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Florida Author to Rappel High-Rise

Push me over the edge – j.mp/lynnjumps Rappelling a St. Petersburg high-rise isn’t my idea of fun. It’s not so much a fear heights, more a fear of looking like the klutz and out-of-shape weakling that I am. But I’m going to do it, and do it in fringe-style (costume and all) if you’ll help me(…)

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Florida Capitol Goes to Hell for Christmas

After being shut out last year for being “grossly offensive.” the Satanic Temple got a spot among holidays displays at Florida’s state capitol just in time to be destroyed by a Christian. A woman wearing a “Catholic Warrior” tee ripped into the diorama, saying she couldn’t take it anymore. The other holiday displays including a Festivus(…)

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A glimpse into Miami’s diverse and quirky glory and drug lore glitz

Many of my experiences researching Fringe Florida didn’t make it into the final manuscript. One chapter, the pursuit of Miami drug lore glitz, landed at the bottom of a screwdriver in Mac’s Club Deuce in South Beach. Here’s a piece about it that ran in the Miami Herald and is archived with HistoryMiami, a Smithsonian(…)

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Pasco Nudists Reality TV Bait, Again

 Word is that Pasco County — “nudist capital of America” or “world,” depending on who you ask — is coming under the spotlight of reality TV once again. The blog 2paragraphs reports that in the latest episode of We TV’s Kendra on Top, star Kendra Wilkinson of Playboy fame tracks down her real father in Land O’ Lakes,(…)

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Author Talks of UFOs and Florida Ghosts

Fringe Florida author Lynn Waddell shares tales from her research on the Gulf Breeze UFO sightings and the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp on Hallow’s Eve, Oct. 30, 2014. Held in the funky bohemian town of Gulfport the Halloween event will feature weird Florida images and outtakes from the author’s popular book. Don’t be late. The show sponsored by(…)

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The Battle to Go Bare Continues

The ongoing battle over an ordinance to outlaw public nudity in Clay County highlights just how bi-polar Florida is when it comes to community standards. While Pasco County near Tampa is America’s nudist capital, Clay County, securely in north Florida’s Bible Belt, is preparing to shield its “wholesome character” from potential libertines. Though building the fortress is(…)

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AMC’s Freakshow Comes to Ground Zero Weird: Gibsonton, Florida

  AMC’s realtiy show “Freakshow” finally comes to Gibsonton where real freaks still live and many more haunt the memories of the remaining sideshow greats. Tonight’s Episode 5 at 10 pm Eastern features legendary showman Ward Hall, his partner Chris Crist, the world record-holding sword swallower Red Stuart along with other World of Wonders cast. Gibsonton,(…)

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Joe Redner: Strip Club King and Cigar City Beer Backer

Most Tampa Bay residents know Joe Redner as the fiery owner of Mons Venus, a world-famous nude strip club. Being supremely fringe, Joe was prime fodder for my book. I interviewed him for a chapter called “The King of Trampa.” Since my book went to press, Joe’s battled lung cancer and watched his son’s craft(…)

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Easter in FLA: Fabio Jesus and Furries

Although all the hardcore fetish porn news stories of late might give outsiders the impression that Florida is a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, for the most part Floridians are as religious as people anywhere else. The Pensacola area even claims to be the site of the first Christian service in America on Aug. 15, 1559.(…)

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Everything I Wanted to Know about Santa I Learned in Florida

  One of the great joys of living in the fringe state of Florida is that the same attractions that bring 94 million flip flop-wearing tourists to our roadways every year also draw conventions of about every conceivable subculture to our backyard. Being a fringe voyeur, I couldn’t resist dropping in on the recent annual(…)

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