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All About Florida

In-depth information, news updates and articles dedicated to capturing the beauty of living in Florida.

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Hurrican Preparedness Brings Peace of Mind

Tropical Storm Erika has been all over the news in recent days. Yesterday, the storm slowed down and dissolved in the Atlantic Ocean. In doing so, it allowed residents along the East Coast of Florida to take a collective sigh of relief.

From Tropical Storm Erika's outset, preparation measures were in full swing and continuous updates were provided by all the local news sources. The storm's formation reminded many in Brevard County that it’s time to check and resupply hurricane kits.  

No matter how many uneventful hurricane seasons pass, there is always the potential for truly powerful and devastating storms to come upon shore. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew caused severe devastation in south Florida. Since then, there have been some severe storms

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408 Corridor Extension to Brevard County Line Under Consideration 

The Central Florida Expressway Authority has proposed a project that would elongate S.R. 408. The extension would add miles of roadway between East Colonial Drive in Orlando and the Brevard County line.

According to an article by Dan Tracy in the Orlando Sentinel, this initiative is a preparative measure for increased strain on the roadway network. Population and employment growth projections have raised concerns about traffic congestion in both Orange and Brevard counties in the future. 

Extending S.R. 408 by 20 miles to connect with S.R. 520 will relieve congestion where the roadway currently ends near East Colonial Drive in Orlando. The Orlando Sentinel reported that it would also eliminate potential traffic concerns in areas currently under

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Melbourne and Titusville Ranked Best Places to Live

Two Brevard County cities made Niche’s 2015 list of best towns in Florida. Both Melbourne and Titusville broke the top 20, with the former coming in at 12th place and the latter placing right behind it at 13th.

Niche ranks towns and cities based on the following criteria:

  • Weather
  • Safety
  • Schools
  • Activities
  • Jobs
  • Housing

Melbourne

Niche assigns grades to cities and towns and uses them to determine list ranking. Melbourne earned high marks in several areas, including weather, education, housing and activities. In addition to those “A” grades, the southern Brevard city also ranked high in the “easiest commute” and “health and fitness” categories. Melbourne received an overall grade of “B.” 

Melbourne covers 40 square

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Washington Nationals Announce Move to South Florida 

The Washington Nationals baseball team recently announced that they will move their annual spring training operations from Viera to West Palm Beach. Although this news was a tad disheartening, it does not diminish the impact the team's 13 years of spring training operations had on Viera’s economy, nor will it erode the effects that their continued presence in Florida will have on the state’s economy. 

According to an article in Florida Today, the move is part of a deal that keeps the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros performing their annual spring training operations in Florida for the next 30 years through $50 million dollars in state incentives that will help build a new $135 million stadium in West Palm Beach. The Houston Astros will

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Florida's 2015 Back-to-School Tax Holiday Starts Today

The sales tax holiday weekend offered by the Florida Department of Revenue in 2014 has been extended for this coming school year. Starting today, back-to-school shoppers will enjoy a full ten days of tax-free supplies and clothing purchases.

Florida Today recently reported that the average American family spends approximately $630 on back-to-school shopping excursions, $98 of which is expended purely on classroom supplies. According to the article, this figure is the second highest since the recession, which may explain the 25 percent increase in families that are waiting until the two weeks prior to school starting to do their requisite shopping.

From August 7th to August 16th 2015, families can use the tax exemption on clothing items worth up

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Historic Space Events with July AnniversariesMany of the notable events that have taken place in space history happened right here on the Space Coast. On top of that, four of the most memorable of these space moments occurred during the month of July. Can you guess which ones?

The following historic space events all occurred during the month of July:

1. First rocket launch

Space Coast Dailyrecently shared a news story commemorating the first rocket launch from Cape Canaveral on July 24, 1950. Bumper 8 was a two-stage rocket composed of an American WAC Corporal set atop a German V2 missile. According to the article, Bumper 8 had a major mechanical failure, but was considered a success because it did lift off, proving that a second stage liquid-fueled rocket could be ignited. Bumper 8 was

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Brevard Zoo

On Friday, Florida Today and News 13 reported that the Brevard Zoo gained national recognition through ranking in the top 20 on Trip Advisor's, "Best of 2015." This is something that Brevard County residents have known for a while. The Brevard Zoo is a lovely place for families to visit. With remarkable exhibits, ample educational resources, phenomenal recreational activities, lively day and evening events and a true community focus, The Brevard Zoo delivers smiles daily.

The Brevard Zoo was awarded 14th place in the Trip Advisor 2015 Traveler’s Choice. The Space Coast’s beloved zoo leapt ahead of countless zoos across the nation that have far more funding, larger grounds and many more daily visitors to earn this recognition.

Since opening in

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Sunken Treasure off Brevard's CoastOn July 31, 1715 a fleet of eleven Spanish ships encountered rather harsh weather off the Florida Coast. But this wasn’t a paltry tropical thunderstorm; in fact, the ships sailed straight into a hurricane. According to a recent Viera Voice article, 1,000 passengers and crewmembers and ten ships were lost during the fierce encounter. Recovery efforts ended in 1719, but the unfortunate ships have never been completely forgotten.

This month, the fleet of sunken ships loaded down with treasure reaches its third undisturbed century in the waters beyond the shores that line Brevard, Indian River and St. Lucie counties, affectionately known as the Treasure Coast. Events and special activities began this weekend and will continue as the anniversary of the

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Florida Real Estate MarketFlorida’s steady real estate market with significantly increasing home appreciation values is drawing cash buyers to the closing table for retirement homes, investment and rental properties. With a fast growing job sector and prime tropical location, it’s easy to see why Florida’s population is growing and cash buyers are setting their sites on Sunshine State real estate.

Fast growth and high increases

Housing Predictor reported that Florida is the 2nd fastest growing state and the 4th most populous. In addition to this, Housing Predictor noted that Florida’s real estate market has seen some of the highest appreciation increases in the country and boasted a 6.8% increase last year. The article cited higher than national average underwater mortgage

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2015's Most Anticipated Summer Beach Read Hits StoresThere are sequels and then there are sequels that are 55 years in the making. Go Set a Watchman, the highly anticipated sequel to Harper Lee’s acclaimed, To Kill a Mockingbird will hit bookstores on July 14th, making it the quintessential 2015 summer beach read.

To Kill a Mockingbird has been required reading for many Florida high school students for decades, but that is where the similarities between the novel and other classic literature end. Lee’s book often resonates with readers in a manner unlike other required reads that tend to be forgotten quickly. Years later, many readers still recall the characters and storyline vividly and are eager to share their insights and opinions.

Go Set a Watchman is on trajectory to be fast heralded as the

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