I often said, that someone with brains God gave a DUCK, that starting in Jacksonville, Fl. the state should have been diagonally cut, excluding the Panhandle, thereby leaving the OLD Florida to whomever wants to screw it up, to their hearts (they don’t got a heart, NOR brains) content.
Much like Andrew Branca, (got his book, today BTW) born in a different part of up North, NY (to 16′ish) to be exact and leaving NY moving TO Florida..SCHOCK!
Latter teen years, raised in Tampa (uhh, some BOYS from Sicily were at that time, pretty much in charge, port facilities, you know..
Moved to the Panhandle, after Pops and Mom, passed away. Things in the Panhandle, more to use the sometimes nasty word (the Left AND ‘can’t read cursive’ types) CONSERVATIVE!
Moved to The Great Smoky Mountains, where a ‘good ‘ol boy’, (Lamar) after getting to know me said: “son, you OK for a damn Yankee, anyone ever bothers you up here, you let old Lamar know, they’ll never find ‘em in this here park”
Lamar then handed me one of them ‘thar Mason Jars, filled with light amber liquid, shook it and said: “see that fine bead at the top, that’s good stuff, son”.
Me, goin’ umm, errr, Lamar said, “you standin’ on a whole bunch of that stuff, SON!” and laughed his fool head off..