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Love Letters to Florida

Dear Florida: I Love Split Oak Forest

By Susana RestrepoKissimmee, FL I invite you to take a walk through the paths of Split Oak forest where you breathe clean air and enjoy the smell of wild plants and flowers. You can listen to the song of the birds and you can feel

Dear Florida: Soaking up the Suwannee

By Monica PetrellaGainesville, FL I was lucky to grow up in North Central Florida. My parents both went to UF where they met and stayed in the college town afterward to raise me and my brother. I loved growing up in Gainesville and always thought

Dear Florida: I Love Honeymoon Island’s North Beach

By Linda TheuhaftPalm Harbor, FL I love to be at North Beach because the rocky coastline keeps many people away, and it’s usually pretty quiet except for the rushing sound of the water and the seagulls’ cries. Other waterfowl wander around, as well. I can

Dear Florida: I Love Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

By Mary LaneNaples, FL I have loved Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary since my first visit there. It is home to the oldest Bald Cypress stand. That is what brought me there, but the boardwalk through his glorious section of the Everglades keeps me coming back. Beautifully