Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

Florida and the movies

Throughout the 20th Century, Florida was a mecca of the film industry. Whether it was Esther Williams at Silver Springs or James Bond thrillers set around Miami, if you went to see a feature film presentation in the 20th Century a good chance existed it was either set or filmed in Florida. In this week’s […]

The Golden Age of Florida Politics

In this week’s edition of The Florida History Podcast we discuss the Golden Age of Florida Politics. Co-host Robert Buccellato penned a wonderful narrative about the era three years ago on this site. The 1970’s were a unique time in the history of our state as a generation of civic-minded leaders emerged from the dark […]

Pan American World Airways and the FDR’s first ever presidential flight (w/ podcast)

In this week’s episode of The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze we chronicle the rise of Pan American World Airways Florida links, from birth in Key West to development of the US’ first major international airport on Dinner Key in Coconut Grove, Miami. We also discuss President Franklin Roosevelt becoming the first […]

100 years this week since the deadly 1919 Keys Hurricane

Mention Florida Keys and Hurricanes and the mind drifts to 1935 – the Labor Day storm that most intense to ever hit the United States. That storm killed several hundred World War I veterans working on the overseas highway and washed out Henry Flager’s overseas railroad. But the 1919 Keys Hurricane which struck this week […]

Dorian: Lessons and observations

First off let me say all our hearts go out to our neighbors in the Bahamas. Particularly for those of us from the southeastern corner of the state, places like Freeport, West End and Marsh Harbor are closer to us geographically and in some ways economically and culturally than most of the United States and […]

Florida, hurricanes and Labor Day – A brief history -updated w/ PODCAST

Podcast: Labor Day Florida Hurricanes Florida is forever linked with Hurricanes but especially on Labor Day Weekend. Whether it was the 1935 Keys storm, the strongest ever to hit the United States, Betsy in 1965, 1979’s Hurricane David or 2004’s Frances, Labor Day Weekend often means Hurricanes. 2019 appears to be another anxious one for […]

Podcast: The Seminole Wars

In this week’s edition of The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze we discuss the era of the Seminole Wars which spanned from 1816 to 1858. We delve into the Florida exploits of future Presidents Andrew Jackson and Zachary Taylor in leading the US forces as well as the heroic defenses the Native […]

Sorry Atlanta, Florida remains the soccer hub of the south

Atlanta United, the reigning champions of America’s men’s major league league have never lost to Orlando City SC in nine matches in multiple competitions. The most recent setback for the boys in purple took place Friday night, a 1-0 loss at Orlando City Stadium. This followed a similar setback in the US Open Cup Semifinal […]

Podcast: Florida’s Prohibition era

In the latest episode of The Florida History Podcast presented by the Florida Squeeze we discuss the era of prohibition in the state. We look back at the lawlessness and independent streak in the Florida Panhandle as discussed in Rum Runners and Moonshiners of Old Florida as well look at the impact of the prohibition […]

Virgin Brightline – more stations or higher speed?

In recent months, more community leaders along the FEC line between Brevard and Miami-Dade counties have vocally discussed the benefits of having a station to service passenger trains in their communities. The Virgin Brightline which is currently serving as a higher-speed luxury brand whisking tourists and commuters from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale and […]