Robert is here
Driving through Florida City en route to the Everglades, you'll see odd neon signs by the side of the road proclaiming that "Robert is here." You might be wondering the same thing I was: Who is Robert and where is here?
Juat outside the outskirts of Florida City is a large structure resembling an oversized fruit stand or something similar. The sign above the building reads "Robert is Here." Robert has been here since the 1960's, in case you were wondering. The store is, in fact a fruit stand which sells fresh fruits and other snacks, including the unique and supposedly delicious Key Lime milkshake.
In addition to mangoes, passionfruit and others whose names ring a bell, Robert has some exotic choices, like the ugly fruit. Its definitely a unique place and worth a stop, especially if you love fruit.
"gateway to the everglades and the keys"
florida city is the southern most town on the U.S. mainland. florida city was incorporated in 1914 and is known for it's winter vegetable farms and tropical plant nurseries. florida city is also the gateway to the florida keys and the everglades national park. because of florida city's proximity to these popular tourist attractions there are a number of restaurants, bars, and motels located on U.S. hwy 1 in florida city.
Florida City, gone after Andrew, now back!
"Alligators, up close and personal!"
If you're happening to stay in southern Miami Dade County (Homestead, Cutler Ridge area) or, Northern Keys (Key Largo), one of the most convinient places to see the Everglades National Park is at Florida City's Alligator Farm.
"Changed after Hurricane Andrew"
Before Hurricane Andrew, in 1992, Florida city had a population of almost 9000 people permanently living there.
After August 24th, and with cAtegory 5 Hurricane Andrew making a direct hit through Florida City, Leisure City, Homestead and Cutler Ridge it was forever changed.
Most people moved away, rebuilding well into the 21st century. Even now, although new buildings and commerce has returned, much of it remains much different than it was.