Random Florida Fact: The town of Christmas, FL
Located between Kennedy Space Center and Orlando, Christmas embraced its yuletide heritage long ago with street names like St. Nicolas and Blitzen Avenues. On this special episode of Your Florida Daily: the history behind the name, the famous Christmas postmark and why the world’s largest alligator calls this quiet country town home.
Random Florida Fact: The father of Florida tourism
Everyone knows the name Walt Disney. But do you know about Dick Pope Sr.? Pope opened a park that would eventually transform Florida into a tourist destination. On this special episode of Your Florida Daily: the flamboyant salesman behind the state's first commercial theme park and how he later became known as the father of American water skiing.
Your Florida Daily: Where do lovebugs come from?
Like snowbirds, lovebugs arrive in Florida when the best weather of the year rolls in. But where do they come from? All week, Katrina Scales is spotlighting her favorite random Florida facts of 2022. Today: a Florida urban legend surrounding the origin of the lovebug. An expert explains why they’re here and why they may not be around forever.
Your Florida Daily: The 1992 Rogue Wave
A freak wave strikes Volusia County beaches just hours before the busy Independence Day weekend of 1992. On today's special episode of Your Florida Daily, we’re diving deeper into one of my favorite random Florida facts of 2022: The story of the mystery wave and how it challenged scientists to confirm what sailors around the world already knew. That "rogue" waves are real.
Your Florida Daily: The video camera was disguised as a fire alarm
A tourist is charged with hiding a video camera inside a beach park restroom, a Florida couple allegedly stole $8,000 from a senior under their care and Universal Orlando is in a legal battle with a Georgia-based theme park company over a plot of land.
Your Florida Daily: Machete-wielding intruder crawls into sleeping man’s bedroom, deputies say
A Florida man calls 911 to report a man with a machete in his bed, a lawyer's group text leads to a murder case mistrial and Florida is heading into the peak of hurricane season with only three named storms so far.
Your Florida Daily: Killer oysters
A Miami police officer has died more than a day after being shot during a burglary car chase, a father and two teens are banned from Disney World for getting into fist fight while in line for Toy Story Mania and an infection caused by bacteria in raw oysters have recently killed two people in Florida.