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Miami Hot Dogs: Nathan Has Nothing on Edgar

Some rituals never get old. Such was the case when I lived in North Miami a few years ago and would pay a visit to La Perrada de Edgar almost every Friday night. Nestled in a row of shops along Collins Avenue just south of 71st Street, Edgar Gomez's...

The Story Behind Florida’s Abandoned Dome Home

The headquarters of a bizarre cult or left behind by a group of extra terrestrials? Origins of the abandoned dome home of Cape Romano near Marco Island, Florida have confounded many over the years. But the real story of the eccentric house is a lot ...

The Colorful Past of Yeehaw Junction’s Desert Inn

Get off Florida’s Turnpike at Exit 193 and you’ll see the remnants of a faded out billboard that once welcomed travelers to Yeehaw Junction. Just a few years ago, the sign was vibrant with colorful depictions of a beach, a Space Shuttle and a smiling...

What You Don’t Know About Florida’s “Honeymoon Cottage”

One look at the picture above and you might think the honeymoon is over for this old building standing in the waters of Cedar Key. But you might be surprised to learn this long-abandoned structure is actually the most photographed place in the small ...

PHOTO STORY: Wood & Swink

For 78-year-old Fred Wood II, everything about the Wood & Swink Community Store and Post Office is in his blood. His father served as postmaster over four decades until retiring in 1979. Wood's wife Wilma Sue held the same post for 31 years unt...

Why Mel’s Hot Dogs is Still a Tampa Institution

In the late sixties, traveling musician Mel Lohn decided to put down roots in Tampa and a few years later opened Mel’s Red Hot Ranch. Today known simply as Mel’s Hot Dogs, the business has stood at the same location adjacent to Busch Gardens since...

Fort Christmas Brings Old Florida to Life

CHRISTMAS | If you’re a sucker for places that preserve “Old Florida,” there’s nowhere in Orange County that does it better than Fort Christmas Historical Park. The centerpiece of the 25-acre park off State Road 50 is a more-than-convicing replica of...

The Story of Captain Tony’s Saloon

File this one under the “Did You Know?” category. The Sloppy Joe’s Bar that’s heavily frequented by tourists at the corner of Duval and Greene Streets in Key West is not the original Sloppy Joe’s. The bar that was a favorite watering hole of novelis...