Zika makes landfall in Florida – now what?

Art Pushkin isn’t worried about the Zika virus — at least not yet. He’s flying to Miami, where 14 new cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported.
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Denied a room because they’re not gay enough?

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Hotels turn away guests for all kinds of reasons, but here’s one you don’t hear every day: You’re not gay enough.

That’s what Laura Bradmeyer says a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hotel did to her parents when they tried to check in recently. A receptionist told her father the hotel wouldn’t honor his reservation.

“He was told that no women were allowed,” she remembers. “My parents were not charged anything, but they were turned away.”

Eventually, her parents found a room in a different hotel. But Bradmeyer wonders: is the resort allowed to tell guests to leave because of their gender or sexual orientation?
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A stormy day in Destin, Fla.

We just wrapped up a short trip to Florida’s Panhandle, with stops in Panama City and Destin. Our family travel blog, Away is Home, is celebrating 500 years of Florida tourism.
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A progressive nightmare: Stuck in a sauna for seven hours

I wasn’t in the house when they cut the electricity yesterday, but I’m told it was swift and merciless.

A utility truck from Progress Energy, our power company, pulled up to the curb, a technician opened our meter, flipped a switch, and then scurried back into her truck.
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You’ve gotta try these Apalachicola Bay oysters

We interrupt this consumer blog to bring you the following important message: If you’re ever in Northwest Florida, you must drive down to Apalachicola to try the oysters.
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