“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Perdido Key in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)


Est. 1964

Tampary Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shaw Zavoshy, May 23, 2019
1. Tampary Marker
Inscription.  Site of the floor safe of the original Flora-Bama, built in 1964, by Theodore "Ted” Tampary, who, with his wife Ellen, had the foresight to establish the iconic watering hole on the state line after Florida traded two miles of pristine white beaches and Ono Island to Alabama for the construction of the Perdido Pass Bridge. A July 4, 1964, opening was postponed by a mysterious fire, yet Ted and sons, Constantine "Connie” and Anthony "Bubba", persevered, launching the landmark lounge and package store on August 1st. The Tampary Family created a camaraderie rarely found among folks of all ages and walks of life. Joe Gilchrist further enriched the legendary bar when he bought the club in April 1978, adding live music that would resonate in memories for generations to come. Through fire, flood and hurricane, the Flora-Bama has remained steadfast in its service to sailors, senators and students alike while also accommodating its loyal, local community through an annual calendar of fundraising events.

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment

Tampary Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shaw Zavoshy, May 23, 2019
2. Tampary Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here on the right, under the awning.
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Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1978.
Location. 30° 16.887′ N, 87° 31.094′ W. Marker is in Perdido Key, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is on Perdido Key Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola FL 32507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Orange Beach Community Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away in Alabama); Perdido Pass (approx. 2.2 miles away in Alabama); Josephine (approx. 3.3 miles away in Alabama); Bay Circle (approx. 3.4 miles away in Alabama); Orange Beach, Alabama (approx. 3½ miles away in Alabama); Orange Beach Municipal Complex (approx. 3.8 miles away in Alabama); Daphne United Methodist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away in Alabama); Romar Beach (approx. 6.4 miles away in Alabama).
Also see . . .
1. Flora-Bama (Wikipedia). "The Flora-Bama Lounge and Package (aka The Flora-Bama or "THE BAMA"), located in Perdido Key, Florida, adjacent the Alabama/Florida state line, is a honky-tonk, oyster bar, beach bar, and Gulf Coast cultural landmark, touted as being America's "Last Great Roadhouse". The Flora-Bama takes its name from its location on the Florida-Alabama border line." (Submitted on May 24, 2019.)
Flora-Bama image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shaw Zavoshy, May 23, 2019
3. Flora-Bama

2. The Legend Of The Flora-Bama ( (Submitted on May 24, 2019.)
3. Kenny Chesney - Flora-Bama (YouTube, 5 min.). (Submitted on May 24, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 24, 2019.

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