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Here are the top ten articles for the Florida Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. 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.
2. Troy and Lafayette Blue Springs
Troy Spring and Lafayette Blue Spring are 1st-magnitude springs along the Suwannee River and are surrounded by state park land. Their 72-degree waters invite swimmers in for a dip, but other recreational activities are also available.
3. The Civilian Conservation Corps in Florida
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was created during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term when the U.S. economy was suffering in the Great Depression. Its purpose was to put unemployed men to work doing manual labor restoring natural resources. There were 86 CCC camps in Florida.
4. Hillsborough River State Park
Hillsborough River State Park in Thonotosassa is one of the original state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Fort Foster State Historic Site is located within the park. Many outdoor activities are available including camping and paddling on the Hillsborough River.
5. Fort Cooper State Park
Fort Cooper State Park is a state historic site located near Inverness where an historic battle took place during the Second Seminole War. Read on to learn about the history of the park and the educational and recreational activities available.
6. Publix – Where Shopping is a Pleasure
Publix recently has been named "the South's best grocery store in 2018" by Southern Living magazine. The company began in 1930 when founder George W. Jenkins opened his first store in Winter Haven. Today it is the largest employee-owned grocery chain in the U.S., with stores in 7 states.
7. University of Central Florida to Run Arecibo Site
A consortium led by the University of Central Florida has been chosen by the National Science Foundation to run the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The site contains the second-largest radio telescope in the world and provides educational and research opportunities for the global community.
8. On the Trail of Ponce de Leon
On 2 April, Florida celebrated Pascua Florida Day or Florida State Day, an official state holiday. The day honors Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon's naming of the state in 1513. Read on to find out where Ponce de Leon's travels took him in and around Florida.
9. The Hillsborough River
The Hillsborough River is one of Florida's major waterways, an important natural resource. Read on to find out what makes this river so special.
10. Florida Wildlife Corridor Expeditions
Florida Wildlife Corridor is a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve a natural corridor for wildlife to range through Florida. Their goal is to call attention, by a series of non-motorized expeditions through the state, to the importance of keeping this corridor free of development .
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