[dropcap]F[/dropcap]lorida truly is one of the country’s most beautiful, intriguing, and adventurous states. Although most of the Americans hate Florida.
Here are some Awesome Facts:
-Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States (1,350 miles or 2,170 km) and is the only state that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
-With over 1,300 courses, Florida has more golf courses than any other state in the country.
-Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruits in the United States and third in the world behind Brazil and China.
-The longest river sailboat race in the world is the Annual Mug Race. The event runs forty-two miles from Palatka to Jacksonville along the St. Johns River.
-During the 1991 Gulf War the busiest military port in the country was Jacksonville. From this location the military moved more supplies and people than any other port in the country.
-Plant City, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake. The 827-square-foot, 6,000-pound cake was made on February 19, 1999, in McCall Park.
-Ybor City was once known as the Cigar Capital of the World with nearly 12,000 tabaqueros (cigar-makers) employed in two hundred factories. Ybor City produced an estimated 700 million cigars a year at the industry’s peak.
-On May 20, 1970, Florida lawmakers passed and sent to the governor a bill adopting the moonstone as the official state gem. Ironically, the moonstone is not found naturally in Florida nor was it found on the moon.
-Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan lotion in 1944. He accomplished this by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife’s stove.
-The US city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater, Florida.
-Florida is the only state in the nation whose constitution is reviewed every twenty years.