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By TIMES WIRES
Published October 13, 2006
Writer's house, ancient canal join list of landmarks
Add a farmhouse in Central Florida and a canal in the Everglades to Florida's list of national landmarks. The farmhouse belonged to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of the memoir Cross Creek and her novel The Yearling, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. Her home was already part of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. The other new landmark is Mud Lake Canal, hailed as an engineering achievement of the state's earliest inhabitants, the Tequesta People. Located on Cape Sable, the canal "reflects the Tequestas' impressive organizational skills and adaptation to the unique Everglades ecosystem," Interior officials said. Florida's national landmarks now total 37, including Bok Tower, Ernest Hemingway's Key West house and all of Ybor City.
Country crooner gets hall of fame honor
A country music legend with deep Florida roots will soon take one last bow for history. Hank Locklin, best known for his million-sellers Please Help Me, I'm Falling and Send Me the Pillow You Dream On, will be the sole inductee into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in Tallahassee in March. He was the only person recommended for the honor by the Florida Arts Council. The 88-year-old Locklin hails from the little Panhandle town of McLellan on the Florida-Alabama line. Please Help Me, I'm Falling, from 1960, was rated the second-best song in the first 100 years of country music by Billboard magazine. Others in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame include Ray Charles, Zora Neale Hurston, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.
Grant will fund five-year Red Tide study
Florida's marine science laboratory in St. Petersburg hopes to find the answer to a vexing question: Were Red Tide's noxious blooms a result of increased nutrients in the water? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday that it is giving the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute $4.7-million over five years to examine the question. The blooms produce a toxin that kills fish, manatees and turtles and causes ill effects for people with respiratory ailments. The fish kills also chase away tourists. The estimated annual loss: $15-million.
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