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  • Robert Burr 10:02pm on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Permalink |
    Tags: road trip   

    Top Down Season is around the corner 

    South Florida Miata Club - Road ripThere is a touch of cool in the breeze these days, and October could bring a change in weather with the change of seasons. We love driving with the top down when it’s pleasant and it makes us truly appreciated the convertible aspect of our cars.

    it’s also time to consider another season of upcoming road trips and gatherings. Take a few moments to think about places you’re like to visit and road trip adventures you’d like to experience, and share them here with your fellow members on the web site and our Facebook page.

    • Mark Gilbert 9:33am on Saturday, September 14, 2019 Permalink |
      Tags: , latern festival, pinball, road trip   

      Upcoming Road Trips…. 

      We have some great road trips coming up in the next few months culminating with our Cruise In to Summer Crush Winery. Please be sure to sign up on the event page for each trip to let us know you will be joining us.

      • September 22 – Silverball Museum & Arcade
      • October 19 – Morikami Gardens Lantern Light Show
      • November 9 – Miata Cruise In To Summer Crush

      • Robert Burr 9:30am on Friday, August 2, 2019 Permalink |
        Tags: road trip, Space Coast   

        A few road trips by Space Coast Miata Group 


        August 10th – Run around Lake Ride
        We will be meeting at the Chevron Station on US1 at 4750 Dixie Hwy NE in Palm Bay. We will leave around 8am and heading to Lake Okeechobee, this is going to be a long day of riding approximately 300 mile total. We will stop for lunch at Sonny’s in Clewiston, and work our way back toward Melbourne, using back roads as much as possible.

        September 14th – Haulover the Cruise Ride
        We will meet up at Sam’s Club in Cocoa off I95 and SR520 and leave around 10am. This ride is approximately 120 miles. We will stop at the Haulover Canal Lookout for a quick break and then process to Peggy’s Country Kitchen for lunch or a late breakfast if you prefer. I need to know if you will be coming so I can call ahead and give them a head count. I Have twisty roads mapped out for this ride. This will be all back roads — no Interstate.

        If you have Facebook access please mark the event going if you are, or send a message via the web site. https://spacecoastmiataclub.org/index.php/contact-scmc/

        Ronald Williams, activities chairman
        Space Coast Miata Club

        The Space Coast Miata Club is located in Brevard County on the east coast of Florida. Brevard County encompasses the cities of Titusville in the north, Cocoa/Rockledge in central county and Melbourne/Palm Bay in the south.

        Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Private-Members-Club/Space-Coast-Miata-Club-208152432528121/

        • Mark Gilbert 8:08am on Monday, July 8, 2019 Permalink |
          Tags: Mount Dora, road trip   

          Mount Dora Road Trip 

          For those of you considering joining us for our overnight trip to Mount Dora the end of the month, please RSVP on the event web page here: http://www.southfloridamiata.com/events/july-27-28-road-trip-overnight-visit-to-mt-dora/ by July 20th so Doug has time to plan for the barbecue at his house and make dinner reservations for Saturday night.

          Your cooperation is much appreciated. Should be a fun weekend.

          • John Morris 7:33pm on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Permalink |
            Tags: road trip,   

            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 |
              Tags: , road trip   

              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 |
                Tags: , road trip   

                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 |
                  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.southfloridamiatas.com/events/gold-coast-rail-road-museum/

                  • Robert Burr 12:31pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Permalink |
                    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 |
                      Tags: road trip,   

                      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 | Log in to 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 | Log in to 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 | Log in to 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 | Log in to 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.

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