History UsefulNotes / Florida

30th Dec '16 5:00:42 PM BigJaredMonkey
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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 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.

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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 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), south[[note]]Not counting the keys, its 430 miles north-south; that's half the length of California. Throw in the keys and Florida is just under 550 miles north-south.[[/note]].

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and a second real estate boom lead to Florida's transformation into the conglomeration of suburbs, beaches, and retirement homes it is today.
30th Nov '16 8:16:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* BikiniBar: Plenty. Tampa especially is notorious for them.
** The Hooters chain started in Clearwater.
23rd Nov '16 1:04:20 PM wittylibrarian
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** There is a rivalry sports-wise between Tampa and Orlando between their Arena Football teams - Storm vs. Predators - promoted as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_I-4 The War on I-4]]". It's the biggest rivalry that Arena Football has.
*** The I-4 rivalry extends to Tampa Bay and Orlando fighting a war of community pride over which metro is the second-best behind the South Florida region. Orlando tends to pride itself over the parks and large-scale tech industries, while Tampa Bay promotes their Gulf Coast beaches and (slightly more successful) sports teams.

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** There is a rivalry sports-wise between Tampa and Orlando between their Arena Football teams - Storm vs. Predators - promoted as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_I-4 The War on I-4]]". It's the biggest rivalry that Arena Football has.
had.[[note]]Past tense because on October 2016 The Predators suspended operations.[[/note]]
*** The I-4 rivalry extends to Tampa Bay and Orlando fighting a war of community pride over which metro is the second-best behind the South Florida region. Orlando tends to pride itself over the parks and large-scale tech industries, while Tampa Bay promotes their Gulf Coast beaches and (slightly more successful) sports teams.teams.
*** The "War On I-4" is the official rivalry name between the University of South Florida (USF) and Central Florida (UCF) football programs, due to them being in the same American Athletic Conference. As of 2016, the schools agreed [[http://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/war-on-i-4-trophy-revealed/ to a joint trophy]] which is an Interstate sign with the schools on opposite sides.
22nd Nov '16 2:16:47 PM FadingEcho
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** '''Treasure Coast:''' Encompassing Florida's Atlantic coast between Broward County and Cape Canaveral, the Treasure Coast is home to the cities of Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, and Stuart. While historically considered little more than a place to drive through on one's way to South Florida, the Treasure Coast area has been growing rapidly in recent years as Fort Lauderdale has gentrified. This is another spot of Spanish heritage in Florida, as the Port St. Lucie area was once the site of the Spanish fort Port Lucia, and the Treasure Coast moniker comes from the loss of a Spanish treasure fleet in the area in the eighteenth century.
27th Sep '16 5:58:28 AM RubyVisiblyShaken
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* '''The Keys:''' An archipelago of islands off the coast of South Florida, with the two most famous being Key Largo (the closest to the mainland) and Key West (the farthest and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin westernmost]] island). Technically part of Florida, but really, the Keys are the northern edge of the Caribbean and Old Florida does not acknowledge the Keys as part of the state proper. The government does, though, and it's a good thing - the Keys are one of the big summer tourist destinations in the United States despite their tendency to get obliterated by hurricanes every couple of years. This is not an exaggeration: most of the Keys are for the most part sandbars with delusions of grandeur and can be wiped off the map by a hurricane.[[note]]Well, that's not exactly true, as the Keys proper are a mostly submerged limestone ridge, but still low enough that everything, aside from the NighInvulnerable Hemingway House, can get blown or washed off. Including those nice beaches installed on Key West at such expense.[[/note]]

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* '''The Keys:''' An archipelago of islands off the coast of South Florida, with the two most famous being Key Largo (the closest to the mainland) and Key West (the farthest and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin westernmost]] island). Technically part of Florida, but really, the Keys are the northern edge of the Caribbean and Old Florida does not acknowledge the Keys as part of the state proper. The government does, though, and it's a good thing - the Keys are one of the big summer tourist destinations in the United States despite their tendency to get obliterated by hurricanes every couple of years. This is not an exaggeration: most of the Keys are for the most part sandbars with delusions of grandeur DelusionsOfGrandeur and can be wiped off the map by a hurricane.[[note]]Well, that's not exactly true, as the Keys proper are a mostly submerged limestone ridge, but still low enough that everything, aside from the NighInvulnerable Hemingway House, can get blown or washed off. Including those nice beaches installed on Key West at such expense.[[/note]]
17th Sep '16 4:32:55 PM MrNickelodeon
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** '''Orlando:''' Home of theme parks like [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]], [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Orlando]], and Ride/SeaWorld, as well as a handful of other smaller theme parks of [[SouvenirLand rather]] [[CrappyCarnival questionable]] quality, some of which are little more than tourist traps. Speaking of tourist traps, the city is notable for International Drive, which contains some of the said smaller parks along with an endless amount of stores, restaurants, exhibits, and perhaps most famously the Orlando Premium Outlets - a place that's often considered an amusement park in of itself. The long street saw the addition of I-Drive Live in 2015, that specifically includes the massive Orlando Eye ferris wheel, which has now begun to be used as the "icon" of the area. Along with all the tourist destinations, the city is also home to one of the state's major professional sports teams, the Orlando Magic of [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation the NBA]]; and its only UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer team, Orlando City SC.[[note]]Earlier teams in Tampa and Miami folded in 2001.[[/note]] If you're driving south through Florida, Orlando roughly marks where Old Florida deteriorates into pockets dotting the inland corridor through the state. Go a bit further southwest on Interstate 4, and you'll find yourself in the ''other'' major city in the nearby region...

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** '''Orlando:''' Home of theme parks like [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]], [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Orlando]], and Ride/SeaWorld, as well as a handful of other smaller theme parks of [[SouvenirLand rather]] [[CrappyCarnival questionable]] quality, quality[[note]]Gatorland, Fun Spot, Magical Midway, and the Holy Land Experience[[/note]] some of which are little more than tourist traps. Speaking of tourist traps, the city is notable for International Drive, which contains some of the said smaller parks along with an endless amount of stores, restaurants, exhibits, and perhaps most famously the Orlando Premium Outlets - a place that's often considered an amusement park in of itself. The long street saw the addition of I-Drive Live in 2015, that specifically includes the massive Orlando Eye ferris wheel, which has now begun to be used as the "icon" of the area. Along with all the tourist destinations, the city is also home to one of the state's major professional sports teams, the Orlando Magic of [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation the NBA]]; and its only UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer team, Orlando City SC.[[note]]Earlier teams in Tampa and Miami folded in 2001.[[/note]] If you're driving south through Florida, Orlando roughly marks where Old Florida deteriorates into pockets dotting the inland corridor through the state. Go a bit further southwest on Interstate 4, and you'll find yourself in the ''other'' major city in the nearby region...
17th Sep '16 4:04:21 PM MrNickelodeon
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** '''Orlando:''' Home of theme parks like [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]], [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Orlando]], and Ride/SeaWorld, as well as a handful of other smaller theme parks of [[SouvenirLand rather]] [[CrappyCarnival questionable]] quality, some of which are little more than tourist traps. It is also home to one of the state's major professional sports teams, the Orlando Magic of [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation the NBA]]; and its only UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer team, Orlando City SC.[[note]]Earlier teams in Tampa and Miami folded in 2001.[[/note]] If you're driving south through Florida, Orlando roughly marks where Old Florida deteriorates into pockets dotting the inland corridor through the state. Go a bit further southwest on Interstate 4, and you'll find yourself in the ''other'' major city in the nearby region...

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** '''Orlando:''' Home of theme parks like [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]], [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Orlando]], and Ride/SeaWorld, as well as a handful of other smaller theme parks of [[SouvenirLand rather]] [[CrappyCarnival questionable]] quality, some of which are little more than tourist traps. It Speaking of tourist traps, the city is notable for International Drive, which contains some of the said smaller parks along with an endless amount of stores, restaurants, exhibits, and perhaps most famously the Orlando Premium Outlets - a place that's often considered an amusement park in of itself. The long street saw the addition of I-Drive Live in 2015, that specifically includes the massive Orlando Eye ferris wheel, which has now begun to be used as the "icon" of the area. Along with all the tourist destinations, the city is also home to one of the state's major professional sports teams, the Orlando Magic of [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation the NBA]]; and its only UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer team, Orlando City SC.[[note]]Earlier teams in Tampa and Miami folded in 2001.[[/note]] If you're driving south through Florida, Orlando roughly marks where Old Florida deteriorates into pockets dotting the inland corridor through the state. Go a bit further southwest on Interstate 4, and you'll find yourself in the ''other'' major city in the nearby region...
17th Sep '16 2:41:35 PM MrNickelodeon
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* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Florida is the only one of the United States that has two species of crocodilians, the American Alligator and the American Crocodile. The American Crocodile is rarer, being less tolerant of temperate weather and largely restricted to the southernmost third of the peninsula. The American Alligator however is ''everywhere'' with a lot of water, which in Florida tends to be just about everywhere. There is an old saying in some parts to always be suspicious of large bodies of water on logic of, "Has water, got gator".

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* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Florida is the only one of the United States that has two species of crocodilians, the American Alligator and the American Crocodile. The American Crocodile is rarer, being less tolerant of temperate weather and largely restricted to the southernmost third of the peninsula. The American Alligator however is ''everywhere'' with a lot of water, which in Florida tends to be just about everywhere. There is an old saying in some parts to always be suspicious of large bodies of water on logic of, "Has water, got gator". Orlando even has an entire park dedicated to alligators, called Gatorland, which has been around since 1949.
12th Sep '16 11:50:05 AM MrNickelodeon
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** '''Orlando:''' Home of theme parks like [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]], Ride/UniversalStudios, and Ride/SeaWorld, as well as a handful of other smaller theme parks of [[SouvenirLand rather]] [[CrappyCarnival questionable]] quality, some of which are little more than tourist traps. It is also home to one of the state's major professional sports teams, the Orlando Magic of [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation the NBA]]; and its only UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer team, Orlando City SC.[[note]]Earlier teams in Tampa and Miami folded in 2001.[[/note]] If you're driving south through Florida, Orlando roughly marks where Old Florida deteriorates into pockets dotting the inland corridor through the state. Go a bit further southwest on Interstate 4, and you'll find yourself in the ''other'' major city in the nearby region...

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** '''Orlando:''' Home of theme parks like [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]], Ride/UniversalStudios, [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Orlando]], and Ride/SeaWorld, as well as a handful of other smaller theme parks of [[SouvenirLand rather]] [[CrappyCarnival questionable]] quality, some of which are little more than tourist traps. It is also home to one of the state's major professional sports teams, the Orlando Magic of [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation the NBA]]; and its only UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer team, Orlando City SC.[[note]]Earlier teams in Tampa and Miami folded in 2001.[[/note]] If you're driving south through Florida, Orlando roughly marks where Old Florida deteriorates into pockets dotting the inland corridor through the state. Go a bit further southwest on Interstate 4, and you'll find yourself in the ''other'' major city in the nearby region...
12th Sep '16 11:23:44 AM MrNickelodeon
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** '''The Tampa Bay area''' is normally spun off into its own region. The Northerners in this area are more likely to be from the Midwest than the Northeast, due to Interstate 75 connecting it with UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}. Historically, this was a major citrus growing area, though much of that has moved outward and inland. Although Orlando is generally regarded as the "theme park city" of Florida, Tampa manages to hold its own with Busch Gardens, which is famous for its many roller coasters, though the area as a whole is generally more renowned for its large number of world-class museums. On the other end of the spectrum, it's also known for its strip clubs (it was the setting of ''Film/MagicMike'') and a number of on-and-off sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays of [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} MLB]] (which actually play in nearby St. Petersburg), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball the NFL]], and a surprisingly solid (given the area) [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.\\

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** '''The Tampa Bay area''' is normally spun off into its own region. The Northerners in this area are more likely to be from the Midwest than the Northeast, due to Interstate 75 connecting it with UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}. Historically, this was a major citrus growing area, though much of that has moved outward and inland. Although Orlando is generally regarded as the "theme park city" of Florida, Tampa manages to hold its own with Busch Gardens, Ride/BuschGardens, which is famous for its many roller coasters, though the area as a whole is generally more renowned for its large number of world-class museums. On the other end of the spectrum, it's also known for its strip clubs (it was the setting of ''Film/MagicMike'') and a number of on-and-off sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays of [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} MLB]] (which actually play in nearby St. Petersburg), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball the NFL]], and a surprisingly solid (given the area) [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.\\
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