Florida Notebook

A collection of reports from across the Sunshine State.

Challenging tradition

Tourist video: Driving the beach at Daytona.

Driving on the beach is a time-honored tradition in some parts of Florida but after two children have been killed by cars on the beach recently some residents are challenging the tradition, The New York Times reports. | Slide show

Aussie discovers Florida history

Australia's Sydney Morning Herald offers a decided departure from the run-of-the-mill travel stories on Florida. Writer Rob McFarland goes beyond the kitsch to discover Florida's history inSt. Augustine, including Castillo de San Marcos, the Lightner Museum, the Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Ponce de Leon Hotel and Flagler College.

New book about Temple Terrace

A new book about Temple Terrace will be publish in November by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Images of America Series. The 128-page paperback is by Lana Burroughs, Tim Lancaster and Grant Rimbey, all member of the Temple Terrace Preservation Society, according to theTampa Tribune.

Preserved family's Civil War legacy

The St. Petersburg Times reports on the death of Cordelia Bryant McIlwain, 97, who grew up in Welaka on the banks of the St. Johns River. She preserved family memorabilia from the Civil War. She gave her collection to the P.K. Yonge Library at the University of Florida. It is the one of the largest collections involving Floridians in the Civil War.

Fakahatchee not for tourists

Everglades City author Marya Repko told memberrs of the Masrco Island Historical Society to visit the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve if they don't mind getting wet and don't want to be entertained, the Naples Daily News reports. "There are no trolley rides," she said.

Bear hunters seek hunt season

Hunters urged the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to allow bear harvesting as part of a new state Bear Management Plan unveiled last week in Apalachicola, The Port St. Joe Star reports.