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April 2004

Volume 24
Number 4



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2004 Best of Florida Ballots
Who serves up the "best gator tail?" What town has the "best beach?" Vote for your favorites for the ninth annual "Best of Florida" awards.

Cold Case... Hot Climate: Florida's Unsolved Crimes
From missing persons to murders, these unsolved crimes offer just a glimpse into the mystery of Florida's cold cases. — edited by E. Douglas Cifers

Florida's Dental Industry Today
With new techniques and technology, patients are spending less time in the chair and beginning to understand more about their teeth. — by Lauren Berger.

Florida's Top Dentists
Florida Monthly turned to Woodward/White Inc.'s 2004-2005 edition of The Best Dentists in America in search of the Sunshine State's best dentists.

Top 100 Florida Museums
Florida is full of unique and enlightening museums. From the work of local artists to the mystery of underwater creatures, these top 100 Florida museums have it all. — by Megan Matuszak

Our Florida Heritage®

Mediterranean Masterpieces: The Architecture of Davis Islands
The real estate boom of the 1920s hit Florida fast, and developers worked quickly to snatch up any inexpensive land available and start building. David Paul Davis was one of those developers in the thick of the mix. — by Josie Gulliksen

From the Porch Swing
Raised in the 1930s in a small house in Ellenton, I thought I must have been special in God's heart to be living in such a perfect place. by Alice Oxford

Florida Legends: Bob Vila
Florida's very own home improvement legend. — by Megan Matuszak.

Real Florida Finds

A gift from the Three Princes of Serendip. — by Brian Michaels

FLA USA Around Florida
Enjoy 1,207 festivals & events this month. Don't miss the 12th Annual World of Nations Celebration in Jacksonville or the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival.

This month in Florida history ... new Florida books debut and more.

In the Florida Monthly Kitchen
Catch the blues with Florida blue crab. — by Barbera Turnbull

Florida Homes & Lifestyles®
Comfortable Quarters: Florida Guest Rooms. — by Josie Gulliksen

State Parks
Florida at its Finest: Stephen Foster Culture Center State Park.

In the Florida Garden
Kudzu: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. — by Dr. Don Goodman

Florida Wildlife
Big Bend Wildlife Management Area: Tide Swamp Unit.

Travel Florida Highways®

Florida's History Capital: Leon County
From gardens to galleries to historic homes and educational exhibits, Leon County's eight museums make it Florida's History Capital. — by Megan Matuszak

Hamilton County: Jewel of the Suwannee
Rich in Southern heritage and natural beauty, Hamilton County is one of the state's greatest treasures. — by Angela Katsarelis

About the Cover:
Washington Crossing the Delaware by George Caleb Bingham
(1811-1879) painted 1856-1871. Oil on canvas. Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk Va.; Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. in honor of Walter P. Chrysler, Sr. The painting is part of the Tales from the Easel: American Narrative Paintings from Southeastern Museums, 1800-1950 exhibit, running April 25-July 11 at the Tampa Museum of Art.

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