If you are an active duty, reserve, retired or an honorably discharged Marine, FMF Corpsman or Navy Chaplain, please join us. Our primary goal is to support Marines, past and present, and to uphold the honor and traditions of our beloved Corps. We have 50 detachments throughout the state. Our department convention is held within a 100 mile radius of Orlando in June of every year. We have Spring and Fall conferences held throughout the state. By becoming a member of the Marine Corps League, you will be joining the thousands of Marines who make up our ranks. At the Department of Florida Marine Corps League, we bring years worth of experience in bringing together Marines and assistance to Marine families. To put it quite simply, "We are here to honor, respect and assist ALL past, present and future Marines in the country we love and serve." Please consider becoming a member of the Department of Florida Marine Corps League and proudly wear the Eagle, Globe and Anchor once again.
If you cannot join us at this time, perhaps you could make a donation. Any and all donations can be made to our Department Paymaster, Janis Beal.
Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.
Florida, Spanish for (Land of Flowers), is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Florida is the 22nd most extensive (65,755 sq. miles), it is 361 miles wide, 447 miles long, the 3rd most populous (20,612,439) and the 8th most densely populated (384.3 sq. miles) of the U.S. states. It's GDP in 2016 was 926 billion making it the 4th largest economy in the United States. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. The city of Tallahassee is the state capital. Florida has 379 cities and 67 counties, ranging from the smallest county (Liberty-population 8,314) to the largest county (Miami-Dade-population 2,662,874). Florida contains the highest percentage of people over 65 (17%). There are about 186,102 military retirees living in the state and about two-thirds of the population were born in a different state. In 2015, 75% of the population lived within 10 miles of a coastline.
There are about 3,000 different types of wildflowers in Florida, making it the third most diverse state in the union, behind California and Texas, both larger states. Florida is also host to many types of wildlife including: bottlenose dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, North Atlantic right whales, West Indian manatees, Florida panthers, Florida black bears, nine-banded armadillos, northern river otters, eastern diamonback and pygmy rattlesnakes, bobcats, coyote, wild boar, green and leatherback sea turtles, white and brown pelicans, ospreys, bald eagles and peregrine falcons. In 2012, there were about one million American alligators and 1,500 crocodiles. The native bear population has risen from a historic low of 300 in the 1970's, to 3,000 in 2012.
Florida's nickname is the "Sunshine State", but severe weather is a common occurence. Central Florida is known as the lightning capital of the United States, as it experiences more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the U.S. Florida leads the U.S. in tornadoes per area but they do not typically reach the intensity of those in the Midwest and Great Plains. Hurricanes pose a severe threat each year during the June 1 to November hurricane season, particulary from August to October. From 1851-2006, Florida has been struck by 114 hurricanes--37 of them major, which is Category 3 and above. It is rare for a hurricane season to pass without any impact in the state by at least a tropical storm. Florida is tied for last in having the fewest earthquakes of any U.S. state because they are not located near any tetonic plate boundaries.
"If you can't find something to do in Florida, you're just boring"-- Guy Fieri celebrity chef, 2017.
Tourism makes up the largest sector of the state economy, with nearly 1.4 million persons employed in the tourism industry. In 2015, Florida broke the 100 million visitor mark for the first time in state history by hosting a record 105 million visitors and broke that record in 2016 with 112.8 million tourists; Florida has set tourism records for six consecutive years. The Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited vacation resort in the world with over 50 million annual visitors, consisting of four theme parks, 27 themed resort hotels, two water parks and four golf courses. Other major theme parks in the area include Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch GardensTampa.
Agriculture is the second largest industry in the state with 67% of all citrus (74% oranges, 58% tangerines and 54% grapefruits) grown in Florida. Other products include sugarcane, strawberries, tomatoes and celery. The state is the largest producer of sweet corn and green beans in the U.S.
Counting bays and barrier islands along its Atlantic and Gulf coasts, Florida has 8,500 miles of shoreline, making it second only to Alaska with more. Fishing is a $6 billion industry with over 60,000 jobs for sports and commercial purposes. Florida is the leading state for sales of power boats ($1.96 billion worth of boats sold in 2013). Florida has the largest collection of Art Deco and Steamline Moderne buildings in both the United States and the entire world, most of which are located in the Miami Beach's Art Deco District.
From 1952 to 1964, most voters were registered Democrats, but the state voted for the Republican presidential candidate in every election except 1964. From the 1930's through much of the 1960's, Florida was essentially a one-party state dominated by white conservative Democrats who together with other Democrats of the Solid South, exercised considerable control in Congress. In 2008 Barack Obama carried the state as a northern Democrat for the first time since 1932, when Franklin D. Roosevelt carried the state. In 1998, Democratic voters dominated areas of the state with a high percentage of racial minorities and transplanted liberal from the northeastern United States, known colloquially as "snowbirds."
The Florida College System comprises 28 public community and state colleges. In 2011-12 enrollment consisted of 875,000 students. As of this year, the University of Central Florida with over 64,000 students, is the largest university by enrollment in the U.S. Stetson University, founded in 1883 is Florida's first private university.
Florida has 131 public airports, 4 large hub airports (Miami International, Orlando International, Tampa International, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International). Florida has 1,473 miles of interstate highways and 9,934 miles of non-interstate highways. Floridians consume 21 million gallons of gasoline daily, ranking it third in national use. Motorists have the 45th lowest car insurance in the U.S.
In sports, Florida has 3 NFL teams (Miami Dolphins 1972, 1973 champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2003 champions, and Jacksonville Jaguars), 2 MLB teams (Miami Marlins 1997, 2003 champions, Tampa Bay Rays), 2 NBA teams (Orlando Magic, Miami Heat 2006, 2012, 2013 champions), 2 NHL teams (Tampa Bay Lightning, 2004 champions, Florida Panthers). NASCAR (headquartered in Daytona Beach) begins all of it's major racing series in Florida at Daytona International Speedway in February and ends all three racing series in November at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The PGA of America is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, the PGA Tour is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach and the LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach. Florida's universities have a number of collegiate sports teams with championships, especially Florida State Seminoles (ACC), Miami Hurricanes (ACC) and the Florida Gators (SEC).