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5 Fun Facts About February 11 In Florida History

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1. In 1873, the town of Montverde in Lake County was established. The town was originally named West Lake Apopka, but was later renamed after the French words for "Green Mountain". Today, Montverde is known for its prestigious Montverde Academy, a private college preparatory school.

2. In 1933, the state of Florida abolished convict leasing, which had allowed private companies to use prisoners as laborers. Convict leasing had often resulted in harsh and exploitative working conditions, and the practice had been widely criticized by reformers.

3. In 1971, the city of Sarasota opened its first public beach on Lido Key. The beach quickly became a popular tourist destination, and today attracts visitors from all over the world. Lido Key Beach is known for its soft white sand, clear water, and stunning sunsets.

4. In 1993, the Florida Marlins held their first spring training session at the newly constructed Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. The Marlins went on to have a successful season, winning the National League Wild Card and advancing to the playoffs in their first year of existence.

5. In 2000, the state of Florida passed the "Sunshine Protection Act", which aimed to keep the state on daylight saving time year-round. The law was never implemented, however, due to concerns over potential conflicts with other states and federal regulations. Today, Florida remains on Eastern Standard Time for most of the year, except for a brief period of daylight saving time during the summer months.
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