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Has your day been kind of busy? Maybe even a little stressful? Wind down on the water. Feel your cares melt away as you step aboard the roomy Bayport River Safari vessel. You’ll find plenty of front row seating for your panoramic Gulf of Mexico view.

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Enjoy this digest of August 9 through August 22, 2018 stories curated from various media and online mentions. 

The Star Of The Little Mermaid Actually Swam With Mermaids In Florida  
Southernliving.com

When you first hear Poppy Drayton's voice, you'll notice that she has a distinctly un-Southern accent. But, that hasn't stopped the British actress from showing off her talents in a few Hallmark movies, including the channel's newest Southern flick, co-written by Kix Brooks: Home By Spring.

The Little Mermaid Opens in AMC Theaters on 8/17! #THELITTLEMERMAID  
Therebelchick.com

I have just received some EXCITING news that I am thrilled to share with you! On August 17th, The Little Mermaid will be in AMC theaters nationwide on August 17th!

The Charming Florida General Store That's Been Open Since Before World War II  
Onlyinyourstate.com

Ready to take a trip back in time? Well, here is your chance, Floridians. (In case you didn’t already know, we love a good dose of Florida history, just take a look at this beautiful park with an exciting past.)

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Find these ancient, gentle munchers-of-foliage throughout Nature’s Place to Play.

A keystone species, their burrows can be shared with more than 350 other types of wildlife.  Here are some fun facts about Florida’s Gopher tortoise.

Gopher tortoises and their burrows are listed as Threatened and are protected under state law.

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Enjoy this digest of July 26 through August 8, 2018 stories curated from various media and online mentions. 

A Dip into Southern Mermaid History  
Gardenandgun.com

At 78, the oldest still-performing siren shares stories of Florida’s Weeki Wachee mermaids. In small-town Florida in the 1950s, young women had three options, Vicki Smith says: “You got married, went off to school, or you became a Weeki Wachee mermaid.”

Mermaid recalls the day Elvis Presley visited Weeki Wachee  
WFLA.com

There have been Elvis sightings all over the world but not quite like the one that took place in the  Tampa Bay area nearly 60 years ago. That's when "The King" met The Weeki Wachee Mermaids.

A Day Trip to Florida's Adventure Coast  
Authenticflorida.com 

My husband and I recently took a little road trip. Our mission was to search for Florida Kitsch. Our final destination was the town of historic Brooksville. We live in Winter Park (just North of Orlando), so we got on State Road 50 and headed West. 

These are the most popular Airbnb locations in Tampa Bay  
Tampabay.com 

They’re about as diverse as you can get in Tampa Bay real estate: A Hernando mobile home near a private entrance to Weeki Wachee River, an Old Seminole Heights house with a window into Tampa-living, a Clearwater suite with an in-ground pool, and a Pasco home near the Gulf of Mexico.

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The sun. Those puffy tropical clouds that open with occasional dramatic drenching bursts.
The free-form family hours of swimming, scalloping, boating or just keeping cool. All are late summertime scenes. Here are some ways to wrap the day and enjoy pretty
cloud-painted evenings.

Wind down from your summer days with a spectacular Gulf of Mexico water view. Sink your toes into the sand at Pine Island/Alfred McKethan Beach Park while sipping a cold drink from Willy’s Tropical Breeze Café.

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The Florida's Adventure Coast coastline is more than a wonderful place to watch Gulf of Mexico sunsets or boat, fish and scallop dive. It also boasts a dynamic underwater ecosystem.

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Meet Gary Duquette, an artist who transforms beer, wine and coffee into beautiful images. He delights in sharing his technique and coaching thirsty students. Join him at events in nearby craft breweries and vineyards.  

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Fishing is good if you start early. With daytime heating, the best fishing is early morning with a good moving tide. I like to fish the morning incoming tide along the mangroves and oyster bars for red fish and snook.


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Meet Kenna, Alinda and Jessica. They are some of the talented artists found at Un-Common-Ly Artsy in downtown Brooksville. Stroll among the exhibitors and find unique treasures at this monthly event located behind City Hall. Be sure to go inside and tour the UpTown Gallery too. 

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Meet Kenna, Alinda and Jessica. They are some of the talented artists found at Un-Common-Ly Artsy in downtown Brooksville. Stroll among the exhibitors and find unique treasures at this monthly event located behind City Hall. Be sure to go inside and tour the UpTown Gallery too. 

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