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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Florida Site! These are the top ten articles that your Florida Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!

1. Symbols of Florida - State Songs
Florida has both a state song and a state anthem. This article presents a history of how these songs were adopted by the state and lists the lyrics of each.

2. A Walking Tour of Winter Park
Winter Park, a city northeast of Orlando, is worth visiting for its downtown shopping area and its art museums. A walking tour route is suggested, but a narrated boat ride through the Winter Park Chain of Lakes is another option.

3. Notable Historic Florida Hurricanes 1950-1989
Donna, Betsy, Elena - These are major hurricanes that struck Florida during the period from 1950-1989. If you are curious about the "herstory" of these "females," who were definitely not well-behaved, this article will satisfy your curiosity.

4. Notable Historic Florida Hurricanes 2005
From Dennis to Wilma, 2005 was a record-breaking year for Atlantic hurricanes. Here are the details about those storms.

5. Highlands Hammock State Park
Highlands Hammoock State Park, one of Florida's oldest state parks, was developed in the 1930s. The Civilian Conservation Corps built much of the park's infrastructure. You can learn about the CCC at the Florida CCC Museum located within the park. You can also hike, cycle, camp, and view wildlife.

6. Notable Historic Florida Hurricanes 2016-2017
Matthew and Irma were the last 2 hurricanes to impact Florida in 2016-2017. Although Matthew did not landfall here, he caused damage along the east coast, while Irma affected the whole state from the Keys to the Georgia border and caused the largest evacuation in state history.

7. O’Leno State Park
O'Leno State Park in High Springs is one of the 9 Florida state parks built by the CCC in the 1930s. It offers primitive and developed camping, historical information and artifacts, hiking and cycling trails, picnicking, and fishing, swimming, and canoeing opportunities on the Santa Fe River.

8. Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve
The Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve in Lake Alfred, Polk County, offers recreational and nature education opportunities that are generally free of charge. It is the historic estate of the Alexander Mackay family. The house can be rented for weddings and other events.

9. Sarasota County’s Legacy Trail
Walk, bike, or skate along Sarasota County's Legacy Trail, an asphalt-paved rail trail that runs for 10.7 miles between Sarasota and Venice. Along its route you will pass through natural and historic areas.

10. Notable Historic Florida Hurricanes 1523-1926
This article is the first part of a history of notable hurricanes that have struck Florida from 1523 to the present.



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