Florida Links

Animals & Wildlife

Florida Panther Net – Facts and activities about this endangered species.

Florida Venomous Snakes – Learn to identify the six harmful snakes found in Florida and what to do if bitten.

Florida Wildlife – Offers Florida species factsheets and problems interacting with man.

Godwin’s Gator Hole – American alligator natural history and ecology, commercial farming, products, and attractions

Save the Manatee Club – Advocacy group presents facts and common questions about manatees, tips on viewing, and educational materials.

Seaworld Animal Resources – Education Departments offer fact sheets, educational booklets and conservation learning activities for kids on marine mammals, fish, coral reef and other animals.

Arts and Entertainment

Florida Highwaymen – A group of black artists working on the east coast of Florida, are introduced by Jim Fitch, director of the Museum of Florida’s Art & Culture.

Florida Lighthouse Association – Provides history and condition of Florida lighthouses.

Florida Museums – Explore more than 340 museums in the state, by area or topic- art, archaeology, history, natural science, planetariums, zoos and more.

Visit Florida – Tthe State of Florida’s official travel planning website, allows searching by destination or by experience, such as attractions, beaches, boating & fishing, driving tours, events, history & culture, nature and outdoors.

Business

Enterprise Florida – Florida’s international trade and economic development government/business partnership. Provides assistance to Florida businesses, whether start-up, existing and relocating.

Florida Research and Economic Database (FRED) – Wages in Brevard County for all occupations collected by the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation. Also, offers Florida and national wages and numerous other statistics – employment projections, population, income and wage, labor force, industries, economic indicators.

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Florida Trend’s Florida Small Business : Growing a Small Business in Florida – (print version available) presents a wealth of information for new business ventures on topics such as legal structure, finance, marketing, legal and government requirements, taxation, copyright, forms, and permits, insurance, business plans, and the names and numbers of contacts. This is the official publication of Enterprise Florida.

Children

Department of Education

Department of Juvenile Justice – Offers statistics and details about delinquency, its treatment and prevention, and community involvement.

Florida KidCare – Offers affordable, low-cost health insurance for the uninsured children of Florida who are under age 19 and meet income eligibilty.

Just Read Florida – Promotes reading as the most powerful skill a child can learn, as it influences success in school and improves the overall quality of life. The goal is for all students in Florida to be able to read on grade level or higher throughout their school years by 2012. These pages offer activities and ideas for parents and children and suggested reading lists.

Consumer Information

Agency for Health Care Administration – Information on Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities, Medicaid, medical licenses, Report on Physician Discipline, and vital records.

Attorney General – The Attorney General’s mission is to assist consumers in protecting against fraud, lemon autos, identity theft, crime victimization, and with complaints against businesses.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance – Offers reports on individual charities by the Better Business Bureau.

Department of Financial Services – Offers consumer information about insurance, banking, and securities fraud, professional liability closed claims of health care providers, unclaimed property hotline (188VALUABLE) and workers compensation information. New department combines former Department of Insurance, state treasurer, and comptroller.

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles – Drivers licenses and tag and title information.

Division of Consumer Services – Offers consumer publications, a complaint form and how to check on a business.

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Florida Association of Realtors – Florida Living Network claims to be the largest site for Florida real estate, and the official site for all 80,000+ realtors and 12,000+ realtor companies in Florida.

Florida Homes and Land, Inc. of Volusia County

Pacesetter Home Centers

Florida Charities – Check out a Florida charity online or by phone at (800) HELP-FLA. You can also go to the Gift Giver’s Guide online to look up financial summaries of charitable organizations which are registered with the Department.

County Real Estate

Florida Lottery – Lists past and present winning numbers.

Pocono Home Builder

Guidestar – Locate charities and nonprofits registered with the IRS.

Institute of Food and Agriculture Services (IFAS) at University of Florida – Offers 4000 electronic pamphlets on gardening, lawn care, pest management, animal husbandry, and natural resources.

Education

Department of Education

FCAT Explorer – A practice and skills reinforcement tool for reading and math and includes other topics from several areas of the Sunshine State Standards.

Employment

Brevard Job Link – A one-stop site for employment related resources., state and national and public and private.

Florida Classified Ads – Links to Florida newspapers

Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation – Links for employers and employees on job training, Workers Compensation, employment statistics, state job centers, and finding a job.

State of Florida – Search Florida government job vacancies by region, agency, or salary and download applications.

Unemployment Claims – May be filed without visiting your One Stop Career Center. This is your first step in filing for unemployment.

Workforce Florida – This is a good site to start a job search for public and private sector in Florida and nationwide.

Environment & Weather

Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants – From the University of Florida and the Aquatic, Wetland and Invasive Plant Information. Retrieval System (APIRS).

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) – From the Office of Oceans, Coasts and Estuaries.

Florida Aquaculture – Learn how to become a successful aquaculturist, current and future industry trends, sources of equipment and seed stock, Florida legislation, and important current events.

Florida Center for Environmental Studies – Coordinates research of 10 Florida universities on environmental studies, focusing on “water dominated” ecosystems.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council – Organization focusing attention on the dangers that invasive exotic plants pose to native Florida ecosystems.

Florida Sea Grant Program – A State University Systems program for coastal research and education

Florida Solar Energy Center – Information and handouts related to solar energy.

Florida Weather information from IWIN (NOAA) – Up to date weather information for major Florida cities.

Florida Weather Buoys – Interactive Marine Observations from NOAA.

Floridata – A photographic encyclopedia of landscape plants and their culture.

Friends of the Everglades – Founded by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the Friends work to protect, preserve and restore the entire Everglades ecosytem.

Indian River Lagoon Estuary – Prepared by the EPA, focuses on its habitats, animals, plants, and human impact on the lagoon.

National Weather Service – Located in Melbourne, FL offers current conditions, forecasts, severe weather info.

NOAA’s National Hurricane Center – Maintains a continuous watch on tropical cyclones over the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Pacific from May 15 through November 30. The Center prepares and distributes hurricane watches and warnings.

Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce – A marine science research center specializing in marine biodiversity and ecosystems of Florida. Their research focuses on the Indian River Lagoon and offshore waters and offers a species inventory of plants and animals found in the lagoon.

Tide Predictor – For east coast of Florida and beyond.

Florida Health Care

Agency for Health Care Administration – Information on Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities, Medicaid, medical licenses, Report on Physician Discipline, and vital records.

Disciplined Doctors – A report of recent discipline taken by the Medical Quality Assurance Division of the Florida Board of Health.

Health Care Provider Licenses – Lookup search for licensing and profession requirements and link to how to file a complaint.

Medical Quality Assurance – MQA regulates 37 professions and 6 facilities and works with 22 boards and 6 councils.

Medicaid – Read about general Medicaid information, view Medicaid publications and forms, Medicaid fee schedules from the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Medical Malpractice Payments – Professional Liability Closed Claims from the Department of Financial Services.

Nursing Home Guide – Lists nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities by region and county. The Guide also includes facility-specific comparative information. From the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Physician Profiling – From the Florida Dept. of Health. Considerable information on physicians in Florida. Also includes information on how to contact the various Boards and how to file a complaint.

Government

Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records – From the Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics.

Census Data – From the Florida Census Data Center. Included is a link to the U. S. Census Bureau’s Census 2000. The official Florida clearinghouse for Census 2000 material is located at Florida State University.

Department of Elder Affairs – Offers information on issues such as long-term care, assisted living, health insurance and elder abuse.

Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles – Information on driver’s licenses. Motor vehicle tags and registration through the County Tax Collector.

Department of Law Enforcement – Search for sexual predators, Florida’s Most Wanted, crime statistics and more.

Department of Revenue – Info on tax forms, rates, tax law and child support.

Department of State – Offers Corporations Online, a listing of businesses doing business in Florida and Florida Entrepreneur ‘s Resource page.

Division of Elections – This home page includes campaign financial information, election results, voter registration, historical information and trivia.

Emergency Management – Helps Floridians to be informed about weather and terrorism hazards, and how to prepare to respond to them.

Florida Building Codes – The new statewide code incorporates building, electric, plumbing, mechanical, and administrative codes—accessibility, energy, coastal, manufactured, and state agency codes. The Florida Building Code became effective on March 1, 2002. The Florida Building Commission is part of the Department of Community Affairs.

Governor’s Office – Offers the Governor’s speeches, press releases, executive orders, and budget and legislative accomplishments.

Government Information Locator Service – Links for government, legal, consumer, education recreation and culture and history of Florida, with the major focus on information from and about Florida State government.

Landlord and Tenant Laws, Forms, and Resources – Courtesy of Megalaw.

MyFlorida.com State Portal – A good starting point for the Florida state agencies and government services available online.

MyFloridaCounty.com – Offers easy access to county governments across Florida. Search and order birth, death, marriage, and property records, pay child support online, pay traffic citations. Founded by Florida Clerks of Court and Florida Tax Collectors.

Online Sunshine – The Official Guide to the State of Florida Legislature. Contains calendars for the legislative session, committee assignments, access to your legislators, state constitution and statutes and links to Florida State government agency websites.

State Telephone Numbers – Lists government agencies, universities, school districts, counties and cities.

U.S. Census Bureau Florida Map and Statistics – Use the interactive State Map to link to a particular County to obtain Census data profiles and demographic statistics.

History

Alma-Clyde Field Library of Florida History – The library of the Florida Historical Society is open to the public for Florida history and genealogical research.

Florida Division of Historical Resources – State links to history, folklore, archaeology, museums, symbols, kids, Florida Heritage Magazine.

Florida Facts and History – Offers a quick lookup for state symbols, history, names, flags, governors.

Florida GenWeb Project – In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Florida Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Florida, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index. The USGenWeb Project and FLGenWeb Project are a non-commercial, all-volunteer organization.

Florida Heritage Tourism – Catalog lists historical sites searchable by county or theme- lighthouses, gardens, monuments, parks, preserves, historic landmarks, museums and more.

Florida History Internet Project – Offers an online Florida textbook, selected museums and historic sites, written by a Florida history professor.

Florida Kids – We can lead you to information that will help with your Florida projects and essays. You can learn about people in Florida from 12,000 years ago to the present, people of all cultures who have made our state their home. You can find out about the state flags, emblems, symbols, history facts, famous people, place names and lots more.

Florida Memory Project – Provides a selection of primary records that represent significant moments in the State’s past, educational resources for students young and old, and collections that are useful for historical and genealogical research.

Florida State Archives – Maintains state and local government records, military records, genealogical materials, historic photographs (45,000 in 24 separate collections ) and links to vital statistics.

Florida’s Historic Places – Visit historic homes, businesses, neighborhoods, and archeological sites in Florida.

Seminole Tribe – Provides info about their history, culture, government, enterprises and a version of the Seminole Tribune newspaper.

Law Enforcement

Corrections Offender Network – Provided by the Department of Corrections provides information on active and released inmates, victim services, crime and prison statistics.

Crime Rates – Compare crime rates and raw crime data for cities in Florida and over 2,500 U.S. cities.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement – Search their files for background checks, criminal histories, missing children, sex offenders, wanted/missing persons, and check the latest crime statistics.

Florida’s Most Wanted Fugitives – Offers pictures and details on fugitives and a rewards telephone number

Missing Children Information Clearinghouse

Legal

Florida Administrative Code on the Web – Provides citizens direct access to adopted rules and regulations affecting all Floridians.

Florida Administrative Weekly – Proposed rules and regulations, notice of public meetings and bids.

Florida Building Codes – The new statewide code incorporates building, electric, plumbing, mechanical, and administrative codes—accessibility, energy, coastal, manufactured, and state agency codes. The Florida Building Code became effective on March 1, 2002. The Florida Building Commission is part of the Department of Community Affairs.

FloridaLawHelp.org – Guide to free legal information and legal services in Florida. It offers legal educational materials, sample forms, and information about the courts, community resources and free and low-cost legal aid programs to help you with your legal problem

Florida Statutes and Constitution – Searchable by keyword.

Florida Supreme Court – How to do legal research, how to obtain legal help, and find contacts in the Florida court system.

Lawyer Referral Service – The Florida Bar can assist you in contacting an attorney in Florida with expertise relevant to your situation. 1-800-342-8011 (FL only)

Legal Forms – Downloadable and/or interactive forms from the Florida State Courts website.

Municipal Codes of Florida – Local government codes.

Online Sunshine – The Official Guide to the State of Florida Legislature. From here you can find information on member, lists of committees and lobbyists, and lists of bills.

Libraries

Alma-Clyde Field Library of Florida History – Located in Cocoa, the library of the Florida Historical Society is open to the public for Florida history and genealogical research.

Central Florida Library Cooperative – Consortium promoting sharing of services.

Florida Libraries on the Web – Public and academic libraries offering their catalog on the web.

LINCCWeb – Search a shared catalog of Florida’s 28 community college libraries.

State Library of Florida – Search the State Library’s catalog and the Florida Photographic Collection at the State Archives; request a Periodical Article or visit the Library’s extensive list of selected Internet sites.

WebLUIS – A searchable catalog of the Florida state university libraries.

Licenses

Construction Industry – Knowledge examination information and reference guides for study.

Department of Business and Professional Regulation – Licenses 43 professions searchable by occupation and license name.

Fishing License – License and rules from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Florida Drivers License – Includes the drivers handbook, sample test, license office locations. Motor vehicle tags and registration through the County Tax Collector.

Health Care Provider Licenses – Lookup search for licensing and profession requirements and link to how to file a complaint.

Hunting License – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provides hunting license information, an online version of the hunting handbook and regulations, seasons, and public shooting ranges.

Marriage License – Requirements from the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s web site.

Occupational License – Required for most businesses and are issued by the counties and cities. Contact the Brevard County Tax Collector’s office and the city clerk of the appropriate city.

Media

Florida Magazines

Florida Newspapers Online – not all full text or archives.

Florida Radio Stations

Florida Today – Brevard County’s main daily newspaper.

Florida TV Stations – by area code.

Orlando Sentinel – Orlando newspaper.

Recreation – Outdoor

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge – A twenty mile section of coastline from Melbourne Beach to Wabasso Beach in Florida, is the most important nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles in the western hemisphere. Read about sea turtles, check on nesting progress, and view a loggerhead sea turtle nesting.

Florida Boat Ramps – List of Florida boat ramps.

Florida Boating –The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission funds 200 freshwater boat ramps, with maps and directions, and offers boating safety and trailering tips.

Florida Boating Safety – Regulations that are in addition to the Federal Requirements covered in the Basic Boating Course.

Florida Camping – The Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds assists in selecting campgrounds by desired features.

Florida Canoeing – Canoeing locations in Florida state parks, from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Florida Freshwater Fishing – license and rules from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission plus and extensive list of links for fishermen.

Florida Greenways and Trails – Nearly 200 miles of opportunities to explore Florida. As mult-use trails, they provide a diversity of recreational activities including biking, hiking and horseback riding.

Florida Hunting – Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission provides hunting license information, an online version of the hunting handbook and regulations, seasons, and public shooting ranges.

Florida Saltwater Fishing – regulations from the Office of Marine Fisheries, plus artificial reef locations.

Florida State Parks – Boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, nature and horse trails, picnicking and swimming in 150 park areas.

Florida Traveler Information – Department of Transportation offers information about road closures due to highway construction around the state, present and future county road projects, other road conditions, rest areas, and official highway mileage.

Senior Citizens

Agency for Health Care Administration – Search an index of Florida nursing homes compiled by the agency and learn about assisted living facilities, Medicaid, Medicare HMO’s, medical licenses, Report on Physician Discipline, and vital records.

Aging with Dignity – “Five Wishes” form allows persons to choose medical treatment when one is seriously ill.

Department of Elder Affairs – Offers information on issues such as long-term care, assisted living, health insurance and elder abuse

Mid-Florida Agency on Aging (MFAAA) – An advocate of services for older persons, focuses on community care, home care, assisted living and health insurance concerns.