The "Florida man" trend lies in part with Florida's broad public records laws.
Under the Sunshine Act, the public and the media are given access to crime reports almost immediately after they happen, like the daily booking report, which is posted almost as soon as a person is booked into jail. That information allows reporters to detail the narratives quickly.
Barbara Petersen, the President of Florida's First Amendment Foundation, said the the easy access partnered with the novelty makes these stories take off.
"It's fun to say 'Florida man,'" she said. "(Both) the fact that we do get access to that information early on, but also the branding."
I'm glad someone else here knows about the living legend that is Purple Aki.We were eating in a breakfast place like a dennys but it wasn't, this is Kissimee in 2000s and this massive jacked homeless looking fella walks upto us at our table- tho we were just having breakfast, think i had a burger looking back now? English abroad
Anyway he says oh you're english i heard your accent. "do you know I'm a celebrity?" , starts telling us how he used to play (American) football and now he is retired and just does nothing but is still training down the beach every day. He is dressed like Jesse Ventura late 80s
He flexes his muscles then and offered to let us feel them, as if I'm purple aki or something. We didnt. i think we were meant to give him a couple of dollars here? Anyway didn't do that either, poor etiquette really.
He walks off after that and when we were driving off we saw him in the car park walking his dog which was this massive husky looking thing. We did try and look him up later but we either misremembered the name he said or he was just off his barnet, probably both
I liked it there. got loads of good florida memories
It was dolly wells' birthday this week according to my fb, she is a good egg that one