida
The Independent News [paper & online since 1999] in Pensacola, Florida
Silver Screen Theatre [est. 1982] 4plex, 7280 Plantation Road in Pensacola, Florida

North Gulf Coast of Florida
includes Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon (Tallahassee), Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla Counties

state capitol Tallahassee, Florida
www.TalGov.com = city
TalTran city bus
Capital Stadium
FAMU Bragg Stadium
North Florida Fairgrounds
Tallahassee Mall
www.FloridaAttractions.com? = assn
www.MidtownMerchants.com? = assn
www.TallahasseeFilms.com = film society
www.TACM.org = Tallahassee Automobile Museum
www.seeTallahassee.com = CVB
www.AndrewsDowntown.com [est. 1972] 228 South Adamo Street = Andrew's Capital Grill & Bar + Andrew's 228 Restaurant
www.TallahasseeMagazine.com = Tallahassee Magazine
www.GoodwoodMuseum.org + Gardens + Café
www.DowntownMarket.com Saturdays 8am-2pm from March to November
www.TheBrogan.org museum
www.TallahasseeMuseum.org = Tallahassee Museum
Capitol Inn Motel outside Tallahassee, Florida
bbq drive-in
House of Books on Monroe
legit theater www.TLCC.org or www.TLCCC.org
www.TSOlive.org = symphony
www.SevenDaysFestival.org [Feb]
www.FSU.edu/~circus = Flying High {student} Circus
www.NorthFloridaFair.com [Nov]
www.GovernorsSquare.com = mall
Market Square Mall Albert's Provence French rtt
Tallahassee Community College
newspaper Tallahassee Democrat Cafe Cabernet {voted best} 1019 No. Monroe Street
www.SeminoleGolfCourse.com = Golf & Country Club
Paradise Grill & Bar, 1406 No. Meridian Road
Cool Grindz Coffee Lounge, 1700 Monroe Street
www.crispers.com = rtt
Spotlight Grill at www.TLCCC.org
www.PVchocolates.com = Mon Pere et Moi cafe & chocolaterie
Cypress Restaurant, 320 E. Tennessee Street
www.ChezPierre.com 1215 Thomasville Road
www.JasmineCafe.com, 109 E. College Avenue
Georgio's Fine Food & Spirits [est. 1969] & Torrey's Grill, 2971 Apalachee parkway
www.SonnysBBQ.com = Sonny's BBQ chain? 3 locations
www.poboys.com 2 locations
Marie Livingston's Steak House {voted best} on North Monroe mat I-10
Lucy Ho's authentic asian cuisine = 2 locations
symbol for airport  Tallahassee Regional Airport

Pebble Hill Plantation www.PebbleHill.com
1884 Paxton House Museum & Inn

Boss Oyster
Caroline's Dining On The River

Blue Crab Festival [May] in Panacea
Watermelon Festival [June] in Monticello
www.BradfordvilleBlues.com = nightclub
www.StGeorgeIslandFLA.com + Finn's Bayside Grill

Historic Havana
www.NicholsonFarmhouse.com rtt

North Florida
includes Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval (Jacksonville), Nassau, St. Johns (St. Augustine), Suwanee, and Union Counties
Natural North Florida
North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce

St. John's River Keeper [est. 1999] is based in Jacksonville, Florida          Cleaner Georgia-Pacific Project anti-pollution website

Jacksonville, Florida
http://www.jacksonville.com/ Florida Times-Union newspaper
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance [March 2013 = #19] near Jacksonville, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida [est. 1565]
City of St. Augustine, Florida
Robert Torchia's 2001 book "The Lost Colony")
St Augustine www.visitOldCity.com

Central Florida
includes Alachua, Gilchrist, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, and Sumter Counties
http://www.aboutlakeweir.com/ in Marion County, Florida
Statewide Ranch Rodeo Competition and Cowboy Heritage Festival [Sept 2013 = #6] at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida
www.PigRascalBBQ.com in Ocala
Gator Joe's Beach Bar and Grill in Ocklawaha, Florida
Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 SE 138th Terrace in Weirsdale, FL 32195

Seal of the City of Orlando, Florida      unofficial logo for Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida / Disney World
Orlando = www.OCCC.net + www.OCCC.org
Johnson's Soul Food Diner in Orlando
Bungalower: Covering News in Orlando's Bungalow Neighborhoods [est. 2013]
James E. Strates Carnival [est. 1923] based in Orlando, Florida: Wikipediaofficial website

Toothsome Chocolate Factory [opening 2016?] at Universal Studios Orlando
with 19th century-inspired steampunk decor & employee uniforms

SeaWorld theme park [est. 1973] in Orlando, Florida

Don Garlits' Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida
Big Rascal Open Pit Bar-B-Q & Grille in Ocala, Florida

logo for Lake County, Florida
Lake County, Florida [est. 1887]

Mount Dora, Florida [settled 1848, renamed 1883, incorp. 1910]
official websiteentry at Wikipedia
the preserved Atlantic Coast Line Depot houses the Chamber of Commerce
an old Seaboard passenger car served as the ticket office for Mount Dora & Lake Eustis RR, circa 2007

Tavares, Florida [est. 1880] "America's Seaplane City!" ZIP 32778
official websiteentry at Wikipedia
Tavares, Florida Online Visitor's Information Center
Tavares [FL} Chamber of Commerce
Tavares, Eustis & Gulf Railroad [est. 10/2011] 'Orange Blossom Cannonball', 305 E. Ruby Street in Tavares
Rifles, Rails & History Living History Encampment [Sept 2015 = #2] at Wooten Park, Tavares, Florida

Florida Heartlands
includes DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Okeechobee, and Polk Counties
Sebring International Raceway [est. 1950] in central Florida
Circus World theme park [1974-86] in Polk County, Florida

Palm Coast / Treasure Coast
includes Brevard, Flagler, Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie, and Volusia Counties
http://www.news-journalonline.com/ of Daytona Beach
The Kennedy Space Center
Marineland in Flagler Beach, FL = http://www.marineland.net/
http://www.cityofflaglerbeach.com/ [incorp. 1925]
http://www.hitulipcafe.com/ in Flagler Beach
http://www.flaglerfishcompany.com/ in Flagler Beach
Woody's Bar-B-Q, at Route 100 Exit of the I-95 in Flagler County, Florida

Central Gulf Coast
includes Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Levy, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas (Clearwater), and Sarasota Counties
The Gasparilla Inn & Club [est. 1913], 500 Palm Avenue on Boca Grande Island, Florida
Coastal Computer Solutions [est.2003], 140 Island Way in Clearwater, Florida
Coral Creek Airport & Boca Grande Jet Center, 11901 Gasparilla Road in Placida, Florida
Manatee Chamber of Commerce in Manatee County, Florida

Tampa Bay / Sarasota / St. Petersburg, Florida area
Sarasota County [FL] Film & Entertainment Office
Harrington House Beachfront B&B in Holmes Beach (Sarasota area), Florida
Sarasota County [FL] Film & Entertainment Office
Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota
(circus) www.Ringling.org + Circus Museum
John & Mable Ringling Museums, 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota, Florida
www.SalvadorDaliMuseum.org in StPete
H & R Trains in Pinellas Park, Florida
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Gulf_Coast_Railroad_Museum in Bradenton
Kevin Dittmar Body Repair, 1717 Busch Blvd. in Tampa, Florida specializes in restoring antique, classic & vintage cars
Tampa (Florida) Tribune newspaper's Tampa Bay Online website
Florida State Fair [since 1904; Feb 2014 = #109] in Tampa, Florida
Sierra Scale Model Supplies [est. 2003] based in Tampa, Florida
TECO Line Streetcar System [launched 2002] operating daily in Tampa, Florida
TravelVideoStore.com 'the largest online travel video store in the world' [est. 2003] in Tampa, Florida
'MaRGarita Bay' Regional Gathering of Tampa Bay Mensa [May 2016] in Tampa, Florida

South Gulf Coast
includes Charlotte, Collier, Lee, and Monroe Counties and the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys
In 1912, when Flagler built his Over-Sea Railroad to the Florida Keys, Key West was
the state's largest city, a bustling deep-water port.
G.E. Nordell's Florida East Coast Railway [est. 1885] Page
Florida Keys Tourism Council
The Eden House Hotel [est. 1924; new mgt 1975] in Key West, Florida
Dry Tortugas National Park, offshore from Key West, Florida

Florida Keys / History of the Pioneers book by John Viele  "The Florida Keys: A History of The Pioneers" [1996] by John Viele
Pineapple Press hardcover [3/96] out of print/many used
Key West, Florida
www.KeyWest.com or www.FL-keys.com
Key West Museum of Art & History

Casa Marina Waldorf Astoria Resort [est. 1920] in Key West, Florida
'conceived' by Henry Flagler [1830-1913], not built until 1920; includes Jazz Age-decor Flagler’s Seafood, Steaks & Chops restaurant
The Reach Waldorf Astoria Resort, next door to Casa Marina in Key West, Florida
Key West [Florida] Indie Fest [Easter Weekend]
Hemingway Days Festival [July 2012 = #32] in Key West, Florida

Florida's Gold Coast
includes Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties

Palm Beach, Florida area
The 'Treasure Coast' area north of Miami-Dade consists of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach Counties
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers - based in Stuart, Florida
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/ + http://www.palmbeachpost.com/ = Cox Media Group
Sam Rubin's Restaurant eMarketing East [est. 1997] in Boca Raton, Florida

"Art Deco of The Palm Beaches (Florida)" [May 2007] by Sharon Koskoff

Dade County (Miami) area
The 'Gold Coast' area of Florida consists of the cities Miami and Fort Lauderdale and Broward and Dade Counties
Miami incorp 7/28/1896
www.pelicanhotel.com in Miami Beach
Moviemaker Magazine 25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee Spring 2011  Fort Lauderdale Intl. Film Festival [Nov 2011 = #26] in Florida
Gold Coast Railroad Museum [est. 1957] in Miami, Florida
2011 New World Symphony Center [est. 1987] in Miami Beach, Florida: official websiteWikipedia
University of Miami
The Henry Mancini Institute [est. 1997] moved to University of Miami in 2009
Miami [Florida] Latino Film Festival [April 2003 = #6]
The Miami International Film Festival announced the lineup for its 29th annual event
American Black Film Festival [June 2016 = #20] in South Beach Miami, Florida
Broadway Tour: Broadway shows in Miami, Florida
Miami International Boat Show® [Feb 2016 = #75] at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin
Concrete Beach Brewery, 325 NW 24th Street in the Wynwood District of Miami, Florida
BikiniLuxe [est. 12/2013] of Miami is the third largest swimwear retailer online

Smaller Towns of Florida, A to Z
Haley's 50s-style Motel on Anna Maria Island, Florida
Bar-B-Q Bill's Restaurant in Chiefland, FL
www.BiltmoreHotel.com = Coral Gables [built 1926]
Dixie County [FL] Chamber of Commerce
Fanning Springs [FL] Chamber of Commerce
Huckleberry's BBQ in Fanning Springs, FL
Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant in Ft. Pierce, Florida
gainesville.fl.us + cityofgainesville.org
Latina Women’s League [est. 2005] based in Gainesville, Florida
Hamilton County [FL] Tourist Devt. Council
www.hollywoodchamber.org/ = Hwd Florida
F.J.S. International Film & Digital Cinema Marketplace in Hollywood, Florida
Marineland of Florida [opened 1938]
Byrd's Western Store [since 1971] in Melbourne, Florida
City of Perry - Taylor County [FL] Chamber of Commerce
Chaparral Inn & Steakhouse in Perry, Florida
Fantasy of Flight Air Museum [est. 1985, moved 1992] in Polk, Florida
Suwannee County [FL] Chamber of Commerce
Town of White Springs, Florida
Florida Folk Festival [May 2010 = #58] in White Springs, Florida

not sure what city/section these links belong in
Big Olaf Creamery of Florida FL = Big Rascal's BBQ FL = vivaBroward.com www.PitSurfShop.com + SA/surf www.BGIvb.com www.FountainOfYouthFlorida.com Pure Country Western Wear in Bradenton Serenity Espresso House in Englewood FL www.FLMNH.UFL.edu = Florida Museum of Natural History [est. 1917] www.UFL.edu www.FantasyOfFlight.com + SA/flight? Castillo de San Marcos FL? = www.TimesRecordNews.com www.OldestHouse.org www.conch-house.com www.OldCityHouse.com = B&B www.CrackerStyleLogHomes.com www.HavanaFlorida.com Havana Herald weekly [est. 1947] www.MillstoneFarms.com = B&B www.LittleRiverGS.com www.SurfAndSands.com www.arvilla.com www.MalynResort.com www.TheVagabondResort.com www.StandardHotel.com formerly Lido Spa www.VistamarVilla.com http://www.celebrationhotel.com/ FL http://www.grandbohemianhotel.com/ FL http://www.sundyhouse.com/ FL FL = www.hernandoliving.com http://www.palmbeachpast.org/ http://www.sun-sentinel.com/ Fort Lauderdale, FL http://www.southflorida.com/ orlandosentinel.com www.westpalmbeach.com/ http://www.frrm.org/ Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, FL {between Tampa & Sarasota} http://www.orangeblossomcannonball.com/ in Tavares, Florida http://www.semgulf.com/ Seminole Gulf Railway Murder Mystery Dinner Train in Ft. Myers, Florida http://www.getcruising.com/rails/museum.html FLORIDA RAILS ONLINE MUSEUM http://www.allaboardflorida.com/ bringing intercity passenger rail to Florida! http://www.hammockbeach.com/ in Palm Coast, FL

Railroads of Florida
listing of surviving steam locomotives in Florida
list of Florida railroads entry at Wikipedia
TrainWeb / Tourist Railways / Florida website got hacked {2017}

Florida Railroad Museum [est. 1981] in Parrish, Florida (south of Tampa Bay)
official websiteentry at Wikipedia
Porter 1919 B.E.D.T (1922-1963) 0-6-0T steam locomotive #12 - private owner doanted in 1982
Frisco 0-6-0 steam locomotive #3749 from Orlando restaurant donated in 2012
Pullman 1926 sleeper-lounge-observation car 'Monte Rosa' from Orlando restaurant donated in 2012
(built 1926; sold to Central of Georgia circa 1948 & renamed 'Progress'; CG absorbed by Southern Rwy in 1963)
UP dome chair #7009 (AT #706) from Orlando restaurant donated in 2012
1926 Seaboard diner #1007 from Orlando restaurant donated in 2012

Gold Coast Railway Museum [est. 1957] near the Miami Zoo
(founded 1957 at University of Miami; moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1966; moved back to Miami in 1984)
official websiteentry at Wikipedia
ALCO 1913 F.E.C. Railway 4-6-2 steam locomotive #113 on exhibit at Gold Coast Railway Museum
(built for F.E.C in 1913; sold 1938 to U.S. Sugar; donated to museum 1969; cosmetically restored 2009)
ALCO 1922 F.E.C. Railway 4-6-2 steam locomotive #153 on exhibit at Gold Coast Railway Museum since 1959
(built for F.E.C in 1922; sold 1938 to U.S. Sugar; donated to University of Miami in 1957, operated on weekends;
overhauled 1966; damaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1992; cosmetically restored 2002)
ALCO 1922 3-foot narrow-gauge Winston. Co. 0-4-0 steam locomotive #48 is on display since 1993
Budd 1946 F.E.C. Railway passenger coach 'Belle Glade' on exhibit at Gold Coast Railway Museum since 1995
F.E.C. Railway track section car donated in 1962
F.E.C. caboose #715 recently arrived at Gold Coast Railway Museum [10/2012]
F.E.C. 1925 passenger coach #136 donated 1959, in storage at Gold Coast Railway Museum

Railroad Museum of South Florida in Ft. Myers
1905 Baldwin Atlantic Coast Line 0-6-0 switcher steam locomotive #143 = restored?

Florida Keys
11-window passenger coach in use as gift shop on Pigeon Key

Fort Pierce, Florida
F.E.C. Railway 1924 0-8-0 locomotive #253 being restored at F.E.C. Historical Railway & Transportation Museum in Fort Pierce

Orlando, Florida
The Old Train Station in Orlando, Florida

Palm Beach, Florida
1886 F.E.C. private railcar #91 [green] restored/exhibited at Kenan Pavilion, Whitehall, Palm Beach since 2003


Railroads of Southwest Florida book from Images of Rail  "Railroads of Southwest Florida (Images of Rail)" [1999]
by Gregg M. Turner

Kindle Edition from Arcadia Publng [9/2012] for $7.99
Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [1/2000] for $17.24
Short History of Florida Railroads book by Gregg Turner  "A Short History of Florida Railroads (Making of America)" [2003]
by Gregg Turner

Kindle Edition from Arcadia Publng [2003 edition] for $7.99
Arcadia Publng 9½x6¾ pb [3/2003] for $17.20
Florida Railroads in the 1920s book from Images of Rail  "Florida Railroads In The 1920s (Images of Rail)" [2006] by Gregg Turner
focuses on the Atlantic Coast Line, the Seaboard Air Line, the Florida East Coast Railway, and the Frisco Line
Kindle Edition from Arcadia Publng [9/2012] for $9.99
Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [2/2006] for $17.15

All Aboard Florida high-speed rail project logo
All Aboard Florida private intercity high-speed passenger rail project
proposed route runs northward from Downtown Miami to Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, then north and west to Orlando.

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad [1902-1967]

CSX Transportation [est. 1986]

Florida Central Railroad

Florida East Coast Railroad herald - modern
Florida East Coast Railway [reporting mark FEC; est. 1885]
G.E. Nordell's Florida East Coast Railway [est. 1885] Page
Henry M. Flagler [1830-1913] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum (FGCX)

Seaboard Air Line Railway [1900-1945]
Seaboard Air Line Railroad [1946-1967]
Seaboard Coast Line Railroad [1967-1983]
Seaboard System Railroad [1983-1986]

logo for South Central Florida Express Railroad
South Central Florida Railroad [reporting mark SCFE; 1990-1994]
South Central Florida Express [reporting mark SCXF; est. 1994]
owned & operated by U.S. Sugar Corp.; trackage on both sides of Lake Okeechobee, to Sebring on the west and to F.E.C. at Fort Pierce
on the east; operates approximately 950 railroad cars and 14 locomotives on 156 miles of track
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Tavares, Eustis & Gulf Railroad [est. 10/2011] fancy logo/herald  for Orange Blossom Cannonball
Tavares, Eustis & Gulf Railroad [est. 10/2011]
5.4-mile route between Tavares and Mount Dora in Central Florida; operates steam engine and diesel-electric switcher,
vintage passenger cars, 1918 cupola caboose; special events all year.
Baldwin 1907 2-6-0 (ex-several lumber companies, ex-Reader RR) oak-fired steam locomotive #2 is operational
1941 G.E. 45-ton center cab locomotive 'Herbie'
1918 St. Louis & Southwestern RR (the Cotton Belt) wooden cupola caboose # 5404 (ex-Reader RR)

appears to have replaced the Mount Dora Scenic Railway Company [1999-2011]
that was based at 140 Third Avenue in Mount Dora and headed by Steve Torrico
ran the Brill Orange Blossom dining car as the 'Dora Doodlebug' and a Baldwin 2-6-2 oil-fired steam engine

logo for TECO Line Streetcar System [est. 2002] in Tampa, Florida
2¾-mile TECO Line Streetcar System [launched 2002] operating daily in Tampa, Florida
official websiteentry at Wikipediaclick here for photograph (in a new window)

logo for Florida's Tri-Rail commuter service
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority [est. 2003} replaced the Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority as operator of Tri-Rail [est. 1989]
The 71-mile-long Tri-Rail route runs from Mangonia Park/West Palm Beach southward thru Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach to Miami-Dade Airport.
S.F.R.T.A. entry at WikipediaTri-Rail entry at Wikipedia
Tri-Rail Coastal Link strategic planning group

corporate logo for U.S. Sugar Corp. of Florida
United States Sugar Corp.
operates approximately 1,000 railroad cane cars and 14 locomotives on 120 miles of track; owns & operates connecting South Central Florida Express since 1994
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Indian Country of Florida
the Seminole Tribe is in Florida
Seminole Chamber of Commerce

Historical Weather

  • 1935 Sept 2: Category 5 Labor Day Hurricane swept across the Florida Keys; more than 400 people died.
  • Hurricane Andrew in 1992
  • 1995 Oct 4: Hurricane Opal battered the Florida Panhandle.

    Reading Material & Other Media
    browse travel books about Florida U.S.A. at Amazon
    list of movies filmed in Florida

    Caribbean Travel & Life Magazine  "Caribbean Travel + Life" Magazine - based in Winter Park, Florida
    published by Bonnier Travel Group Network
    subscribe: 6 issues/year [USA only] for $11.97
    magazine website
    Florida Travel & Life Magazine  "Florida Travel + Life" Magazine - based in Winter Park, Florida
    published by Bonnier Travel Group Network
    subscribe: 6 issues/year [USA only] for $11.97
    magazine website
    Jacksonville [Florida] Magazine  "Jacksonville" Magazine
    subscribe: 12 issues/year [USA only] for $14.95
    magazine website
    Ocean Drive Magazine  "Ocean Drive" Magazine - based in Miami Beach, Florida
    published by Greenspun Niche Media, LLC
    subscribe directly: 12 issues/year for $70.00, 2 years for $125
    magazine website
    Orlando [Florida] Magazine [est. 1946]  "Orlando" Magazine [est. 1946]
    subscribe: 12 issues/year [USA only] for $10.98
    magazine website
    Sarasota {Florida] Magazine [est. 1979]  "Sarasota" Magazine [est. 1979]
    published by Gulfshore Media, LLC
    subscribe directly by telephone only; 12 issues/year
    magazine website
    Tampa Bay Magazine [est. 1986]  "Tampa Bay" Magazine [est. 1986]
    for Clearwater, Tampa & St. Petersburg

    6 issues/year [USA only] for $12.00
    magazine website

    Florida’s Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age book by R. Wayne Ayers  "Florida’s Grand Hotels From The Gilded Age (Images of America)" [2005]
    by R. Wayne Ayers

    hotels covered: in St. Augustine - Ponce de León, Alcazar & Cordova; in Palm Beach - Hotel Royal Poinciana & The Breakers; in Miami - Royal Palm Hotel; in Tampa - Tampa Bay Hotel; in BellAire (north of St. Petersburg) - Hotel Belleview
    Kindle Edition from Arcadia Publng [9/2012] for $9.99
    Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [10/2005] for $17.15
    Florida Railroads in the 1920s book from Images of Rail  
    "Florida Railroads In The 1920s (Images of Rail)" [2006] by Gregg Turner
    focuses on the Atlantic Coast Line, the Seaboard Air Line, the Florida East Coast Railway, and the Frisco Line
    Kindle Edition from Arcadia Publng [9/2012] for $9.99
    Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [2/2006] for $17.15
    Florida in the Movies book by Susan Fernandez & Robert Ingalls  "Sunshine In The Dark: Florida In The Movies" [2006]
    by Susan J. Fernandez & Robert P. Ingalls

    Univ Press Florida 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2006] for $34.95
    Miami Noir stories edited by Les Standiford  "Miami Noir" [16 stories 2006] Edited by Les Standiford
    Akashic Books 8x5¼ pb [11/2006] for $12.44
    brand-new stories by Kevin Allen, Preston Allen, Lynne Barrett, David Beaty, John Bond, Tom Corcoran, John Dufresne, Anthony Dale Gagliano, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, James W. Hall, Vicki Hendricks, Christine Kling, Paul Levine, Barbara Parker, George Tucker, and Jeffrey Wehr
    Florida on Film book by Susan Doll & David Morrow  "Florida On Film: The Essential Guide To Sunshine State Cinema & Locations" [2007]
    by Susan Doll & David Morrow

    Univ Press Florida 9x6 pb [6/2007] for $19.95
    Florida & the Golden Age of Silent Filmmaking book by Shawn C. Bean  "The First Hollywood: Florida and The Golden Age of Silent Filmmaking" [2008]
    by Shawn C. Bean

    Univ Press of FL 9x5¾ hardcover [7/2008] for $20.90
    Paradise for Sale, Florida's Booms & Busts book by Nick Wynne & Richard Moorhead  "Paradise For Sale: Florida's Booms and Busts" [2010]
    by Nick Wynne & Richard Moorhead

    Kindle Edition from The History Press [10/2011] for $9.99
    The History Press 8¾x5¾ pb [2/2010] for $21.99
    Exiles in Eden / Florida's Great Recession book by Paul Reyes  "Exiles In Eden: Life Among The Ruins of Florida's Great Recession" [2010]
    by Paul Reyes

    "an on-the-ground, intimate tour of the human toll of the nation's foreclosure crisis"
    Henry Holt & Co. 8½x5¾ hardcover [8/2010] for $25.00

    more info on the G.O.P. Economic Meltdown of 2008

    Devil In The Grove book about Thurgood Marshall by Gilbert King  "Devil In The Grove: Thurgood Marshall, The Groveland Boys, and The Dawn of A New America"
    [2012] by Gilbert King

    New York Times bestseller, won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction; in 1946 Florida, Jim Crow policies were enforced by the Lake County sheriff; when a white girl cried rape, the Ku Klux Klan swarmed to Groveland, burning black-owned homes and chasing around after the four accused Afro-American teenagers. After one N.A.A.C.P. worker was murdered, lawyer Thurgood Marshall – even though he was quite busy preparing Brown v. Board of Education to go before the Supreme Court – stepped into the fray, resulting in a series of threats on his life. But he just would not back down . . .
    Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [3/2012] for $9.60
    Harper Perennial 8x5½ pb [2/2013] for $10.11
    Harper 9½x6½ hardcover [3/2012] for $18.79
    Harper hardcover [3/2012] out of print/used

    Bill Buck's "National Trails Guide" booksite

    http://www.amazon.com/50s-Roadside-Florida-Beginning-You-come/dp/076433364X/ + SA/fifties
    http://www.amazon.com/Miami-Beach-Deco-Steven-Brooke/dp/0789322412/ + SA/arch
    http://www.amazon.com/Surfers-Guide-Florida-Amy-Vansant/dp/1561640735/ + SA/surf

    "Pioneer Life in Southeast Florida" [Univ of Miami Press, 1970] by Charles W. Pierce
    "Florida: A Short History, Florida" [Univ Press of Florida, 1993] by Michael Gannon
    "Pioneers in Paradise: West Palm Beach - The First 100 Years" [The Palm Beach Post, 1994] by Jan Tuckwood & Eliot Kleinberg
    "Palm Beach Panorama: Turn-of-The-Century Photography by W.E. Hazard" [1996] by Sandra Barghini (from Flagler Museum)
    "A Society of Painters: Flagler's St. Augustine Art Colony" [Flagler Museum, 1998] by Sandra Barghini
    "Palm Beach: An Architectural Legacy" [Rizzoli Intl. 2002] by Polly Anne Earl
    "Palm Beach: The Way We Were" [Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, 2003] by Polly Anne Earl
    "Palm Beach: Then and Now" [Lickle Publng, 2003] by Maureen O’Sullivan & Dianna Sphritz
    "Palm Beach Splendor: The Architecture of Jeffery W. Smith" [International Publns, Inc. 2005] by Joyce C. Wilson

    "Eat At Joe's: The Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant Cookbook" [Nov 2000] > miami

    "Memories For The Future: A History of Palm Beach's Royal Poinciana Playhouse" [2010] by Thomas C. Clarie


    "Moon Over Miami" [1941] musical starring Don Ameche & Betty Grable

    "Beneath The 12-Mile Reef" [Fox Technicolor 1953] /tt0045551/
    starring Gilbert Roland, Robert Wagner, J. Carrol Naish & Terry Moore

    Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot" [1959] was set in Florida
    but was mostly filmed at Hotel del Coronado [est. 1888] in San Diego, California

    "Miami Undercover" [1961] TV series

    "Cool Hand Luke" [Nov 1967] starring Paul Newman

    "Body Heat" [1981]

    "Absence of Malice" [1981] starring Paul Newman

    "Miami Vice" TV series [1984-89] = see olmos page

    "Palmetto" [Castle Rock/Columbia Pictures Feb 1998]
    Filmed in Florida; directed by Volker Schlöndorff; starring Woody Harrelson

    "C.S.I. Miami" TV series

    "The Florida Project" [A24 2017]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwQ-NH1rRT4 [2.14]

    like the sign says: 'do not feed the alligators'

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