Monday, October 26, 2009
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Step back in time by visiting Thomas Edison and Henry Ford's winter estates, the nation's 9th most visited historic home. You can take an extended guided tour of the homes, museum, laboratory and gardens. Botanical tours are available by special request.
Fort Myers Historical Museum
The Fort Myers Historical Museum is housed in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot on Peck Street in downtown Fort Myers. Here you will find information on early settlers of Southwest Florida including the Calusa, Paleo and Seminole Indians and an extensive artifacts collection. Exhibits include a private Pullman rail car and an authentic replica of a pioneer "cracker" house. Browse the exhibits at your own pace, or take part in a group tour.
Imaginarium Hands-On Museum
If you are looking for a place to interact with the kids, the Imaginarium offers fun for the whole family. Located just off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd this science museum features more than 60 interactive exhibits. These fun and educational exhibits allow children to learn obout the environment, weather physics and other topics. Attractions include animals, aquariums displaying marine life, a touch pool, hurricane simulator, puppet theatre and interactive areas for preschoolers.
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
The Calusa Nature Center has a museum, nature trails, aviary and planetarium. Visit the museum to learn more about Southwest Florida's natural history. There are daily programs which include educational talks about indigious animals including snakes, alligators, birds and butterflies. Visitors are able to get up close and personal to some of these creatures. Learn all about constellations, planets, star clusters and galaxies in the planetarium. Calusa's 105 acre site has plenty of picnic areas in the grounds.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday 9am-5pm
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
About Destin Florida
The City of Destin, on the Florida panhandle, is home to the most beautiful white silky sand beaches and crystal clear waters along the Gulf of Mexico. A thriving resort community, Destin still manages to maintain a small town atmosphere and charm.
Destin has a rich historical heritage dating back to its early American Indian inhabitants. In the 1500s, Spanish explorers surveyed and mapped Florida, but Destin traces its immediate history to a fisherman named Captain Leonard Destin. The captain moved to the area from New London, Connecticut, around 1845 and pioneered the local fishing industry. Destin is now known as the world's luckiest fishing village and is home to Florida's largest fishing fleet.
Destin has also gained a reputation for its fine restaurants, unique shops, and world class resorts. It is home to a very popular up scale outlet shopping center, a large water park, and numerous golf courses.
Monday, October 12, 2009
RWD Camaro equipped with a choice of one of the two V-shaped engine - 6-cylinder or 8-cylinder (for a version of SS). All models are equipped with six-speed manual or automatic transmission, contributing to lower fuel consumption. Application of high-tech systems, such as direct fuel injection system and Active Fuel Management, enable to achieve an optimal balance between dynamics and fuel economy.
The new Camaro, of course, reflects the global nature of the design process of the corporation GM. The design concept car was developed in the United States, the technical filling created by the Australian branch of GM - by Holden, refinement was carried out on the roads all over the world, and the assembly is carried out at a factory in the Canadian city of Oshawa.
Design of the new Camaro is very close to the original model. This underlines the continuity of generations between the sports car of the XXI century and the first models of Camaro. The long front overhang, combined with short rear give the new Camaro classic proportions, as well as a sleek windshield profile, wide-set wheels and relief forms of the wings. All this gives the car unwavering confidence and aggressiveness.
Elements such as V-shaped front of the car, the side "gills" behind the doors and wide "shoulders" of the rear wings are the hallmarks of the new Camaro. They make it unmistakable, but at the same time, fit perfectly in the current image of the exterior of the car. Modernity is added, and large (18 ", 19" or 20 ") wheels.
Keen balance of tradition and modernity in the design and attention to detail also characterizes the interior of Chevrolet Camaro. Two deep-set instrument with round dials on the dashboard of a rectangular echo the design of classic Camaro. At the same time, the LED illumination fills the interior special, attracting light. In standard upholstery tissue. By order can be established chairs with leather trim and heated.
Details such as chrome controls, do not create glare surface and high-quality finishing materials give the luxury saloon, unprecedented for the previous Camaro and challenging contemporary competitors. By order of the central panel can be additionally installed a combination of devices, is a replica of a similar option of classic Camaro 1969 model year. It consists of pressure gauges and temperature of the engine oil level indicator and charge the battery indicator temperature of working fluid transmission. All units have a modern LED backlighting.
In addition, items such as doors without window frames with automatic priopuskayuschimisya during the opening of doors windows, heighten the sense of quality, consistency and technical mastery.
Chevrolet Camaro has an independent suspension all wheels. Power steering with variable gain and steering rack, which is to improve the weight balance of the car and gain feedback from the driver is installed in front of the front axle.
Four wheel disc brakes are installed. SS version is equipped with 4-piston brake calipers produced by Brembo. The standard equipment includes electronic versions of all the dynamic stabilization system and StabiliTrak traction control system. On the SS version can be installed dual-mode (normal / sport modes) electronic system of dynamic stabilization, as well as system launch control (in the version with manual transmission). The standard equipment includes six airbags, including side airbags and inflatable curtains window
Chevrolet Camaro is also equipped with the following systems that enhance its performance, convenience and comfort: Is designed to connect a cell phone to the car on the protocol Bluetooth, high quality sound system produced by Boston, has a USB connector for connecting external devices. As additional equipment available to the system projecting the readings, not the windshield, rear ultrasonic parking sensors, remote engine start.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
What Is Florida KidCare?
Florida KidCare is a new health insurance program for Florida children age 0-18. There are several types of insurance within KidCare to meet the needs of your child.
- Children age 0-18 who don't have health insurance now
- Your child may be eligible even if both parents work
- Families may make application for unborn children prior to the birth of the baby so that coverage can begin at birth
How Do I Apply for My Child?
The application process consists of completing a simple, one page form. The form can be obtained from the Pinellas County Health Department, the Healthy Kids office, the school, the Department of Children & Families or by calling 1-888-540-KIDS (1-888-540-5437). The application is quick and easy to fill out. If you have any questions or difficulties, call our toll-free hotline.
How Much Does It Cost?
- Some families pay $20 a month
- Some families pay more or none at all
What Types of Things (or Benefits) Are Covered by Florida KidCare?
Florida KidCare offers a complete set of health benefits for your child, such as:
- Doctor's visits
- Hospital care
- Prescribed drugs
- Lab tests
- Behavioral or mental health
Who Provides Health Care?
Florida KidCare uses licensed health care providers and health plans who provide high-quality care to your children.
Important Numbers to Call:Call either Florida KidCare at 1-888-540-KIDS (1-888-540-5437) or The Pinellas County Health Department at (727) 824-6900
Monday, October 5, 2009
FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey to Travel to Florida
Tea Party Movement Continues on the State Level
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey will be traveling to Florida on October 6 and 7 to continue the national conversation about health care and cap and trade, and the threat of an ever-expanding government. All events are free and open to the public.
He will be making several public appearances at the following locations:
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Yard House
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Renaissance at the Gables
2340 SW 32 Avenue
11:30 am- 12:30 pm
The Shell Factory
The Dolphin Room/Dogbones Bar
2787 N. Tamiami Trail
North Fort Myers, FL
FreedomWorks is determined to promote limited government and personal responsibility by exposing the real threats posed by the administration’s health care reform plan and cap and trade bill.
FreedomWorks is a grassroots organization with over 800,000 members nationwide dedicated to lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
"The Department of Health's mission is to promote, protect and improve the health of all people in Florida. To do this, we have dedicated ourselves to provide services unconditionally and without partiality. We are committed to operating in an open environment so that Floridians have access to the information and resources they need to live a healthy life. As public servants, we act on behalf of the people, for the greater good, without secrecy and in the open, which enables us to be accountable and credible to those we serve."
Ana M. Viamonte Ros M.D., MPH
Saturday, October 3, 2009
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Today, some Florida cattle are descended from these mixed breeds. They were originally known as “cracker cattle” because early cowmen herded them by cracking their whips. During the Civil War, the Confederates needed the meat and leather supplied by Florida herds, especially as the naval blockade tightened.
In the 1960s, the Roberts family sold most of the ranch, retaining only some parcels and the main buildings. They donated five acres to Collier County, which also purchased an additional 10 acres. In 1995, the county holdings were placed under he umbrella of he Collier County Museum system. Lora Jean Young, and Donna Ridewood, the first manager of the ranch for the museum, succeeded in establishing the property on the Register of Historic Places. Over the years, the ranch has often been the scene of historic battle reenactments and many improvements have been made since 1995.