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25 Strange Florida Laws

Following up on yesterday’s post, 25 Strange/Interesting Florida Facts, we’re going to take a look today at 25 strange Florida laws. Enjoy!

  1. Florida’s state constitution allows for freedom of speech, a trial by jury, and for pregnant pigs not to be confined in cages.
  2. In Florida, if an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
  3. It is illegal to sing in a public place while wearing a swimsuit.
  4. It is illegal to have sexual relations with a porcupine.
  5. It is illegal to shower naked.
  6. It is against the law to put livestock on a school bus.
  7. Gay men are not allowed into bars unless they are accompanied by a child.
  8. It is unlawful to dream about another man’s wife or cow.
  9. The molestation of trash cans in Daytona Beach, Florida, is banned.
  10. Cape Coral, Florida says that it is considered against city ordinance for anyone to hand their clothes outside on a clothesline.
  11. Torpedoes may not be set off within Destin, Florida city limits.
  12. In Miami, Florida is unlawful to imitate any species of animal.
  13. In Miami, Florida it is illegal to whistle while riding a bicycle.
  14. In Pensacola, Florida it is illegal for a person to carry less than ten dollars on their person if downtown.
  15. In Pensacola, Florida, a woman may be fined (only after death) for electrocuting herself in a bathtub of water using self beautification utensils.
  16. In Seaside, Florida, there is a law in place which says all of the houses must have white picket fences, and full-width, two-story porches.
  17. In Tampa, Florida, a woman may not expose their breasts while performing “topless dancing.”
  18. In Tampa, Florida, it is illegal to eat cottage cheese on Sunday after 6 pm.
  19. In Coral Gables, Florida, pick up trucks are not allowed to be visible after 7 pm.
  20. In Oakland, Florida, the law states that all fiddlers and stay at home fathers are vagrants.
  21. It is prohibited for an unmarried woman to parachute on a Sunday. If this law is broken, the woman risks arrest, fines, and/or jailing.
  22. You may not fart in public after 6 pm.
  23. It is illegal to ride a bike without a helmet, but it is not illegal to drive a motorcycle without one.
  24. It is illegal for any man over the age of 60 to wear a yellow tie while singing the national anthem.
  25. In Destin, Florida, it is considered illegal to sell ice cream inside of a cemetery.

Like what you read? There are a whole lot more strange laws, and plenty of interesting information in Florida: Lightning, Oranges, & Space Travel (Think You Know Your States? Book 1). Go ahead and get yourself a copy.

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25 Strange/Interesting Florida Facts

I’ve recently began publishing a series called Think You Know Your States?  that includes tons of interesting facts, demographic information, historical information, and famous people born in the featured state. Being a natural born Floridian, I naturally began my series with home state as volume one. I’d like to share a bit of information from the book with you today with this post, 25 Strange/Interesting Florida Facts. Tomorrow we’ll be talking about 25 Strange Florida Laws, & the following day we’ll have a listing of 50 Famous Floridians. Make sure to stick around to enjoy all the fun useless knowledge coming your way!

  1. Did you know that Florida isn’t actually the southernmost state? Hawaii is, in fact, located farther south geographically than Florida is!
  2. The state’s name is derived from a Spanish word that means “Feast of Flowers.”
  3. During one point in it’s history, Florida was actually divided into two separate states: East Florida, and West Florida. The capital of East Florida was Pensacola, and the capital of West Florida was St. Augustine.
  4. Florida produces 40% of the whole world’s orange juice supply.
  5. An estimated 1,000 people move to Florida every…single…day.
  6. Nearly 19% of Florida’s population speaks Spanish as a primary language.
  7. Florida actually has no state motto.
  8. There is an average of 1.4 million flashes of lightning per year in the state.
  9. The Everglades National Park encompasses 2,100 square miles. It is also home to the largest mangrove forest, and the slowest moving river in the world.
  10. Stephen Foster, the man who wrote “Suwanee River,” never one saw the Suwanee River. In fact, he never even stepped foot within the state of Florida!
  11. Florida is one of the very few states that do not have a personal income tax.
  12. There was no minimum wage law in place in Florida until 2004.
  13. There is no place in Florida that is more than 60 miles from the ocean.
  14. During the age of dinosaurs, the Florida peninsula was underwater and did not yet exist as a land mass. It is for this reason that no dinosaur remains were ever deposited in Florida.
  15. There are 1,700 islands in the Florida Keys, with 42 bridges connecting the islands.
  16. Floridians are often known as “Florida Crackers.” What a Florida Cracker actually is, is a person whose family were a part of Florida’s history or who were early settlers in the state.
  17. The reason that Florida oranges are so tasty is the unique sandy soil and subtropical climate that the oranges grow in. This makes Florida oranges taste unique from any others that you can buy.
  18. The Everglades lay at an elevation of six inches below sea level.
  19. The very first Christmas was celebrated by Hernando De Soto and his men in 1539 in Florida.
  20. Clearwater, Florida has the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita in the US.
  21. Plant City, Florida holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake. The shortcake was 827 square foot, and weighted 6,000 pounds! It was made in McCall Park on February 19th, of 1999.
  22. DeFuniak, Florida is home to one of only two naturally round lakes in the entire world.
  23. Potions of many motion pictures were filmed in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area, including: Edward Scissorhands, My Girl, Parent Trap II, and Ocean 11.
  24. Bern’s Steak House, in Tampa, Florida, has the world’s largest working wine cellar.
  25. Everglades City, Florida, has been reputed to be the Stone Crab Capital of The World.

If you enjoyed these 25 strange/interesting Florida facts, you can find plenty more in Florida: Lightning, Oranges, & Space Travel (Think You Know Your States? Book 1).

New Title! “Florida: Lightning, Oranges, & Space Travel

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Did you know that Florida produces 40% of the ENTIRE WORLD’S orange juice supply? Or how about that Florida isn’t actually the southernmost state geographically? Or that Florida is the only state which is a peninsula? If you want to find out more interesting, little known, well known, strange, or unusual facts about Florida, this book is a must read!

Sections include:
*General State Facts
*Facts By City
*Sports
*Animals
*Strange News
*Infamous Crimes
*Natural Disasters
*Most Popular Baby Names by Birth Year
*Population & Growth By Decade
*Famous Floridians By Birth

Everything you’d ever want to know about Florida, and so much more! (Book contains mildly violent subject matter in certain sections. Recommended for ages 10+, but is great for all ages with parental assistance and guidance)

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Sneak Peek: Poor Florida Cracker

So, I’m sure y’all will be pleased to know that I have been working on another book. I’ve actually been sitting on this one for a while, writing and rewriting it. Originally it was what I had written for NaNoWriMo last year but then I decided to lengthen it, make it into the first of a series, edit it, edit it again… and now I’m doing my own final edits on it. Once I’m finished, I’ll be sending it over to my editor,  and then it’ll  be ready for publish. I’m estimating a release date somewhere between September 27th and 30th, but I’ll know for sure within the next two weeks or so. After I complete this book, which will  be the start of a brand new series, I’ll be tackling the fourth volume of The Growing Roots Series, followed by a standalone that can be paired with I Found My Heart In West Virginia. I also have a non-fiction title coming out sometime during all of this.

Now that y’all are updated on where I’m at in my writing and what you might be able to expect in the upcoming months, let’s get down to business. Here’s a sneak peek of ‘Poor Florida Cracker.’ Note that it is not entirely edited, may change, etc. I’m giving you ten sentences from page 1, 10, and 50. Enjoy!

Page One

What was it that made this town so simple minded? So cruel? I’d been the butt end of their jokes- young and old alike- since the day I was born, as though I could help the circumstances I’d been born into. That didn’t matter to them, not one bit. I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. People around town called me names like ‘incest hillbilly’ and ‘backwoods whore.’ The last name always makes me laugh, considering the fact I’m still a virgin. Regretfully, the first name holds some small truth to it. You see, my parents are, in the most loosely-formed, technical way possible, brother and sister. It isn’t like they have the same mom and dad, though.

Page Ten

I didn’t disagree with my brother, opting to instead follow his train of thought. “So, westwards? West of here would leave us Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Right?” I wasn’t great at geography, but I was fairly certain I was right.
“Uh huh. I think Mississippi and Louisiana are too close for comfort, though.” Jesse added, slowly narrowing down our options.
I nodded. “Texas, Oklahoma, or Kansas?”
My brother thought about it for a moment before coming up with an answer.

Page Fifty

Mary spoke this time. “That’s all purely circumstantial. The video cameras didn’t prove anything, the cards were never found, and your clients are known to live in a seedy neighborhood with a high rate of crime. It is entirely possible they could have been stolen by someone else. Besides, can you really consider previous use of the card as stealing? The food stamps were rewarded to the family, and this, of course, includes the children. If they were hungry and used the card to buy food, I would hardly consider that stealing.”
I was silently justifying my own actions, or lack thereof, inside my head as the adults spoke. No one ever asked about the cards, so I’m not lying. I don’t want to go to jail, because in jail I can’t look after David and Josie.

The Palms, by S. Celi/ Five Star Review!

Man and Woman Couple In Romantic Embrace On Beach♥♥♥♥♥

 

The Palms is a short story about two people given a second chance at true love. Usually, when I’ve given a short story to read, I find that it lacks necessary detail or doesn’t cover all of the many things I want it to cover. This was one of those rare exceptions. There were plenty of details to suck me into the story, and I could perfectly visualize every scene. Everything was covered too. I was left wishing there was more, only because it was such a fantastic story, but I wasn’t left feeling as though anything were missing, if that makes sense. S. Celi is an impeccable writer. The way she spins a story is both eloquent and descriptive, without being overdone. I would recommend this story to anyone look for a light read to kill a few hours with. Trust me, once you start reading it, you won’t be able to put it down until it’s done!

*This review was done by Chelsea*

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