Florida

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Ahoy, ye scurvy dogs! January marks the beginning of pirate season in Tampa Bay. Join pirate captain Jose Gaspar and his Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla for a rollicking good time in downtown Tampa. Aarrrgh!

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In the 19th century, plumes for women's hats became fashionable, leading to great numbers of wading birds being shot in Florida. President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge to protect these birds. Read on to discover who else was important to this cause.

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If you enjoy fishing, surfing, or just walking on a sandy beach, Sebastian Inlet State Park on Florida’s mid-Atlantic coast is a good place to go. Read on to learn about the history of the area and the many outdoor activities available to park visitors.

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In addition to supporting wildlife and protecting environmental and historical resources, the national wildlife refuges present opportunities for outdoor experiences. Florida is home to 30 of these refuges, including the very first one, Penican Island.

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Florida boasts over 100 places that can be considered ghost towns. Continue reading to discover a few of these interesting and historic spots in all sections of the state. Some are said to be haunted.

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Polk County's Environmental Lands program began in 1994 with the passage, through a referendum, of a property tax levy. Since that time, 11 properties have been purchased. The Trek Ten Trails program motivates citizens to get out and explore these lands.