History of the Cross Florida Barge Canal

Cross Florida Barge Canal – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Fsendek The Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway follows the same path as the abandoned Cross Florida Barge Canal. Despite never reaching completion, the tremendous public works project has a long history.  Had it been finished, the Cross Florida Barge Canal would have spanned all

Key Lime Festival is back in 2021: What to expect and visitors guide to having fun on Fourth of July Weekend in Key West

Pie Eating Contest at Key Lime Festival in Key West – Courtesy: Key Lime Festival – Photo by Filda Konec Photography On July 4, 1776, the United States of America entered nationhood after declaring its independence from Great Britain via the signing and approval of the Declaration of Independence.  Celebrations were had, and festivals were

History Snapshot: Why Ybor City is known as the “Cigar Capital of The World”

Centro Español in 7th Ave in Ybor City – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by VIAVAL TOURS Located in Hillsborough County lies a small, cobblestone-laden, Cuban-influenced, historic small town known as Ybor City. Ask any Floridian, Tampa Bay natives especially, about Ybor City and its significance to the State of Florida, and they will tell you

Celebrating Florida’s 176th Birthday with Fun Facts

Image by WikiImages from Pixabay As many people understand, birthday’s are important.  On May 3, 176 years ago, Florida became the 27th territory to join statehood in the United States.  Oddly enough, Florida lays claim to the oldest city in the country, yet didn’t become a state until 1845, almost 60 years after Delaware became

Digging up the history of Miami’s exclusive Fisher Island

Fisher Island – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by FloridaStock A few months ago, we covered a Bloomberg Wealth Report highlighting the country’s wealthiest zip codes. Coming in at number one on that list was the historic private barrier island of Fisher Island off Miami Beach.  With an estimated average resident income of $2.2 million in

FBI Agents remembered for their service with separate ceremonies in South Florida

Courtesy: CNN Last week Tuesday, a dark day in law enforcement fell upon the state of Florida and the United States. One of the deadliest Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cases took place in a South Florida home in the city of Sunrise in Broward County. Two FBI agents, Daniel Alfin, 36, and Laura Schwartzenberger,

Central Florida time capsule buried in 1995 gets opened 25 years later—here were its predictions for 2020

Orange County Courthouse capsule in 1995 Courtesy: Orlando Sentinel A time capsule buried at an Orange County Courthouse in 1995 was opened yesterday, Feb 2— 25 years later, and in it came some predictions for 2020… 25 years ago, construction on the Orange County Courthouse was completed: fast forward to today, Orange County Mayor Jerry

Watson Island’s Jungle Island attraction set to get extreme facelift in contemporary resort expansion

Rendering of new Jungle Island resort and hotel – Courtesy: EoA Group One of Florida’s largest eco-adventure attractions is about to go from 0-100 over the course of the next few years thanks to a slate of resort and attraction additions on the roughly 18.5-acre plot overlooking Biscayne Bay. Jungle Island, as it is known

Florida is staying cool—Rivaling La Niña typical seasons

Young girl sitting in front of the fireplace and holding cup of tea in hand on legs and warming. Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Emmily Who would’ve thought Florida’s record-breaking warm 2020 weather would crumble in the final month of December? Probably no one. Thanks to a few consecutive cold fronts towards the end of

Miami’s Historic Hampton House: An iconic segregation-era Motel

Muhammad Ali pictured at Hampton House after Sonny Liston fight 1964 – Courtesy: historichamptonhouse.org As the nation approaches Black History Month and celebrates the lives of the African-American community, beginning with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan 18., Florida Insider is here to detail an iconic gathering place in the African-American community that