Florida Memorabilia Fest takes over Gulfport on Saturday

Memorabilia Fest Gulfport, FL – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by SevenMaps Ken Breslauer, who’s written several books on the Sunshine State’s mid-century tourism and its long-vanished roadside attractions, believes he truly understands why native Floridians, like him, treasure Florida memories that no longer exist.  “It’s funny how as you grow up you develop this loyalty

Indulge in a slice of history in historic Pensacola, Florida

Fort Pickens, Pensacola, FL — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Krumpelman Photography The history of the Sunshine State goes far back. In 1559, about 6 years before the founding of St. Augustine, Florida, a group of Spanish settlers and explorers, led by famous explorer Tristan de Luna, dropped anchor in what would become Pensacola Bay. Here, they

Jim Morrison’s childhood Florida home hits the market for $2.5 million

Jim Morrison, The Doors — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Blueee77 One of rock’s classic icons—Jim Morrison, spent his childhood and humble beginnings in Melbourne, Florida, before he skyrocketed to legendary status. As his father was in flight training during World War Two—now Melbourne Orlando International Airport—Morrison was born at the now nonexistent Brevard Hospital in 1943.

Everything to know about the Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Noah Densmore Tampa has been home to the Florida State Fair since 1915. The fair is a collection of the Sunshine State’s best agricultural achievements, the U.S.’s largest midway, and all things deep-fried. The fair opens on Thursday and runs through Feb. 21. Florida’s mild weather usually makes

Do you know the names of Florida’s coasts?

Anna Maria Island, Florida — Courtesy: Shutterstock — bonandbon If you’re a Tampa Bay resident, you’ve probably heard of the “Suncoast.” It is used for names of organizations, businesses, and even roads, such as the Suncoast Parkway. All around the Sunshine State, regions of the coast have different nicknames. Some are much more well-known than

Following a $44 million restoration project, Old Florida Keys bridge reopens to bicyclists and pedestrians

Seven Mile Bridge – Florida Keys — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Mia2you Following a $44 million restoration project, a large segment of a 110-year-old Florida Keys bridge is reopening to bicyclists and pedestrians on Wednesday. Rehabilitation construction on the popular 2.2-mile (3.5-km) span of the Old Seven Mile bridge began in late 2017. Originally scheduled as

Five Halloween movies with a connection to Florida

Creature of the Black Lagoon – Courtesy: Creature of the Black Lagoon Movies Franchise There’s still plenty of time to get your spooky festivities in before Halloween wraps up this month. Unbeknownst to many, Florida has served as the backdrop for many terrifying films.  Here’s a list of some movies to watch with the lights

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