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Jacksonville Beach’s Casa Marina Hotel: Old Florida charm.

Story by Jeff and Stephanie Sylva – Once known as “The World’s Finest Beach,” Jacksonville Beach on Florida’s northern-most Atlantic coastline basked in the glory of the 1920’s excitement, welcoming a host of celebrities, dignitaries, and even a fair share of gangster-types. At the center of this “playground for the rich and famous,” was a …

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Stepping Back in Time at the Rod & Gun Club

by Terry Conway Royal palms and tin rooftops vie for the town’s tallest point. Fishing rods poke from open windows of cottages and dusty pickups, an outward reminder of the area’s livelihood. At dockside, skiffs and canoes head out while charter captains and guides pick up guests for a day of fishing the flats and …

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St. Petersburg’s Renaissance

by Terry Conway Talk about an extreme makeover. Once taunted for its green benches, bingo nights and sluggish snowbirds, today St. Petersburg, Fla. is a textbook case for urban reinvention. Sitting midway up the west coast of the Sunshine State, St. Pete is powered by its gorgeous waterfront, the stunning Dali Museum, and a stream …

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Kicking Back on Anna Maria Island

by Terry Conway Tucked along the teal-colored Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island sits on a tiny spindle of land at the mouth of Tampa Bay. There is no grand dame hotel, no sprawling wildlife preserve,  no historic waterfront. The island is dominated by palm trees and low-slung Crayola-colored beach cottages and scores of renovated …

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