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Old Posted May 29, 2021, 6:24 PM
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Vintage Florida: 1989-1996

Here's a collection of photos from various places in Florida: Including Miami/Miami Beach; Tampa-St. Pete; Ft Myers; Orlando along with places on the Panhandle such as Crestview, Defuniak Springs and Pensacola. This is an era when Miami's Brickell District was just experiencing large-scale development, but way before the epic condo boom of the 2000's. Miami Beach was trendy but still had lots of retirees, and St Petersburg really hadn't become trendy yet. I remember being very impressed with Mizner Park in Boca Raton. It was a redevelopment of an old strip center into a major mixed-use "new urbanist" style development. Hope you enjoy!

Downtown Miami from Miami Avenue -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Southeast 1st Street, looking east -- downtown Miami -- February 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown Miami -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Flagler Street, downtown Miami -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Looking north to downtown Miami from Brickell Avenue -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Brickell Avenue, Miami -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Brickell Avenue, Miami -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Atlantis Brickell, Brickell Avenue, Miami -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, Miami -- February 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Miami Tower with Metromover Train -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Bayside, Miami - Oct 1989 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Miami - Oct 1989 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Miami Skyline--Oct 1989 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

MacArthur Causeway, looking toward Miami Beach -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Collins Avenue, Miami Beach -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The Chesterfield, Collins Avenue, Miami Beach -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Sherbrooke Hotel, Collins Avenue, Miami Beach -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The Fairmont, Collins Avenue, Miami Beach -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Empty Bottles in the Alley, Miami Beach -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Ocean Drive, Miami Beach -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Sanibel Island, Florida -- February 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Hendry Street, Downtown Ft. Myers, FL -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Henry Street, downtown Ft. Myers, FL -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Sarasota Square Mall, Sarasota, FL -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Central Avenue, downtown St Petersburg, FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

St Petersburg Skyline from Mirror Lake -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

St Petersburg High School, Mirror Lake Drive, St Petersburg, FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Homes in Ybor City (Tampa), FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Abandoned Cigar Factory, Ybor City (Tampa), FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Storefront Church, Ybor City (Tampa), FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Boarded Up Cigar Factory, Ybor City, FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Seventh Avenue, Ybor City (Tampa), FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Seventh Avenue, Ybor City (Tampa), FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Seventh Avenue, Ybor City (Tampa), FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Tampa Theater, Franklin Street Mall, Tampa, FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Franklin Street Mall, downtown Tampa, FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Tampa City Hall, Tampa, Florida -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Rivergate Tower along the Hillsborough River, downtown Tampa -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Kress Building, Franklin Street Mall, Tampa, FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Looking across Hillsborough River to University of Tampa -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Tampa from University of Tampa -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

House on Davis Islands, Tampa -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Palace of Florence Apartment Building, 43 East Davis Blvd, Davis Islands, Tampa -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Tampa Skyline -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Reynolds Street, downtown Plant City, FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

N Collins Street, downtown Plant City, FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Lake Eola, Orlando, Florida -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Along Lake Eola, Orlando, FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Orlando Skyline from Lake Eola -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

SunTrust Center & Citrus Center Buildings, downtown Orlando by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

McCrory's Store, Orange Avenue at Pine Street, downtown Orlando, FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Church Street Station area, downtown Orlando -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Church Street Market, downtown Orlando, FL -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

EPCOT, Disney World, Florida -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Picture Spots aren't always good pictures-EPCOT -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

The Swan Resort, Disney World, Florida -- April 1993 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Wrought Iron Balconies, Palafox Place, downtown Pensacola, FL -- April 1992 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Shaded sidewalks, downtown Pensacola, Florida -- April 1992 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Palafox Place, downtown Pensacola, Florida -- April 1992 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

San Carlos Hotel, 1 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida -- April 1992 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Wal-Mart, De Funiak Springs, FL - March 1992 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Methodist Church and Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood, De Funiak Springs, FL - March 1992 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Defuniak Springs, FL - March 1992 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Tracks through downtown Defuniak Springs, FL by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

old gas station along Hwy 85, North of Crestview, FL - March 1992 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Guaranteed Roach Extermination Overnight, Crestview Hardware, Crestview, FL -- March 1992 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Downtown Crestview, FL - March 1992 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Main Street, Crestview, Florida - March 1992 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Commercial strip along Hwy 85 (Ferdon Blvd), Crestview, FL - March 1992 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Mizner Park, Boca Raton, FL -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Mizner Park, Boca Raton, FL -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Town Center at Boca Raton, Boca Raton, FL -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr

Food Court, Town Center at Boca Raton, FL -- Feb 1996 by Todd Jacobson, on Flickr
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Always loved the look of this hotel but it was a bit too much for our family at the time.

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Very nice collection of pics. It's interesting to see the Miami skyline with almost no skyscrapers in Brickell south of downtown.
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Great flashback!!!
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Love seeing these flashbacks!
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Great tour! I enjoyed reliving scenes of growing up in Central Florida!
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I'm telling you that the vintage Florida was the best Florida ever existing.
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2021, 2:56 AM
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The vast majority of my experience in Florida has been in Orlando (about a dozen times) and I've been to most of the other cities in Florida about 1-3x, but never before 2008. These photos are excellent and really give an idea of how these places were at these times. I've always loved the late 80s Miami skyline over what it currently is, and the Lake Eola shots make Orlando look like a tiny little city. Then again, at that time, it kind of was.

Thanks so much.
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2021, 4:34 AM
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Nice pictures! De Funiak Springs and Crestview were the most interesting to me; they seem like Deep South towns, and I wonder if any of those old buildings are still around, being used, or have fallen into more disrepair or were destroyed.
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