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Author Topic: Visiting Florida  (Read 1954 times)
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« on: March 27, 2011, 10:01:57 AM »

I will be in Florida the second week of April. My wife is going there for business and was gracious enough to let me tag along. We will be staying in St. Pete Beach. Since she will be busy during the day, I will have plenty of time to venture out and find things to do. Can anyone tell me about the area and what I might be able to do during the day.

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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 11:48:02 AM »

Bush Gardens    visit FloridaCliff   Ace     nice area allot of history and tourist traps.   
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 08:14:10 AM »

Watch your credit cards!  I am at this moment dealing with 2 cards involved in fraud.....and they never left my pocket.  One for $1100 in shoes and one for $16,500 in a transfer.  Ahhhh...the vacation that keeps on giving....

Thats what I get for leaving Montana.
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2011, 09:56:31 AM »

Florida is one of the three worst states for fraud. That said: also is one of the most historical,South of St. Petersburg is Fort Desota  Beautiful Grounds and views. We carry a card with low limit on our outings in case it was compromised they wouldn't get much. Everything available there from history to fishing in Gulf.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2011, 10:31:06 AM »

Depends on your tastes but just south is the Ringling house and museum in Sarasota http://www.ringling.org/, in town is the biggest Dali' collection http://thedali.org/ outside Spain and it just moved into a new building, also in town is the Florida aquarium http://www.flaquarium.org/, north of town is Tarpon Springs a Greek sponge fishing town. Tampa/St. Pete is a great place to visit and if you just want to kick back go out to Indian Shores and lay on the beach or take Gulf Blvd north or south. I have not had any problems there in half a dozen visits.
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2011, 05:03:47 PM »

Mike,

Lee has given some great places to go and Bob's Fort Desoto is a "must not miss" to me.

If I wasn't working so hard to keep all these retired Busnuts SS checks good, I would try to catch up with you!   Grin  Wink

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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2011, 08:07:10 PM »

Seriously check the gulf water before swimming. People have still been getting sick from the oil spill chemicals.
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2011, 09:06:56 PM »

I have lived on the Gulf Coast, literally no more than a mile from the Gulf, for nearly 40 years.  In the Panhandle area of Florida there is NO oil in the water and NO tarballs on the beaches.  I do understand the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coasts may not have fare so well, but they are doing better.  The media is ruining one of our major industries with these stories.  There were reports of a large oil sheen a couple of days ago and it turned out to be an algae bloom.  Please visit Florida and enjoy some of he most beautiful beaches in the world.  Check out the beach cams at http://www.emeraldcoastfl.com/.

Brian S.

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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2011, 05:11:05 AM »

I have lived on the Gulf Coast, literally no more than a mile from the Gulf, for nearly 40 years.  In the Panhandle area of Florida there is NO oil in the water and NO tarballs on the beaches.  I do understand the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coasts may not have fare so well, but they are doing better.  The media is ruining one of our major industries with these stories.  There were reports of a large oil sheen a couple of days ago and it turned out to be an algae bloom.  Please visit Florida and enjoy some of he most beautiful beaches in the world.  Check out the beach cams at http://www.emeraldcoastfl.com/.

Brian S.

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Brian you said it all.  THE MEDIA, they don't report any more they create stories.
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2011, 05:17:32 AM »

I listen to the news every day and haven't heard anything at all about people getting sick from the oil spill but recently have heard that it's mating season for sting rays and they are up close near the beaches. Said to just scurry your feet and they will go away. If you happen to step on one, they will sting you but it's usually not deadly. It's their way of defense as they are not aggressive.
As for credit cards? No different here then anywhere else.
Biggest problem we see down here is too many tourist from up north that don't know how to drive. I swear they move into the left lane at least 5 miles before, and going well under the speed limit on a 4 lane hwy BEFORE turning left into wal-mart!
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2011, 12:36:55 PM »

Just heard some news about some terrible weather that moved through that area (sun'n'fun) event hope y'all are safe.
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2011, 12:50:52 PM »

This just passed thru my area which is about 3 miles from sun n fun! Been like this on and off all day.



http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/watch?xl=xl_blazer&v=qwB_vvkdJYI
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2011, 12:56:01 PM »

Could this have been one of them Micro Bursts? I only heard speculation.
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2011, 01:16:35 PM »

Well the news says a tornado touched down in Kathleen. Uh, guess where I live? Yep, kathleen. I had just left wal-mart and couldnt see the road for the hard rain and strong winds so I pulled over and into the park and set my van up on the east side of the handball building. The winds were going from west to east and it was still shaking it pretty hard!
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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2011, 01:22:32 PM »

I bet that got your attention fast Shocked It was stated that the emergency crew headed to the air field had to do that very same thing, for fear of being tossed of the pavement. Thing I found strange though, was that untied aircraft parked on the ramp were flipped over as opposed to being thrown about Huh
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« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2011, 01:26:57 PM »

I'm gonna check but I think there are some bus nut friends of mine working the sun n fun and hope they got thru the worst ok. Its still bad here!
Alan kline is one that I know off that may be there. I thought I saw his bus in wildwood when I was going to Ocala on Saturday. Sure hope everyone is safe!
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« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2011, 01:32:59 PM »

I didn't remember the name, but did remember a post or2 about a few that would be at the event with their coaches, and something about the parking arrangements also if I am not mistaken. Me too! do I hope every one  is fine. Report that the event tents were blown down and 7 or so injuries (minor) and folks taking refuge in the hangers as they were waiting for the opening fly by.
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« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2011, 09:37:44 PM »

Dougyes - Where did you hear this?
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« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2011, 10:23:19 PM »

Some videos from Sun n Fun:

http://www.flightschoollist.com/blog/2011/03/sun-n-fun-2011-damage-videos-from-major-storms-very-sad-day-for-airplanes-and-owners/

The storm did some significant damage.

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