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August 27, 2022

40 Wonderful Photos Capture Everyday Life of Florida in the 1980s

Florida is a state located in the Southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Bahamas and Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida and Cuba; it is the only state that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

Spanning 65,758 square miles (170,310 km2), Florida ranks 22nd in area among the 50 states, and with a population of over 21 million, is the third-most populous. The state capital is Tallahassee and the most populous city is Jacksonville. The Miami metropolitan area, with a population of almost 6.2 million, is the most populous urban area in Florida and the ninth-most populous in the United States; other urban conurbations with over one million people are Tampa Bay, Orlando, and Jacksonville.

Florida is world-renowned for its beach resorts, amusement parks, warm and sunny climate, and nautical recreation; attractions such as Walt Disney World, the Kennedy Space Center, and Miami Beach draw tens of millions of visitors annually. It has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, spanning approximately 1,350 miles (2,170 km), not including its many barrier islands, and has 4,510 islands that are ten acres (4 ha) or larger in area, the second highest number after Alaska.

Florida has several unique ecosystems, most notably Everglades National Park, the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S. and among the largest in the Americas. Unique wildlife include the American alligator, American crocodile, American flamingo, Roseate spoonbill, Florida panther, bottlenose dolphin, and manatee. The Florida Reef is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, and the third-largest coral barrier reef system in the world (after the Great Barrier Reef and Belize Barrier Reef).

These wonderful photos were taken by Steven Martin that show what life of Florida looked like in the 1980s.

People at Country Music Event, Coral Springs, Florida, 1982

Beach guys holding beer at Pompano Beach Pier, Florida, 1983

Couple playing video games at a flea market, Margate, Florida, 1983

Flea market, Margate, Florida, 1983

Girl at a festival in Coral Springs, Florida, 1983

Girl playing PacMan at Coral Springs festival, Florida, 1983

Girl sucking on straw, at flea market, Margate, Florida, 1983

Girls at Coral Springs festival, Florida, 1983

Girls at festival, Coral Springs, Florida, 1983

Guys pose by a Navy recruiting van, Coral Springs festival, Florida, 1983

Kids on street playing ball, Coral Springs, Florida, 1983

People take a look at the merchandise at the stand, Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, 1983

Women stroll past tables at a Margate, Florida flea market, 1983

Girl posing, Dania Beach, Florida, 1984

Girl with toys at Margate flea market, Florida, 1984

Girls hanging out at beach, Pompano Beach, Florida, 1984

Making a purchase at flea market in Margate, Florida, 1984

People at Margate flea market, Florida, 1984

People on beach on a winter day, Hollywood Beach, Florida, 1984

People on Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, Florida, 1984

People on Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, 1984

People posing with beer, Dania Pier, Florida, 1984

Three gals, Hollywood Beach, Florida, 1984

Two girls, Hollywood Beach, Florida, 1984

Girl looking up, Hollywood Beach, Florida, 1985

Girls and woman on Hollywood Beach, Florida, 1985

Girls stroll on Boardwalk while a bicyclist rides behind to the right, Hollywood Beach, Florida, 1985

Looking north a North Hollywood Beach. The Dania Pier is in the background, Florida, 1985

Mickey Mouse goes by. Event took place at the Coral Square Mall, Coral Springs, Florida, 1985

People on the beach with the Atlantic Ocean behind, Hollywood, Florida, 1985

A crowd at a street art fair in Delray Beach, Florida, 1986

Broward County Fair, Florida, 1986

Pompano Beach Pier, Florida, 1987

Pompano Beach Pier, Florida, 1987

Women relaxing, Sanborn Square, Boca Raton, Florida, 1987

An attractive young lady makes change for a customer at a frozen snack cart, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1988

Couple walks by on a sidewalk, avoiding the crowds in the street, SunFest, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1988

People strolling near Lake Worth Pier, Florida, 1988

Women by food booths, SunFest, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1988

Women canoeing, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Florida, 1988


  1. Oh look, it is these pictures again. *yawn*

  2. Wow, the girls were so pretty back then, as opposed to the overweight, tatted pigs today.

    1. Tell me you're a monster without telling me you're a monster.

  3. The 1980s (and 70s) were good times. The natural look was popular and flabby bodies were considered unsightly. Nowadays the opposite is true.

  4. yeah, people tried to dress somewhat modestly and look good. Today they look like slobs and proud of it!




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