Hialeah in Florida

30 November 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  4 minutes

Taco Bell © flickr.com - Phillip Pessar/cc-by-2.0

Taco Bell © flickr.com – Phillip Pessar/cc-by-2.0

Hialeah is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida. With a population of 223,109 as of the 2020 census, Hialeah is the sixth-largest city in Florida. It is the second largest city by population in the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,198,782 people at the 2018 census. It is located west-northwest of Miami, and is one of a few places in the county—others being Homestead, Miami Beach, Surfside, Bal Harbour, Sunny Isles Beach, and Golden Beach—to have its own street grid numbered separately from the rest of the county (which is otherwise based on Miami Avenue at Flagler Street in Downtown Miami, the county seat).   read more…

Portrait: Hamilton Disston, industrialist and real-estate developer

26 October 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Miami / South Florida, Portrait Reading Time:  8 minutes

Hamilton Disston © Florida Memory Archives

Hamilton Disston © Florida Memory Archives

Hamilton Disston was an industrialist and real-estate developer who purchased four million acres (16,000 km²) of Florida land in 1881, an area larger than the state of Connecticut, and reportedly the most land ever purchased by a single person in world history. Disston was the son of Pennsylvania-based industrialist Henry Disston who formed Disston & Sons Saw Works, which Hamilton later ran and which was one of the largest saw manufacturing companies in the world.   read more…

Ybor City in Tampa, the Cigar Capital of the World

29 August 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Centro Ybor complex with a TECO line car in front © Peter K Burian/cc-by-sa-4.0

Centro Ybor complex with a TECO line car in front © Peter K Burian/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ybor City is a historic neighborhood just northeast of downtown Tampa, Florida, United States. It was founded in the 1880s by Vicente Martinez-Ybor and other cigar manufacturers and populated by thousands of immigrants, mainly from Cuba, Spain, and Italy. For the next 50 years, workers in Ybor City’s cigar factories rolled hundreds of millions of cigars annually.   read more…

Lummus Park in Miami Beach

1 July 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  4 minutes

Lummus Park © Pietro/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lummus Park © Pietro/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lummus Park is a 74-acre (30 ha) public, urban park in Miami Beach (Miami-Dade, Florida), on the Atlantic Ocean. The park is on the eastern side of Ocean Drive, from 5th to 15th Streets. When redesigned and improved in the mid-1980s, it became part of the project for the redevelopment of what is now the Miami Beach Architectural District of South Beach.   read more…

Miami Tower

28 May 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  5 minutes

lit as American flag for Independence Day, President's Day & Veterans Day © Averette

lit as American flag for Independence Day, President’s Day & Veterans Day © Averette

The Miami Tower is a 47-story, landmark office skyscraper in Miami, Florida, United States. It is located in central Downtown. It is currently the 16th tallest building in Miami and Florida. On April 18, 2012, the AIA‘s Florida Chapter placed it on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places as the Bank of America Tower.   read more…

Hollywood in Florida

11 May 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  5 minutes

Boardwalk © Tamanoeconomico/cc-by-sa-4.0

Boardwalk © Tamanoeconomico/cc-by-sa-4.0

Hollywood is a city in southern Broward County, Florida, United States, located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. As of July 1, 2019, Hollywood had a population of 154,817. Founded in 1925, the city grew rapidly in the 1950s and 1960s, and is now the 12th-largest city in Florida. Hollywood is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census. The average temperature is between 68 and 83 °F (20 and 28 °C). Hollywood is a relatively small city that retains an old laid-back Florida feel to it compared to the larger cities in the area.   read more…

Theme Week Florida Coasts – First Coast

26 February 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  14 minutes

Sunrise over Ponte Vedra Beach © flickr.com - Craig ONeal/cc-by-sa-2.0

Sunrise over Ponte Vedra Beach © flickr.com – Craig ONeal/cc-by-sa-2.0

Florida’s First Coast, or simply the First Coast, is a region of the U.S. state of Florida, located on the Atlantic coast of North Florida. The First Coast refers to the same general area as the directional region of Northeast Florida. It roughly comprises the five counties surrounding Jacksonville: Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns, largely corresponding to the Jacksonville metropolitan area, and may include other nearby areas such as Putnam and Flagler counties in Florida and Camden County, Georgia. The name originated in a marketing campaign in the 1980s, and has become part of Florida’s regional vernacular.   read more…

Theme Week Florida Coasts – Emerald Coast

25 February 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  11 minutes

Destin from the Destin Harbor © flickr.com - Destin Vacation Boat Rentals/cc-by-2.0

Destin from the Destin Harbor © flickr.com – Destin Vacation Boat Rentals/cc-by-2.0

The Emerald Coast is an unofficial name for the coastal area in the US state of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico that stretches about 100 mi (160 km) through five counties, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay, which include Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Panama City. Some south Alabama communities on the coast of Baldwin County, such as Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan embrace the term as well.   read more…

Theme Week Florida Coasts – Big Bend Coast

24 February 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Dekle Beach © DiscoverTaylor/cc-by-sa-4.0

Dekle Beach © DiscoverTaylor/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Big Bend region of Florida is an informal region of the state. Different definitions of the region include counties stretching across northern Florida from the Apalachicola River to the St. Johns River. The Big Bend Coast, however, is the marshy coast without barrier islands that extends along the Gulf of Mexico coast of Florida from the Ocklockonee River (Wakulla County) to Anclote Key (Pasco County). Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, uses varying definitions of the region, including just four counties, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie and Levy counties, in one definition, and 12 counties, including Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Suwannee, Columbia, Hamilton, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, and Putnam counties, in another. The Big Bend Scenic Byway is a marked route through Franklin, Leon, and Wakulla counties.   read more…

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