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When Jake Gyllenhaal’s former UFC fighter Dalton steps off the bus to clean up the loudest bar in the Florida Keys in the new version of the 1989 cult classic film “Road House,” it looks like he’s in the Sunshine State.

But the Glass Key in the movie now streaming on Amazon Prime doesn’t exist. That includes many famous Florida cities that never visited.

Here’s a look at some of the most famous fictional places in Florida.

Glass key: ‘Road House’, 2024

In the remake of the classic Patrick Swayze film, “Road House” is set in Glass Key, Florida. An “unremarkable Key, south of Marathon,” according to the film’s promotional materials.

But while it certainly looks familiar, none of the 800 Florida Keys are called ‘Glass Key’.

WHERE IS IT: A character in the film directs Gyllenhaal “just up the highway, past mile marker 77,” which puts it just south of the Lignumvitae Bridge in Islamorada.

WHERE WAS IT FILMED: Nearly the entire film was shot in Punta Cana and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, although aerial shots of beloved local landmark Fred the Tree are prominently featured.

Coronado Beach: ‘Florida Man’, 2023

In the 2023 Netflix show “Florida Man,” disgraced former Philadelphia police officer Mike Valentine returns to his hometown of Coronado Beach to pursue a mobster’s volatile girlfriend. The ‘dramedy’ show pays tribute to several bizarre Florida Man styles. Problem: There is no Coronado Beach.

There was. Coronado Beach was founded in 1885, but in 1946 it was incorporated into the city of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, about 30 minutes south of Daytona Beach. It still exists as an NSB neighborhood, a high school and a historical monument.

WHERE IS IT: Basically, it’s a more crime-filled New Smyrna Beach with some scattered scenes from Miami and South Beach. The beach access and The Breakers Restaurant on Flagler Ave. in NSB are seen early in the shooting and at one point the nearby town of Port Orange is mentioned.

WHERE WAS IT FILMED: Mostly Wilmington, North Carolina, with some scenes shot in other NC locations.

Vice City, ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’ (2002) and ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories’ (2004)

For many people, their greatest experience in Florida was tearing through the fictional Vice City at high speed, stealing cars, shooting bad guys at an alarming rate and building their criminal empires in the video game “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City,” the fourth mainline game. game from the extremely popular Grand Theft Auto series by Rockstar Games that takes place virtually in Miami.

“New York is busy and vibrant, a real business city, while Miami is a party city, full of sun, sea and sex, but with that same dark edge underneath,” said Rockstar producer Leslie Benzies in a 2012 interview.

Apparently people enjoyed committing crimes in almost Miami. “GTA: Vice City: was the best-selling video game of 2002 and won numerous awards. “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories” followed two years later.

WHERE IS IT: Miami and Miami Beach.

WHERE WAS IT FILMED: The city was mentioned in the first “Grand Theft Auto,” but these versions were clearly modeled after the architecture and nightlife of 1980s Miami. According to a 2012 retrospective in CraveOnline celebrating the game’s porting to iPhones, the team regularly watched the 1980s show “Miami Vice” while developing the game.

Gulfhaven, ‘Cougar Town’ (2009-2012)

Jules Cobb, a recently divorced single mother in her 40s played by “Friends” star Courteney Cox, jumps back into the dating scene in the west Florida town of Gulfhaven in the sitcom “Cougar Town.” The show that ran on ABC and then moved to TBS abandoned that premise early on, but they stuck with the name.

The show’s co-creator, Sarasota native Kevin Biegel, placed Gulfhaven “in a mythical area beneath Sarasota, perhaps even beneath Venice, a heretofore undiscovered city. It may be what Sarasota was in the mid-1970s, then translated about 20 miles south.”

WHERE IS IT: The show’s title sequence zooms in on the map of Florida with a “Welcome to Cougar Town” sign right around where Venice is said to be, south of Sarasota. The location is a bit hazy, however, as in one episode Cobb has to pick up her drunk assistant from a Miami nightclub and tells her son that she will be back in an hour from a drive that would take about seven hours there and back. Details, details.

WHERE WAS IT FILMED: In Miami! Wait, no, sorry, in the back lot of Miami Street at California’s Culver Studios. Biegel reportedly pushed hard (and unsuccessfully) to tape the show here. “I have an obscene love for this city,” he said.

Palm Glade, ‘The Glades’ (2010-2013)

In the A&E show “The Glades,” Chicago police detective Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore) moves to the Everglades area to work for the FDLE after being shot by his captain. His expectations for an easier life after leaving Chicago for the sunnier climes of Florida don’t last long. (Spoiler!)

For once, it was actually filmed in the Sunshine State.

“I’ve noticed a lot of shows that try to be set there without actually filming there, and it’s always confused me a little,” Glades creator and executive producer Clifton Campbell told the Associated Press in 2010. decided I wanted to put a show there, not just in South Florida, but in my South Florida, the part of the world I grew up in, which I think is just as stunningly attractive and interesting and weird and cool as South Beach .”

WHERE IS IT: Somewhere in South Florida.

WHERE WAS IT FILMED: Largely in a soundstage in the Pembroke Park area of ​​Fort Lauderdale, but outdoor shots were filmed almost every day, Campbell said. Some locations in Tampa were shot for the pilot, but money issues stopped blocking it, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Delrona Beach, ‘Sunshine State’ (2002)

In a state with a Daytona, a DeLand, a Deltona and a Delray, is “Delrona Beach” more unlikely? That’s the setting for the 2002 film “Sunshine State,” starring St. Petersburg natives Angela Bassett and Edie Falco, a powerful film about the lives of two women, race relations and corporate greed.

Delrona Beach, somewhere in North Florida, is mainly white. In one storyline in the film, a young black orphan boy is found guilty of setting fire to a parade float for the annual festival and is sent to live with Bassett’s character’s mother in the also fictional Lincoln Beach. Meanwhile, a woman who runs a motel and cafe that her father left her in Delrona is dealing with regrets and offers to sell.

Filmmaker John Sayles was looking for another project when he found Amelia Island and became fascinated with the history of American Beach, an area of ​​beachfront real estate in Nassau County that black businessman A.L. Lewis had purchased through his insurance company. Lewis named it American Beach and became a place where people of all colors could vacation in the segregated South.

WHERE IS IT: Northern Florida, approximately around the Amelia Island area.

WHERE WAS IT FILMED: The Delrona Beach footage was shot on Amelia Island, about 30 miles north of Jacksonville, and some scenes were shot in nearby Fernandina Beach. Some scenes in Lincoln Beach were filmed at American Beach.

More fictional Florida

There are many more in various media forms.

  • Disney Resources: From the outside it looks like a huge shopping center at Disney World. But Disney’s creators transformed and expanded the original Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village into its own shopping town with a whole backstory and artifacts on display, starting with its discovery in the mid-19th century and gradually developing the four areas. of the complex: Marketplace, The Landing, Town Center and West Side.
  • Seahaven Island from “The Truman Show”: The state in which Jim Carrey’s character Truman Burbank thought he lived is never mentioned, but the small town where he grew up in a bubble on TV was largely incorporated into Seaside in the Panhandle. Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz grew up there, in Truman’s house, he said in the HBO documentary “The Swamp.”
  • Duma Key, from Stephen King’s book: King’s mentally unstable contractor from Minnesota moves to Florida on the advice of his psychologist, where (surprise!) he finds strange neighbors and terrifying events. The fictional Duma Key is located somewhere between Sarasota and Venice, possibly near King’s own home in Sarasota County on Casey Key.
  • Mayfair, from The Marcia Banks and Buddy Mysteries: This mystery series from author Kassandra Lamb is set in a fictional town in Central Florida.
  • Persimmon Hollow, from the Persimmon Hollow Legacy series: A Florida Border Town That Never Existed, by author Gerri Bauer.
  • Tangerine, from the young adult novel of the same name: There is actually a Tangerine, Florida, but it’s not where author Edward Bloor set his version.
  • Apix: This one is fictional, but didn’t appear in fiction. In the late 1950s, there was a small community west of Palm Beach Gardens known for fertilizer production, but it never really existed except for a few large factories and a farm. Apix was created by the US Air Force to hide secret research that Pratt & Whitney was doing to develop liquid hydrogen as a fuel. “APIX” stood for “Air Products Incorporated, Experimental.”

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