Florida @ BellaOnline http://www.bellaonline.com/Site/florida Calling all residents and visitors to Florida! Read all about the Sunshine State with fact-packed articles covering popular topics, beaches and attractions written by a local resident. en-us Copyright 2019 BellaOnline.com All Rights Reserved. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:50:10 EST 240 http://www.bellaonline.com/images/logo.jpg Florida @ BellaOnline http://florida.bellaonline.com Gasparilla Pirate Festival 2019 http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art180092.asp Ahoy, ye scurvy dogs! January marks the beginning of pirate season in Tampa Bay. Join pirate captain Jose Gaspar and his Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla for a rollicking good time in downtown Tampa. Aarrrgh! Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:01:00 EST Early Protectors of Florida Wildlife http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art179732.asp In the 19th century, plumes for women's hats became fashionable, leading to great numbers of wading birds being shot in Florida. President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge to protect these birds. Read on to discover who else was important to this cause. Sat, 12 Jan 2019 00:01:00 EST Sebastian Inlet State Park http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art177991.asp If you enjoy fishing, surfing, or just walking on a sandy beach, Sebastian Inlet State Park on Florida’s mid-Atlantic coast is a good place to go. Read on to learn about the history of the area and the many outdoor activities available to park visitors. Sat, 5 Jan 2019 00:01:00 EST