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Fresh Slices of Old Florida

Many people don't know what old Florida was like so I want to show you all that's historic, beautiful, retro, kitschy and untamed. Much of it has changed now, but you can still be a part of the adventure if you look in the right places. I love writing about Florida and submissions are always welcomed.

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FUN IN THE SUNSHINE CITY
2014 Conference for the Society for Commercial Archeology
St. Petersburg, Florida

Opening Reception at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club
April 9, 2014

if you haven’t visited the St. Pete Shuffle on a Friday night, you don’t know what you’ve been missing!

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Hiss Studio, Sarasota

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Fun in the Sunshine City

Hospitality and entertainment await you next spring at the Society for Commercial Archeology’s upcoming conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. “Fun in the Sunshine City” will explore the fascinating roadside resources of Florida’s Gulf coast April 9- 12, 2014.

Booming first in the 1920s and then again after World War II, St. Petersburg’s main industry was always the tourist trade. Conference attendees will experience the region’s recreational resources at the opening reception at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club and then on two motorcoach tours. The first tour will travel across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to Sarasota and will explore the mid-century resources of Treasure Island, the Sarasota School of Architecture, and Sarasota Jungle Gardens, a surviving vintage roadside attraction. The second bus tour will visit the former Kapok Tree Restaurant in Clearwater, the Sponge Docks at Tarpon Springs, and iconic Weeki Wachee Springs, home of mermaids, before concluding with dinner at the famed Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Ybor City.

In addition to experiencing these treasures from Florida’s 20 conference will include a papers session, a day of visual presentations about subjects related to commercial archeology. Perhaps most importantly, the conference is an opportunity to connect with fellow roadside aficionados from the SCA.

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The Quadricentennial at Warm Mineral Springs

In 1959 Sarasota County considered participating in the Quadricentennial Celebration that had already kicked off in Pensacola. Warm Mineral Springs was considered a geographically desirable setting because of its location along US 41 between Naples and St. Petersburg.

Building on the efforts of the Pensacola celebration, the “Quadri” as it was dubbed by local papers, was celebrated from December 1959 to April 1960. Some of the displays from Pensacola were recycled  Warm Mineral Springs included dioramas and  37 wax figurines from the Florida Hall of Fame.

The structures built near the spring were all completed by 1960 in time to be  utilized for the Quadri. They were designed by Sarasota School Architect Jack West.

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Ravine Gardens, Palatka

Ravine Gardens, Palatka


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Florida border, 1947
State Archives of Florida

Florida border, 1947

State Archives of Florida


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Miami-Beach-FL-Versailles-Hotel

Miami-Beach-FL-Versailles-Hotel


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Fiesta of the Five Flags, Pensacola

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Homosassa Springs, Florida.

We saw so many neat animals but the best was the hippo. He was made a Florida citizen by the Governor in ‘89 because all the “exotic animals” were leaving the wildlife sanctuary and no zoo wanted him. I thought that was a sweet story. 

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