Ten Fiery Facts and Photos of Florida


LM 1

Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center is the NASA facility for Launch Complex 39, built for the Saturn V, the largest and most powerful l launch vehicle in history, for the Apollo manned Moon landing program proposed by President John F. Kennedy.

LM 2Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is the most popular place in Florida. The sports complex blankets 480 acres. The Daytona 500 has been one
of the most famous races in the world since 1959. Find out more:

LM 3Hemingway’s Home

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is a National Historic Landmark in Key West. This home is where the author wrote the
famous novels, “To Have and Have Not” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
The museum is filled with cats, which are descendants of those owned
by Hemingway. www.hemingwayhome.com

LM 4

St. Augustine

St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, has houses, historic districts, hotels and military installations listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can visit most places with a stroll along the main street of town. http://www.oldcity.com/

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Mar-a-Lago was built in1924-1927, is the name of the Marjorie Merriweather Post estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Upon her death
in 1973 Marjorie Post willed the 17-acre estate to the U.S.
Government as a retreat for Presidents and visiting foreign
dignitaries. The mansion was not however used for this purpose,
prior to being declared a National Historic Landmark in 1980.

LM 6

Freedom Tower

Stretching high in to the Miami sky, the Freedom Tower used to be the home of the Miami Daily News and Metropolis. It became a culturally and historically significant place between 1962 and 1974 when it was used to help immigrate Cuban refugees from 90 miles across the ocean. In 1979, it was added to the National Registry of Historic Places.

LM 7

Holocaust Memorial

A giant outstretched arm reaching to the sky with an Auschwitz tattoo and surrounded by victims of the Holocaust climbing the arm in an attempt to escape their fate. The many vignettes of victims surrounding the main arm sculpture are life size and standing beside it can be quite intense. http://holocaustmemorialmiamibeach.org/

LM 8

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse

The Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station, 10 miles south of Daytona Beach, owns the distinction of being the tallest lighthouse in the Sunshine State.  First lit in the 1880s, the lighthouse’s beacon provides illumination 20 miles out to sea. The light station includes more than 200 steps — which visitors can climb to get to the top — and was one of the nation’s first lighthouses to be commissioned using kerosene as a lighting source. www.ponceinlet.org

LM 9

Ybor City

Ybor City is a historic Latin American neighborhood, developed by the employees of the first cigar factory there. The El Centro Espanol de Tampa was once was a center to help preserve Spanish culture in the United States. North of Tampa, the Chrystal River archaeological site is home to six mounds, used by Native Americans, for burial and
other ceremonies. They are in the midst of excavation.

LM 10

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge was established as the first national wildlife refuge in the United States. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the refuge was created by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 in order to protect egrets, herons and spoonbills from being hunted to the point of extinction.   www.fws.gov/pelicanisland

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

My buddies in the LBC have their own tales to tell:
Ramana,Shackman,The Old Fossil

About Maxi

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