Roadside History: The Night Owl Beauty and North Miami

International House of Pancakes in North Miami, c 1970

NORTH MIAMI - In a December 1970 edition of National Geographic, the cover subject was pollution. One of the "pollutions" photographed was visual pollution. To illustrate the point, the magazine photographed the highway strip along Route 1 in North Miami. Today, the strip is completely changed, and almost denuded of all signs. Also missing are the Holbrook Antique Arms … [Read more...]

Remembering Lesters of Miami Beach


MIAMI - Does anyone recall Lester's, the snazzy coffee shop and lunchroom in Miami Beach? Today, there's yet another Lester's, namely the Lester's at Wynwood at 2519 NW Second Ave., Miami, FL, 33127. Call (305) 456-1784. It's much trendier with all sorts of events, a sort of idea place as put together by Daniel Milewski. Find out more at … [Read more...]

Do You Remember Floridaland in Osprey?


OSPREY - Dozens of theme parks have disappeared from Florida, some more interesting than others. One park in the Sarasota area was Floridaland. It had various themes, including a dolphin show, and a prime location near Casey Key, now one of the most exclusive places to live on the West Coast of Florida. Today at the intersection of Tamiami Trail and Blackburn Point Road … [Read more...]

Stop in Arcadia for Antiques, Old Florida


ARCADIA - When driving through the center of Florida along Route 17, this cow-centered antique town is a must stop. The city, which is west of Okeechobee, is packed with dozens of antique shops of varying quality. The rest of the town is worth a drive too; particularly notable is the 1915 St. Edmund the Martyr Episcopal Church, the U.S. Post office and back streets of historic … [Read more...]

Clearwater Shows Dolphin for Republican Convention

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Dolphin Winter

CLEARWATER BEACH – The Clearwater Regional Chamber, along with support from Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the City of Clearwater, has launched a project to artistically showcase the bottlenose dolphin. Dolphin sponsors and artists have been recruited to showcase the talented local artists as they uniquely decorate upright 6’ tall fiberglass dolphins. The tie in with Winter … [Read more...]