Ponce Was Wrong, It's the South Brevard Beaches!!!

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Sitting on my couch in Orlando, I reflect back on my week in the South Brevard Beaches area, wishing I was back.

Here is a brief recap of what was accomplished this week; river fishing, ocean fishing, beach runs, mountain biking, gym workouts, beach disc tossing, kayaking, ocean and river swimming, shopping for fresh seafood and fruits and vegetables, eating at many locally owned restaurants, and meeting many great, happy, healthy, South Brevardians.

There are so many things I didn't have time for but will get around to.  Surfing, kite flying, rowing, golf, tennis, deep sea fishing, running the bridges, so many locally owned restaurants, sand castle building, sailing, scuba diving, spear fishing, wind surfing, etc.  I would love to check out some of the other hotels as well. 

There really is only one decision; to make this area my home.  It is my last untanglement.  Have to sell the Orlando house and I will use the Indialantic area as my home base. 

I fell in love with this area about 25 years ago.  I had just left a job with Carnival Cruise Lines where I was a purser.  I didn't want to live in South Florida anymore.  I found it pretentious and materialistic. I was looking for the real Florida I had always dreamed about since I was a child growing up in New York. 

So I packed my car, similar to what I am doing now, and took off up the east coast of Florida.  I stopped at Jupiter, Jensen Beach, Juno, and Stuart. Nice but not what I was looking for. 

I remember crossing over Sebastian Inlet State Park, heading north, and noticing the unspoiled beaches, the modest homes, and long stretches naturally forested riverfront.  State and county parks, fish camps, campgrounds and locally owned restaurants and bait and tackle stores were nicely spaced out. 

I was feeling good about this county called Brevard.  I was 26 and just needed a gorgeous beach with a little action for this to be perfect.

Driving through Melbourne Beach I noticed the homes becoming more dense.  A great golf course was right on A1A called Spessard Holland.  I took that sharp left and was in downtown Melbourne Beach.  I drove to the Indian River and saw such a nice park with a long pier stretching into the river.  This was nice but I kept going.

Still driving north, "Town of Indialantic" sign welcomed me.  Driving a little further I came to the Indialantic, 5th Avenue Boardwalk.  I parked, brought my beach tools, flying disc and chair, and positioned myself on the beach.

The waves had a nice shore break, great for body surfing, the sand was soft and had unique dune formations, great for beach running.  The girls were gorgeous.  From FIT (Florida Institute of Technology) Brevard Community College, local high schools, and just locals. 

I suppose most everyone there was in good shape, not getting drunk and high like the South Florida beaches. 

There were surfers, disc tossers, wind surfers, volley ball players, hackey sackers, joggers, and just people having good healthy fun.  I walked up to a group of guys that I saw tossing disc (yes Frisbee) and asked to join.  I am pretty good at freestyle and experienced with beach tossing.  So many beginners try to jump in and momentarily stop the flow of the action. They were wary of letting the new guy in, but they gave me a chance.  A few bad tosses into the ocean or the crowd and I would have been done.  

I surprised them with my abilities and we tossed for hours.  They told me of a few night spots to go that night and we could meet up.  The 1980's beach party scene was spectacular.  I was hooked.  I got a hotel, checked out the area for a few days and decided to move here.  I am still friends with those guys to this day.  Say hello to Ron at Bunky's.

I knew I would be back one day.  That's why I bought that condo hotel, Tuckaway Shores Resort, in Indianantic. 

My last day was great. My daughter, Kaley, a Junior at Boone HS in Orlando, came to spend the day.  How great is it to share a place like this with your child.  I took off on my last beach run and videoed skim boarders, kayakers, surfers, fishermen, and a cool old dude scraping through the sand catching sand fleas for bait

Kaley and I tossed disc for a while, lost it in the big surf, then walked through Downtown Melbourne and browsed the eclectic shops.  I fed Kaley one of my famous breakfasts and she was too full to eat our traditional slice of Bizzaro's pizza. 

A great swell was producing the best waves of the week.  The surfers were out in force.  I Counted 16 in front of my room. 

The beauty of living on the beach is you can wake up every morning and take what nature gives you.  Great waves; surf, body surf, boogie board, kiting, or kayak.  Calm waters; sailing, fishing, rowing. Stormy; movies, downtown shopping, great restaurants.  Every day is good for a bike ride, pool swim, or beach run.

So far I have lost about 13 pounds, with about 7 more to go.  

Living everyday for Fitness, Adventure, and Nutrition has many more benefits than just doing an exercises program or just joining a gym or dieting.  This is a lifestyle that can keep going every day and only get better as it goes.  The payoff is not only having a better life but being fit, becoming healthier, and looking good.

I have been to St. Augustine, Fl.  It is a nice place with a nice beach.  It is not South Brevard.  If Ponce de Leon would have gone about 100 miles south, he would still be alive today.

I will be in Orlando for a few weeks then my plan is to head up to my land in Bruce Mines, Canada, during the fall leaf change.  It is supposed to be something special. 

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