Florida's Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald by Tim Hollis

By Tim Hollis

Since global warfare II, travelers have flocked to Florida's northwest Gulf Coast and sunlight and enjoyable spots at Panama urban seashore, citadel Walton seashore, and Pensacola seashore. each year these viewers quantity within the thousands.

should you lengthy to bear in mind how the vacationland seemed thirty, 40, or perhaps fifty years in the past, Tim Hollis has written Florida's Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast.

In a method that informs and entertains, Hollis describes the increase of early advancements, resembling lengthy seashore lodge, and significant vacationer points of interest, corresponding to the Gulfarium and the Miracle Strip enjoyment Park. With heartfelt nostalgia and a dose of tongue-in-cheek, he reminisces at the lodges and vacationer cottages; the eating places, equivalent to Captain Anderson's and Staff's; the flowery miniature golfing classes, akin to Goofy golfing and its many imitators. he's taking a different enjoy improving the thoughts of these quirky companies that now exist basically in light images and getting older postcards, such wacky vacationer traps as fort Dracula, Petticoat Junction, Tombstone Territory, and the Snake-A-Torium.

within the ebook, Hollis examines how this sector turned referred to as the "Miracle Strip," and the way the neighborhood chambers of trade received so uninterested in that picture that the identify progressively fell into disuse. The e-book is illustrated with a great quantity of classic images and ads, so much of that have no longer been obvious in print because their unique appearances. For the nostalgia lover, the snowbird, the vacationer looking yesteryear, Florida's Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast can be a welcome touring better half.

Tim Hollis is the writer of Hi There, girls and boys! America's neighborhood kid's television Programs and Dixie sooner than Disney: a hundred Years of Roadside Fun, either from collage Press of Mississippi.

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Florida State Archives Photographic Collection) Tower Beach Casino and its accompanying amusements were Fort Walton Beach's equivalent to Long Beach Resort. (Fort Walton Beach Library Collection) 15 tourists refuse to get hung up on such technicalities, however. The same year that Okaloosa Island was brought into modern-day tourism, Fort Walton Beach began an annual summertime celebration known as the Billy Bowlegs Festival. The festival's namesake has been the source of argument among local historians for years; popular legend identifies Billy Bowlegs as a pirate who preyed on ships along the Gulf Coast and then sought refuge in such inlets as Choctawhatchee Bay.

That drama, starring Gregory Peck, was supposedly set at an airstrip in England during World War II, and the producers somehow determined that Eglin most closely resembled what a base of that time would have looked like. The only problem was that it could not be used for airplane takeoffs and landings, because unless the shots were framed just so, they would pick up palm trees and other such subtropical foliage not usually found in England. ) During the real-life war, each of J. E. ChurchwelPs tourist cottages at Long Beach Resort accommodated twenty-five servicemen rather than vacationers, and the Long Beach Casino was converted into a mess hall.

Sudduth opened the Cove Hotel on the shore of St. Andrews Bay around the same time the Dixie-Sherman was built. It might not have been on the ocean, but at least it had its own beach. We have already seen how several families and businesspeople homesteaded the desolate beaches and began trying to make them suitable for human habitation. This is really where the story of the waterfront motels gets started, but even then the area took a long time to develop into anything resembling its present-day form.

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