Central Florida Roadtrip: Flagler


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TO YOU IN PART BY THE PAUL B. HUNTER AND CONSTANCE D. HUNTER CHARITABLE
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CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY. ♪ THEME MUSIC ♪>>HELLO EVERYONE. I’M DR. PHIL HOFFMAN AND
WELCOME TO THIS EPISODE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA ROADTRIP. TODAY, WE’RE MAKING A STOP
IN FLAGLER COUNTY RIGHT HERE STARTING IN FLAGLER
IN FRONT OF THE FLAGLER BEACH PIER. SETTLERS FIRST STARTED
COMING TO THIS AREA OF FLORIDA IN THE
EARLY 1800S. MOST OF THEM LOOKING
FOR THE RICH FARMLAND.>>WE’RE SOUTH OF
ST. AUGUSTINE AND ST. AUGUSTINE WAS
BASICALLY A MILITARY CAMP. BUT THE FARMING
WAS DOWN HERE. AND THEY FOUND THE
BRITISH WHEN THEY ARRIVED. THEY FOUND THIS GREAT
WETLAND AND SO FOR COMMERCIAL REASONS, THE
BRITISH BUILT PLANTATIONS HERE. WHEN THE BRITISH HAD TO
LEAVE AND THE SPANISH CAME BACK, THEN THERE WAS
A TON OF PLANTATIONS. THERE WERE OVER 20
PLANTATIONS WE KNOW OF IN FLAGLER COUNTY. SO ALL OF THESE PLANTATIONS
PRETTY MUCH GREW UP AROUND THIS EXCELLENT DIRT. AND THEY COULD GROW STUFF. BUT THIS WAS AN
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. IN FACT, MANY SAY THAT
THIS WAS THE BEGINNING OF INDUSTRY IN FLORIDA. ♪ MUSIC ♪>>THE LARGEST
PLANTATION IN EAST FLORIDA WAS THE BULOW PLANTATION. AT ITS PEAK, THE
PLANTATION COVERED MORE THAN 2,000-ACRES AND
PRODUCED CROPS SUCH AS COTTON AND SUGAR CANE. THE RUINS OF THAT
HISTORICAL ERA STILL STAND TODAY.>>THE BULOWS SHOWED UP
IN JULY OF 1821 WHEN THE UNITED STATES WAS
TAKING OVER FLORIDA. WE THINK THEY BROUGHT DOWN
A CONSTRUCTION TEAM FROM THEIR PLANTATION UP NORTH
AND WE THINK THERE WERE CLOSE TO 300 SLAVES
BUILDING THIS PLANTATION. THE BULOW SR. WAS ONLY
ALIVE HERE FOR THREE SHORT YEARS. WE BELIEVE HE DIED
OF YELLOW FEVER IN ST. AUGUSTINE. HIS SON, WHO WAS ONLY 16
YEARS OLD CAME OVER FROM PARIS, FRANCE. THE MANAGER HERE WAS
MR. FRANCISCO PELLICER.>>MY NAME IS JAMES FISK. I’M THE PRESIDENT OF THE
BULOW PARKS HISTORICAL ALLIANCE INCORPORATED. EVERY NOW AND THEN WE DO
PRESENTATIONS OUT HERE. I AM FRANCISCO
PEDRO PELLICER. I WAS BORN UP IN
ST. AUGUSTINE. HE WAS THE HEAD
HONCHO OF EVERYTHING. BUT THEY WOULD HAVE TO
HAVE SOME SLAVES THAT WOULD REALLY TAKE OVER
DUTIES AND MAKE SURE THAT THE OTHERS DID WHAT
NEEDED TO BE DONE.>>THERE WERE ONLY
TWO CAUCASIANS ON THE PLANTATION. THEREFORE, THE MANAGEMENT
WERE SLAVES, TOO. AND THESE WERE VERY
SKILLED PEOPLE. THEY HAD TO BE STEAMED
ENGINE OPERATORS. THEY HAD TO BE CHEMISTS
TO MAKE THE SUGAR. THEY HAD TO BE QUARRYMEN. THERE WAS A COCQUINA
MINE NEAR HERE. THOSE STONES HAD TO
BE PRE-CUT TO FIT. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE
CONSTRUCTION OF THOSE STONES AND YOU REFLECT
THAT IT WAS DONE BY SLAVE LABOR, IT’S
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. THE LOCALS BELIEVED FOR
A LONG TIME THAT THIS WAS BUILT BY THE SPANISH AS
A MISSION, OF COURSE IT WASN’T. IT WAS MAKING ABOUT
$20,000 A YEAR PROFIT. AND THAT’S BIG
MONEY BACK IN 1830. ACCOUNTS SAID THAT MR.
BULOW HAD A WONDERFUL WINE COLLECTION. HE HAD ONE OF THE FINEST
LIBRARIES IN THE UNITED STATES. THE PLANTATION HOUSE
WAS QUITE LARGE. IT WAS ACTUALLY
THREE STORIES. IT HAD CENTRAL HEATING. I THINK THEY LIVED WELL. SO HE WOULD HAVE VISITORS.>>IN 1831 ONE OF BULOW’S
GUESTS WAS NATURALIST AND WILDLIFE PAINTER, JOHN
JAMES AUDUBON, WHO ALSO INCLUDED THE PLANTATION IN
THE BACKGROUND OF ONE OF HIS PAINTINGS. THE SEMINOLE INDIANS
BURNED THE PLANTATION IN 1836 DURING THE
SECOND SEMINOLE WARS. TO THIS DAY, EVIDENCE OF
THE MASSIVE FIRE CAN STILL BE SEEN ON THE CRUMBLING
COCQUINA STONE.>>THE BURNING WAS SIMPLE. BULOW, NUMBER ONE,
WASN’T HERE ANYMORE. THE ARMY HAD FORTIFIED
TO BUILD A BIG FORT. THE INDIANS BURNED ANY
PLACE THAT HAD BEEN FORTIFIED. AS A MATTER OF FACT, SOME
OF THE PLANTATIONS THAT WEREN’T FORTIFIED
INITIALLY WERE NOT BURNED OR ATTACKED. ♪MUSIC♪>>THE HISTORY
OF FLORIDA HAS ALMOST VANISHED. THE DEVELOPERS BULLDOZE,
ROADS GET MOVED. YOU HAVE MICKEY MOUSE
AND YOU HAVE PIRATES AND GHOSTS UP IN
ST. AUGUSTINE. RIGHT HERE IS THE
HEART OF FLORIDA.>>THERE’S A VERY, VERY
IMPORTANT STORY TO TELL HERE. IT’S A ROMANTIC STORY. IT’S A
HEARTBREAKING STORY. I GET VERY PASSIONATE
ABOUT TRYING TO CONVEY SOME OF THESE STORIES TO
OUR YOUNGER GENERATION SO THAT THEY CAN BE ABLE TO
TELL THEIR CHILDREN LATER ON IN LIFE ABOUT
THIS PLACE. BECAUSE WHO KNOWS, THIS
MAY NOT BE THERE THEN.>>WHAT IS NOW FLAGLER
COUNTY DIDN’T REALLY GET GOING UNTIL
ABOUT THE 1890S. ABOUT THAT TIME A GUY BY
THE NAME OF UTLEY WHITE RAN A RAILROAD FROM
RAULERSON DOWN TO DAYTONA BEACH CAUSE OF ST. JOHNS
AND HALIFAX RAILROAD. AND THINGS STARTED
DEVELOPING. WELL THE BIG THING THAT
STARTED DEVELOPING WAS TURPENTINE. AND MY GREAT, GREAT UNCLE
SENATOR GEORGE STEIN PURCHASED A LOT OF LAND
AND SET UP ABOUT 19 TURPENTINE STILLS AND
BROUGHT DOWN FAMILY MEMBERS TO RUN
THE STILL FOR HIM. SO THAT’S WHEN IT
REALLY STARTED.>>LET ME GO BACK TO A
MAN NAMED ALVA BUNNELL. AND HE HAD A CYPRESS
MILL FACTORY. AND HE WANTED TO GET HIS
PRODUCT UP TO JACKSONVILLE BUT THE TRAIN
WOULDN’T STOP. SO HE WENT TO THE POWERS
THAT BE AND SAID, “LOOK, IF YOU’LL STOP, I’LL LOAD
YOUR TRAIN UP WITH ALL OF THESE CYPRESS SHINGLES.”
AND THEY SAID, “WELL, WHERE’S THE TRAIN
GONNA STOP?” HE THOUGHT, HOW ABOUT
THE BUNNELL STOP? OKAY. BUNNELL STOP. PRETTY SOON IT
WAS JUST BUNNELL. AND THAT’S HOW BUNNELL
KIND OF GOT STARTED.>>THE CITY OF BUNNELL HAS
ONLY ABOUT 3,000 RESIDENTS BUT A TOTAL AREA OF
138.6 SQUARE MILES MAKING BUNNELL BY AREA, THE
SECOND LARGEST CITY OF FLORIDA. SECOND ONLY TO
JACKSONVILLE. [TRUCK HORN]>>FLAGLER
COUNTY WAS FORMED IN 1917 AND MOST OF ITS EARLY
DEVELOPMENT WAS THANKS TO THREE MEN AND THEY
WERE ALL BROTHERS.>>THERE WERE THREE
MOODY BROTHERS. THERE WAS I.I. MOODY. THERE WAS GEORGE MOODY AND
THERE WAS ROBERT MOODY. THE MOST INFLUENTIAL
ONE WAS I.I. MOODY BECAUSE OF ALL THAT
HE DID FOR FLAGLER COUNTY.>>ISAAC I. MOODY IS WHO WE CONSIDER
THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTY.>>MR. MOODY WAS YOUNG,
AGGRESSIVE AND A SUPER ENTREPRENEUR.>>WELL ISAAC CAME DOWN
ABOUT 1898 AND HE WENT TO WORK FOR MY UNCLE
GEORGE IN THE TURPENTINE BUSINESS. HE HAD A PARTNER BY
THE NAME OF MAJOR FRANK LAMBERT AND THEY BOUGHT
30,000-ACRES FROM MY UNCLE GEORGE. WHICH IS NOW
DOWNTOWN BUNNELL. SO THEY DECIDED THEY COULD
MAKE A BIT MORE MONEY OFF OF LAND DEVELOPMENT
THAN THEY COULD OFF OF TURNPENTINE. SO THEY IN TURN GOT INTO
THE LAND DEVELOPMENT BUSINESS AND FORMED
THE BUNNELL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY. GEORGE MOODY WENT TO
FLAGLER BEACH AND DID THE SAME THING TO FLAGLER
BEACH THAT ISAAC MOODY DID TO BUNNELL.>>NOW ROBERT MOODY, HE
JUST LOVED TO HUNT AND FISH AND DO A LITTLE BIT. BUT HE DID RUN THE
TURPENTINE STILL FOR I.I. MOODY.>>THEY WANTED TO NAME THE
COUNTY MOODY COUNTY AFTER ISAAC I. MOODY. AND HE SUGGESTED THAT NO,
WE SHOULD NAME IT AFTER HENRY FLAGLER.>>AND HE HAD MAYBE AN
ALTERNATIVE MOTIVE. WE’VE HEARD THAT MR.
FLAGLER HAD LOTS OF MONEY, WAS BUILDING HOTELS
ALL OVER THE PLACE AND MR. MOODY WOULD HAVE
LOVED TO HAVE FLAGLER HERE BUILDING A HOTEL. NEVER HAPPENED. BUT IT ENDED UP BEING
CALLED FLAGLER COUNTY.>>MANY EARLIER SETTLERS
WERE DRAWN TO THIS AREA FOR THE WARMER WEATHER
AND THE FERTILE FARMLANDS. AND THAT INCLUDED A GROUP
OF POLISH IMMIGRANTS WHO IN THE EARLY 1900S DECIDED
TO BUILD A NEW TOWN CENTERED AROUND
THIS CHURCH. ♪ MUSIC ♪>>THE PEOPLE THAT
CAME HERE WERE ORIGINALLY COMING BECAUSE
OF THE CHURCH. AND BECAUSE OF THE CHEAP
LAND PRICES AND THEIR FARMING INSTINCTS
FROM THE OLD COUNTRY. THEY COULD COME TO FLORIDA
THREE CROPS A YEAR, NO SNOW. A BIG FLORIDA LAND
PROMOTION THAT WORKED. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
SIMULTANEOUSLY RECOGNIZING THE RELIGION OF THE POLISH
PEOPLE, THEY ESTABLISHED A CHURCH HERE THAT BECAME
THE CENTER OF CORONA. THE TOWN IS NAMED CORONA
AFTER THE CROWN OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. SO THE WORD CROWN IS
CORONA OR SOME OFFSHOOT OF CORONA IN POLISH AND
THAT’S HOW THIS BECAME CALLED CORONA. SO THE CHURCH AND THE TOWN
WERE TIED TOGETHER FROM DAY ONE.>>THE CHURCH ITSELF IS
OVER 100 YEARS OLD BUT ADJACENT TO THE ORIGINAL
BUILDING IS A SHRINE THAT WAS CONSTRUCTED
IN THE 1930S.>>AS THE TRAFFIC ALONG
ROUTE 1 DEVELOPED, THE PASTOR BY THE NAME OF
HOFFMAN SAW THE NEED IN HIS MIND TO PROVIDE A SORT
OF A REST STOP FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE
DRIVING ALONG ROUTE 1. HE PERSONALLY DESIGNED
AND DID A LOT OF THE LABOR HIMSELF ON THE ST.
CHIRSTOPHER SHRINE. THE SHRINE IS MADE OUT OF
NATIVE COCQUINA AND WITH A STATUE OF ST. CHRISTOPHER
WITH JESUS ON HIS SHOULDERS. OUT FRONT OF THE SHRINE
IS A LITTLE ALTER. THIS IS DEDICATED
TO THE TRAVELERS. MAY THEY TRAVEL IN SAFETY
AND GET BACK HOME IN PEACE.>>WHETHER YOU’RE OLDER
OR YOUNGER, CHANCES ARE YOU’VE HEARD
OF LUCKY LINDY. CHARLES LINDBERGH, THE MAN
WHO IN 1927 MADE THE FIRST SOLO TRANSATLANTIC
FLIGHT FROM THE U.S. TO EUROPE. WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW IS
THAT IN 1931 LINDBERGH MADE AN UNSCHEDULED
STOP IN FLAGLER BEACH.>>CHARLES LINDBERGH WAS
FLYING TO HIS HOME IN NEW YORK ALONG THE EAST COAST
OF FLORIDA AND AS HE FLEW PAST FLAGLER BEACH HE
HAPPENED TO NOTICE THE SMALL AIR FIELD THERE AND
THEN WAS PROCEEDING ON NORTH AND RAN INTO DENSE
FOG ABOUT 15 MILES NORTH OF FLAGLER BEACH. SO HE REMEMBERED THE
LITTLE AIR FIELD. SO HE HAD TURNED AROUND
AND CAME BACK AND LANDED. THAT WAS ON SATURDAY,
NOVEMBER 28, 1931. AND THE WEATHER DIDN’T
CLEAR FOR TWO DAYS. SO HE ENDED UP SPENDING
THE WEEKEND THERE, BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. HE SPENT THE MORNING STUNT
FLYING A LITTLE TWO-SEATER TRAINING PLANE THAT WAS
OWNED BY THE AIRPORT FLYING SCHOOL. AND THERE WERE ACTUALLY A
HUSBAND AND WIFE COUPLE, MARTHA AND OKIE BUVINS
THAT HE ALREADY KNEW OF ALL THE THINGS. STAYING AT THE FLAGLER
BEACH HOTEL, AN ICONIC GRAND HOTEL AT THE TIME. AND IT WAS ACTUALLY HIS,
LINDBERGH INDICATED HIS ONLY FLORIDA VACATION EVER
UP TO THAT POINT IN TIME.>>WHEN CHARLES LINDBERGH
WAS HERE HE WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS
PEOPLE IN THE WOLRD THEN AND HE IS NOW. AND JOHN
ROCKEFELLER, JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER LIVED IN
ORMOND BEACH AT THE TIME. HE SENT A CAR UP HERE TO
FLAGLER BEACH TO BRING CHARLES DOWN TO VISIT HIM. AND LINDBERGH BEING THE
SHY, INTROVERTED TYPE PERSON JUST DID NOT WANT
TO GET MINGLED UP WITH HIM. AND LINDBERGH
DENIED THE VISIT.>>WHILE HE WAS HERE HE WAS
VERY CORDIAL TO THE LOCAL CITIZENS. POSED FOR PICTURES AND
SIGNED A LOT OF AUTOGRAPHS WHICH WAS UNCHARACTERISTIC
OF LINDBERGH. I MEAN HE WAS PRETTY
MUCH A LONER AND VERY INTROSPECTIVE. THEN BY MONDAY MORNING
THE WEATHER CLEARED AND HE TOOK OFF. AS HE FLEW OVER FLAGLER
BEACH, HE DIPPED HIS WING ABOUT HALF A DOZEN
TIMES IN TRIBUTE TO THE CITIZENS.>>WALT DISNEY WORLD
OPENED IN ORLANDO IN 1971. AND IN 1973
SEAWORLD OPENED. AND IN 1990, UNIVERSAL
STUDIOS OPENED. BUT WAY BACK IN 1938,
FLORIDA’S ORIGINAL THEME PARK OPENED RIGHT HERE
IN FLAGLER COUNTY. ♪ MUSIC ♪>>DOLPHINS,
THERE’S DEFINITELY SOMETHING UNIQUE AND
WONDERFUL ABOUT THEM.>>JUST SOUTH OF ST.
AUGUSTINE, MARINELAND IS A HISTORICAL DOLIPHIN
RESEARCH BREEDING AND TOURIST ATTRACTION.>>I AM MORE OR LESS THE
SPECIFIC ANIMAL CARE REPRESENTATIVE OVERSEEING
THE CARE OF THE ANIMALS. I’M A LONGTIME ANIMAL
TRAINER BUT I’VE GONE MORE INTO THE ANIMAL CARE SIDE
OF THINGS IN RECENT YEARS. THERE YOU GO PEE-WEE. ON A DAILY BASIS, FIRST
THING IN THE MORNING USUALLY WE’LL DO WHAT
WE CALL MORNING ROUNDS. JUST GOING AROUND TAKING
A LOOK AT THE ANIMALS. BASICALLY DO A HEAD TO
TAIL OVERVIEW OF EACH ANIMAL, LOOKING FOR ANY
CHANGES FROM THE DAY BEFORE, ANYTHING THAT
MIGHT BE QUESTIONABLE AT ALL ON ANY PART OF THE
BODY, INSIDE THE MOUTH, INSIDE THE BLOW HOLE,
ANYTHING EXTERNAL ON THE ANIMAL’S BODY. AND THE TRAINERS DO
MULTIPLE SESSIONS A DAY LIKE THIS, TOO WHERE IT
MIGHT BE NOTHING BUT FUN STUFF. IT MIGHT BE SOME EXERCISE. LIKE YOU SEE DAZZLE ABOUT
TO GO OUT AND DO SOME BOWS OUT THERE. AND WE ALSO DO JUST
REGULAR FEEDS WHERE WE’LL JUST STEP RIGHT UP AND
DO NOTHING BUT FEED THE ANIMALS. THERE MAY BE WHAT WE CALL
A FREE FEED WHERE THEY DON’T DO ANY, WE’RE NOT
ASKING FOR ANY BEHAVIORS. WE JUST STEP UP AND GIVE
THEM FOOD, JELLO, WHAT HAVE YOU. BUT AGAIN, AS YOU CAN SEE
IN THE VARIOUS SESSIONS, SO MUCH OF WHAT THE
TRAINER INTERACTION IS AND THE REINFORCEMENT IS WITH
THE DOLPHINS IS SECONDARY REINFORCEMENT. THE ATTENTION FOR THE
TRAINERS, THE TACTILES, THE HUGS, THE BODY RUBS,
ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF.>>THE CARE AND TRAINING OF
DOLPHINS AT MARINELAND HAS GONE THROUGH CHANGES AS
THE ATTRACTION ITSELF HAS CHANGED OVER ITS
LONG HISTORY.>>MARINELAND FIRST OPENED
IN 1938 AS AN UNDERWATER MOVIE STUDIO. AND OUR FOUNDERS REALLY
LOOKED UPON THREE PILLARS ON WHAT THEY REALLY
FOUNDED THE COMPANY ON: SCIENCE AND RESEARCH,
EDUCATION, THE MOVIE STUDIO AND THEN AS
A PUBLIC ATTRACTION. AND THROUGHOUT THE YEARS,
MARINELAND GREW OVER TIME AS THE NUMBER ONE
ATTRACTION IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. OUR BUSINESS MODEL REALLY
CHANGED IN THE LATE ’90S AND WE KNEW THAT THE SHOWS
WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT WAS GONNA SUPPORT OURSELVES IN
THE LONG RUN AND PEOPLE’S NEED FOR GETTING INTIMATE
AND CLOSER UP WITH AQUATIC ANIMALS WAS GROWING
AND GROWING. AND SO WE SWITCHED THE
WHOLE BUSINESS MODEL OVER TO AN INTERACTIVE
FACILITY.>>GREAT!>>SEVERAL FACILITIES
BEGAN EXPERIMENTING WITH TRAINING THE DOLPHINS HOW
TO INTERACT WITH STRANGERS IN THE WATER WITH THEM. AND THROUGHOUT THE 1990S
AND NOW INTO THE 2000S WE’VE SEEN THAT GROW AND
GROW TO WHERE WE NOW HAVE A SITUATION WHERE PEOPLE
CAN GET IN THE WATER WITH THE DOLPHINS AND IT’S JUST
LIKE YOU’RE BEING, ALMOST LIKE BEING A TRAINER. THE DOLPHINS
KNOW WHAT TO DO. THEY ARE COMPLETELY
WELL TRAINED.>>AND THIS IS HOW WE
ASK TOKOI TO WAVE TO US. VERY NICE TOKOI.>>WE LOVE TO USE OUR
ANIMALS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT BOTTLENOSE
DOLPHINS, ABOUT JUST OCEAN LIFE IN GENERAL. IF WE CAN STRIKE A CHORD
IN ALL OF OUR GUESTS EVERY SINGLE DAY TO RECYCLE, TO
HELP CONNECT WITH OCEAN LIFE, THAT’S
OUR MAIN GOAL.>>I THINK THEY’RE JUST
LIKE REALLY BEAUTIFUL CREATURES AND LIKE, THEY
JUST REALLY NEED TO BE PROTECTED. IT’S WONDERFUL THAT THEY
CAN BE HERE AND THEY HAVE LIKE A REALLY
GOOD LIFE HERE.>>BIG OLD SMOOCH. VERY GOOD! HOW WAS THAT ONE TOKOI? THAT WAS A WET KISS! GOOD GIRL!>>RESEARCH IS ALSO A
BIG PART OF MARINELAND’S MISSION.>>SO THIS IS COCQUINA,
OUR YOUNGEST DOLPHIN. SHE’S 15 MONTHS OLD NOW. SHE’S IN HERE WITH HER
MOMMA AND HER GRANDMA. HER GRANDMA BETTY’S IN HER
LATE 40S AND HER MOM AND DAD’S IN THEIR MID-20S. COCQUINA IS ANOTHER
REPRESENTATIVE OF THE WORLD’S LONGEST BOTTLENOSE
DOLPHIN BREEDING PROGRAM. MARINELAND’S BEEN BREEDING
DOLPHINS SINCE THE 1940S. AND AS YOU CAN TELL, SHE’S
A VERY PRECOCIOUS LITTLE KID. ENJOYS HUMAN
CONTACT QUITE A BIT. NOW WE JUST SIMPLY PUT
IT DIRECTLY INTO THE TAIL FLUKES. WE’VE CONTRIBUTED TO
A NUMBER OF RESEARCH PROJECTS IN THE
PAST 3-4 YEARS. IN RECENT YEARS, WE’VE
BEGUN TO FOCUS A LITTLE BIT MORE ON SPECIFIC
COMPARISONS WITH DOLPHINS UNDER HUMAN CARE WHERE
THEY’RE DRAMATICALLY OUTLIVING THEIR
WILD COUNTERPARTS. I’VE CHOSEN TO WORK WITH
DOLPHINS FOR AS LONG AS I HAVE BECAUSE I REALLY
DO CARE ABOUT THEM AND I REALLY CAN BE A BIT OF
A DOLPHIN NUT SOMETIMES. OVER THE YEARS I’VE TRIED
NOT TO ANTHROPOMORPHIZE DOLPHINS TOO MUCH, GIVE
THEM HUMAN QUALITIES AND CHARACTERISTICS AND
THINGS LIKE THAT. IT’S KIND OF DIFFICULT. PEOPLE DO IT WITH THEIR
DOG OR ANY OTHER ANIMAL THEY’RE CLOSE TO
ON A DAILY BASIS. WHAT WE TRY TO PUSH HERE
ALSO IS WE WANT PEPOLE TO LOOK AT THEM AND
APPRECIATE THEM AS DOLPHINS. DON’T TRY TO MAKE THEM
PEOPLE OF THE SEA. DON’T TRY TO MAKE THEM
MIRACULOUS HEALERS OF CHILDREN AND
THINGS LIKE THIS. WHEN YOU COME TO
MARINELAND TO SEE OUR DOLPHINS, WE’RE
GLAD YOU LOVE THEM. WE WANT YOU TO LOVE THEM
FOR THE RIGHT REASONS AND WE WANT YOU TO TAKE THE
LOVE FOR THEM AND SPREAD IT OUT TO THE
WILD DOLPHINS. ♪ MUSIC ♪ [CHILDREN PLAYING]>>WHAT YOU SEE BEHIND ME IS NOW THE ENTRANCE TO
PLANTATION BAY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB. BUT BACK IN THE 1970S THIS
WAS THE ENTRANCE TO YET ANOTHER FLAGLER
COUNTY THEME PARK. THIS TIME,
MARCO POLO PARK.>>THE MAJOR PLAYER
WAS A MAN NAMED O.L. JACK WHITE AND IN THE LATE
1960S HE HAD AN IDEA OF BUILDING A THEME PARK IN
THE GENERAL DAYTONA BEACH AREA. AND THEY CAME UP WITH THIS
IDEA OF A THEME PARK BASED ON THE TRAVELS
OF MARCO POLO. AND THE END OF 1970 THEY
OPENED UP THE FIRST PHASE. THAT WAS CALLED
THE JAPAN VILLAGE. A YEAR-AND-A-HALF LATER
IN 1972, THE PHASE II FINISHED AND THAT INCLUDED
THE TURKEY, INDIA, CHINA AND VENICE SECTIONS
OF THE PARK. AND THEY WERE ALL
CONNECTED TOGETHER BY A SMALL GAUGE RAILROAD TRAIN
THAT TOOK PEOPLE AROUND THE PARK. AND EACH SECTION HAD
ITS OWN THEME, ITS OWN RESTAURANTS, ITS
OWN SET OF RIDES.>>THE $12 MILLION
INVESTMENT HOWEVER WAS SHORT LIVED, LASTING
LESS THAN SIX YEARS.>>THERE WAS SEVERAL
ECONOMIC ISSUES AT THE TIME. IN EARLY 1970S THERE
WAS AN OIL EMBARGO. THE PRICE OF GAS
WENT SKYHIGH. THAT LIMITED FAMILIES
AND HOW MUCH THEY WERE DRIVING. THERE WAS TOO MANY TRAFFIC
ISSUES GETTING ON AND OFF I-95. AND THEN OF COURSE, THE
COMPETITION WITH DISNEY WORLD REALLY WAS THE FINAL
NAIL IN THE COFFIN THAT LED TO THE DEMISE
OF THE PARK.>>IF YOU LOOK AROUND IT
LOOKS LIKE WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE AND
THAT’S BECAUSE LOCATED BETWEEN FLAGLER BEACH AND
ST. AUGUSTINE ARE ABOUT 1,500 ACRES OF PRISTINE
WOODLANDS, WHICH AT ONE TIME WERE HOME TO
A REAL PRINCESS. WHAT IS NOW CALLED
PRINCESS PLACE IS THE OLDEST HOMESTEAD
IN FLAGLER COUNTY. IT WAS BUILT ALMOST
120 YEARS AGO.>>HENRY MASON CUTTING WAS
AN AVID SPORTSMAN AND HAD BOUGHT THIS PROPERTY
ALONG WITH I THINK IT WAS 340-ACRES. AND WANTED TO BUILD A
HUNTING LODGE HERE FOR A WINTER RETREAT. IT’S AN ADIRONDACK
STYLE BUILDING. VERY TYPICAL OF
UPSTATE NEW YORK. PROBABLY THE ONLY
EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE OF ARCHITECTURE IN THE
STATE OF FLORIDA. IN 1892 MR. CUTTING PASSED
AWAY VERY SUDDENLY AND UNEXPECTEDLY. SO BY THIS TIME, ANGELA
HAD BEEN MARRIED FOUR YEARS, 26 YEARS OLD,
HAD TWO CHILDREN. ONE ONLY A FEW WEEKS OLD. SO IN 1923 SHE WAS IN
PARIS AND SHE MET A RUSSIAN PRINCE,
BORIS SHERBATOW. HE WAS ONE OF THE FAMILIES
THAT WAS EXILED DURING THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION. AND THEY WERE MARRIED
LATER THAT YEAR. AND SINCE HE HAD THE
TITLE OF PRINCE, THEN SHE ACQUIRED THE
TITLE OF PRINCESS. AND IT WAS AFTER THAT TIME
THAT WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY CHEROKEE GROVE BY MR.
CUTTING, BECAME CALLED THE PRINCESS PLACE,
BECAUSE OF HER PRESENCE HERE.>>THE PROPERTY INCLUDED
STABLES FOR THE HORSES, TENNIS COURTS AND
EVEN A SWIMMING POOL.>>IT IS BELIEVED TO BE
THE FIRST IN-GROUND CEMENT SWIMMING POOL
IN THE STATE. IT’S FED BY AN
ARTESIAN WELL. SO IT MAINTAINS 72
DEGREES YEAR-ROUND. IT’S GOT A SMALL WADING
POOL AND THEN THE LARGE POOL. AND THE WATER WILL COME IN
ONE SIDE AND IT DRAINS OUT THE OTHER END.>>THE ROYAL COUPLE LIVED
HERE FOR 25 YEARS, SELLING THE PROPERTY IN 1954. FLAGLER COUNTY PURCHASED
THE PROPERTY IN 1993 AND EXISTS TODAY AS
PRINCESS PLACE PRESERVE. THERE ARE THREE
INCORPORATED CITIES IN ALL OF FLAGLER COUNTY. THERE’S BUNNELL, THERE’S
PALM COAST AND FLAGLER BEACH.>>FLAGLER BEACH PIER
WAS BUILT IN 1927. IT WAS FINISHED
JULY 4, 1928. AND THAT’S BEEN THE
PROMINENT LANDMARK OF FLAGLER BEACH EVER SINCE. ANOTHER INTERESTING ASPECT
OF FLAGLER BEACH WAS IN 2013, IT WAS A FINALIST
FOR THE COOLEST SMALL TOWN IN THE UNITED STATES. ONE OF THE CHARMS ABOUT
THE TOWN IS THERE IS NO CORPORATE AMERICA
DOWN THERE. SO WHEN YOU DRIVE THROUGH
FLAGLER BEACH, YOU’RE DRIVING THROUGH A TOWN
THAT LOOKS LIKE THE 1940S AND 1950S OF FLORIDA. SO IT’S VERY, VERY
UNIQUE AND IT’S AVOIDED A GIGANTIC CONDOMINIUM AND
CORPORATE AMERICA BUILD UPS.>>IN ADDITION TO ITS
ICONIC PIER, FLAGLER BEACH IS ALSO BECOMING KNOWN FOR
GOLA, WHICH ITS FOCUS ON THE ARTS. ♪ MUSIC ♪>>GOLA STANDS
FOR GALLERY OF LOCAL ART. WE HAVE 60 DIFFERENT
ARTISTS OR ARITSANS BECAUSE WE HAVE BROUGHT IN
JEWELRY, POTTERY, JUST THE THINGS THAT THE
LOCAL PEOPLE MAKE. SO I THOUGHT WELL, THEN
I NEED TO HAVE SOMETHING HERE THAT’S UNIQUE
TO THIS AREA. THAT YOU’RE NOT GONNA SEE
THESE ARTISTS ANYWHERE BUT HERE. AND THAT’S KEPT THIS
ALIVE FOR 10 YEARS.>>I THINK THE ARTWORK
IS VERY NICE IN HERE. I WAS QUITE SURPRISED. OR NOT SURPRISED, I’M
ACTUALLY HAPPY FOR MARGE BECAUSE SHE’S GETTING WORK
IN HERE THAT I SOMETIMES WOULDN’T HAVE EXPECTED.>>MY NAME IS CAROL BAKER,
I’M A TEXTILE ARTIST. I’VE BEEN DOING SILK
PAINTING FOR OVER 25 YEARS. MY ART IS VERY OPEN
AND VERY FREE FLOWING. I’M VERY INSPIRED BY THE
OCEAN AND THE SEA, PLACES OF NATURE. IT’S REALLY LIKE A DREAM
COME TRUE TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS WORK AND PLAY,
AND ACTUALLY IT’S LIKE PLAYTIME. TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS AND
HAVE PEOPLE ENJOY WHAT I’M DOING.>>MY NAME’S WENDY FUERO
AND I’M AN ABSTRACT ARTIST. I LOVE DOING WHIMSICAL
ART, COLORFUL ART. THIS IS A GREAT
OUTLOOK FOR YOUR ART. IT’S A TYPE OF SHARING. I LIKE TO SHARE. I LIKE MY ART TO EXPRESS
JOY AND MAKE PEOPLE SMILE.>>THERE IS A PLACE FOR
ART AND ARTISTS IN FLAGLER BEACH. WHEN I TRAVEL, THE ONLY
THING I GET OUT OF MY CAR FOR IS FOR THE LOCAL ART. SO I DECIDED THAT WOULD BE
A GOOD SHOP TO HAVE HERE IN FLAGLER BEACH.>>IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY AT
THE FLAGLER COUNTY SEAL, YOU MIGHT NOTICE
SOMETHING UNUSUAL.>>THE OFFICIAL COUNTY SEAL
HAS A POTATO IN THE MIDDLE OF IT, YOU KNOW, AND
THAT’S ALL IT IS. IT DOESN’T SAY
IT’S A POTATO. THEY COULDN’T GET RID OF
THE SEAL SO THEY HAVE COME UP WITH A FLAGLER COUNTY
LOGO WHICH YOU WILL SEE ON ALL OF OUR TRUCKS AND
PAPERWORK, AND WEBSITES. BUT I LIKE THE POTATO. IT’S A PART OF HISTORY. AND I WOULD IMAGINE IT
WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO CHANGE AN ACTUAL COUNTY
SEAL OF ANY COUNTY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. BUT A POTATO. ISN’T IT GREAT? WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IT. AREN’T WE?>>THAT’S IT FOR THIS
EPISODE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA ROADTRIP. I’M DR. PHIL HOFFMAN. JOIN US NEXT TIME AS WE
CONTINUE TO EXPLORE THE RICH HISTORY THAT’S AROUND
US EVERY DAY RIGHT HERE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, ON THE
NEXT CENTRAL FLORIDA ROADTRIP.>>THIS PROGRAM IS BROUGHT
TO YOU IN PART BY THE PAUL B. HUNTER AND CONSTANCE D. HUNTER CHARITABLE
FOUNDATION INC., A PROUD PARTNER OF WUCF TV AND THE
CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY.

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