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Old 04-24-2008, 12:33 PM
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Someone inquired about what kind of people live in Havana, Florida
This is a historic town and has lots of history attached to it.
The community celebrated its 100th birthday in 2006 and they had a great time.
For the most part of the first fifty years, the area was majoity farmland with a small town of Havana there. Once the railroad went through it, they had more and more people who moved to this small town. Tobacco was its primary crop. They grew it under shadecloth and then sent it down to Havana, Cuba to be used as the outer wrapper for the famous Havana cigars.
Then after Fidel Castro took over Cuba, their golden crop became a lost cause.
Then more people began to grow nursery crops for people to put in their highrise homes that were built along the Atlantic coast as more and more people began moving to Florida.
The town still didn't have any manufacturing until a company called, Telligent, an electronic equipment company built in the mid '90s.
As for the composition of the town, The population is about 2000 people living in it. It has some wealthy people, but mostly it is retirees. People who were born here, many of them African Americans, plus the people who fell in love with this quaint town. There are two housing projects in the southern part of town and it has many children in them, plus many very old people without any financial support system.
Its police force works well in the community and has strong support from the businesses. The historic disrict is filled with all sorts of businesses that attract visitors from all over the world, but mostly people from Tallahassee.
Art shops, booksstores, restaurants, antiquarian maps and jewelry shops, plus real estate offices, healthcare services and to those living here, they love it.
While it is a very small town, it is famous for its historic shops and also being noted as the friendliest town in Florida by the Florida Monthly magazine, for the second time.
It has a number of churches and also lots more in the surrounding area.

Because there is such diversity in the town, the people are very open and accepting of people with different languages and lifestyles. Lots of people are working to make sure the schools are up to standards and offer lots of assistance to those students who are having trouble keeping up with the state FCAT standards.
In fact, the town received recognition for their hard work in helping children who were in kindergarden, first and second grades who were close to being held back and through the efforts of 70 volunteers, they worked with these children and 68 out of 70 passed into the next grade. !

Nikki Beare
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