"Those birds are so nasty," Francis said, expressing sympathy for the Wilshire neighborhood. "You're supposed to leave them alone. But watch for them next year, and just deter them any way you can, short of shooting them."
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The commemoration, he said, is not about pinpointing the Spanish legacy, but about rediscovering "and maybe even discover for the first time Florida's colonial history."
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