Saving Sanibel

A visionary plan has long safeguarded the island’s character and beauty. But can it inspire solutions for a changing climate? By Thomas T. Ankersen In October 2022, Hurricane Ian devastated Southwest Florida, including Sanibel Island, a popular vacation destination known for its low-key charm and natural beauty. On Sanibel, a 12-foot storm surge and 130 mph winds destroyed buildings, crumpled the only bridge to the island and tossed around homes,

The Way of the Trailer

Even after Hurricane Ian, novelist and trailer-park resident Robert Plunket finds much to love in this iconic Florida way of life. By Robert Plunket Yes, I live in a trailer park, but don’t tell anyone. The stigma still exists. No other type of housing has received such consistently bad press. You picture men in “wifebeater” T-shirts stumbling around holding cans of beer and yelling at weathered-looking women with cigarettes dangling

One for the Books

In a state known for exceptional writing, the Florida Book Awards honor the very best. Here’s a guide to its distinguished history, this year’s winners, authors’ favorite Florida classics—and more. Florida’s literary history is rich with names known far beyond the borders of the state: Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Jack Kerouac, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, John D. MacDonald— to name only a few. In 2006, Florida State

Big Man On Campus

At 71, the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright agreed to design a little Central Florida college. The rest is architectural history. By Robert Plunket The first time I visited the Frank Lloyd Wright campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, I had a déjà vu feeling. Had I been here before? Why was it speaking so strongly to me? Then, as clouds rolled over the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel and a very

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
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