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May 27, 2016

For Chris Richter and his dad, Richard, Saturdays were for flying. While other little boys growing up in Lakeland in the 1980s watched cartoons or played T-ball, Chris sat alongside his dad in the cockpit of a rented airplane, buzzing high above them all. Departing from Winter Haven Municipal Airport, the father-son duo skipped a […]

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May 27, 2016

Florida has a lot of state symbols. To name a few: a state flower, the orange blossom; a state butterfly, the zebra longwing; a state shell,the horse conch; and even a state soil, Myakka fine sand. Of course Florida has an official bird—no, not the construction crane, it’s the mockingbird—as well as a state reptile, […]

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May 27, 2016

Incoming! Clonk. That’s what I heard just before getting clobbered with a chunk of Florida karst (limestone). The fist-sized amalgamation of fossilized shells hit me just above the hairline, leaving me with five stitches and an awful haircut. Luckily, it was summer break and my 14-year-old self was spared ridicule by school peers. This was […]

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