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Florida\'s Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast | Travel & Vacation Tips & Resources

Florida’s Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast

Tourists have flocked to Florida’s northwest Gulf Coast and sun and fun spots at Panama City Beach, Fort Walton Beach, and Pensacola Beach since World War II,. Every year those visitors number in the millions. Florida’s Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast describes the rise of early developments, such as Long Beach Resort, and major tourist attractions, such as the Gulfarium and the Miracle Strip Amusement Park.

In a style that informs and entertains adding to that, heartfelt nostalgia and a dose of tongue-in-cheek, author, Tim Hollis reminisces on the place that was and why it needs to be remembered. He covers the motels and tourist cottages; the restaurants, such as Captain Anderson’s and Staff’s; the intricate miniature golf courses, such as Goofy Golf and its many imitators. He takes special delight in recovering the memories of those quirky businesses that now exist only in faded photographs and aging postcards, such wacky tourist traps as Castle Dracula, Petticoat Junction, Tombstone Territory, and the Snake-A-Torium.

In Florida’s Miracle Strip, Hollis examines how this area became known as the “Miracle Strip,” and how the local chambers of commerce got so tired of that image that the name gradually fell into disuse. The book is illustrated with an abundance of vintage photos and advertisements, most of which have not been seen in print since their original appearances. For the sentimential who loves revisiting the past or the snowbird, Florida’s Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast will be a welcome traveling companion.

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