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Welcome to Florida

State in the extreme SE United States. A long, low peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida is bordered by Georgia and Alabama.
Area, 58,560 sq mi (151,670 sq km).
Pop. (2010) 18,801,310, a 17.6% increase since the 2000 census.
Capital, Tallahassee.
Largest city, Jacksonville. 
Nickname, Sunshine State.
Motto, In God We Trust.
State bird, mockingbird.
State flower, orange blossom.
State tree, Sabal palmetto palm.
Tourism plays a primary role in the state's economy; in 2010 visitors to Florida spent over $60 billion. Walt Disney World, a massive cluster of theme parks near Orlando that is one of the world's leading tourist attractions; Universal Studios, a combination theme park and film and television production facility, also near Orlando; and other attractions draw millions yearly.
Famed beaches, such as those at Miami Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Daytona Beach , and Fort Lauderdale , attract hordes of vacationers. With more than 4,000 sq mi (10,360 sq km) of inland water and with the sea readily accessible from almost anywhere in the state, Florida is a fishing paradise. Other attractions include Everglades National Park, with its unusual plant and animal life; Palm Beach , with its palatial estates; and Sanibel Island's picturesque resorts.

Famous for its citrus fruits, Florida leads the nation in the production of oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and market-ready corn and tomatoes. Other important crops include sugarcane and many varieties of winter vegetables. Cattle and dairy products are important, as is commercial fishing, with the catch including crabs, lobsters, and shrimp.






Land Development of Cape Coral Starts - November 4, 1957.   Name of Original Developers - Leonard and Jack Rosen.  First Family Moves to Cape Coral - June 14, 1958.  Del Prado Expressway Dedicated - January 17, 1960.   Yacht Club Built - 1962.  First Miss Cape Coral - Roberta (Bobbi) Blackwell - 1962.  Famous Visitors to Cape Coral - Connie Mack Sr., Hugh Downs, Bob Hope.  First Airfield in Cape Coral - On Del Prado North of Everest, south of SE 21st St.  In 1960 - First State in Number of Residents in Cape Coral - New York, second.  Franklin D. Roosevelt , Jr. visits Four Freedoms Park - 1964.  First Professional Golf Pro at the Country Club - Ed Caldwell.  Cape Coral Votes to Incorporate - August 18, 1970.  First Mayor - Paul Fickinger.  First City Council Meeting - December 3, 1970.   City Motto - "City of Superlatives".  First Business - The Nautilus Inn.  First Real Estate Agency - Wonderland Realty.  First Motel - Ranch House Motel.  First Privately Owned Restaurant - Leonard's Clock Restaurant.  First School - Cape Coral Elementary (on Vincennes).  First High School - Cape Coral High School (1979).  Cape Coral Bridge Opens - March 14, 1964.  First Movie Filmed Entirely in Cape Coral - The Fat Spy (1966).  Stars of the Fat Spy - Jackie Leonard, Phyllis Diller, Jayne Mansfield and Brian Dunlevy.  Route 66 Cast & Crew Filmed an episode in Cape Coral - 1963 -  Stars of Route 66 - Marty Milner and George Maharis.  Cape Coral's Mail Boat from 1958 to 1963 "Santiva".  The Cape Coral Bank - Cape Coral's First Bank Opened February 1964.

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