At the End of the Rainbow

How LGBTQ entrepreneurs rescued Key West’s economy—and helped invent a new kind of tourism. By John Sotomayor For an island only four miles long and two miles wide, Key West looms large in the American psyche. Some 159 miles south of Miami, at the end of a curving chain of small islands set in a vast expanse of turquoise waters, Key West forms the southernmost point of the United States.

Liquid Gold

Growers fight to preserve North Florida’s precious tupelo honey. By Craig Pittman Start with the golden liquid itself. Hold a jar of it up to the light and examine its beauty. Experts describe it as a light amber with a slight greenish cast. Open the top and inhale. Some call its aroma “pear-like,” and “hoppy.” Now take a taste of tupelo honey, the most magical—and most endangered—of Florida’s homegrown culinary

Flour Power

Tradition, family and pitch-perfect Cuban bread have kept an Ybor City bakery busy for more than a century. By Dalia Colon In 1915, Woodrow Wilson was in the White House, “Birth of a Nation” was No. 1 at the box office, and a gallon of gas would set you back around 15 cents. And in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood, a co-op of artisans opened a trio of bakeries, aptly naming

Here to Stay

Hurricane Ian battered my home and neighbors, but it didn’t lay a finger on my love for Pine Island. The day I started collecting my thoughts for this piece, I was waiting for an insurance adjuster to arrive and triage the wounds Hurricane Ian had inflicted a few weeks before. The Category 4 storm lingered lethally over coastal Lee County on Sept. 28, wiping out parts of Fort Myers Beach,

A Taste of Florida: Soul Food Superstar

From festivals to fashionable tables, collard greens get respect. It started as a joke. Boyzell Hosey and Samantha Harris were leading the youth department at Bethel Community Baptist Church in St. Petersburg. In need of a fundraiser, they began selling collard greens in the lobby. Hosey and his wife, Andrida, had recently bought an electric pressure cooker from HSN, shortening the hours-long process of cooking collards down to less than

Holy Misconceptions, Batman!

Holy Misconceptions, Batman! Isn’t Hanukkah the most important holiday to Jews? Don’t Catholics object to sex unless reproduction is the goal? Don’t all religions worship the same God and (more or less) teach the same things? Doesn’t the Bible say that God helps those who help themselves? Come and consider many of the myths, truths, and misunderstandings that everyday people have about religion in America.

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