Floridays

Floridays
12:00 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Miami Jetport nearly came to fruition on the edge of the Everglades, in Big Cypress Swamp

A panther rests in a tree in Big Cypress Preserve.
Credit Photo by Peter Gallagher

The project, pushed by South Florida business interests, was halted by the Nixon Administration in 1969. Nathaniel Reed of Jupiter Island, environmental advisor to Gov. Claude Kirk at the time, explains.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Tue February 2, 2010

Tour focuses on 2 neighborhoods near downtown Stuart

Alice Luckhardt and the owner of a bed and breakfast named for early builder Sam Matthews
Credit Janie Gould

Potsdam and the Frazier Addition were highlighted in 2010 tour sponsored by Stuart Heritage, Inc.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Fri January 8, 2010

Fish camp built in 1910 by a Chicago industrialist now a quiet Stuart neighborhood

It was on the South Fork of the St. Lucie River. Only a few traces of the original buildings remain. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Fri December 18, 2009

St. Lucie native sought cold weather oysters

Shucked oysters soaking in water
Credit Florida Photo Archives

Polly Summerlin Moore says she and her brother often had to jump into chilly water in the Indian River in search of oysters

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat December 12, 2009

Priest headed off KKK threats in Fort Pierce in 1940s, parishioner remembers

Despite the pressure, the priest went ahead with a funeral service for a black parishioner. Paul Driscoll, an altar boy at the time, remembers.  

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat December 12, 2009

Before Gloria Estefan built her oceanfront resort, there were cottages called Taylor Town

Taylor Town sat where Gloria Estefan's resort is now.
Credit Archive Center, Indian River County Main Library

Mary Johnson's father, S. B. Taylor, bought the land for taxes during the Depression and built cottages.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat October 10, 2009

How a gaggle of geese learned to swim

Long-time Fort Pierce builder O.C. Peterson took them under his wing.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Florida book publisher calls century-old report about Everglades his favorite book

Val Martin owns Florida Classics Library in Hobe Sound. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Wed September 9, 2009

Treasure Coast resident worked as 'Peter Pan Peanut Butter Girl'

Mary Lou Hanlon of Vero Beach worked as a model in the 1940s. That's when she was selected to help promote the peanut butter brand.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sun August 9, 2009

Swim coach had underwater roles in 'Creature from the Black Lagoon'

Dick Wells organized Indian River Community College's nationally acclaimed swim program in the 1970s. Earlier, he swam  in horror flicks filmed at Wakulla Springs.  

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