Monthly Archives: June 2021

The First Underground Railroad: Freedom in Florida Part 3, The American Revolution

Part I Part II This week, on part III of our Florida History Podcast series on the nation’s First Underground Railroad, we move from Spanish rule of Florida, to British East Florida. Once the British assumed control of Florida via the Treaty of Paris in 1763, they brought a Plantation economy to the area, and […]

The Sunshine State Parkway in 1960

The 109-mile Sunshine State Parkway opened in 1957. The road which became known as Florida’s Turnpike in 1968 was extended north of Fort Pierce in 1960. This information sheet about the SSP featuring a welcome from Governor Collins is from 1960.

Pan Am II: A History

A brief narrative of history of the second version of Pan American World Airways is coming to these pages in the near future. The second Pan Am which flew from 1996 to 1998 was based in Miami and had a Florida-heavy route map (as indicated below). Any reader questions or thoughts about Pan Am II, […]

United adding Fort Myers to California nonstops

United Airlines, who last winter experimented with many point-to-point routes of Florida, are adding nonstop flights from Fort Myers to both Los Angeles and San Francisco. When COVID hit, Southwest Florida did not have a single nonstop flight to the Pacific Coast, but after Alaska Airlines added Fort Myers to both Seattle and Los Angeles […]

DeSantis v Capitalism and free enterprise: The new Florida GOP anti-Capitalist ideology defined

Ron DeSantis calls himself a “conservative.” However, it’s telling he’s stopped talking about being a “free market conservative.” Why? Because quite frankly his ideology now is a mixture of culture fascism and leftist state control of private industry and the economy. Last week, The Governor posted the above graphic claiming wanting responsible public health standards […]

TFS + – Classic Florida post cards and Citrus Crates

We’re making our TFS + and TFS + Pro series on classic Florida postcards, Citrus Crates and travel promotions available for free during June. You can see all of the posts of this nostalgic Florida series during June at our TFS + page.

Dear Governor DeSantis, Florida’s history in relation to Anti-Catholicism needs to be taught – let’s call it a “Critical Religious Theory.”

Governor DeSantis and his allies on the State Board of Education have banned the teaching of “Critical Race Theory.” This is fascinating given the ban which applies to public schools have never taught “Critical Race Theory,” something that is solely discussed at the University level. However, with all of the recent discussions about “Critical Race […]

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

See Jupiter Inlet, the mouth of the Loxahatchee River and beginning of the Indian River Lagoon from the top of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. The Lighthouse was built between 1858 and 1860. It was designed by General George Meade who in 1863 became the hero at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Val Demings, the Democrats rock star and the race against Rubio

Congresswoman Val Demings has announced her candidacy for US Senate. Despite Florida’s clear trend toward the GOP at the statewide level, national Democrats are crowing about this “get” in terms of candidate recruitment and now see the race as a potential pick-up in a 50-50 US Senate.  Demings is at least on paper about as […]

That was fast! Fort Lauderdale strikes back with Southwest resuming multiple international routes from the airport

Days after Broward-County-based Spirit Airlines, Fort Lauderdale’s market leader announced thirty new destinations from rival Miami International Airport, Southwest has quietly loaded five international routes into its reservation system from Fort Lauderdale. The newly loaded routes are from Fort Lauderdale to Cancun, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Nassau and the Turks & Caicos islands. The services […]