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Times Square in New York is traditionally thought of as the ultimate New Year’s Eve party, but because of the normally warm weather, there are many New Year’s Eve parties to consider in the Sunshine State. Here are just a few of the bigger parties to consider this year or in the future:

  • Orlando – Downtown comes alive with the annual Orange Ball Drop, fireworks and parties at all the bars along Church Street!!
  • Jacksonville – The New Year’s Eve celebration in Jax includes the Gator Bowl Parade and fireworks at midnight in the water off Jacksonville Landing!!
  • Cocoa Beach – The annual Party at the Pier celebration takes place at the world famous Cocoa Beach Pier with live music and entertainment at all 5 of the Pier restaurants!!
  • Miami Beach – Ocean Drive is officially renamed Orange Drive for the festivities leading up to the Orange Bowl game. New Year’s Eve in South Beach will feature celebrities hosting parties in many of the nightclubs, as well as the “Jam on the Sand” event if you’re not into the club scene!!
  • St. Petersburg – First Night is an annual extravaganza in its 16th year, taking place at several locations throughout St. Pete, featuring family friendly events including tours, live entertainment, and fireworks at midnight!!

So if you’re in Florida on vacation for the holidays, or a Florida resident looking for something to do New Year’s Eve, this should give you some guidelines for where some of the biggest parties will be happening!!

Mystery surrounds this small attraction just off US1 between Miami and Homestead. Latvian immigrant Ed Leedskalnin is said to have carved and assembled the tons of coral rock forming the walls, tower, and interior pieces of the castle and garden singlehandedly, using only primitive hand tools. He went to great lengths to ensure that no one observed him working, and most often worked at night, with only lanterns to provide light. Leedskalnin began his creation around 1920 in Florida City, but seeking more privacy, in 1936 he moved north to Homestead, and spent the next 3 years transporting the original coral pieces the 10 miles to his new home, where he continued what is said to have been a tribute to a lost love. Only 5′ tall and 100 lbs., Ed would work all night and conduct tours during the day for visitors paying the 10 cent admission fee. The engineering feats of some of the creations are astonishing, including a 9 ton gate that could originally be turned by a child, and amazingly rotated within a quarter inch of it’s surrounding walls. There are conflicting theories of how and if one man could create such a monumental structure alone, but you can draw your own conclusions as you tour this South Florida treasure.IMG_0414 - Copy IMG_0425 - Copy IMG_0426 - Copy IMG_0427 - Copy IMG_0430 - Copy  IMG_0436 - Copy IMG_0437 - Copy IMG_0438 - Copy IMG_0443 - Copy  IMG_6827 - Copy IMG_6828 - Copy IMG_6829 - Copy IMG_6840 - Copy IMG_6850 - Copy   IMG_6825 - CopyIMG_6853 - CopyIMG_6854 - CopyIMG_6858 - Copy IMG_0431 - Copy

 

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The UCF Knights claimed their 2nd Conference USA Championship in 4 years yesterday at Bright House Networks Stadium on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Orlando, Florida, as they defeated the SMU Mustangs 17-7. Led by freshman quarterback Jeff Godfrey, the Knights finished the regular season with a 10-3 record, and have accepted an invitation to play on December 31st in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.IMG_2223 - Copy IMG_2229 - Copy IMG_2230 - Copy IMG_2241 - Copy IMG_2250 - Copy IMG_2254 - Copy IMG_2260 - Copy IMG_2262 - Copy IMG_2265 - Copy IMG_2274 - Copy IMG_2281 - Copy IMG_2288 - Copy IMG_2296 - Copy IMG_2299 - Copy IMG_2321 - Copy IMG_2323 - Copy

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From the Castillo de San Marcos, to the St. Augustine Lighthouse, to the mythical “Fountain of Youth”, history lovers will find a bounty of spots to explore in America’s oldest city. One of the first stops should be the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Black and white and visible from across the river, it was built in 1874 on Anastasia Island to help mariners navigate the treacherous waters off the coast of North Florida. Visit the museum, watch a short documentary about the history of the Lighthouse, and climb to the top for a spectacular view of the coastline, and back toward the Old City and the fort. Your exploration of St. Augustine is just the beginning, but the St. Augustine Lighthouse is an ideal place to start!!

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The new All Access Tour at the Daytona International Speedway is just the ticket for a Saturday afternoon, whether you’re a NASCAR fan or not. Race fans and sports fans alike will enjoy the tram ride along the road course and pit road, with stops at the Sprint Fan Zone, Victory Lane, the Driver/Owner meeting room, and the press box in the Sprint Tower. The “World Center of Racing” becomes more personal as you are guided on a narrated tour in and around some of the most restricted areas of the historical racetrack. With only the apron remaining in the track repaving project, now is the time to get a close up look at the brand new surface and start/finish line. The 2011 Daytona 500 is just around the corner, so get all the inside dirt before you get ready to cheer on your favorite driver!! And before its gone, make sure you get a picture of the actual winning car from the 2010 race, Jamie McMurray’s Chevy Impala!!IMG_3314 - Copy IMG_3320 - Copy IMG_4828 - Copy IMG_4852 - Copy IMG_4855 - Copy IMG_4862 - Copy IMG_4863 - Copy IMG_4868 - Copy IMG_4882 - Copy IMG_4888 - Copy IMG_4889 - Copy IMG_4908 - Copy IMG_4909 - Copy IMG_4913 - Copy IMG_4916 - Copy IMG_4919 - Copy

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With former players making their mark in the NFL, like Brandon Marshall, Kevin Smith, and Mike Sims-Walker, not to mention the former great Daunte Culpepper, UCF is quickly gaining national prominence for its football program. A recent showing in their first Top 25 poll, and a possible berth in the upcoming Conference USA title game have added excitement to an already rabid, tailgating fan base. UCF is providing Central Florida football fans an opportunity to watch a top notch Division 1 football team, at a reasonable price, in a beautiful new facility, right in their own backyard. The Knights will host the Conference title game if they sweep their last two regular season games, so keep your grills clean, and get ready to get out to Brighthouse Stadium, do some tailgating, and cheer on the Knights!!IMG_0381 - CopyIMG_0364 - Copy  IMG_0376 - CopyIMG_0365 - Copy (2)

As we wait for the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery, which was recently rescheduled for November 30th, we will take you back in time to August of 2005. After the Columbia disaster, high above Texas in 2003, the shuttle fleet was grounded as NASA engineers tried to assess the cause of the fatal accident. Two and a half years later, in July of 2005, it was time to fly again. STS-114 was the return to flight mission for the shuttle fleet, and Discovery was the shuttle chosen for this monumental occasion. Discovery lifted off on July 26th from Kennedy Space Center, and after a 2 week mission, landed safely back home at Edwards Air Force Base in California, due to bad weather on Florida’s east coast. On the morning of August 20th Discovery, sitting proudly atop its ride home, made it back to Florida, and on November 30, 2010 will fly for the last time. The picture below is from that day in August 2005. Hope you enjoy!!3791a - Copy

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Here are the last few shots of the USAF Thunderbirds from the 2010 Cocoa Beach Air Show, and some of my personal favorites. Hope you enjoy!!IMG_3940 - Copy IMG_4801 - CopyIMG_4230 (2) - Copy IMG_4507 (2) - Copy IMG_4520 (2) - Copy IMG_4790 (2) - Copy

Here are the first round of photos of the Air Force Thunderbirds show from the 2010 Cocoa Beach Air Show!! Enjoy!!

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