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5 Fun Facts About June 16 In Florida History

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1. In 1984, Florida's first underwater park, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, was dedicated on June 16th. The park covers approximately 70 nautical square miles and is home to a diversity of marine life.

2. On June 16, 1928, the Okeechobee Hurricane made landfall in Palm Beach County, causing devastation throughout South Florida. The hurricane caused over 2,500 fatalities and was the second-deadliest hurricane in U.S history, behind only the Galveston Hurricane of 1900.

3. In 1943, the Homestead Army Airfield was activated on June 16th. The airfield was used during World War II as a training site for fighter pilots and ground crew personnel.

4. On June 16, 1976, a severe thunderstorm caused widespread damage and flooding across the city of Pompano Beach. The storm resulted in several fatalities and over $5 million in property damage.

5. In 2016, the historic Belleview-Biltmore Hotel in Clearwater was demolished on June 16th. The hotel, which opened in 1897, was once a popular destination for celebrities and politicians but had fallen into disrepair in recent years.
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