History UsefulNotes / Florida

17th Jun '16 5:05:32 PM Doug86
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Really, "worthless backwater" aptly sums up most of Florida until just before the start of the 20th century, when the construction of the railroads led to increased trade (mostly citrus products, winter vegetables and cattle) with the North, and the cigar industry developed in Tampa. Following the UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar, tourism really picked up, and thanks to the efforts of railroad builders and the mild nature of winter in the state, the first real estate boom led to the development of much of South Florida in the 1920's. Unfortunately, this initial housing boom turned out to be a bubble and its bursting by the end of the decade was on of the major factors leading to TheGreatDepression, which set the state back once again. Following the end of WorldWarII, however, the development of air conditioning, highways (in case you haven't realized it, Florida is a ''big'' state for folks traveling north or south), and a second real estate boom lead to Florida's transformation into the conglomeration of suburbs, beaches, and retirement homes it is today.

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Really, "worthless backwater" aptly sums up most of Florida until just before the start of the 20th century, when the construction of the railroads led to increased trade (mostly citrus products, winter vegetables and cattle) with the North, and the cigar industry developed in Tampa. Following the UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar, tourism really picked up, and thanks to the efforts of railroad builders and the mild nature of winter in the state, the first real estate boom led to the development of much of South Florida in the 1920's. Unfortunately, this initial housing boom turned out to be a bubble and its bursting by the end of the decade was on of the major factors leading to TheGreatDepression, which set the state back once again. Following the end of WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, however, the development of air conditioning, highways (in case you haven't realized it, Florida is a ''big'' state for folks traveling north or south), and a second real estate boom lead to Florida's transformation into the conglomeration of suburbs, beaches, and retirement homes it is today.
24th Jan '16 11:53:31 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ItsAlwaysSpring: Either spring or summer. A common joke is that winter is the one time of year when not only is there ''nobody'' who's ashamed to say that they're from Florida, but in fact, they can't seem to stop bragging about it -- [[http://wp.patheos.com.s3.amazonaws.com/blogs/barefootandpregnant/files/2013/12/National-Hate-Florida-Day.jpg much to the envy]] of people in the rest of the country. The other 49 states get their revenge during hurricane season -- and even during the winter, they laugh whenever Floridians complain about temperatures falling below 60 degrees.
24th Dec '15 1:06:55 PM lakingsif
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The "Sunshine State" moniker is a half lie as most Floridians can tell you - the state's climate has a pronounced cycle of wet and dry seasons, with summer featuring near-daily thundershowers and winter, such as it is, being very dry. Convenient for northerners looking to escape the snow (now if only more of them would go back once they've forked over their money...), not so much for those looking for a semi-tropical vacation spent mainly on the beach. Get used to the water, because Florida is a very wet state: surrounded on three sides by water and filled with swamps, wetlands, and retention ponds. Tourists, take note: if you're here during the summer, keep an umbrella on hand. Brief but intense thundershowers with little warning are common. Florida is also ridiculously flat. The highest point of elevation, Britton Hill at 345 feet (105 m), is just that, a hill, and a rather unimpressive one; the ''lowest points'' of many states have higher elevations than Britton Hill.

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The "Sunshine State" moniker is a half lie as most Floridians can tell you - the state's climate has a pronounced cycle of wet and dry seasons, with summer featuring near-daily thundershowers and winter, such as it is, being very dry. Convenient for northerners looking to escape the snow (now if only more of them would go back once they've forked over their money...), not so much for those looking for a semi-tropical vacation spent mainly on the beach. Get used to the water, because Florida is a very wet state: surrounded on three sides by water and filled with swamps, wetlands, and retention ponds. Tourists, take note: if you're here during the summer, keep an umbrella on hand. Brief but intense thundershowers with little warning are common. Florida is also ridiculously flat. The highest point of elevation, Britton Hill at 345 feet (105 m), is just that, a hill, and a rather unimpressive one; the ''lowest points'' of many states have higher elevations than Britton Hill.
Hill[[note]]Though technically the highest point of elevation is a roller coaster in Orlando that protrudes nearly 200 metres above sea level[[/note]].
11th Dec '15 8:59:42 PM wittylibrarian
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** '''Lakeland''': Caught in-between the I-4 corridor of Tampa and Orlando, this minor metro isn't as well-known as either city but is one of the regional growth areas due to its proximity to both. There's a local gag that the newest state university Florida Poly Tech will eventually become the downtown center of Orlampa, the mega-metropolis that will form from Tampa and Orlando merging.
11th Dec '15 8:52:55 PM wittylibrarian
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** The Hooters chain started in Clearwater.
5th Dec '15 8:08:35 PM SilentCriticism
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On the western side of the bay on the Pinellas Peninsula is the city of St. Petersburg. Together with Southwest Florida, this is the part with the really nice, "world's best" competition winning beaches, not that anyone outside of St. Petersburg remembers it. The most famous landmark is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge Sunshine Skyway Bridge]], which you've probably seen in a hundred car commercials. It also has [[http://thedali.org/ The Dalí Musuem]], the largest collection of Salvador Dalí pieces outside of Spain. The museum is home to 7 out of 18 the masterworks. North of St. Petersburg is the city of Clearwater, best known for being the headquarters of the ChurchOfHappyology at the Fort Harrison Hotel, now known as Flag Land Base. They tried to [[http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf take over the town]] in the '70s, which the ''St. Petersburg Times'' (now the ''Tampa Bay Times'', which operates the fact-checking website [=PolitiFact=]) exposed in a series of Pulitzer-winning articles, and their economic influence in the town is still controversial.

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On the western side of the bay on the Pinellas Peninsula is the city of St. Petersburg. Together with Southwest Florida, this is the part with the really nice, "world's best" competition winning beaches, not that anyone outside of St. Petersburg remembers it. The most famous landmark is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge Sunshine Skyway Bridge]], which you've probably seen in a hundred car commercials. It also has [[http://thedali.org/ The Dalí Musuem]], Museum]], the largest collection of Salvador Dalí pieces outside of Spain. The museum is home to 7 out of 18 the masterworks. North of St. Petersburg is the city of Clearwater, best known for being the headquarters of the ChurchOfHappyology at the Fort Harrison Hotel, now known as Flag Land Base. They tried to [[http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf take over the town]] in the '70s, which the ''St. Petersburg Times'' (now the ''Tampa Bay Times'', which operates the fact-checking website [=PolitiFact=]) exposed in a series of Pulitzer-winning articles, and their economic influence in the town is still controversial.
5th Dec '15 8:07:07 PM SilentCriticism
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On the western side of the bay on the Pinellas Peninsula is the city of St. Petersburg. Together with Southwest Florida, this is the part with the really nice, "world's best" competition winning beaches, not that anyone outside of St. Petersburg remembers it. The most famous landmark is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge Sunshine Skyway Bridge]], which you've probably seen in a hundred car commercials. North of St. Petersburg is the city of Clearwater, best known for being the headquarters of the ChurchOfHappyology at the Fort Harrison Hotel, now known as Flag Land Base. They tried to [[http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf take over the town]] in the '70s, which the ''St. Petersburg Times'' (now the ''Tampa Bay Times'', which operates the fact-checking website [=PolitiFact=]) exposed in a series of Pulitzer-winning articles, and their economic influence in the town is still controversial. It also has [[http://thedali.org/ The Dalí Musuem]], the largest collection of Salvador Dalí pieces outside of Spain. The museum is home to 7 out of 18 the masterworks.

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On the western side of the bay on the Pinellas Peninsula is the city of St. Petersburg. Together with Southwest Florida, this is the part with the really nice, "world's best" competition winning beaches, not that anyone outside of St. Petersburg remembers it. The most famous landmark is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge Sunshine Skyway Bridge]], which you've probably seen in a hundred car commercials. It also has [[http://thedali.org/ The Dalí Musuem]], the largest collection of Salvador Dalí pieces outside of Spain. The museum is home to 7 out of 18 the masterworks. North of St. Petersburg is the city of Clearwater, best known for being the headquarters of the ChurchOfHappyology at the Fort Harrison Hotel, now known as Flag Land Base. They tried to [[http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf take over the town]] in the '70s, which the ''St. Petersburg Times'' (now the ''Tampa Bay Times'', which operates the fact-checking website [=PolitiFact=]) exposed in a series of Pulitzer-winning articles, and their economic influence in the town is still controversial. It also has [[http://thedali.org/ The Dalí Musuem]], the largest collection of Salvador Dalí pieces outside of Spain. The museum is home to 7 out of 18 the masterworks.
5th Dec '15 8:02:57 PM SilentCriticism
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On the western side of the bay on the Pinellas Peninsula is the city of St. Petersburg. Together with Southwest Florida, this is the part with the really nice, "world's best" competition winning beaches, not that anyone outside of St. Petersburg remembers it. The most famous landmark is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge Sunshine Skyway Bridge]], which you've probably seen in a hundred car commercials. North of St. Petersburg is the city of Clearwater, best known for being the headquarters of the ChurchOfHappyology at the Fort Harrison Hotel, now known as Flag Land Base. They tried to [[http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf take over the town]] in the '70s, which the ''St. Petersburg Times'' (now the ''Tampa Bay Times'', which operates the fact-checking website [=PolitiFact=]) exposed in a series of Pulitzer-winning articles, and their economic influence in the town is still controversial. It also has [[http://thedali.org/ The Dali Musuem]], the largest collection of Salvador Dali pieces outside of Europe.

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On the western side of the bay on the Pinellas Peninsula is the city of St. Petersburg. Together with Southwest Florida, this is the part with the really nice, "world's best" competition winning beaches, not that anyone outside of St. Petersburg remembers it. The most famous landmark is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge Sunshine Skyway Bridge]], which you've probably seen in a hundred car commercials. North of St. Petersburg is the city of Clearwater, best known for being the headquarters of the ChurchOfHappyology at the Fort Harrison Hotel, now known as Flag Land Base. They tried to [[http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf take over the town]] in the '70s, which the ''St. Petersburg Times'' (now the ''Tampa Bay Times'', which operates the fact-checking website [=PolitiFact=]) exposed in a series of Pulitzer-winning articles, and their economic influence in the town is still controversial. It also has [[http://thedali.org/ The Dali Dalí Musuem]], the largest collection of Salvador Dali Dalí pieces outside of Europe.Spain. The museum is home to 7 out of 18 the masterworks.
5th Dec '15 7:57:45 PM SilentCriticism
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On the western side of the bay on the Pinellas Peninsula is the city of St. Petersburg. Together with Southwest Florida, this is the part with the really nice, "world's best" competition winning beaches, not that anyone outside of St. Petersburg remembers it. The most famous landmark is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge Sunshine Skyway Bridge]], which you've probably seen in a hundred car commercials. North of St. Petersburg is the city of Clearwater, best known for being the headquarters of the ChurchOfHappyology at the Fort Harrison Hotel, now known as Flag Land Base. They tried to [[http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf take over the town]] in the '70s, which the ''St. Petersburg Times'' (now the ''Tampa Bay Times'', which operates the fact-checking website [=PolitiFact=]) exposed in a series of Pulitzer-winning articles, and their economic influence in the town is still controversial. It also has [[http://thedali.org/ The Dali Musuem]], the largest collection of Salavor Dali pieces outside of Europe.

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On the western side of the bay on the Pinellas Peninsula is the city of St. Petersburg. Together with Southwest Florida, this is the part with the really nice, "world's best" competition winning beaches, not that anyone outside of St. Petersburg remembers it. The most famous landmark is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge Sunshine Skyway Bridge]], which you've probably seen in a hundred car commercials. North of St. Petersburg is the city of Clearwater, best known for being the headquarters of the ChurchOfHappyology at the Fort Harrison Hotel, now known as Flag Land Base. They tried to [[http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf take over the town]] in the '70s, which the ''St. Petersburg Times'' (now the ''Tampa Bay Times'', which operates the fact-checking website [=PolitiFact=]) exposed in a series of Pulitzer-winning articles, and their economic influence in the town is still controversial. It also has [[http://thedali.org/ The Dali Musuem]], the largest collection of Salavor Salvador Dali pieces outside of Europe.
5th Dec '15 7:55:24 PM SilentCriticism
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On the western side of the bay on the Pinellas Peninsula is the city of St. Petersburg. Together with Southwest Florida, this is the part with the really nice, "world's best" competition winning beaches, not that anyone outside of St. Petersburg remembers it. The most famous landmark is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge Sunshine Skyway Bridge]], which you've probably seen in a hundred car commercials. North of St. Petersburg is the city of Clearwater, best known for being the headquarters of the ChurchOfHappyology at the Fort Harrison Hotel, now known as Flag Land Base. They tried to [[http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf take over the town]] in the '70s, which the ''St. Petersburg Times'' (now the ''Tampa Bay Times'', which operates the fact-checking website [=PolitiFact=]) exposed in a series of Pulitzer-winning articles, and their economic influence in the town is still controversial.

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On the western side of the bay on the Pinellas Peninsula is the city of St. Petersburg. Together with Southwest Florida, this is the part with the really nice, "world's best" competition winning beaches, not that anyone outside of St. Petersburg remembers it. The most famous landmark is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge Sunshine Skyway Bridge]], which you've probably seen in a hundred car commercials. North of St. Petersburg is the city of Clearwater, best known for being the headquarters of the ChurchOfHappyology at the Fort Harrison Hotel, now known as Flag Land Base. They tried to [[http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf take over the town]] in the '70s, which the ''St. Petersburg Times'' (now the ''Tampa Bay Times'', which operates the fact-checking website [=PolitiFact=]) exposed in a series of Pulitzer-winning articles, and their economic influence in the town is still controversial. It also has [[http://thedali.org/ The Dali Musuem]], the largest collection of Salavor Dali pieces outside of Europe.
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