New Florida online store offers state park-themed gear, gifts

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With the holiday season in full swing, residents and visitors to the Sunshine State can now buy gifts, souvenirs and other mementos of Florida through the state’s newest online store.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Division of Recreation and Parks have joined Florida4You to open a state-sponsored online storefront that offers a selection of state parks merchandise.

Florida4You is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business created to boost awareness of Florida state parks.

All goods on the site have a Florida theme and work to promote state parks. Collections are named “Real Florida,” “Into The Wild,” and “A Day at the Park,” offering merchandise like clothing, accessories, kids’ toys, backpacks and camping equipment, technology, pet travel kits, Junior Ranger items and more. Florida4You plans to update its product line regularly.

“Park visitors frequently request the opportunity to purchase merchandise,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “Park visitors like to have a memento to remind them of their experience at state parks. This website delivers on that request while helping Florida’s economy.”

Items are now available at shop.floridastateparks.org or by telephone at 954-530-5378. Major credit cards are accepted. Gift cards are available.

Consumers can also purchase Annual Entrance Passes as gifts for friends and family to visit Florida’s state parks. Annual entrance passes can be purchased both online and at many state park locations.

Also available are tickets to the Annual Florida Folk Festival, a festival of music, folk lifestyle and crafts held every year in Hamilton County during Memorial Day weekend.

Visitor service operations operate at no cost to the state of Florida.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.