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Allison Wilson

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Taking a Look Back at Boca's Beginnings Taking a Look Back at Boca's Beginnings

By Allison Wilson

Boca Raton has a rich and colorful history, which is preserved and shared through the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.

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Meet Dos Gatos, Jacksonville's Premier Downtown Cocktail Lounge Meet Dos Gatos, Jacksonville's Premier Downtown Cocktail Lounge

By Allison Wilson

Downtown's Dos Gatos cocktail lounge takes their drinks seriously, but not themselves.

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Creating a Lasting Culture of Community Growth with the Leadership Broward Foundation Creating a Lasting Culture of Community Growth with the Leadership Broward Foundation

By Allison Wilson

The Leadership Broward Foundation's education and development programs are driven by the fundamental belief that leadership is the most important ingredient to building a strong community.

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Fighting Business with Better Business at Rethreaded Fighting Business with Better Business at Rethreaded

By Allison Wilson

A local organization is taking on a global issue: the sex trade.

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Our Kids Creates Safe Havens for Children and Families Our Kids Creates Safe Havens for Children and Families

By Allison Wilson

Our Kids community-based care agency believes every at-risk child in Miami-Dade and Monroe should grow up safely.

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100 Years of Providing Care and Comfort to Tampa Bay Animals in Need 100 Years of Providing Care and Comfort to Tampa Bay Animals in Need

By Allison Wilson

In 2015, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay completed more than 7,400 adoptions. To further help manage the homeless pet population, the organization maintains strong Safety Net initiatives to help keep pets in their homes instead of being abandoned or turned in to a shelter.

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Foster a Strong Spiritual Commitment to God at Miami's Rhythm Church Foster a Strong Spiritual Commitment to God at Miami's Rhythm Church

By Allison Wilson

Rhythm Church's engaged community forges strong spiritual commitment to God and the city of Miami.

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A Progressive Approach to Personal Growth with Unity Church in the Gardens A Progressive Approach to Personal Growth with Unity Church in the Gardens

By Allison Wilson

The non-denominational Unity Church in the Gardens offers a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity in a community-based spiritual setting.

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South Florida's Premier School of Strings South Florida's Premier School of Strings

By Allison Wilson

Allegro Music Center is one of the largest independent music stores in South Florida, serving professional musicians, music educators and students. It specializes in acoustic and bowed instruments, and offers private and group lessons for all ages and all skill levels.

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Building a Brighter Future for Our Youth with the Help of Lakeland's Boys & Girls Club Building a Brighter Future for Our Youth with the Help of Lakeland's Boys & Girls Club

By Allison Wilson

Young people who attend Boys & Girls Clubs in Florida show higher high school graduation rates and better behavior, resulting in increased lifetime earnings and hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the state in costs for health care and incarceration.

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Music for the Masses with Brevard's Premier Orchestra Music for the Masses with Brevard's Premier Orchestra

By Allison Wilson

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra has continued to grow and flourish musically and artistically as the only fully-professional orchestra in the area and a local non-profit organization that has been in the community for more than 60 years.

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Helping Women Take Back Freedom and Control in Melbourne Helping Women Take Back Freedom and Control in Melbourne

By Allison Wilson

The Women's Center provides victim advocacy, career guidance and counseling, along with a variety of support groups, youth programs and workshops, to help women in difficult or traumatic situations achieve self-sufficiency.

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A Celebration of Heritage and Artistry at Melbourne's Annual Native Rhythms Festival A Celebration of Heritage and Artistry at Melbourne's Annual Native Rhythms Festival

By Allison Wilson

The Native Rhythms Festival honors the culture of Native Americans, the power and beauty of music, and the artistic and professional accomplishments of players, flute makers and artists.

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Sweet Tradition Stay Alive at Florida's Annual Strawberry Festival Sweet Tradition Stay Alive at Florida's Annual Strawberry Festival

By Allison Wilson

Known as the "Winter Strawberry Capital of the World," Plant City residents are proud of their city's thriving agriculture industry, and each spring, they invite people from all over the globe to celebrate it at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

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It's an Adventure in Food at St. Augustine's Blackfly Restaurant It's an Adventure in Food at St. Augustine's Blackfly Restaurant

By Allison Wilson

Blackfly The Restaurant, with its fresh locally caught seafood menu inspired by tropical travel and far-flung fly fishing adventures, is as much a lifestyle as it is a restaurant.

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Introducing Miami's Premier 'Supper Club' at Cafe Martorano Introducing Miami's Premier 'Supper Club' at Cafe Martorano

By Allison Wilson

Café Martorano, and its owner, have become world-famous for the restaurant's high-quality Italian-American menu and live entertainment.

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Soyka Restaurant: Comfort Cuisine and All That Jazz   Soyka Restaurant: Comfort Cuisine and All That Jazz

By Allison Wilson

The Design District's first restaurant draws in diners with its laid back ambiance, eclectic décor and world-class menu.

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Uncorked Creativity at Painting With a Twist in St. Pete Uncorked Creativity at Painting With a Twist in St. Pete

By Allison Wilson

Painting With A Twist is a BYOB art class, where fun is the ultimate inspiration.

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Social Cycle: Polk Area Bicycling Association Social Cycle: Polk Area Bicycling Association

By Allison Wilson

The Polk Area Bicycling Association is a club for people who love to explore the Lakeland area on their bikes and share that experience with others interested in cycling.

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Humane Society of Pinellas Shelters and Advocates for Tampa Bay Animals Humane Society of Pinellas Shelters and Advocates for Tampa Bay Animals

By Allison Wilson

The Humane Society of Pinellas takes care of Tampa Bay area animals by not only providing a shelter for homeless pets in the community, but also by working to tackle the issues that lead to their homelessness.

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A Ripple Effect of Kindness: Hands Across the Bay A Ripple Effect of Kindness: Hands Across the Bay

By Allison Wilson

Hands Across the Bay works to positively impact the lives of Tampa Bay residents by offering financial assistance and guidance for families facing hardship. The group also performs random acts of kindness, such as providing dinner for firefighters, cold water for local pets, and toys for children.

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St. Petersburg Tells Its Story St. Petersburg Tells Its Story

By Allison Wilson

The St. Petersburg Museum of History tells the city's story through exhibits and archives. From a display of over 4,800 baseballs to a full-size replica of the first commercial airplane, a visit is sure to be both educational and entertaining.

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LEGOLAND: Building Fun LEGOLAND: Building Fun

By Allison Wilson

Everyone loves LEGOs- there's something about the simple plastic bricks that sparks our creativity and awakens our inner engineer. In Winter Haven, FL, you can explore an entire theme park dedicated to them!

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Melting Cheese and Hearts at The Melting Pot Melting Cheese and Hearts at The Melting Pot

By Allison Wilson

At The Melting Pot in Orlando, dip your food in cheese or chocolate- and enjoy a relaxed fondue meal with loved ones.

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Fly an F-16 or Get Sent into Space at SimCenter Fly an F-16 or Get Sent into Space at SimCenter

By Allison Wilson

Ever wanted to explore space? Fly a jet? Try driving a Formula 1 racing car? SimCenter in Tampa Bay offers simulators so realistic that professionals use them, too.

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The Studio at 620: Cultivating Community Creativity The Studio at 620: Cultivating Community Creativity

By Allison Wilson

In downtown St. Petersburg, The Studio offers a venue for local artists to perform or display their works- everything from photography to musical theater.

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Taco Bus: Masters of Mobile Mexican Street Food Taco Bus: Masters of Mobile Mexican Street Food

By Allison Wilson

Looking for tasty authentic Mexican food while strolling around Tampa Bay, look no further than the Taco Bus

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No More Tears: Helping Survivors Find Strength  No More Tears: Helping Survivors Find Strength

By Allison Wilson

No More Tears, a 501 (C) 3 not-for-profit organization in Plantation, Florida, provides assistance and resources to immigrants in the United States who are victims of physical and sexual violence.

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Dinosaur World: Larger than Life Family Fun Dinosaur World: Larger than Life Family Fun

By Allison Wilson

Take a step back in time to learn about the wonders of the prehistoric age at Dinosaur World

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Stranahan House:  The Home and History of Fort Lauderdale's Pioneers Stranahan House: The Home and History of Fort Lauderdale's Pioneers

By Allison Wilson

Just off East Las Olas Boulevard along the breezy bank of the New River stands Broward County's oldest surviving structure: the Historic Stranahan House Museum. Today, the wood-frame vernacular house, with its dramatic porches and Dade County pine walls, is a popular cultural attraction, where visitors can learn about Fort Lauderdale's earliest days.

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Allison Wilson is a Staff Writer at Florida Homes.

Allison Wilson is an award-winning writer and communications professional whose editorial background includes full-time and freelance work at city/regional lifestyle and shelter magazines, as well as corporate, academic, and alumni publications for major universities and health systems. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Central Florida and a Master's degree in Mass Communications from the University of Florida.