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  • John Morris 7:33pm on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    2019 Road trip to Vizcaya 

    A big thanks to Mark for organizing our trip to Vizcaya and a equally big thanks to Gary for leading us to all of our destinations call him Leader Of The Pack. It was wet but cool. We still had a great time.

    Old friends, new friends having fun. It was very wet! We are planning to do this trip again January 2020 so we can get a good look at the gardens.

    A link to all the pictures I took.


  • Mark Gilbert 12:21pm on Thursday, May 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Island Dolphin Care Additional Tour Info 

    For those of you who will be going on the Keys Trip on May 11th, our visit will include only the tour of the facility. If you want to do direct  interactions with the dolphins, you must contact Island Dolphin Care to reserve an additional spot for that specific individual interaction. Listed below are the additional offerings and the costs. Please call and ask for Joe Cianciolo and tell him you are with the South Florida Miata Club and he’ll take care of you.


    Guided tours are available Monday-Friday at 11:30AM and 2:30PM. Tours cost $18 per person. Reservations are required. Please visit http://www.islanddolphincare.org or call to book. Tours are educational and informative. Guests learn about our history, the therapy programs that we offer, how we care for the dolphins, see the dolphins up close and visit the invertebrate touch tank and sensory garden.

    Educational dolphin experiences are daily at 10AM and 1:30PM. Reservations are required. The experiences are organized to teach guests how we care for the animals, and how they are incorporated into therapy programs with therapists. Participants learn about their anatomy and witness the various types of training that happen each day to maintain each animal’s health. The experience can include a kiss, feeding the dolphins, learning about behavior management and training as well as learning about each animal’s personality. Participants can ask the animal care staff questions while on the dock/platform and then will also have the opportunity to ask the tour guide questions after their session with the animal care staff.

    • Dolphin experience from the dock – $70 per person includes the tour and an educational interaction with a dolphin from the dock.
    • Dolphin experience from the lift – $120 per person includes the tour and an educational interaction with a dolphin from the lift where the guest will be lowered to knee deep water.
    • Both the dock and shallow water sessions will be the same length of time, however the lift may include different interactions.

    Yoga by candlelight – $75 per person

    Paint with a dolphin – $75 per person

    Dolphin Float – $110 per person (cost $350 for groups under 4 people).

    Dolphin Ambassador intensive program – spend a ½ day with animal care professionals. Help prepare meals for the dolphins, assist in daily animal care husbandry, and learn about IDC programs. Interact with our dolphins, help make a difference in their lives and all those that attend IDC programs $250 per person. Day begins at 7AM and ends at 12:30PM. Call for further details.

    All programs are based on availability and require reservations. Please visit http://www.islanddolphincare.org or call (305) 451-5884

  • Mark Gilbert 12:30pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    May 11th Keys Road Trip 

    Just a quick reminder that the deadline to sign up for our May 11th road trip to Key Largo is one week away, May 1st. If you plan on joining us, please sign up on our web site and make sure to fill out the form and bring it on the trip to save time once we get to Island Dolphin Care. Sign up page can be found here:


  • Robert Burr 9:34am on Monday, February 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: February 10, , Railroad, road trip,   

    Sunday at the Railroad Museum 

    Let’s meet up for a Sunday drive to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum at the 84 Diner off 595 at 10am to convoy down for an 11am arrival.

    The museum is home to more than 40 historic railcars, including the “Ferdinand Magellan” Presidential Railcar, better known as U.S. Car No. 1. The museum also houses a model train room and numerous interactive displays.

    The address of the museum, next to Zoo Miami, is 12450 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177.

    Gold Coast Railroad Museum

    RSVP on the event page: http://www.southfloridamiata.com/events/gold-coast-rail-road-museum/

  • Robert Burr 12:31pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , jamboree, road trip, Serge Storms, Stomp In The Swamp   

    Stomp In The Swamp this weekend 

    The Everglades is calling.

    Miata enthusiasts know the Everglades Seafood Festival in February — a riot of music, big crowds and great seafood specialties in a fairground atmosphere at Everglades City.

    This weekend, we’re back to Everglades City for the annual Serge’s Stomp In The Swamp jamboree event at Tastes Of The Everglades, starting at noon Saturday. https://www.facebook.com/SergeStomp/

    Serge Storm's Stomp In The Swamp with Tim Dorsey

    There is plenty of indoor seating, plus an equally giant outdoor deck and tiki bar overlooking the water and mangroves in the Ten Thousand Islands region. Continuing the tradition of mayhem and fellowship, featuring a full lineup of live music from Pete Gallagher and the Outlaws of Florida Folk and other close friends.

    Plan your road trip to arrive before noon to avoid traffic.

  • Robert Burr 3:44pm on Monday, October 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Strawberry Road Trip in March 

    There’s plenty of time to plan ahead for the annual Florida Strawberry Festival on Saturday, March 2 in Plant City, Florida. It’s a great opportunity to meet up with Miata friends around the state for fun, food and friendship.


    Florida Strawberry Festival

    The festival is open from 10am to 10pm and admission is $10.

    Hotel rooms are already sold out in Plant City, but there are rooms available a dozen miles away in Lakeland if drivers want to gather on Friday evening ahead of the festival.

    Check your calendars to see if your schedule permits.

    Strawberry food items include Fresh Strawberries, World-Famous Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake, Assorted Strawberry Coated Nuts, Strawberry Milkshakes, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Sandwiches, Strawberry Peanut Brittle, Strawberry Pie and Strawberry Cheesecake, Bowl of Berries (Sugar-free available), Strawberry Pizza, Strawberry Cobbler, Strawberry Parfait, Deep Fried Strawberry Cheese Burst, Strawberry Crepes, Strawberry Lemonade, Strawberry Cream Puffs, Strawberry Kettle Korn, Strawberry Fritters, The Sweetheart Chocolate Strawberry Donut, The Strawberry Orie, The Chocoberry Orie, Strawberry Fudge and more.

    • marcy nieporent 4:38pm on Monday, October 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      what are the recommendations for staying over the weekend?? what towns/ are near the site of the event???

    • Robert Burr 4:43pm on Monday, October 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I found some rooms available in Lakeland, only 12 miles away for the festival fairgrounds. Search for hotels in Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, Brandon, Winter Haven, Auburndale, Lake Alfred, Polk City, Crystal Springs, Zephyrhills. All are close.


      Because the festival draws 500k people, rooms are already booked in the region, six months ahead.

    • marcy nieporent 4:59pm on Monday, October 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      anyone expressed interest in staying at any one location?? where is the venue for the event?? don’t want to drive too much further than the place hosting the festival.

    • Robert Burr 10:48am on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The event page contains these details. 303 North Lemon Street in Plant City from 10am to 10pm, the admission is $10. It will be difficult for one club member to reserve all the hotel rooms for all of our friends, but anyone can easily use Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, or even Google Maps, as in the link above, to find a suitable hotel room in a nearby location that matches their own budget. I found a good deal ($68) at Best Motel Lakeland, twelve miles away. 863-683-5961.

      Was that helpful?

  • Mark Gilbert 8:22am on Sunday, October 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Summer Crush Cruise In 

    Nov 10, winery event starts at 11am.

    Our trip to the Summer Crush Winery in Fort Pierce is just around the corner. I’m happy to say that many of the Miata Clubs in the state have accepted our invitation and will be in attendance. So far, we have close to 70 cars that will be driving in for the event. Please plan on joining us for this great road trip. Sign up on our event page today.


    • Anonymous 1:26pm on Sunday, October 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      November 10 meet up at 11 AM at the winery

  • Robert Burr 8:37pm on Monday, October 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gardens, , road trip,   

    This Weekend: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Rescheduled 

    Our road trip to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens originally scheduled for this weekend has been re-scheduled for April 27 next year.

    October 6 Road Trip – Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

    Use the link above to learn more and rsvp.

  • Robert Burr 12:17pm on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , road trip, Sebastian Beach Inn, Space Coast Miata Club   

    Space Coast Miata Club – Sep 15 – Sebastian Beach Inn on A1A 

    Our friends in the Space Coast Miata Club have invited us (if you’re not going to Naples for the Revs road trip) to join them for an event at the Sebastian Beach Inn on the beach on A1A in South Melbourne Beach with live music on the deck from 11:30am to 3:30pm.

    This is the old Coastal Watch Station used during World War II, so some history is included for free.


  • Mark Gilbert 5:52pm on Monday, September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Road Trip To Rev’s Museum This Saturday 

    Our September road trip to Rev’s Museum is this Saturday. For those of you planning on attending and will be driving over to Naples with us, please arrive at the 84 Diner by 7:30am. We plan on leaving promptly at 8:00am so those participating in the 10:00am docent tour will arrive on time at the museum.

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