Pensacola has seasons, so it's not like south Florida where in mid-winter you can broil trout on the sidewalk. In Pensacola the typical January temperatures range from 42 to 60 degrees, hardly enough to freeze water, streets or humans.
It's an image that lingers in the American consciousness like a soft, warm dream. But in Florida, this is no dream, if you know where to look. It's small-town downtown life, as it was and as it remains.
Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has a reputation as a staunch advocate for all Floridians and a moderate voice in the increasingly partisan world of national politics. Now, he's a leading responder to the Gulf spill.