“Rite of Passage”: Striking Vintage Photos of Florida Spring Break in the ‘80s

The traditional Spring Break is an entirely American tradition, a purge of pure hedonism before returning to student life. A tradition which has alcohol, music, sex and vigor at its core. Continue reading »

Florida Man Arrested Trying To Quarantine On Abandoned Disney Treasure Island, And That’s What This Island Looks Like From The Inside

The 42-year-old said he didn’t hear numerous deputies searching the private island for him on foot, by boat and by air because he was asleep in a building. He told the deputy he didn’t know it was a restricted area, despite there being numerous “no trespassing” signs. Continue reading »

Diving with Manatees in Florida

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Snorkelers interact with a Florida Manatee inside of the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida January 15, 2015. On winter days, Florida manatees flock by the hundreds to the balmy waters of Three Sisters Springs, drawing crowds of snorkelers and kayakers to the U.S. sanctuary, where people may swim with the endangered species. But as tolerant as the gentle, whiskered sea giants can be of the accidental kicks and splashes of delighted tourists, wild life regulators want to ban most canoes and paddle boards and create people-free zones to protect the wintering “sea cow”. Proposed limitations for this winter are awaiting approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Photo by Scott Audette/Reuters)
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Florida Mailboxes

The Florida Keys are famous for their diving, but they are less well known for another quirky attraction: the mailboxes residents use to decorate their driveways. From a fiberglass manatee in lipstick to a small white church, Reuters photographer Wolfgang Rattay documented this unusual aspect of local culture as he drove along the Ocean Highway that connects the islands.

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A mailbox in the shape of a fire truck is seen along the highway US-1 in the Lower Keys near Marathon in Florida, July 11, 2014. (Photo by Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)
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Florida’s Friendly Manatees Photographed By Alexander Mustard


Snorkellers approach an adult manatee at Three Sisters Spring, Crystal River, Florida. You might imagine that coming face to face with one of these enormous underwater mammals would cause some concern. However, the likelihood is that the rotund creature just wants you to scratch its belly while it floats around happily, as world-renowned underwater photographer Alex Mustard discovered. (Photo by Alexander Mustard/Barcroft Media)
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Florida Wildfire Biologists Release Panther into the Wild

A 2-year-old Florida panther is released into the wild by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on April 3, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The panther and its sister had been raised at the White Oak Conservation Center since they were 5 months old. The FWC rescued the two panthers as kittens in September 2011 in northern Collier County after their mother was found dead. The panther is healthy and has grown to a size that should prepare him for life in the wild. In photos by Joe Raedle. Continue reading »

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

The 100th anniversary edition of the South Florida Fair is being celebrated sort of like a wedding. It seems a stretch, but hear us out: There’s something old, as in some of the most popular, tried-and-true returning favorites that the festival, running from January 13-29 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, has to offer, plus special things to commemorate the fair’s big birthday.

Fairgoers enjoy the midway during Thursday’s soft opening of the 2012 South Florida Fair. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Continue reading »

Frosty Florida: Season’s First Cold Spell Passes through the State

Freezing temperatures damaged crops in western Palm Beach County, manatees took refugee in warm waters, and shelters housed the homeless as the season’s first cold spell passed through the state on Wednesday.

Icicles cling to a fence outside a strawberry field just after sunrise in Thonotosassa, Florida. (Chris O’Meara/Associated Press) Continue reading »

Underwater Photo Exhibit Displayed on Artificial Reef in Florida Keys

A diver examines photographs by Austrian photographer Andreas Franke along the deck of the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg artificial reef, 90 feet deep in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key West in this photograph taken on August 4 and released on August 7. Franke created and installed a dozen digitally composited images for the underwater exhibition. (Andreas Franke/Florida Keys News Bureau) Continue reading »