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February 2013: Florida

In honor of its quincentennial, here are four iconic Sunshine State vacations.

My Brother’s Keeper

It was a bright weekday in mid-September and the Cormier boys—thirty-one years old, identical twins, best friends, incorrigible malcontents—were coming home. Their sixty-two-year-old father looked out his living room window as a U-Haul rumbled into the gravel drive.

Apalachicola, FL

Dawn came so softly that I could hear a dolphin breathing, exhaling through its blowhole while swimming slowly up the Apalachicola River only a few feet away. I had...

Deal signs law requiring mass drug tests

On Monday, Gov. Nathan Deal signed a law that will arbitrarily require all Georgia welfare recipients to submit to drug tests.

Key West, FL

Like the best Key West stories, this one begins at a bar. I'm at the Porch, which specializes in craft beer and catchy wines and occupies a corner of a Victorian mansion with, indeed, ...

I think Newt lost Florida last night

I think Newt Gingrich lost Florida during last night's debate and, therefore, his best chance to win the GOP Presidential nomination.

Newt leaves South Carolina for younger, hotter state

As anyone who is acquainted with Newt Gingrich's personal life knows, loving him can be dangerous.

Amelia Island, FL

Rob Hicks is sweating, his breath at a light pant, as he points out the Fairbanks House. The four-story, twenty-room residence, built in 1885 in Amelia Island’s Fernandina Beach...

Miami Beach, FL

Plotting our next meal in Miami Beach, my friend looked baffled when I suggested we stay on the hotel property. “We’ve already eaten here once,” he said. True, but we were staying...

St. Augustine, FL

More than 100 years after Florida’s railroad boom brought the posh set to St. Augustine, this former Spanish colony just south of Jacksonville still holds Old World allure. In the...

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