County Map Project

FL - Florida

Learn more about Florida and see the county names at Yahoo's  Florida page.
My first two visits to Florida were in 1996, stopping at the Miami airport on my way to and from the Amazon. Many are of the opinion that this does not "count," because airports comprise a sort of archipelego of places that are not really "there." I disagree, however, because I have found that many airports -- and certainly Miami's-- really reflect the regions in which they are found.

I finally visited other parts of South Florida starting in March of 1999, because my mother-in-law became a snow bird in Punta Gorda, located in Charlotte County north of Ft.Myers. We enjoyed the opportunity to visit friends and family on both coasts. But still have not seen any alligators along "Alligator Alley." Although my in-laws were not directly affected by the 2004 hurricane season, the destruction of so many parts of their new home community really disturbed them, and they returned north. We still have a few friends in Florida, but not quite as many excuses to travel there.

2004 Hurricane Tracks

Florida, My Florida: In this humorous essay, Weekend Edition essayist Diane Roberts laments the role that her native state of Florida is playing in the unresolved presidential election. In the process, she offers an interesting portrait of Florida's cultural geography.

Disney, karst and draglines in Florida is one of a series of educational projects in the amazing Earthshots series from the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 2000, I returned to Florida on a trip that combined both of my previous missions: we visited my in-laws on the way to Miami, from which we flew to Brazil again. This time, we drove, visiting friends all along the way. On our return, we spent a couple of wonderful days with a friend in Tampa as we re-adjusted to life in the U.S. We also enjoyed a visit to Tampa and Punta Gorda for New Year's 2002, taking a different route along the northeast coast. Punta Gorda is in Charlotte County, one of the fastest-growing communities in the United States.

An interesting letter to Ann Landers (Oct, 2000)

Dear Ann Landers:
I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, and fought breast cancer and diabetes. I'm half-blind and can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine. I take 10 different medications that make me dizzy, winded and subject to blackouts. I have bouts of dementia, have poor circulation, and can hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. I can't remember whether I am 85 or 87, and there's nobody I can ask. All my friends are dead. But thank God, I still have my Florida driver's license.

N.S., Boomfield, Michigan

So far, I have visited the counties shown in yellow.

I have been to 36 out of 67 counties in Florida. 

For a very clear map with the county names, visit Delorme's Florida Counties page.

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