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A woman asks the actor who plays Jesus for a blessing at The Holy Land Experience. (Photo by Daniel Cronin)

Every week, crowds bypass Orlando’s enticing theme parks and megamalls, opting instead to follow a blood-soaked Jesus impersonator as he heads for crucifixion on an immaculate Florida lawn. This ironic choice of amusement is what prompted photographer Daniel Cronin to pay a hefty entrance fee and document the Holy Land Theme Park Experience, a 1,200-square-foot replica of biblical Jerusalem a few miles from Disney World and other well-known theme parks. (Photo by Daniel Cronin)
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08 Sep 2014 11:05:00
A mailbox in the shape of a fire truck is seen along the highway US-1 in the Lower Keys near Marathon in Florida, July 11, 2014. (Photo by Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)

The Florida Keys are famous for their diving, but they are less well known for another quirky attraction: the mailboxes residents use to decorate their driveways. From a fiberglass manatee in lipstick to a small white church, Reuters photographer Wolfgang Rattay documented this unusual aspect of local culture as he drove along the Ocean Highway that connects the islands. Photo: A mailbox in the shape of a fire truck is seen along the highway US-1 in the Lower Keys near Marathon in Florida, July 11, 2014. (Photo by Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)
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03 Aug 2014 07:25:00
Snorkelers interact with a Florida Manatee inside of the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida January 15, 2015. On winter days, Florida manatees flock by the hundreds to the balmy waters of Three Sisters Springs, drawing crowds of snorkelers and kayakers to the U.S. sanctuary, where people may swim with the endangered species. (Photo by Scott Audette/Reuters)

Snorkelers interact with a Florida Manatee inside of the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida January 15, 2015. On winter days, Florida manatees flock by the hundreds to the balmy waters of Three Sisters Springs, drawing crowds of snorkelers and kayakers to the U.S. sanctuary, where people may swim with the endangered species. But as tolerant as the gentle, whiskered sea giants can be of the accidental kicks and splashes of delighted tourists, wild life regulators want to ban most canoes and paddle boards and create people-free zones to protect the wintering “sea cow”. Proposed limitations for this winter are awaiting approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Photo by Scott Audette/Reuters)
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22 Jan 2015 13:34:00


An alligator is skinned at All American Gator August 16, 2006 in Pembroke Park, Florida. The company processes gators for their skins, meat and trophies and was at full capacity a day after the start of gator hunting season. This year more than 4,000 licenses were sold with each license allowing hunters to kill two gators. The hunt has been expanded by 41 days over previous years, running August 15 to November 1. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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04 Apr 2011 10:51:00


SUNRISE, FL - OCTOBER 19: Jason Grodensky (L) and Maria Rosario prepare to carry her canoe to a trash pile after it was bent in half by after a tornado hit her home on October 19, 2011 in Sunrise, Florida. The tornado hit last night and caused damage to homes in the area but there were no reports of fatalities. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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17 Nov 2011 15:14:00
A chimp motions for Santa to deliver his gift during Lion Country Safari's annual Christmas with the Chimps on Thursday, December 20, 2012. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

A chimp motions for Santa to deliver his gift during Lion Country Safari's annual Christmas with the Chimps on Thursday, December 20, 2012. (Photo by Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)
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21 Dec 2012 10:20:00
Fright Nights attendees make a turn through one of four haunted houses at this year's spooking season setup at the South Florida Fairgrounds. This house is named The Smiths and was created by Craig McInnis. (Photo by The Palm Beach Post)

America’s Haunts, a trade association, estimates there are 1,200 for-profit haunted attractions in the U.S. plus another 3,000 haunted houses operated by charities that open for only a day or two every year. The commercial attractions collectively bring in from $300 million to $500 million annually. Fright Nights attendees make a turn through one of four haunted houses at this year's spooking season setup at the South Florida Fairgrounds. This house is named The Smiths and was created by Craig McInnis. (Photo by The Palm Beach Post)
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22 Oct 2013 08:59:00
Florida Beaches Feel Effects Of Hurricane Irene

Cory Ritz braces himself as a wave bursts onto a pier at the Boynton Beach inlet on August 25, 2011 in Boynton Beach, Florida. Hurricane Irene is moving over the Bahamas and could still be a major storm as it approaches the North Carolina coast the morning of August 27. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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26 Aug 2011 09:11:00