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Welcome to Florida: Things You Should Know About this State

Welcome to Florida: Things You Should Know About this State

The state of Florida got its name from the Spanish word meaning “land of flowers”, but to many, it is known as the Sunshine State. It is located in the southeastern region of the United States and is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west, Alabama and Georgia to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Straits of Florida and Cuba to the south. The geographical shape of Florida forms a peninsula that is so great that it covers two time zones. Florida is the 3rd most populated, but the 8th most densely populated state in the country. There are over 20 million people living in Florida, and the state’s culture is a reflective mix of Native American, European American, African American, as well as Latino and Hispanic heritages.

Quick History

Though Florida’s written history began with the arrival of the Europeans, the Native Americans first inhabited the peninsula over 14,000 years ago. During its early years, Florida was home to major Native American groups, including:

  • Apalachee
  • Timucua
  • Ais
  • Tocobaga
  • Calusa
  • Tequesta

On April 2, 1513, Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon landed on the peninsula and named the region, La Florida (land of flowers). The year 1513 marked the beginning of the American Frontier and, from that time on, waves of immigrants traveled all the way from countries like France and Spain to settle in Florida.

Places to See and Visit

Tourism is one of Florida’s strongest points. In the year 2015, they broke the 100-million visitor mark by hosting a record of 105 million visitors for the fifth consecutive year. Since Florida is surrounded by a lot of water, there are many beach towns here that become go-to destinations during winter and spring break. In the Orlando area, amusement parks dominate the land, with Walt Disney World Resort being the most famous. Other points of interest include:

  • Busch Gardens Tampa
  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • Universal Orlando Resort
  • Weeki Wachee: City of Live Mermaids
  • Seacrest Wolf Preserve
  • Dry Tortugas

Climate

The northern part of Florida experiences a humid subtropical climate, while the south has a tropical savanna climate. The rainy season is from May to October, but rainfall is usually heavy and brief. Florida rarely receives snow; the state instead experiences frost in the panhandle. But there are rare occasions wherein the combination of cold moisture and freezing temperatures create snow (only in the farthest northern regions). Summer is when Florida’s temperature is at its worst. Even though it seldom exceeds 100 °F, the scorching heat can still reach 90+ °F in a couple of cities. The highest temperature taken was 109 °F on June 29 1931 in Monticello.

The Who’s who in Florida

A lot of famous celebrities, athletes, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and CEOs were born and raised in Florida. Among these people include:

  • James J. Greco – President of Sbarro
  • Johnny Depp – Actor
  • Adassa – Reggaeton artist
  • Diplo – DJ and music producer
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – Professional wrestler
  • David Nolan – Author of Fifty Feet in Paradise: The Booming of Florida

Tips to Fight the Florida Heat and Cold

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If you are planning to visit Florida, or live in this state, you must be familiar with your lodging’s thermostat. The weather in Florida can be quite unforgiving, but if you use your system correctly, you can spare yourself from suffering a heat stroke.

During the summer, the thermostat must be around 75-78 °F, while it should be around 68 °F in winter. These settings are meant to balance the humidity levels in your home and prevent the occurrence of mold. By no means should your thermostat make your surroundings uncomfortable. However, if you are working with a manual thermostat, achieving the perfect temperature will be a bit difficult.

If you want your indoor temperature to be accurate, Taylor Refrigeration & Air Conditioning suggests that you install a programmable thermostat. This system gives you more control and allows you to save energy at the same time. Also, it is good to conduct routine maintenance on your heating and cooling units so that they can continue working efficiently. For more information on our services, please contact Taylor Refrigeration & Air Conditioning at 904-289-2355. We service properties that are located in St. Augustine, Ponte Verda, Jacksonville, St. Johns, Palm Coast, and most areas in Northeast Florida.