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Queering the Redneck Riviera: Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism

Jerry T. Watkins III


After World War II, increasing numbers of southerners began populating the beaches of North Florida thanks to expanding automobility, better roads, and the new civic virtue: leisure spending. This inaugurated fierce competition for tourist dollars as motels, amusements, and restaurants replaced sand dunes at an ever-increasing rate. The quest for tourists had dramatic impact inland as well, as county governments, state-level commissions, and politicians grappled with maintaining a favorable public image in the search for increased revenue. Conflicts over how best to capitalize on tourism and s ... More

Keywords: The Sunshine State, LGBT, Tourism, Redneck Riviera, Florida, Capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780813056913
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056913.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerry T. Watkins III, author
College of William & Mary