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Broward Art Guild Provides a Voice and Visibility for Visual Artists Broward Art Guild Provides a Voice and Visibility for Visual Artists

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Art in a community brings business opportunities and Broward Art Guild helps bridge the gap between the arts and the business community. This Ft. Lauderdale organization provides a venue for artists to display their art for sale, classes and workshops for artistic/business education and membership perks with local businesses.

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Live Music, Art Exhibits, and Safety Makes Jacksonville International Airport a Frequent Flyer Destination Live Music, Art Exhibits, and Safety Makes Jacksonville International Airport a Frequent Flyer Destination

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Frequent flyers and frequent parkers both get perks at Jacksonville International Airport. Named both a safe and inexpensive airport for travelers, you'll want to catch the live music, art exhibits, food and shopping while on the ground.

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Aardwolf Brewing Company is on a Mission to Prove that Everyone Loves Craft Beer Aardwolf Brewing Company is on a Mission to Prove that Everyone Loves Craft Beer

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Just minutes from the heart of downtown Jacksonville is a family- and dog-friendly brewing company and taproom known as Aardwolf Brewing Company.

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History, Stability, Dedication and Education Welcome Newcomers to All Saints Episcopal Church History, Stability, Dedication and Education Welcome Newcomers to All Saints Episcopal Church

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

There is a rich Episcopalian history with roots going back to 1884 in the Lakeland area for All Saints Episcopal Church. Coming in just as the citrus industry was gaining ground in Central Florida, the Church is still going strong over 100 years later and always welcomes newcomers.

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Experience Working Military Vehicles, Dioramas and Full Sensory Exhibits at Largo's Armed Forces Museum Experience Working Military Vehicles, Dioramas and Full Sensory Exhibits at Largo's Armed Forces Museum

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

It all started with one man's military collection and has grown to nearly 100,000 artifacts and 50 vehicles within 50,000 square feet of space. The Armed Forces Museum in Largo is to remind all of us that "heroes who don't wear capes are worth the find."

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Blue Bamboo Introduces Bistro-Inspired Asian Food, Mixed with Down Home Southern Cooking Blue Bamboo Introduces Bistro-Inspired Asian Food, Mixed with Down Home Southern Cooking

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Southern comfort food with an Asian twist is what makes Blue Bamboo so unlike other Asian food restaurants. Jacksonville native and Head Chef and owner Dennis Chan started his Asian-Southern fusion restaurant concept in 2005. This "Hip Asian Comfort Food" has won foodie awards and birthed a popular cookbook of the same name.

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Providing a Well-Rounded Education for College Success at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Providing a Well-Rounded Education for College Success at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Although the school's abrupt start from Cuba to the United States over 50 years ago was difficult, today the campus sits on 30 flowing acres in close proximity to culturally diverse Miami. The college preparatory school teaches males from grades 6 through 12, emphasizing a rigorous academic program with room for fun where all graduates go on to attend advanced schooling.

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Powerhouse Chargers Soccer Club Gets a Kick Out of Professionally Coaching Youth of Various Ages and Abilities Powerhouse Chargers Soccer Club Gets a Kick Out of Professionally Coaching Youth of Various Ages and Abilities

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Two long-standing Tampa-area soccer clubs merged nearly four years ago to form the powerhouse Chargers Soccer Club. Serving the Tampa Bay area, the Club has programs for various ages and abilities coaching young players ages 4 to 18.

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Helping Native Florida Animals Heal Before Release at Florida's Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary Inc. Helping Native Florida Animals Heal Before Release at Florida's Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary Inc.

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

This Melbourne hospital is open every day and sees 5,000 patients a year. Not your average hospital, its patients are owls, seagulls, tortoises, bats and opossums. The hospital is the Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary Inc. and their mission is to "aid injured, sick and orphaned native Florida wildlife and migratory birds and return them to their place in the ecosystem."

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Unique Spanish-Style Architecture and Antiquities for Events or Viewing at Villa Zorayda's Museum Unique Spanish-Style Architecture and Antiquities for Events or Viewing at Villa Zorayda's Museum

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Not your typical museum, Villa Zorayda Museum was the winter home of Franklin W. Smith from Boston. Smith built this magnificent St. Augustine home in 1883 after seeing the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Today, you can take a tour of the Museum or rent it out as a unique event space.

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Meeting the Gold Standard of Charbroiled Steaks at Tropical Acres Steakhouse Meeting the Gold Standard of Charbroiled Steaks at Tropical Acres Steakhouse

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Value, quality and customer service are the gold standard at Tropical Acres Steakhouse. In spite of two devastating fires, this year is the well-respected restaurant's 65th anniversary serving dinners, banquets and weddings in Ft. Lauderdale.

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Lured by Laughs to Tampa's Side Splitters Comedy Club Lured by Laughs to Tampa's Side Splitters Comedy Club

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Come for a night out. Stay for the laughs and drink variety. Return for the continuing comedic entertainment from big names, such as Larry the Cable Guy and Daniel Tosh, to more regional acts from up-and-coming comedians at Tampa's Side Splitters Comedy Club.

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History, Happenings and Halloween Tea are all Found at Rossetter House Museum and Gardens History, Happenings and Halloween Tea are all Found at Rossetter House Museum and Gardens

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Learning about settler history and unique architecture of the Eau Gallie and Melbourne communities is part of what Rossetter House Museum and Gardens is all about. It's also about a beautiful venue for private garden events and many free community happenings.

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Providing Kids with the Future They Deserve, One Laptop at a Time Providing Kids with the Future They Deserve, One Laptop at a Time

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

One Laptop Per Child fulfills its education empowerment mission by providing one laptop to each child involved in their program throughout the world. Holmes Elementary School in Miami was the very first U.S. project in a worldwide push to give underprivileged kids the ability to learn through specialized and connected laptops.

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Empowering Families and Encouraging Youth of All Ages at Touching Miami with Love Empowering Families and Encouraging Youth of All Ages at Touching Miami with Love

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

All parents want to raise happy, healthy and well-educated children, no matter their economic status. Touching Miami with Love provides support, resources and encouragement towards that goal through their West Homestead and Overtown sites.

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Helping Neighbors in Need through the Power of Volunteers with Daystar Life Center Helping Neighbors in Need through the Power of Volunteers with Daystar Life Center

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Helping neighbors in need all year is what this nonprofit is all about. For over 40 years, Daystar Life Center has provided a wide variety of necessary social services to those living under the poverty level through a large pool of volunteers and a handful of employees.

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BHF Supports Broward Health System's Mission Through Fundraising and Philanthropy BHF Supports Broward Health System's Mission Through Fundraising and Philanthropy

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Without Broward Health Foundation, quality healthcare in parts of South Florida could be a problem. This nonprofit Foundation tirelessly works to raise funds for expansion and renovations of needed healthcare facilities while providing support to Broward Health System's mission- to care for the people of Broward County regardless of income, status or circumstance.

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Nurturing the Spirit of Creativity and Talent at St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts Nurturing the Spirit of Creativity and Talent at St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

"To find and nurture the spirit of creativity and talent that lies within every person" is the mission of this school. That's a pretty lofty goal, but the nonprofit St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts has been perfecting their strategy since 2006.

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St. Thomas University Turning Out Ethical, Strong, Community-Based Leaders St. Thomas University Turning Out Ethical, Strong, Community-Based Leaders

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

This Christian university in Miami focuses on the entire individual (mind, body, soul), with small class sizes, rigorous academic studies, plenty of out-of-classroom activities and championship sports. Where else can you be mentored by a faculty advisor, while being supported by an academic advisor?

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Academics, Faith and Fun Prevail at Miami's St. Patrick Catholic School Academics, Faith and Fun Prevail at Miami's St. Patrick Catholic School

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

With a 1935 historic building at its foundation, this private school was established nearly 100 years ago in Miami Beach. St. Patrick Catholic School promotes academic excellence, faith, family and fun for Kindergarten through grade 8.

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Get Serious About Your Health at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa Get Serious About Your Health at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Get serious about your health at the Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa. At their amenity-filled, lush Miami resort, their programs help you lose weight and teach how lifestyle changes can prevent stress, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and other health conditions. Lessons you can take home to the real world.

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Florence Fuller Child Development Center Successfully Provides A Pathway Out of Poverty Florence Fuller Child Development Center Successfully Provides A Pathway Out of Poverty

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Florence Fuller Child Development Center started as a nonprofit daycare for Boca Raton's hard-working, yet poor, service workers and evolved into an organization offering a variety of services to its over 700 children and families. From their successful Kindergarten tutoring program to résumé and job preparation, literacy training, nutrition and physical and behavioral healthcare, this Center has filled a void in the community for 43 years.

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Tirelessly Advocating on Behalf of Organizations Who Do Good Tirelessly Advocating on Behalf of Organizations Who Do Good

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Continually advocating for and helping nonprofit organizations thrive, Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida is all about philanthropy. Improving the local economy and creating a more vibrant community through a variety of workshops and meetings, resources and connections, this organization is the voice and advocate of area nonprofits.

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Faith, Fun and Fractions Spell Success at Ascension Catholic School Faith, Fun and Fractions Spell Success at Ascension Catholic School

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Can you spell success? Students at Ascension Catholic School in Melbourne certainly can. Continually growing in their over 50 years, kids come for the strong academics and high test scores while experiencing faith and fun in the process.

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Bananas are Banned and Sports Fishing is an Adventure with Bouncer's Dusky 33 Bananas are Banned and Sports Fishing is an Adventure with Bouncer's Dusky 33

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Whether you're going for that 80-pound game-fish trophy or a smaller catch, Captain Bouncer has a fishing package to suit your adventurous spirit. Step on Bouncer's Dusky 33 for some sports fishing fun, learn from a pro, and head to the seas to get the catch you want.

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Guests and Golfers at Perdido Bay Golf Club are Raving About Cottages on the Green Guests and Golfers at Perdido Bay Golf Club are Raving About Cottages on the Green

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

You don't have to be a golfer to stay here, but the onsite 18-hole course, driving range and putting facilities are a definite perk. Need more reasons to stay at Cottages on the Green at Perdido Bay Golf Cub? There's the pool, nature walk with playground and Legends Bar & Grille- all within walking distance from your suite.

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Academics Meets Leadership and Learning at Florida Prep Academics Meets Leadership and Learning at Florida Prep

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Where else do you get 100% college acceptance and optional flight training with academics and athletics? At Florida Prep, of course. Where students can learn to their full potential at this international private middle and high school in Melbourne

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Melbourne Main Street Helps to Create Meaningful Memories Downtown Melbourne Main Street Helps to Create Meaningful Memories Downtown

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Live, shop, dine and recreate in historic downtown Melbourne. By highlighting visual and structural arts, advocating for unique businesses not found elsewhere and generate fun places to hang out, Melbourne Main Street has helped stimulate and engage all facets of the community, actively drawing residents and visitors downtown to create meaningful memories where they live.

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Hope for the Homeless is Here with HOPE South Florida Hope for the Homeless is Here with HOPE South Florida

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

HOPE South Florida provides "hope for the homeless and hurting through services and partnerships with the Christian community," this nonprofit organization has assisted the needy for over 20 years. Are you ready to step up and provide hope to others?

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An Adventure in True Beauty at Melbourne's Acquafredda's Salon An Adventure in True Beauty at Melbourne's Acquafredda's Salon

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

It's time to express your inner spirit through a new haircut, style or color. The relaxing and intimate Acquafredda's Salon experience of music, snacks and beverages alongside competent and well-trained hair stylists is an adventure of true beauty.

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High-Quality Comfort Food Served with a Waterfront View High-Quality Comfort Food Served with a Waterfront View

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

"Comfort food with a flair," reads the trademarked catchphrase of Yellow Dog Café. This Malabar restaurant has lots of wood, windows and water to help you enjoy a scrumptious meal on the Indian River Lagoon where even the crackers are made inhouse.

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Experience a Modern Out-In-The-Open Coffee House Concept at Bold Bean Coffee Roasters Experience a Modern Out-In-The-Open Coffee House Concept at Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Much like a brewery, Bold Bean Coffee Roasters lets its customers actually see the full process of making a good cup of coffee to get them more involved with their morning java. Their wholesale coffee roastery and two cafes in Jacksonville let you taste the distinctive flavors that are directly sourced from worldwide farmers.

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Dolphins, Airshows and Honky-Tonking are Alive in this Beach Neighborhood Dolphins, Airshows and Honky-Tonking are Alive in this Beach Neighborhood

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Perdido Key is a friendly beach neighborhood in Pensacola. A family area with a famed honky-tonk and views of bottlenose dolphins, it's a place to kick back, enjoy great seafood, wallow in the waters and watch the Blue Angels airshows.

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Seafood, Arts, Crafts, Music and Family Fun Come Together at the St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival Seafood, Arts, Crafts, Music and Family Fun Come Together at the St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Mark the dates on your calendars for the three-day Seafood Festival on March 4-6, 2016 in St. Augustine put on and benefitting the local Lions Club. Kids 13 and under get in free making it easy to bring the entire family out for a weekend of spring seafood eating and festivities, while supporting charitable community work.

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Gourmet Pizza and Classic Italian Served with Flavor at Pizzalley's Chianti Room Gourmet Pizza and Classic Italian Served with Flavor at Pizzalley's Chianti Room

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Where in St. Augustine can you get two restaurants in one? At Pizzalley's Chianti Room you can get any number of mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas with a wide selection of gourmet toppings or head across the courtyard and enter an elegant yet rustic restaurant with its own classic Italian dishes.

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Rapoport's Restaurant Group Leads the Foodie Scene in South Florida for Over 15 Years Rapoport's Restaurant Group Leads the Foodie Scene in South Florida for Over 15 Years

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Awards total 85 and counting for Rapoport's Restaurant Group, Inc. With five restaurant concepts in the Boca Raton/Delray Beach food scene and a sixth in the works, each of its restaurants is noted for ambiance, attentive service, locally sourced food and a rewards program where frequent diners just may get a meal on the house.

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Tee Up in the Footsteps of Legends at Boca West Country Club Tee Up in the Footsteps of Legends at Boca West Country Club

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

"Tee up in the footsteps of legends" and play golf on four courses designed by and named after golf legends Pete Dye, Jim Fazio and Arnold Palmer. With tennis courts, spa/fitness/aquatic facilities and golf courses built around numerous planned communities, there are many reasons Boca West Country Club was named "The nation's No. 1 private residential country club."

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Local Brew, Culture, and Influence at LauderAle Local Brew, Culture, and Influence at LauderAle

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Started and owned by natives of Ft. Lauderdale, this hometown brewery "takes pride in cultivating local ales centered around local culture and influence." LauderAle proves that anyone can "drink like a local."

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Elite Beauty Professionals in a Luxurious Environment at A Suite Salon Elite Beauty Professionals in a Luxurious Environment at A Suite Salon

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

You have moved. You are new to the area. What is one of your biggest fears? Possibly finding a new Stylist, Esthetician or Massage Therapist? What if you knew you could find all of these specialists in one location? Now, you can, and it is at A Suite Salon.

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Value, Variety, Convenience and Quality at Jupiter's Fitness Redefined Value, Variety, Convenience and Quality at Jupiter's Fitness Redefined

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Check your anxieties and attitudes around workouts at the door at Fitness Redefined in Jupiter. Use their individualized approach to fitness and weight loss to get and stay in shape.

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Experience Melbourne's Sod Farm Turned Championship Golf Course at Duran Golf Club Experience Melbourne's Sod Farm Turned Championship Golf Course at Duran Golf Club

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Grab your clubs and head to the course with rolling terrains, sparkling lakes and palm trees situated among native landscaping. Here you'll learn why golfers from all over travel to the Melbourne area to tee off at the award-winning Duran Golf Club.

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Lakeland Downtown Development Authority: Helping Develop the Heart of the City Lakeland Downtown Development Authority: Helping Develop the Heart of the City

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

If downtown is the heart of every city, than why have downtowns across the United States declined in past years? Learn what Lakeland Downtown Development Authority has done for decades to improve commerce and real estate in thriving downtown Lakeland, while providing community amenities and fun events.

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450 Years of History and Ghosts Presented by Segs by the Sea 450 Years of History and Ghosts Presented by Segs by the Sea

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Whether it's ghosts you seek or just a selfie on a Segway, see why you should take a glide to some of the oldest places in the United States with Segs by the Sea in St. Augustine.

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Dance and Dine Without Missing a Beat at Pavilion Grille Dance and Dine Without Missing a Beat at Pavilion Grille

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The only stand-alone facility to comfortably fit 250 people under a glass ceiling, find out why the Pavilion Grille is the premiere place to dine and dance in Boca Raton.

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Rentals, Sales, Classes, Guided Trips and a World Renowned Symposium at Sweetwater Kayaks Rentals, Sales, Classes, Guided Trips and a World Renowned Symposium at Sweetwater Kayaks

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Since 1992 Sweetwater Kayaks has been renting, selling and giving classes and guided trips on kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Go with the flow and see why this is the place paddlers from all over head to when in Saint Petersburg.

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Creative and Fresh Seafood at G & B Oyster Bar Creative and Fresh Seafood at G & B Oyster Bar

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

It it's the freshest and finest seafood you crave, G & B Oyster Bar in Fort Lauderdale has your number. See just why diners come here to slurp or chew oysters and Chef Steve's creative seafood dishes or party at their annual Oyster Fest.

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Score a Touchdown and a Famous Frozen at The Clevelander Hotel Score a Touchdown and a Famous Frozen at The Clevelander Hotel

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Featuring good times, a signature drink and well-known sports bars, this is not your typical family hotel. Learn why potential guests are clearly warned that a stay at The Clevelander in South Beach Miami is just for those aged 21 and over.

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Freshly Prepared Food by Car or Boat at Squid Lips Overwater Grill Freshly Prepared Food by Car or Boat at Squid Lips Overwater Grill

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Squid Lips Overwater Grill is a successful restaurant with a Florida Keys-like vibe. Find out why patrons arrive by boat or car to this AAA-rated restaurant with a name you can't forget.

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The Betsy South Beach: Refined, Historic, Cultural The Betsy South Beach: Refined, Historic, Cultural

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Travelers and locals alike are attracted to the refined, beachside haven located in Miami Beach that is The Betsy South Beach. See why this historic landmark hotel has more awards than it has rooms.

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Live, Work, Play in the Cleveland Street District Live, Work, Play in the Cleveland Street District

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The new live-work-play Cleveland Street District proves the revitalization of urban centers helps keeps a town alive and prospering. Located a few miles from its namesake beaches, find out what makes this area tick.

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LifeSong Community Church: Believe, Belong, Become LifeSong Community Church: Believe, Belong, Become

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Jupiter is home to a small church that may be just what you are spiritually seeking. Come find out why LifeSong Community Church is growing and renewing, while still keeping that family feel.

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Computer Repair, Classes and Community Combine at the Tampa Bay Computer Society Computer Repair, Classes and Community Combine at the Tampa Bay Computer Society

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Pull from the cumulative wisdom of many tech-savvy people when you join this 31-year-old Clearwater non-profit organization. Inside, we'll find out how to get free computer repair at the Tampa Bay Computer Society.

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Episcopal Day School: Where Every Experience is a Teachable Moment Episcopal Day School: Where Every Experience is a Teachable Moment

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

This Pensacola private, Christian school thrives on diversity, academics and technology. Learn why every experience is a teachable moment at Episcopal Day School.

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Keeping the No-Kill Philosophy Alive at the Jacksonville Humane Society Keeping the No-Kill Philosophy Alive at the Jacksonville Humane Society

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Considering pet adoption? Get your one-of-a-kind pet at this no-kill shelter. Inside, you'll find out why over 5,000 pets are adopted every year at Jacksonville Humane Society.

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Exceptional Food, Lush Surroundings and a Splash of Elegance at Essensia Restaurant + Lounge Exceptional Food, Lush Surroundings and a Splash of Elegance at Essensia Restaurant + Lounge

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Where in South Beach can you go to get away from the trendy shopping and party scene? Walk into Essensia Restaurant + Lounge and be elegantly transported back to nature with its lush, tropical ambience and a food and bar menu that takes your well-being into account.

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Trees and Water Meet High-Tech in the Coastal City of Melbourne Trees and Water Meet High-Tech in the Coastal City of Melbourne

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Find trees, beaches, a river, and a tech institute in this Space Coast city. Learn why the beautiful City of Melbourne welcomes its high-tech industries and maintains its Tree City USA designation.

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Emerald Coast Tours: Pensacola by Foot, Bike, Sail or Segway Emerald Coast Tours: Pensacola by Foot, Bike, Sail or Segway

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Walk, pedal, sail or Segway your way around Pensacola's many landmarks and waterfront areas with guided tours from Emerald Coast Tours. From haunted to historic, find out why these out-of-the ordinary tours prove that Pensacola is a hidden gem of the Southeast.

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St. Petersburg Housing Authority: Providing A Better Future Through Housing St. Petersburg Housing Authority: Providing A Better Future Through Housing

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The need for shelter is an age-old struggle; one that is difficult for some to attain. See how the St. Petersburg Housing Authority is changing all that by opening doors for those that need it the most.

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Tips on Living with Dogs Tips on Living with Dogs

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

One of the most common misconceptions about living with dogs is that it's impossible to keep a house clean with dogs in it. It's not always simple to keep the house looking like a dog has never stepped foot inside, but that doesn't make it impossible. Inside, we offer tips on how to maintain cleanliness while cohabiting with your furry friend

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Tallahassee At A Glance Tallahassee At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Tallahassee is a college city and the capital of Florida. From prehistory to European contact to United States Civil War, the city has an interesting history. Learn about this city of 182,000 and what makes it tick today.

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3 Smart Lawn-Care Tips 3 Smart Lawn-Care Tips

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

In Florida's temperate climate, a good-looking lawn is important all year. Lawn care can be easy, especially if you use these three smart tips to ensure the grass is always greener on your side of the fence.

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Deltona At A Glance Deltona At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

From seniors to the younger cultural diversity of today, Deltona is first and foremost a Florida housing community. Rich in nature, find out why workers in Daytona Beach and Orlando choose to live in "Florida's Bright Spot"

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Understanding Florida Property Taxes Understanding Florida Property Taxes

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Florida's property tax is decided in a way that is confusing to many. Follow along as we unravel how the Sunshine State establishes, applies and collects its property tax according to its state constitution.

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Smart Reasons To Refinance Your Home Smart Reasons To Refinance Your Home

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Considering refinancing your home? There are many factors that determine if refinancing a mortgage loan saves dollars and makes sense. Inside, we highlight some of the smarter reasons to refinance in a tough lending market.

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The Role Of A Closing Agent In Florida The Role Of A Closing Agent In Florida

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

A good real estate closing agent is worth her/his weight in gold by providing a smooth closing in a real estate transaction. Inside, we review the responsibilities of a Florida closing agent and highlight their importance.

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Identifying and Solving Radon Gas Identifying and Solving Radon Gas

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Often sprouting first in the basement of homes, but possessing the ability to travel up through foundation cracks, radon gas can endanger the lives of residents throughout the Sunshine State. Inside, read our radon Q&A to learn what it is and how to protect your Florida home and family.

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Top 5 Schools In Dade County Top 5 Schools In Dade County

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Located in the southeastern part of Florida, Dade County is also known as Miami-Dade County after the county's largest city. Inside, we look at the top five public schools in the fourth largest school district in the U.S.

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Jacksonville At A Glance Jacksonville At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Inhabited for thousands of years based on ancient pottery uncovered from the area dating to 2500 B.C, Jacksonville, Florida has a long history. From the Native American Timucua people to the French and Spanish, the city "where Florida begins" has a vibrant population and culture that is heavily influenced by its history.

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Top 5 Must-See Attractions In Orlando Top 5 Must-See Attractions In Orlando

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Known as the "Theme Park Capital of the World," the Orlando, Florida metro area abounds with theme parks from Walt Disney World to Universal Orlando. However, theme parks are not the only reason tourists come to the area. Visit these top five must-see attractions in the greater Orlando area.

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At A Glance: Orlando At A Glance: Orlando

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Located in the Sun Belt, Orlando, Florida is America's most visited American city. Between tens of millions of tourists that visit area theme parks and the thriving conference and convention trade, see how "The City Beautiful" turned into a tourist paradise.

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Understanding Owner-Occupied Financing Understanding Owner-Occupied Financing

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

An owner-occupied loan is one where the buyer intends to live in the home as her/his primary residence and not rent out the home. Review these questions and answers to understand owner-occupied mortgage loans in Florida.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien is a Staff Writer at Florida Homes.