The U.S. city with most lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater. Gatorade was named after the University of Florida Gators.
On 1 January 1914, Tony Jannus flew the world’s first scheduled passenger flight from St. Petersburg, FL to Tampa. In 1944, Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream. Key West has the highest average temperature in the U.S.A. Saint John’s River is one of the very few rivers in the world that flow north instead of south. Miami installed the first ATM in the world especially for rollerbladers. 80 percent of the U.S. shrimp supply comes from Florida. Fort Lauderdale is also called Venice of America because of its 184 miles (300 km) local waterways. Key Largo claims to be the Dive Capital of the world. Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West, FL was controlled by the Union during the Civil War and successfully blocked Confederate ships. In 1989, the Dame Point Bridge became the longest concrete span in the Western Hemisphere. Annual Mug Race is the world’s longest river sailboat race: 42 miles (68 km) from Palatka to Jacksonville. The Florida Museum in Coral Gables is the only U.S. museum devoted to Hispanic and Latin American Art. Florida is the only state with two different rivers holding the same name – Withlacoochee. Avocado trees were first planted in Florida as early as 1833. Florida has over 100 million citrus trees. In 1945, Florida Department of Citrus developed the process for making frozen concentrated orange juice. Now Florida is among top 3 orange juice producers worldwide. Florida produces annually close to 1 billion pounds watermelons (400,000 ton). Florida is surprisingly well-populated for such a marshy and hurricane-prone state. Florida was the arena of one of the United States’ most aggressive “Indian removal” campaigns – Seminole Wars. Sunshine Skyway Bridge is almost 200 feet (60 m) above the water. The name of Hypoluxo City comes from a Seminole expression meaning “water all around, no get out.” Alligator is Florida’s official state reptile. Crocodile is an endangered species in Florida, counting less than 500. Florida Puma is one of the rarest and most endangered mammals in the world with only couple dozen left.