April 17, 2014

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From football to fish to hospitals, there are plenty of Florida-specific iPhone applications. Should your company consider making one?

Cynthia Barnett | 2/1/2010

Florida iPhone Apps

There are more than 100 iPhone apps devoted to the Sunshine State. The most popular include those for resorts, college football teams, fishing regulations, creature identification, live satellite weather radar and news. You can also find various versions of Florida statutes, Florida criminal code and regional coupon and deal alerts, many by national companies that compile such data in all 50 states.

Here’s a look at some of the top Florida-specific apps:

Gator Gridiron

» The Miami Herald’s Gators Football 2009 app ($1.99) is one of many devoted to the UF football team, but this one has garnered some of the best reviews for its interactivity and sports writer Joseph Goodman’s insights.


» Singing Bridge’s Florida Football GameDayApp ($2.99) may be the next best thing to being at The Swamp on game day. The app answers all the questions a fan would have on game day and provides information before, during and after the game, such as game time, betting line, stadium seating chart, box office telephone number and the day’s weather. It also features the players’ Twitter accounts and has live feeds during the game so you can follow along play by play.

The app was developed by a group of friends in Delaware — two have tech know-how, the others are sports fans who understand the power of the fan base.

“We kept asking ourselves why aren’t these sports apps coming out?” says partner Jimmy Mahan, 33.

The group’s first app was Kentucky Basketball GameDayApp. Florida Football followed as a no-brainer. “Kentucky is to basketball what Florida is to football,” says Mahan. He says Singing Bridge is working on apps for other UF teams and plans to design additional apps for FSU and Miami teams.

On the Road

» A business-marketing effort devoted to State Road 30A, a 20-mile stretch of beach between Destin and Panama City that includes Seaside, Grayton Beach and Rosemary Beach. The free app — called 30A — lists live events along with restaurants and bars. A recently updated version has videos, photos and Facebook integration.

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