Local traditions and culture in Florida

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    My home in Miramar

    by gwened Written Apr 2, 2014

    Another nostalgic city where my kids first went to school, and we had a great time out by the everglades west of I75; lived here from about 1991 to 2003 before moving to France.

    many happy moments, close to the everglades on the west and the beaches of Fort lauderdale on the east.

    great family area that will not be forgotten.

    our last home in USA Miramar Fla our front entrance to the house at Miramar cooking it up in the kitchen with parents/cousin
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    My home at Ormond Beach

    by gwened Written Apr 2, 2014

    These are some pictures of the times I lived in Ormond Beach, Fl, right on the north peninsula 150 meters from the beach. Lovely times never to be forgotten, and a great place to visit with the family.

    I was here from about 1986 onwards to 1991 thereabouts. then move further south.

    our home with parents counter bar looking out to terrace and dad parents friends and our family doctor visiting us
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    the circus is famous in Florida

    by gwened Written Mar 6, 2014

    from the Ringling Bros ,Barnum and Baily circus in Sarasota, they do shows all over, and they do come to Orlando at the Orlando convention center,and now at the Amway center
    http://www.amwaycenter.com/venue-information

    a wonderful evening for the whole family that mine still remembers very well,and lookout for the circus whenever we are

    circus act carriages and horses circus act band clowns etc circus act parade of elephants and bikes circus act the Elephants circus act the elephants parade
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    Christmas will always be remember

    by gwened Written Mar 5, 2014

    many Christmas in the house, our last in the USA, so lots of memories for all of us. this was our receiving room and use for the Christmas tree.

    Miramar, Broward county, State of Florida, USA

    division of Silver Lakes, subdivision of Sapphire Bay!

    Christmas tree at receiving room at home
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    my old home pictures

    by gwened Written Feb 3, 2014

    I was able to pull some more from the boxes so this is it Ormond by the Sea, Ormond Beach on the beachside, glorious years, was married in DB and my oldest son was born here.

    you can see on the second photo what I say about Florida, it can get cold too, 25F or about 10C it is very cold,but it happenned our crop of papaya trees were gone that year in the 1980's

    my  house in Ormond the weather is sunny ::)
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    attending typical home grown churches

    by gwened Written Dec 10, 2013

    The First Presbyterian Church is one of them. 609 Brickell Ave, right in downtown , city center Miami surrounded by business office, and wonderful condominiums living towers.

    As the State of Florida was celebrating its Golden Anniversary in 1896, Miami was an infant city, becoming incorporated that same year with some 400 residents. Railways, hotels, stores and a restaurant were budding in the untamed landscape, and the city’s first organized religious group that would continue without interruption until today was meeting in a tent: the First Presbyterian Church of Miami.

    In 1898, Henry M. Flagler, pioneer developer and builder in Florida, donated land for the construction of a church at Flagler Street and Southeast Third Avenue. Mr. Flagler, a Presbyterian himself, also paid for the plans, manse, and church. In early 1900, he handed over the keys of the newly constructed church to the first Pastor, Rev. William Wallace Farris.

    a history of Miami close tothe port of Miami

    First Presbyterian Church
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    renting videos at Blockbuster

    by gwened Written Mar 3, 2013

    well blockbuster videos was like our second home, very good customers, we rented video a lot sometimes five at a time, family gathering watching movies was great and nice. We keep up the tradition now with the older boys.
    15729 Pines Boulevard Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
    the store!!!

    Blockbuster store at pembroke pines
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    My first independant job was here

    by gwened Written Dec 24, 2012

    well I did worked since very young in parents businesses but in Daytona Beach was my first job for others... and it was right in city center, with an outfit now gone. It was on Live Oak Avenue closer to Palmetto.

    It was a nice five office persons in the resorts business, and all got alone very nicely. On Fridays the boss will let me go by 1pm so nice, I need to be ready to party at the beach lol!!!

    the photo is my aunt (mom sister) visiting my office lol!!!

    my first job office at Daytona Beach
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    Cuban Food

    by RickL Written Mar 31, 2010

    It's amazing the quality and comparability of the Cuban style food available in Hialeah. Although they appear the same the quality of the ingrediants is vastly superior to what is available to the ordinary Cuban.

    exactly what it says except moister and tasty A variety of plain tasteless Cuban cheese
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    Family in Small Towns

    by Basaic Written Oct 10, 2009

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    Social life in many small towns in Florida like Middleburg revolves around family. Omega Park (run by the Middleburg Athletic Association) is the central point to go to. Omega Park has tennis courts, athletic fields, a playground etc. There are a number of youth football, baseball, and soccer teams. When there is a game lots of people show up to cheer for the kids and visit friends and neighbors. If you are a member of the Board of Directors of the Middleburg Athletic Association, you have arrived socially.

    Omega Park
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    Patriotism in Small Towns

    by Basaic Written Oct 10, 2009

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    In many of the small towns in Florida, the important things are God, country and family. One such town is Middleburg. According to the Internet, there are around 10,000 people in the Middleburg area. I think they are exaggerating. When they have the 4th of July Parade, however, it looks like around 15,000 people attend and or march in the parade. Middleburg, like many other small towns in Florida, is a very patriotic little town.

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    Tip on tipping

    by tissie Written Jun 7, 2008

    I found that tipping was expected for almost every service in Florida and between 15 - 20% was standard.

    This is usually okay as service is generally very good - those "Have a nice day" cliches are actually a genuine wish on behalf of your waitress or whoever that you enjoy your meal, experience or just your day.

    On the rare occasion when service was poor I didn't tip and this felt okay too.

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    Water Based Activities Are Popular

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    Although Florida has many dry areas, it is still a land of water. With lakes, rivers, swamps, the ocean, and swimming pools in many back years, many activities are based around water. For this reason you will see boats of all types and sizes. Whether you enjoy fishing boats, pleasure motor boating, sailing, and yes, even racing model boats such as those in the photo, you will find them in Florida. The models are small, but not cheap. Racing boats such as these is serious business, with clubs who sponsor weekly regattas, and eventually if you do well, you may even end up in a state tournament. New model boats such as those in the photo sell from $1,000 to $6,000. For bigger boats, Yacht brokerages and boat stores can be found in many communities, where you can purchase small used boats, or new multimillion dollar yachts, as well as all those accessories that you will be wanting to add to your boat or fishing rig. But if you are a fisherman, you don’t have to purchase a boat. You will find many fishing piers in the state that will allow you to walk out over the ocean and enjoy a day of fishing.

    As stated in my second sentence, many homes also have their own swimming pools. Because of the mild climate, these are almost always outdoor pools inside of screened in closures. For cooler winter use people may heat their pools, and use solar blankets when not in use. As you drive around you will notice that some people don’t just have their pool screened in, but some even have their entire back yard screened in. This is because Florida has a lot of pesky insects such as flies and mosquitoes. Some seasons are more buggy than others, but any season can bring in a swarm of pests. Those with screened in yards, can enjoy the outdoors even when the mosquitoes and flies are present.

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    A Haven For Retirees

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    Florida, along with Arizona, the Carolinas, and a few western states such as Utah and Idaho are favorite places for retired people to relocate to. The sunshine, warm weather, and the lack of a state income tax, are major draws for older people who want to get away from cold climates and enjoy outside activities such as golf, shuffleboard, fishing, and boating. Because of this many popular areas of Florida have grown from small towns to larger communities with busy traffic. Housing ranges from trailer parks to manufactured or modular home communities, to luxury planned communities with their own golf courses, clubhouses, and even dockage for private boats. Even so, over the last few years the influx of retirees has slowed down some due to higher prices in of new homes, increased property values causing higher real estate taxes, expensive homeowner insurance, as well as fear of increased hurricanes. The state still expects to remain one of the more popular places for retirees to live, with new home construction geared to designs to withstand hurricane winds, and previously undeveloped areas of the state becoming more popular. In the photo you see a model boat race, with a retirement community in the background. Notice the warning sign on the small lake. Not all waters are friendly to swimmers.

    Retirement Community On a Lake

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    Cuban Influence

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    Florida is populated mostly by migrants, either from within the U.S. or from other countries. One of the largest populations that have migrated to Florida are Cubans. After the Cuban revolution of 1959, people from Cuba began to leave their homes, traveling to the nearest landing in the United States, Florida. Two thirds of all Cubans who have immigrated to the U.S. live in Florida. Of these, seven out 10 live in the Miami Dade area of the state. Their influence can be easily seen in Florida, especially in Miami. Cubans have changed Florida more than any other group coming to the state. Millions of Floridians now identify themselves, as Cuban. Eighth Street in Miami has become the center of Little Havana. Only a few things such as music and food still connect Cubans to their homeland. Cuban food is a Creole cuisine, often based on onion, garlic, and pepper, with sautéed herbs and vegetables. This cuisine has influences in Spain and African cooking. Meats and legumes as well as citrus are common ingredients. Although most dishes are well seasoned, they are not overly spicy. El Pub has been a landmark for more than 40 years, and is decorated with Cuban items, including a map of Cuba that covers one wall. El Pub is very casual. The food is authentic Cuban, and you will find a lot of Spanish speaking customers in the Pub.

    Besides Cubans, there are a number of other Hispanics that have migrated from such countries as Colombia to Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. You will also find people who have come from Caribbean Islands. For this reason, when Little Havana has its annual street festival, it represents many different Hispanic communities and countries. All though I have never attended this festival, I recently read a magazine article about it, and it sounds like a lot of fun, with street food and music such as reggae, salsa, bachata, and merengue. The festival, usually held sometime in March, is located between 27th Ave. and 4th Ave. along Southwest 8th street, and is the largest street festival in the country.

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