From museums to beaches, parks to small towns, Florida hosts many unique spots throughout the 67 counties. Florida Living® explores these locales.
Historic Hamlets of
When people hear the words Southeast Florida, most think only of Miami or Fort Lauderdale, but that wonderfully rich part of the state has many other towns and cities. Three have been working to redevelop and bring visitors to their tiny (comparatively speaking) hamlets. By joining the Main Street Program, Dania, Davie and Plantation all have taken a major step in revitalizing their areas.
Beef is Back!
Actually, beef never left, but with the rise in culinary opportunities the past few years, beef somehow got overlooked as the centerpiece of the kitchen. With its triumphant return comes numerous opportunities to discover something new in the beef world.
Downtown Palm Harbor
What started as the Bay St. Joseph Post Office in 1878, became Sutherland in 1888 and was then renamed Palm Harbor in 1925. During the land boom of the 1920s, investors sought to develop the area using the original Sutherland plan. However, the end of the land boom, the depression and World War II ended that effort.
Today this 30-square-mile unincorporated area is one of Pinellas County’s fastest growing residential communities. Palm Harbor incorporates small-town friendliness in a thriving community, offering the charm of a suburban setting with all the amenities and conveniences of a nearby metropolis. Unlike most of coastal Florida, the terrain here is not flat. Palm Harbor rises gently from the Gulf of Mexico to an average elevation of 25 feet, with some land as high as 80 feet, above sea level.
When traveling through the state of Florida, most visitors have heard about Cape Canaveral, Sea World, Key West and other prominent travel spots. How many are aware, though, of Fort Mose? Butler Beach? or Eatonville? These are a few of the more than 100 Black Heritage Trail sites. From Pensacola to Key West, these sites tell the story of the rich history and contributions of Florida’s African-American communities.
Red Barber Looks Back
In my years of big league broadcasting, I got to know hundreds of ball players, including Satchel Paige. Old Satch, supposed to be 43 when he joined Cleveland in 1948, was both a pitcher and a philosopher. (I don't think anybody ever really knew his age.)
Had Branch Rickey broken the color line 25 years sooner, Satchel would have put records in the book that would be unbelievable. As a grass roots philosopher he would say such things as, "Don't never look back, 'cause something might be gaining on you."
For the purposes of this retrospect, I'll have to differ with Old Satch. An axiom is like a coin—it has two sides. Yes, one is wise not to worry over what has happened, but also one is wise to remember where he came from and how he arrived where he is.