Home Of The Blue Jays
Trip Start Oct 07, 2013
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Because of baseball spring training (although we weren't able to catch a game), there was a shortage of accommodation in Dunedin so we found ourselves on the main street in a place we affectionately called Joe's Motel
We did do a little tennis and biking but a lot of our time was spent wandering. We made our way up to Tarpon Springs which, at one time, was the centre of a lucrative sponge diving industry. I wasn't even aware that harvesting sponges from the sea could even be lucrative, but it would seem that most sponge-related activities have been converted to tourist attractions. And just for a little Cuba flashback, we also spent time in Ybor City which was once known as the "Cigar Capital of the World" with nearly 12,000 tabaqueros (primarily cigar-makers who had escaped from Cuba) employed in 200 factories. Ybor City produced an estimated 700 million cigars a year at the industry's peak. Quick trips to Honeymoon Island, Clearwater, and Tampa Bay rounded off our visit to the area.
Since Dunedin is also something of a warm haven for winter escapees, we were able to hook up for dinner with Sam R and Stephanie - Sam worked with DH at her first Toronto Police assignment back in 1982 so he was able to sympathize with her Police Hall of Fame exclusion! Also met up with Deb and Andy W who where making a last minute dash away from the brutal cold of Ontario- for those that have noticed, DH seems to have a lot of friends named Deb- easy to remember and I suspect it's her grand plan to avoid exhibiting any early signs of Alzheimers.
Strange Floridian fact- there's a law still on the books that suggesting that unmarried Florida women who parachute on Sundays may be jailed.