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The New York Times
December 17, 1922

One of the greatest Winter tours and one of the longest marine drives in the world are combined in the Dixie Highway from Jacksonville down the east coast of Florida, through St. Augustine, Ormond, Daytona and Palm Beach to Miami, a distance of 377 miles, the Halifax and Indian Rivers for 300 miles, following the line of the Florida East Coast Railway between the railroad and water for about 200 miles.

The first stretch of the line from Jacksonville to St. Augustine, forty-one miles, has paid its original cost many times in returns to the State of Florida.  With the exception of the first nine miles, which is shell, the road is of brick, with asphalt filler, ten feet wide.

In addition there is an alternate route from Jacksonville over the beach route, a natural speedway 300 feet wide at low tide.  Cars can run down from Jacksonville to Pablo Beach, opposite St. Augustine, a distance of thirty miles.  From St. Augustine the road leads inland to Hastings and thence southeast to Bunnell, a distance of twenty-eight miles, from which a new road has been completed into Ormond via Ocean city.  The road between Ormond and Ocean City has been greatly improved.  At Ormond the motorist can try out the thirty-mile Ormond-Daytona speedway, a famous course 500 feet wide at low tide, where many auto records have been made.

A splendid asphalt road runs eight miles beyond Daytona, the motorist having brick or asphalt roads almost continuously for 112 miles.  For the next 120 miles the road is shell. Between Vero and St. Lucic the road has been widened and is in good shape.

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