By Tim Hollis
Since global conflict II, travelers have flocked to Florida's northwest Gulf Coast and sunlight and enjoyable spots at Panama urban seashore, castle Walton seashore, and Pensacola seashore. each year these viewers quantity within the hundreds of thousands.
if you lengthy to keep in mind how the vacationland seemed thirty, 40, or perhaps fifty years in the past, Tim Hollis has written Florida's Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast.
In a method that informs and entertains, Hollis describes the increase of early advancements, equivalent to lengthy seashore lodge, and significant vacationer points of interest, reminiscent of the Gulfarium and the Miracle Strip entertainment Park. With heartfelt nostalgia and a dose of tongue-in-cheek, he reminisces at the inns and vacationer cottages; the eating places, corresponding to Captain Anderson's and Staff's; the frilly miniature golfing classes, similar to Goofy golfing and its many imitators. he's taking a different relish convalescing the thoughts of these quirky companies that now exist in basic terms in pale pictures and getting older postcards, such wacky vacationer traps as citadel Dracula, Petticoat Junction, Tombstone Territory, and the Snake-A-Torium.
within the e-book, Hollis examines how this region turned referred to as the "Miracle Strip," and the way the neighborhood chambers of trade acquired so uninterested in that photograph that the identify steadily fell into disuse. The publication is illustrated with a great quantity of classic images and ads, such a lot of that have no longer been noticeable in print on the grounds that their unique appearances. For the nostalgia lover, the snowbird, the vacationer looking yesteryear, Florida's Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast can be a welcome touring significant other.
Tim Hollis is the writer of Hi There, girls and boys! America's neighborhood kid's television Programs and Dixie earlier than Disney: a hundred Years of Roadside Fun, either from college Press of Mississippi.
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Extra resources for Florida's Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast
Yes, indeed, it was a mighty slow start, but by the early 19408, the Gulf Coast was primed for its later fame. World War II did not generally do much to promote tourism, but the conflict did create two large military outposts in the area, Tyndall Field in Panama City and Eglin Air Force Base at Fort Walton Beach. Eglin later had its chance in the spotlight when it was chosen for location filming for the 1949 movie classic Twelve O'clock High. That drama, starring Gregory Peck, was supposedly set at an airstrip in England during World War II, and the producers somehow determined that Eglin most closely resembled what a base of that time would have looked like.
At others, such as Laguna Beach, the owners 36 S L E E P TO THE S O N G OF THE S U R F Most of the wriy resorts such QS Long Beljpi feati^ea towist cottages. : nonce nwi nw pool arrow DOMITS 10 notWng but a patch of grass! 37 were primarily concerned with selling lots to people who wished to construct vacation homes. An interesting aspect of this, which may still be seen in spots along the otherwiseunrecognizable Panama City Beach strip, is that most of these independents were not built on the Gulf side of the highway but across the street.
T H E S A N D S OF TIME 19 thing that may never have been real, Pensacola Beach eveoloped its Fiesta of Five Flags, loosely commemorating the"discovery" of the area by Don Tristan de Luna in 1559. Serious-mindex local historians report that as much fiction as fact has come to paly a part in this pageant. All of these resorts, so new by the standards of rest rff the the state, took a number of years to attract much attention. IO 1937, Florida's State Road Department published a slim boklklet titled Highways of Florida, but it ignored the emergindg Panhandle resorts nearly as completely as earlier efforts had.
Florida's Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast by Tim Hollis