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9 minutes | 18 days ago
The Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine
As the middle class evaporated, the rich continued to move into the city to be around other wealthy families, and the poor continued to move to the outskirts. Cheap labor kept the hub of St. Augustine running, but it created severe inequality among its residents. This divide is a large part of what led to creating the civil rights movement in St. Augustine. See the video at thelandjournal.net.
16 minutes | 20 days ago
How Dean Saunders Helped Create Bright Futures
In this episode, we’ll hear from Dean Saunders, who served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1992 to 1996 and initiated legislation for Florida’s Bright Futures scholarship program. He describes his initial inspiration for what would eventually become the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. A lottery-funded, merit-based scholarship for Florida high school seniors.At the time, proceeds from the Florida Lottery had mostly been given directly to the individual school districts around the state. However, during a recession that hit in 1990, those funds were more widely distributed throughout the government, causing those that had voted for the Florida Lottery to feel a sense of betrayal.Listen as Saunders tells us the whole story of this important Florida legislation and watch the videos at thelandjournal.net.
4 minutes | 20 days ago
Historic Florida Natural Springs
While sandy beaches are usually the first images that come to mind at hearing the word “Florida,” many born-and-raised Floridians have found that they prefer the particular delights offered by natural springs. In this episode, Trent Saunders talks about Florida’s historic natural springs. Year after year, people flock to these idyllic spots and we’ll hear about some of the most visited springs in the state.Watch the video at thelandjournal.net.
5 minutes | 24 days ago
Florida History: The Tampa Mafia (Part Two of Three)
In the fourth part of our series of interviews, Deitche discussed the possible connections between the Tampa mafia and the event that has drawn the most speculation in modern history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Since the day that Kennedy died, speculation has run rampant about who was behind the assassination. The Warren Commission officially designated by President Johnson to investigate the assassination came to the conclusion that it was undertaken by Lee Harvey Oswald, a lone gunman who was later arrested. Oswald himself was murdered by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby on November 24, 1963. One group that has often been theorized about in regards to involvement in the Kennedy assassination is the organized crime syndicates including those that operated in Tampa under the leadership of Santo Trafficante Jr. at the time. Get more great content about Florida History at https://blog.thelandjournal.net/tag/florida-history
9 minutes | 24 days ago
Florida History: The Tampa Mafia (Part Three of Three)
The Land Journal recently sat down with Scott M. Deitche, author of Cigar City Mafia, to talk about the history of organized crime in Tampa. In this installment, Deitche described the low decline of organized crime that took place from the 1970s to the late 1990s. Deitche started off by describing what he referred to as the "first wave" of Cuban mafiosos that flourished in South Florida throughout the early 1960s. This first wave included men connected to the Trafficante family that were a part of the Anti-Castro movement and even took part in the Bay of Pigs invasion. Deitche then went on to describe how organized crime morphed throughout the next couple of decades, expanding its role in selling drugs such as cocaine as the popularity of illegal gambling decreased in the face of the now legal Florida Lottery. Get more great content about Florida History at The Land Journal.
3 minutes | 2 months ago
What is a Conservation Easement?
As a leading expert on conservation easements, Dean began the interview by defining Conservation Easements as "a legal document that travels with the property. From a practical perspective, it is an agreement between two parties for restricted use of that property.""For example," Saunders continued, "somebody owns a ranch. They may not want to see it developed. And it may be adjacent to a state park and the state may have an interest in protecting that property and making sure that it's not ever developed. But the landowner doesn't want to sell it, they want to give it to their family and their heirs."To read more and watch video go to thelandjournal.net.
11 minutes | 2 months ago
The History of Florida's Conservation Easements: Part One
In a recent interview, Dean Saunders discussed how agricultural events in the 1980s inspired him to create legislation that evolved into Florida's conservation easement programs. To learn more about Florida conservation programs, visit thelandjournal.net.
9 minutes | 2 months ago
The History of Florida's Conservation Easements: Part Two
In part two of Dean Saunders' telling of how conservation easements developed in Florida, he explained that his idea gained little traction until 1992 when Dean was elected to the Florida legislature. He decided to do a trial run of a conservation easement program in the Green Swamp area in Polk and Lake counties. Learn more about Florida conservation at thelandjournal.net.
4 minutes | 2 months ago
Three Reasons Why the State Buys Conservation Easements
The Land Journal recently sat down with Dean Saunders to discuss conservation easements. Saunders outlined three reasons why the state buys conservation easements from landowners.1. Avoidance of managing costs.2. The property remains on the tax rolls.3. The property still stimulates the economy.Read the article and watch the video at thelandjournal.net.
6 minutes | 2 months ago
How The Great Depression Impacted Florida
In the early 1920s, Florida experienced a real estate boom. Prices were soaring. People were moving here in droves. Life was good. But it couldn’t last forever. With the Great Depression just around the corner, Floridians had no idea that economic desolation loomed just ahead. There were several events in Florida prior to the Great Depression that exacerbated its devastating effects. Read this and other great articles about Florida land and history at thelandjournal.net.
5 minutes | 2 months ago
The Wrath of Florida's Hurricanes
While Florida is acclaimed for its sunny beaches and warm weather, it is also infamous for the more disastrous side of its climate. And few weather events are as disastrous as hurricanes. Read this article and watch the video at thelandjournal.net.
16 minutes | 3 months ago
Florida History: The Tampa Mafia (Part One of Three)
The Land Journal recently sat down with Scott M. Deitche, author of Cigar City Mafia, to talk about the history of organized crime in Tampa. Stay tuned for more installments in this series and check out the associated videos at The Land Journal.
79 minutes | 3 months ago
The Importance of Water Management in Florida
At this year's Lay of the Land conference, a panel of experts spoke about the importance of water management in the State of Florida. The panel included Brian J. Armstrong. P.D. of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), Drew Bartlett of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Dr. Ann B. Shortelle of St. John's River Water Management District (SJRWMD), and Hugh Thomas of Suwanee River Water Management District. These four experts have years of experience in water management from districts stretching all across the state of Florida. Find more great articles at thelandjournal.net.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Expert Advice for Landowners
At this year's Lay of the Land Conference, a panel of experts gave helpful tips to landowners. The panel was headed by Dean Saunders and included Bart Arrington of Mosaic Company, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt of Lykes Brothers, Inc., Bill Calton of Weyerhauser, and Erik Jacobsen of AgReserves. Speaking on the purpose of the panel, Saunders stated that he "tried to find a good panel of large landowners that have a presence in Florida with different land ownership structures." Read an article about this podcast and find other great articles at thelandjournal.net.
42 minutes | 4 months ago
Transportation Infrastructure for Florida's Future
Even as we endure a time of uncertainty in the midst of the current pandemic, it is good to keep in mind that transportation and public transit are incredibly important for the future economic growth of Florida. The Land Journal recently sat down with a panel of experts to discuss the importance of transportation and transit infrastructure in the State of Florida. Read this article and others at thelandjournal.net.
4 minutes | 4 months ago
Florida History: NASA and the Space Coast
Florida's Space Coast is not only home to the Kennedy Space Center and NASA, but it played a unique role in the Space Race. The US and the USSR were in the heights of the Cold War. While this period may have lacked in armed conflict, the two countries made up for in an epic space-bound competition. Read this article and more at https://blog.thelandjournal.net/florida-history-nasa-and-the-space-coast
3 minutes | 4 months ago
Florida History: The Civil War
On January 10, 1861, a few short months before the onset of the Civil War, Florida became the third state to secede from the Union. Due to its geographical position as the southern-most Confederate state, Florida's role in the Civil War was limited. However, this did not mean that there were no battles to be fought in Florida. See the article at the video for this podcast at thelandjournal.net.
4 minutes | 5 months ago
Florida History: The Black Seminoles
The underground railroad was a pathway used by runaway slaves to escape the shackles of slavery and pursue a life of freedom. Traditionally the railroad headed North towards freedom but a small portion of runaways instead turned South, towards Florida.Read this article and many more on The Land Journal at https://blog.thelandjournal.net/florida-history-the-black-seminoles
9 minutes | 5 months ago
A Century Later: Florida Land Boom Retrospective
Now that a century has passed since the Florida Land Boom, it is time to take a look back and see what can be learned especially as we face the potential economic implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.Read this article and many more on The Land Journal at https://blog.thelandjournal.net/a-century-later-florida-land-boom-retrospective.
25 minutes | 6 months ago
National Commercial Real Estate Trends for Landowners: Kevin Maggiacomo
Kevin Maggiacomo serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of SVN International Corp. and is responsible for the company’s mission and vision. Propelling SVN’s expansion across the globe, Maggiacomo has facilitated SVN’s growth from 7 US offices in 2001, to more than 200 offices in 8 countries today.At this year's Lay of the Land Conference, Kevin Maggiacomo gave a presentation on Commercial Real Estate trends across the nation and what they might mean for landowners and investors.
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