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    Tommy Bartlett's Deer Ranch

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jun 26, 2015

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    Located in mid state, the deer ranch is quite an experience...especially for the kids. This is a very old and dear photo for me. My father is pictured with my daughter on a visit by my parents to Sanford, Fl. when we were stationed there. Even the military base is no longer in Sanford! We had such a great day with the deer. Treats are nibbled right up by the deer... the vending machines hold their treats. Probably a good fund raiser for them.

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    the pier at St Pete

    by gwened Updated Apr 24, 2015

    this is a wonderful pier, right in city center, off street parking we did, there is a marine aquarium in the main building and restaurants/shops. Wonderful for the whole family and one of our fond memories of our stay in Florida (18 years!)

    It is sad to read the pier has closed its wonderful activities and now only open for pedestrian walks fishing etc as the contact links explains. UPDATE, Pier Park, which proposes a landscaped and active entryway and promenade leading to a new building at the pier head, captured the attention of committee members with its gardens, bike and walking trails, splash pond and an upscale restaurant in the uplands portion at the approach to the pier that blend into the existing waterfront park system; has won the competition to do the above it will be presented to city council and hopefully accepted , the project than will be finish by 2018.

    This is my time there as there always a pier here since 1886. In 1973 the Inverted Pyramid structure was completed and opened to the public. It continued the tradition of an over-water public gathering place and tourist attraction in downtown St. Pe-tersburg. In 1987, the Pier was transformed once again with the addition of nearly 70,000 square feet of "festival market" style retail space.

    Hoping the local authorities bring it back , in the meantime ,you can walk on it out to the bay, and even if pictures like mine are now a collector's items maybe you too can get a nice souvenir of this wonderful place.

    more on it
    http://www.tampabay.com/topics/specials/st-petersburg-pier.page
    and more on the rénovations going on with it now
    http://www.stpete.org/news/2014/01-29-2015_schedule_for_presntations_of_new_pier_design_concepts_announced.asp

    from pier tower bldg out to the city of St Pete sunshine skyway bridge takes you there too and yes we were here early ::)
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    beaches of Cape Coral

    by gwened Written Jul 31, 2013

    seldom known to have beaches they do ,two, and it is the encounter point of my family when living there and now visiting.

    the beaches of Ft Myers are also close by and the bridge to go over them is impressive that is why the pictures found in my vault!

    One of the beaches are by the Yacht club and it is the best. Right off Driftwood Parkway and the club is one of the originals of the city. A huge sprawling city still growing. http://www.capecoral.net/?TabId=210
    another great site with useful information better explained than I, http://www.cape-coral-vacation-guide.com/Cape-Coral-Yacht-Club-Beach.html

    and here it tells you better about the canals of Cape Coral very famous where we used to have property, wonderful living
    http://www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/discover/communities/cape-coral/

    See the photos going from mainland to Cape Coral over the inner bay bridge lovely ride !!!

    the bridge fr Ft Myers to Cape Coral arriving Cape Coral sunshine skyland Tampa to St Pete
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  • Pro-Cathedral of Blessed Maude of Cornwall

    by steviedee Updated Mar 8, 2013

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    The Pro-Cathedral of Blessed Maude of Cornwall is the flagship of the Maudian Catholic Church in America, founded in 1989 by Bishop Maude A. P. Savage(1908-2000),('the Celestial Messenger') a former silent screen child star, singer, and tap dancer who claimed ordination in New York, in 1939. She purchased the church building from the Presbyterians in 1989, when the Maudian denomination was founded. It is named after a 15th century German princess and abbess, who brought a religious community from Germany to Cornwall, England. The church itself dates from 1907 and is a grey stone Romanesque structure with an adjoining battlemented tower, which contains two small bells named 'Maude' and 'John.' The interior is plain, with brown and beige diamond-shaped glass in the nave windows. The altar is a plain structure for Mass facing the people, which Bishop Maude preferred; being an ex-vaudevillian, she enjoyed the eye contact with people. The Maudian denomination considers itself to be traditional except in the areas of hell, purgatory, homosexuality, and women's ordination. The Maudian Church has been exhibiting instability since the death of its Primate in 2000. The new Primate, also female, was elected in 2004, and resides elsewhere. The Maudian Church has a Florida Diocese based at the Cathedral; the Georgia and Southeast Deanery; and the Midwest Diocese, based in Michigan. A mission in the Cameroons is planned for 2010-11. The Church is known there as L'Eglise Catholique Maudienne. In 2011 the Mariavite Church of America merged with the Maudian Catholic Church, now with 314 parishes. In early 2012, the Maudian Church's Midwest Diocese is now directing the famous shrine of St. Jude, with its Director being incardinated into the Maudian Church. In 2013, the great marble tomb will be erected over the grave of the Servant of God, Maude Savage. The Primate of the Maudian Church, is Julia Ann Barberio-Savage.

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    John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park

    by gwened Written Aug 16, 2012

    To take a glass bottom boat into the coral reefs off Florida or snorkeling this was one of my hang out while living in Florida for 18 yrs.

    The coral is beautiful and unscarred and the fish glitter like fine jewels at a private party.

    Around us in all directions a rainbow of tropical fish swam over the pastel corals or loafed to and fro with the tidal surge. Completing the picture was a statue of Christ permanently anchored to the bottom of the sea, a gift to the public from the Florida Keys' Italian fishing community. Speckled with fire coral, he raises his arms in permanent supplication.

    The water temperature along the reef's edge, where I snorkeled, was about 74 degrees and dramatically clear. Coral heads erupt from the rocky mass below to form dramatic shapes: brain coral indeed looks like big single-sphere brains six feet across. Antler coral gropes out like so many elk horns; some are fan-shaped, others tubular, like bones. All have a distinctive color.

    driving information John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park, is on U.S 1 at Mile Marker 102.5. Daily excursions and 3 glass-bottom boat trips run daily. Reservations are recommended, call 305-451-1202. Pennecamp also has an aquarium, nature trails, an elevated boardwalk, picnic tables and a nice beach.

    wonders of subtropical beauty a must when in Florida.

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    A quick daytrip to beautiful Key West!

    by Jefie Updated Jan 15, 2012

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    The drive between Key West and Fort Myers takes about 6h, which would prevent most people from thinking they could turn it into a daytrip destination if it weren't for the Key West Express ferry service. Leaving from the Fort Myers Beach marina, the catamaran ride to Key West takes less than 4h, thus making it possible to leave early in the morning, spend the afternoon in Key West, and then come back in the evening. More details on the Key West Express ferry are available on my Key West travel page!

    On board the Key West Express
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    Swim in the most beautiful pool of the world !

    by floche2001 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On our last day in Florida, we took the decision to discover Coral Gables and the Venitian Pool. We'll for sure remember this afternoon at the pool for ever.

    This pools belongs to the American Heritage and is the only pool to have this title.

    Dont'hesitate ! Go ! I join a few pictures i made over there. Simply great !

    Venitian Pool L'entr��e
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    Kingsley Plantation

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located on Fort George Island, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Kingsley Plantation is a post Civil War era plantation that produced cotton, citrus, sugar cane, and corn. This historic plantation is an easy drive from Little Talbot Island State Park. Zephaniah Kingsley became a wealthy landowner, eventually owning more than 32,000 acres of land, and four major plantations with more than 200 slaves. Interestingly, his wife, Anna Madgigine Jai, was a Senegal, West African slave that Kingsley purchased, and then later married. She was actively involved in the management of the plantation. In 1811 he gave Anna Jai her freedom, and she then acquired her own land and owned slaves herself. Kingsley also placed a slave, Abraham Hanahan, in place as his plantation manager, and during times that Kingsley was away, Hanahan was completely in charge. Kingsley later freed Hanahan. Later when Florida enacted additional restrictive laws that caused even more repression of blacks, both free and slaves, Kingsley and his family moved to Haiti to escape what he felt was a spirit of intolerant prejudice. In Haiti he established a colony for his family and some of his former slaves. On your visit you will visit the home of the Kingsley’s, the kitchen house, the garden area, a tabby barn, and the ruins of the tabby slave quarters. Tabby was an oyster shell concrete used in many coastal plantations. See my second photo for a view of a tabby slave quarter.

    The Kingsley Plantation  House Ruins of The Kingsley Slave Quarters
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    Collier-Seminal State Park

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located near the Naples, Florida area, Collier Seminole State Park has the varied vegetation and wildlife of the Everglades. Its tropical hardwood hammock is similar to that of the coastal forest areas of the West Indies and the Yucatan Peninsula. This is an area where the royal palm tree, rare in the wild, may be seen in its natural habitat. Some of the animals you may see are pelican, wood storks, bald eagles, woodpeckers, alligators, manatees, and squirrels. Black Bears, panthers, and crocodiles also live in the park, but are rarely seen.

    Activities that can be enjoyed in the park are camping, bird watching, hiking, canoeing, fishing, and bicycling. The park also offers boat tours. These tours take you along the Black Water River. Your guide will tell you about the early settlers in the area, as well as telling you about the wildlife and plants in the Everglades environment. There is a boat ramp for launching your own boats, and canoe rentals are available in the park.

    Collier-Seminole Park is located on U.S. 41, 17 miles south of Naples.

    My Husband Hiking in Collier-Seminal
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    Best Bay Sunset

    by TequilaTom Written Nov 9, 2010

    When traveling the South Bay area of Tampa (Hillsborough County), take time to view the spectacular sunsets from Little Harbor in Ruskin. Tricky to find from US 41, but well worth it. Great views of St. Pete skyline after dark and even a local can imagine they are far from home while sipping libations at the Tiki Bar and listening to live music.

    Destination is at the end of Shell Point Rd. and was to be one of the hottest areas for waterfront developement before the RE bubble. Great food, daily specials, live bands Thurs. - Sat. and the best deal for for weekend breakfast buffet on the water!

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    A day in the Bahamas

    by csordila Written Jun 3, 2009

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    A one day cruise provides you to enjoy everything a longer cruise offers in one day for a fraction of the cost. It is also the best way to travel to Freeport Grand Bahamas.
    Grand Bahama considered the second most popular island in the Bahamas, and its major city, Freeport, is regarded as the nation’s second city.
    You get a breakfast and lunch buffet on your way to Grand Bahama and dinner on your return trip to south Florida. There is also lots of live entertainment and a Las Vegas style casino onboard. The liner is basically a hotel on water.
    On arrival you can take a $25 dollar tour around Freeport, then come some shopping, drinking, catching sun on the beach (access through the Sheraton), and your time went by. With some good weather the trip makes you an awesome one day fun!

    And by the way, how else can you get to the Grand Bahama with fun, food and drink for a fraction of the normal cost?

    Discovery Sun
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    Paynes Prairie- where the buffalo.... roam?

    by goingsolo Written Dec 28, 2008

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    You may not have known that there are bison in Florida. You may not care either, and, if that is the case, then feel free to stop reading this tip.

    I'd highly recommend this one if you're in the area. Its hard to believe that, 20 minutes or so from the fast food and motel sprawl of Gainesville lies a flat prairie land, which is sometimes dry and sometimes flooded. Where American Bison roam free and white tail deer prance around in the forest. All of this in Florida!

    Paynes Prairie, one of the most unusual landscapes in Florida, contains a small population of bison who freely roam the prairie land just outside of Gainesville. Paynes is a spectacular state park filled with white tail deer, hiking and horse trails, and, if you're lucky, a glimpse at an American Bison. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see one, but did come across several deer. I also hiked through the forested and marshy areas also found in the park.

    Paynes Prairie
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    Torreya State Park

    by goingsolo Written Dec 1, 2008

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    For those of you who think Florida is completely flat, well, you are almost correct. But if you think the state is all beaches and shopping malls, well, you've got that one wrong. Torreya State Park is located in Northwest Florida, about 60 miles west of Tallahassee. Known for its "high" (300 foot) bluffs, rare torreya trees and lush forests, this out of the way location is a must see for those who want to visit "teh real Florida"

    For more information, feel free to browse my Torreya State Park page.

    Torreya State Park
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    Billie Swamp Safari

    by davesut Updated May 5, 2008

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    This is s great place. Along the Alligator alley you'll find signs for Billie Swamp's Safari, head north. The safari, air boat rides and animals give a side to Florida that you should take the time to see. Aparantly profits go to the Seminole Community.

    Still can't get the pictures right.

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    a 'negative' swamp
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    Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Mar 23, 2008

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    We visited Topsail Hill Preserve State Park as a day trip from our campground in nearby Grayton Beach State Park. Topsail is another beautiful state preserve located along the Gulf of Mexico. Like all the other state parks in what is called the Emerald Coast, the sand is sugar white, and the beaches are pristine, with water that often takes on an emerald green look. The preserve has more than three and a half miles of sand beaches, and tall dunes, some standing over twenty-five feet high. See photo 2 for a view of the dunes, and photo 3 for a view of the white, sandy beach. There are also a number of freshwater dune lakes that are excellent for shore fishing. If you are a birdwatcher, or enjoy hiking, take a walk along the Morris Lake Nature Trail as it winds for two and a half miles through ancient dunes, old-growth long leaf pines, sand pine scrub, and a variety of wetlands. Photo 4 will show you a view of the area that leads through the pine forest section of this hike, and photo 5 is a photo I took at Morris Lake. For a longer hike, take the Campbell Lake Nature Trail, which again leads you through a variety of habitats. Or walk along miles of abandoned jeep trails, where you can no longer drive vehicles, but which will offer you another option for exploring the park on foot.

    We did not camp in Topsail, and I did not take the time to check out the accommodations, so I am unfamiliar with what they look like. There is an RV resort complete with a swimming pool, tennis courts, and shuffleboard courts. This resort also has cabins available for weekly stays. Since this is a resort style campground, it is more expensive than the average state park campgrounds. For more information about camping at Topsail, visit the website below.

    The park is located in Santa Rosa Beach on Route 30A.

    Exploring topsail Preserve The Tall Dunes in Topsail Preserve Beautiful White Sand Beach at Topsail My Husband Hiking Morris Lake Nature Trail Enjoying Morris Lake, a Coastal Dune Lake
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