Thursday, April 15, 2010

Does the popular understanding of Florida match the reality?

When Florida started to become a popular vacation destination in the early 20th century, those who visited went back to their winter homes in New England and painted a fantasy of white sandy beaches and warm weather. This image became the postcard for Florida during most of the century and as more people came to Florida, more attractions were built such as Disney World, Weeki Wachee and real estate for people to retire and vacation on. This image of Florida is far from that of which I grew up in, I have lived in Florida most of my life and I can say from experience Florida is hot, humid and infested with mosquitoes. The "real" Florida is home to numerous people who call it home, and is no more different than any other state.

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