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How much of Florida is more than 60 miles from the nearest salt water? 

Answer: None of it

 

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What geographic error did the first state seal display?

Answer: It showed a mountainous background, far from appropriate for flat Florida.

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 Why did explorers name the islands west of Key West the Dry Tortugas?

Answer: They were called “dry” because they contained no fresh water. Tortugas is the Spanish word for turtles, of which the explorers saw and captured many.

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What gimmick did Lawton Chiles employ in 1970 while running for the U.S. Senate?

Answer:  The obscure state senator from Lakeland walked across Florida to introduce himself to the people. It worked, leading to an 18-year term in Washington.

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Did You Know that Blue Springs State Park was the state’s first sanctuary for the manatee?

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