Posts Tagged 'Florida'

Hundreds of Shipwrecks are Off the Coast of of South Florida

Time for a quick history lesson. After Christopher Columbus found the New World, Spain proceeded to go forth and conquer much of it in the decades that followed. By 1533, the mighty and wealthy Aztec and Inca empires were under Spanish control and the Spanish began importing unprecedented amounts of gold and silver from their new colonies. Most of the ships bringing back these precious metals would meet around Havana in the summer and sail back across the Atlantic together. However, not all of those ships made it back to Spain. Some were attacked by pirates and some were sunk by hurricanes and other bad weather. Those two reasons are why there are hundreds of shipwrecks off the coast of Southern Florida and many are long forgotten and have yet to be rediscovered.

Until 1988, undersea explorers finding a shipwrecked galleon filled with gold could keep everything they found and make a fortune selling off all the gold. Now though, shipwrecks in America’s territorial waters are considered to be legal property of the state and it’s now illegal to scavenge from a shipwreck you might find. Although many fantasize about the riches they might find in a sunken galleon filled with gold and silver, most of the shipwrecks that have been found were old Native American canoes and slave ships. Still it is really cool to realize that when you look out at the ocean from South Florida there are hundreds of relics from a bygone age sitting there underneath the waves.


Considering the state of Spain’s budget, they could use some of that gold.

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How to Ace Winter Air Travel

I really hate the trend that has become known as the “Christmas Creep” Every year it seems like businesses across the country start their marketing for the holiday season earlier and earlier in the year. This year I saw my first holiday-themed ad in September and it made me want to cry. All that being said I’m going to be writing about holiday travel before Halloween today but there’s a very good reason for that. If you anticipate that you’re going to be traveling for the winter holidays now is probably the best time to start looking at your options. With winter approaching, Conde Nast has a great article sharing some excellent air travel advice for the coming winter months. Here are some of the highlights:

The cheapest days of the year to fly. Early December and late January are typically when you’ll find some of the cheapest airfares of the year.

Book Presidents’ Day weekend in early December. Prices probably won’t come down much before then.

Try going to a cooler big city instead of a resort.
You can get some great deals in the winter by opting to go to a city like New York, Washington DC or San Francisco because there is less business travel there in the winter.

Consider alternate airports. For example, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale are good substitutes for Orlando and Miami respectively in Florida. You may have a longer drive to your final destination but you’ll save a lot on airfare.

Schedule connecting flights out of Southern airports.
Those airports are far less likely to experience weather related problems in the winter.

Fly early. Early morning flights are cheaper and have the best chance of going out on time.

If your flight is cancelled:

Be the first to find out. This increases your chances of getting an alternate flight that works for you. Flightstats.com is a good tool to use to get the most up-to-date information.

Have an alternate flight in mind before contacting your airline. You don’t want to depend on just the airline to find you the flight you want. Besides, telling them the exact flight you want will insure you get it faster and save everyone a lot of time.

When all else fails consider going to Vegas. If you know you’re not going to be getting to your destination for a while, Las Vegas is a pretty good place to wait it out. It has a huge airport with lots of flights, cheap hotels, and clear weather. Besides it’s better to be stuck in Las Vegas than the frozen tundra of Chicago, Detroit, or Minneapolis.


You want to avoid this fate at all costs.

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The Cheapest Beer in the NFL

The NFL is one of the most valuable sports leagues on Earth and it’s popularity has made it expensive for fans. Since there are only eight regular season home games for each team and only so many seats in a stadium, ticket prices and concessions can be exorbitantly expensive. So much so that if you’re a Giants fan that wants season tickets, you have to go on a waiting list where you can expect to wait about 40 years. If you want to have a few rounds beers of beer and snacks at the game you’ll probably end up spending as much as you paid for your ticket. Now there is a very good social incentive for beer to be expensive at football games especially when the game is between bitter rivals. Fortunately, The Street recently put together a list of the cheapest per ounce pricing of beer in every NFL stadium this year. If you just want to watch a game with a reasonably priced beer and not get into a drunken fight with a fan of the other team, these are the best teams to go see at home to get the most beer for your buck:

Tie 6: Denver Broncos/New York Giants/New York Jets/Houston Texans/San Diego Chargers/Tennessee Titans/Cincinnati Bengals/Cleveland Browns $0.42 per ounce
5: Minnesota Vikings $0.39 per ounce
Tie 4: New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals $0.38 per ounce
3: Carolina Panthers $0.375 per ounce
2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers $0.36 per ounce
Tie 1: Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints $0.35 per ounce

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Florida’s Future Beaches Could be Made of Glass

The Earth’s geology has long caused issues for the people living on it. Earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and volcanic eruptions have been going on long before humans were around and will continue long after we’re gone. However, the beaches in South Florida are facing a far less lethal problem for us and we’re coming up with an odd way of solving it. The sand on Florida’s beaches is constantly being drawn back into the ocean and keeping the beaches looking healthy and robust means constantly replenishing the beaches with sand. This problem is by no means old and for decades Florida simply took sand from elsewhere in the state and moved it to the beaches to keep them looking the way they do.

Florida is running into a problem though. They’re running out of land based sand to replenish the beaches. It has reached the point where Broward County is now looking at other more expensive alternatives. One such alternative would be dredging up sand from the seafloor just offshore and using that sand. That option is both expensive and environmentally destructive to the marine species that live there. Another more eco-friendly alternative is to pulverize recycled glass into a fine sand and use that on the beaches. Glass is made mostly from sand and if it is pulverized enough it is just about indistinguishable from beach sand. Such an idea was first proposed ten years ago but its implementation was derailed from state budget costs caused by the recession in 2008. Now seems like a good time to revive the idea though. It is a more efficient and more environmentally friendly way of recycling glass and it will help to preserve Florida’s beaches well into the future.

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Al Capone’s Final House Sells for Over $7 Million

When people think of organized crime in America Al Capone if one of the first figures that everyone thinks of. The Chicago-based crime lord made a fortune in the black market for alcohol in the 1920s and he became the most notorious gangster from the era of Prohibition. In 1931, he was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to eight years in Alcatraz. After getting out of prison he bought an estate in Miami Beach for $40,000 in cash where he lived until his death in 1947 at the age of 48.

Well it turns out that Capone and his successors could have made a fortune through more legitimate means with this house. The house where Capone spent the final years of his life recently sold for $7,431,750 according to Zillow. Adjusting for inflation the home’s value appreciated by $6.7 million between the time Capone bought the house and today. The estate has a two guesthouses and a 30′ x 60′ swimming pool and everything was recently renovated to add the most modern of amenities. Even if Capone had lived another 25 years the house’s value would have long since recouped the initial investment. Just consider that if alcohol wasn’t illegal in the 1920s Al Capone would have been a microbrewer instead of a mafia boss, but he still could have become a wildly successful real estate mogul in Miami.


It sure beats Alcatraz as a retirement home.

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Spanish Galleon Visits Fort Lauterdale

The year 2013 has a special anniversary for Florida. Exactly 500 years ago in 1513 the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the shores of Florida and named the land Florida due to the many wild blooming flowers he found there. Florida would then become home to the first permanent European settlement on the continent of North America. One of the many things happening to commemorate this occasion is the visit of a replica of a Spanish galleon to Florida. There is currently a replica of a 1526 Spanish galleon in the marina of Fort Lauderdale available for tours. Though this ship is larger than the caravel that Ponce de Leon used to find Florida, it is a wonderful insight into the types of ships that were used by explorers during the Age of Discovery and you can get a idea of what it was like to be a sailor back in the sixteenth century. Tours of the ship El Galeon are available for free here courtesy of Broward County.

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10 Best Cities for Finding Employment

In need of a new job? Forbes.com has listed the 10 Best Cities for Employment. These cities were chosen by Adecco Staffing US, a Human Resources firm. They have the fullest employment, according to the Department of Labor, as well as internal data around job growth and demand. They then determined which areas in the US are the best for finding a job.

  1. Bethesda, MD
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Jacksonville, FL.
  4. Grand Rapids, MI
  5. Columbus, OH
  6. Seattle, WA.
  7. Phoenix, AZ
  8. New York, NY
  9. Richmond, VA
  10. Oklahoma City, OK

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Bethesda, MD

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