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This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes back Jamie Rich, the founder, publisher, and editor of Flamingo Magazine. They talk about the newest issue – on newsstands now! – as well as Jamie's favorite parts of the Jacksonville beaches. Have a Florida question – travel-related or otherwise? Drop us a line. Links we mentioned: Flags over Fernandina J…
 
This week Cathy and Jon talk about Florida supermarkets, grocery stores, which – shocker – include more than simply Publix. Join them on the podcast that went a little sideways and veered into the history of Winn-Dixie, Hitchcocks, and the Aldi Aisle of Shame. Links we mentioned: History of Winn Dixie History of Hitchcock's (and a link we found aft…
 
This week, Cathy and Jon talk about Florida's "Southern" beach: Amelia Island. They also talk about the history and beauty of Fort Clinch, the War of Jenkins Ear, and why you should stop for boiled peanuts on every road trip. Amelia Island Fernandina Beach More about the War of Jenkins Ear and Cathy's (notably less academic) article about the War o…
 
This week, Cathy and Jon talk about Everglades City, Chokoloskee, and the Tamiami Trail. They also help out a listener looking for travel advice crossing the state from Englewood to the Hard Rock in Hollywood. Send us your Florida road trip questions. Links we mentioned: Forrey Grill Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail Camping at Lake Okeechobee (Okeechob…
 
This week, Cathy and Jon talk to Ben Montgomery about Axios Local, journalism, and why the City of Tampa should set aside one day a year where it's legal to camp in any of its parks. It's kind of a wild podcast, so buckle up and tune in. Ben Montgomery is a journalist and author of four nonfiction books, and he writes a local newsletter for Axios. …
 
This week, your hosts Cathy Salustri and Jon Kile talk to John Athanason, who spent almost two decades doing marketing for the world's most famous mermaids – the Weeki Wachee mermaids! Last year, he started working with Florida's Adventure Coast Visitors Bureau, and he joins the podcast ready to talk about the best places along Florida's Adventure …
 
This week, "The Florida Spectacular" hosts Cathy Salustri and Jon Kile talk about Disney, Reedy Creek, and Ron DeSantis – as well as the PeopleMover, Disney prices, and why there are no mosquitoes at Walt Disney World. Want more Florida? Subscribe to The Florida Spectacular newsletter, and keep up with Cathy's travels at greatfloridaroadtrip.com. S…
 
This week :The Florida Spectacular" welcomes a new co-host, Jon Kile. Jon's a Florida-based writer who loves Worldle but hates Wordle, loves to camp with his family in and out of the state, and posts tales of his adventures at dontmakemeturnthisvanaround.com. Cathy and Jon talk with Maureen McDole about the upcoming SunLit literary festival (produc…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Florida Keys historian Brad Bertelli. Brad's penned several books about Florida and the Florida Keys, most recently the (mostly) fictionalized "The Florida Keys Skunk Ape Files." Cathy and Brad talk about Brad's new (and wildly popular) Facebook group, Florida Keys History with Brad Bertelli, keys people h…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes David Powell, author of "Ninety Miles and a Lifetime Away: Memories of Early Cuban Exiles." David worked as a reporter for 10 years in New York, Miami, and Tallahassee, and then practiced law for 30 years. He and Cathy talk about the first two waves of Cuban immigrants, how they impacted Florida, and the s…
 
This week Cathy Salustri chats with David Shealy, the mastermind behind the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters in Ochopee, and noted Skunk Ape author Brad Bertelli. Follow Brad on Twitter, or join his Florida Keys history Facebook group, and pick up a copy of his book, "The Florida Keys Skunk Ape Files". After you're done, you may want to follow the S…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Stephanie Shuster, CEO and owner of "WDW Magazine." Stephanie and Cathy talk about a different part of Florida: the Walt Disney World Resort. They chat, of course, about Disney and why they both enjoy it, but also about the landscaping, natural plants, and acres of preserved land on the Walt Disney World R…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular talks to food historian Andy Huse. Cathy and Andy talk about Florida restaurants, Florida cocktails, and Florida desserts. Huse, who's written three books with the University Press of Florida, lives in Tampa. He's the archivist and special collections librarian at the University of South Florida, but his fascinatio…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Susan Rogers, author of the forthcoming book "Learning the Birds", available in April from Cornell Press. Susan talks with Cathy about her birding trip to the Everglades, the time she (sort of) found a dead body, and why birding is dangerous. Cathy and Susan also talk about the most dangerous animal in Flo…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes back Bill DeYoung, author of many books, most recently "Vintage St. Pete Volume II: Legends, Locations, Lifestyles." Even people who don't live in St. Pete will appreciate this picturesque history of the area, told through some of the city's more interesting people and places throughout history. In this we…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular talks with Ben Kirby, who worked alongside St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman as the Communications Director for Kriseman's two-term tenure, which ended earlier this year. Cathy and Ben talk about Kriseman's famous "no Trumps allowed" tweet, the challenges facing a Florida community recovering from a Jim Crow South…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Bill DeYoung, a St. Petersburg native, veteran journalist, and author of "Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down." Bill and Cathy talk about the Skyway Bridge disaster of 1980, the (untrue and harmful) rumors about Captain Lerro's role in the disaster and, mo…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Tara Lush, author of the Coffee Lover's Mystery Series, talks about writing cozy mysteries, using Florida as a backdrop, her love of coffee, and other Florida cozy writers. Connect with her on Twitter (@tamaralush) or Facebook, or come see her at the Gabber Book Club in Gulfport on Jan. 12. Links we mentio…
 
This week, The Florida Spectacular welcomes John Fleming, author of "The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman." Host Cathy Salustri and John talk about the actual Barefoot Mailman, his book about what may have happened to Ed Hamilton, and why Cathy thinks his next book about the Lewis & Clark expedition should talk about Florida. John's a creative writin…
 
This week Cathy Salustri welcomes Dr. Saundra TenBroeck, an associate professor and state extension horse specialist for the University of Florida's Extension Service, to The Florida Spectacular. Dr. TenBroeck works with kids and adults... and horses. They chat about Florida's horse industry, which has an annual $6.8 billion economic impact on Flor…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular chats with John Pendygraft, a longtime journalist with a forthcoming book, "Lost Storytellers: The Information Apocalypse in the Modern Newsroom." John and Cathy talk about journalism, and its future in Florida. Want more Florida? Subscribe to The Florida Spectacular newsletter, and keep up with Cathy's travels at …
 
This week, The Florida Spectacular welcomes John Fleming, author of "Fearsome Creatures of Florida." Host Cathy Salustri and John talk about the Skunk Ape, were-panthers and a host of other fearsome creatures of Florida – some real, some maybe not so real. John's a creative writing professor at the University of South Florida, the founder of Saw Pa…
 
Today host Cathy Salustri welcomes Colette Bancroft, book editor for the Tampa Bay Times. Listen in as they talk about the Tampa Bay Times annual Festival of Reading (the Festival takes place over seven days this year, via Zoom, Nov. 8-14), why Florida has so many writers, and which book in this year's lineup will make you remove your mindfulness a…
 
This week the Florida Spectacular welcomes Holly Abeels, to talk about Florida fishing and how to find a fishing guide who will help you make your next fishing trip exciting – and sustainable. Links we mentioned: • Choosing a Florida-friendly fishing guide • What is Florida Sea Grant? Want more Florida? Subscribe to The Florida Spectacular newslett…
 
This week the Florida Spectacular welcomes back Jamie Rich, founder and publisher of Flamingo Magazine. With the new issue just days away from subscribers' mailboxes, Cathy and Jamie talk about what to expect under the cover, the Fresh Squeezed newsletter, why Carlton Ward's work makes the magazine even more amazing, and the upcoming Florida gift g…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes back historian Brad Bertelli, who talks about his historical (mostly) fiction book, "The Florida Keys Skunk Ape Files: Island Cryptids, Histories & Mysteries" and whether or not he believes in the Skunk Ape. Take a listen to hear his stories and learn about the Southernmost Skunk Ape (that's a bigfoot, for…
 
Today The Florida Spectacular welcomes Lu Vickers, author of – among others – "Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attractions." Lu and Florida Spectacular host Cathy Salustri talk about the Weeki Wachee Mermaids No matter where you are, you can always see Weeki Wachee mermaids on film and in photos at the …
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Joey Vars, the historian at the Belleview Inn (formerly Henry Plant’s Belleview Biltmore) as well as the Curator of the Gulfport Historical Society. He’s also a masters student in the USFSP Florida Studies Program. Host Cathy Salustri and Joe talk about the Plant empire, the urban legends about Morton Plan…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Alex Freeze, who talks about the Florida Wildlife Corridor. As a sixth-generation Floridian, Alex's passion for the Corridor – and all of wild Florida – comes through in this episode, co-hosted by Cathy Salustri and James Chapin. Connect with Alex – and the Corridor – at the links below. The Last Green Thr…
 
Today the Florida Spectacular welcomes Craig Pittman, Florida environmental reporter, columnist, and author of many books – most recently, The State You're In. Get Craig's book for a discounted price – $20 – plus free shipping when you order from upress.ufl.edu or call 800-226-3822 and use the code FLMAN. Valid through September 30, 2021. Stories f…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Lara Milligan and Shannon Carnevale, and Cathy chats with them about their podcast, Naturally Florida, which delves into natural Florida and the things that live here. They also talk about Cuban tree frogs and other exotic invasives, fireflies (yes, we have them here!) and green anoles (you may call them g…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes John Bisney and J.L. Pickering, the co-authors of Picturing the Space Shuttle: The Early Years. On the podcast they chat about the space shuttle, but not only that – you'll learn about I Dream of Jeannie's connection and the nude beach by Cape Canaveral. John Bisney, a retired journalist who covered the sp…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Holley Short, an Audubon Florida Shorebird Program Manager in the Tampa Bay Area. Holley works closely with cities, counties, and landowners to project nesting shorebirds and seabirds. Check out the Florida Audubon Society's website, flbeachbirds.org and follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Also…
 
This week the Florida Spectacular welcomes Ray Bodrey of UF/IFAS Extension Gulf County. Ray's the County Extension Director and Florida Sea Grant Agent. Today we're talking about scallops in Franklin, Gulf, and Bay County. Ray talks about bay scallops and the volunteer scallop sitter program. Links we mentioned: Find the Gulf County Extension on Fa…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes author Cynthica Barnett to talk about seashells and her new book, The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans. Cynthia and host Cathy Salustri talk about sushi, scallops, and whether or not it's OK to collect seashells (yes, as long as they're not alive and please don't take them all!) Conne…
 
Today The Florida Spectacular welcomes Tom Wichman, who works with landscapers to teach them how to keep landscapes Florida-friendly. Learn about how to mulch, which tree stands through (most) hurricanes, and how Florida-Friendly landscapers (and landscaping you can do yourself!) can make your Florida yard more spectacular. Florida-Friendly Landsca…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Jason Katz, a South Florida writer who also teaches English and publishes the Islandia Journal in and around the Miami Metropolitan Area. Tune in to hear about the Everglades Griffin, why Miami has more on offer than most people realize, and the work that appears in the Journal. He also writes for himself …
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Tina Marie Osceola, an enrolled member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. We talk about Seminole gaming and what it means to her family, her feelings about the compact before the Department of the Interior, and life as part of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Read more of her work at Life in Naples magazine. …
 
This week the Florida Spectacular welcomes writer James Chapin, author of Ride South Until the Sawgrass, a "Florida western." We talk about Florida's forgotten history, why Daytona Beach doesn't suck, and Hillsborough County's Environmental Lands program and why it's amazing. Listen along! Read James's Washington Post article about Florida's invasi…
 
This week "The Florida Spectacular" welcomes Paul Strauss, owner of Osprey Nature Photography. Paul's work celebrates his curiosity about and appreciation of rural Florida and its flora and fauna. He's an Advanced Florida Master Naturalist (UF-IFAS), a Certified Interpretative Guide (NAI), a PADI-certified SCUBA diver, and a board member of the Flo…
 
In this episode "The Florida Spectacular" welcomes David Anderson, who grew up on the Jungle Prada site, a potential landing site for Panfilo de Narvaez. Take a walking tour with David the next time you're in St. Petersburg and learn more about the tours and property here. fb.com/discoverfloridatours Support the show (https://paypal.me/floridaspect…
 
Today, Rachel Arndt, communications manager for Tampa Bay Watch, an environmental nonprofit organization. Links we mentioned: Tampa Bay Watch Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center Tampa Bay Watch Facebook page How can I get a vertical oyster garden for my dock? Sign up for alerts (including red tide alerts) from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservatio…
 
In this episode, the Florida Spectacular welcomes Jamie Rich, the founder and editor in chief of Flamingo, Florida’s only statewide lifestyle magazine—For Floridians. By Floridians. Here's how to connect to Flamingo: https://www.flamingomag.com social: @theflamingomag Women of Waves and equal pay in surfing. Have you met the lady python hunters of …
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Rachel Doll, who markets every book printed by the University Press of Florida. Rachel talks about current Florida books that can help you take a deep dive into the Sunshine State. Take a look at how you can read more about what makes Florida spectacular, and below find Rachel's top three books for new Flo…
 
This week "The Florida Spectacular" welcomes Chadd Scott, Conservation Chair of the Florida Native Plant Society Ixia Chapter (northeast Florida) and Andrew Furman, avid southeast Florida gardener and author of Bitten, Goldens Are Here, and Jewfish. They talk about attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife to their three respective l…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Mark Walters, journalist, veterinarian, and author of “Florida Scrub-Jay: Field Notes on a Vanishing Bird.” Why the scrub jay? Tune in to find out. Want to buy the book? (Spoiler alert: You do!) Get it here. Support the show (https://paypal.me/floridaspectacular?country.x=US&locale.x=en_US)…
 
In this episode, the Florida Spectacular welcomes Rick Kilby, Florida author. Orlando-based writer and graphic designer Rick Kilby is the author of Florida’s Healing Waters: Gilded Age Mineral Springs, Seaside Resorts, and Health Spas, which received the silver medal for Florida nonfiction from the Florida Book Awards and the Florida Historical Soc…
 
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Bruce Horovitz, author of Gamble Rogers, A Troubadour's Life. Listen to the story of this man's incredible life, his impact on Florida and his influence on songwriters and musicians like Jimmy Buffett. Bruce Horovitz is an award-winning author and an entrepreneur with extensive experience in the non-profit…
 
The Florida Spectacular welcomes Dr. José García, the author of Voices from Mariel. Dr. Garcia also co-produced the award winning documentary by the same name. Both his book and documentary have been presented nationally and internationally in such places as Europe and Australia. Dr. Garcia left Cuba as apart of the Mariel boatlift when he was a te…
 
Today "The Florida Spectacular" welcomes Jim Ross, Florida author and the managing editor of the Ocala Star Banner. Jim edited and contributed to In Season: Stories of Discovery, Loss, Home, and Places in Between (University Press of Florida, 2018. Get the book here. Find Jim on Twitter, Facebook, or at jimross96@gmail.com. Support the show (https:…
 
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