Ocean Ridge Newsletter January 2015 – Panama

by The Panama Collection

Hello Ocean Ridge people (and honored family and friends);

This isn’t really a full blown newsletter, but I thought you might like some recent photos so you can see how the project is taking off.  First let’s start with the houses:

We just started on our seventh house, for Betty on lot 8. It was just started two weeks ago, and already the foundation is taking shape (photo below).  Hopefully Betty will be moving down from Texas later this year, and providing free dental care for all of her neighbors (okay, I’m kidding!). Yvette’s house on lot 15 is almost complete, and hopefully she also will be moving down sometime this year (photo below). Yvette, your wrap-around porch is getting rave reviews from everybody who sees it. Leo and Willy came in to visit, and did some major clearing around their guesthouse (photo below). Now they have fabulous views in all directions. Meanwhile Bob and Annie on lot 10 are right on schedule to finish their house in a few months (photo below). You might want to check out Annie’s interesting blog, which describes their life in Panama – it’s well done and quite entertaining (panmaniacs.wordpress.com).

Since smelling the roses is one of the core principles here in Paradise, there have been a number of pool gatherings in the last few weeks. Here is a typical afternoon with Leo, Willie, Bob and Annie (photo below). For those of you planning on a pool (which you all should be), we have found that the water temperature year-round is between 81 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit – cool, refreshing and perfect.

We continue to have new visitors from Mother Nature. For those of you who haven’t seen the pics, we have a couple of coatis that come around occasionally and mingle with the agoutis (2 photos below). When you come down you’ll have to learn all the names of the weird animals around here. Coco the squirrel has returned after a six month absence (photo below), and Loco and Twinky say hello to everybody (photo).

Last but not least (for those of you who care), the fishing/spearfishing continues to be outstanding (3 photos below). Last year was probably the best dorado year we’ve ever had, and when my brother Scott visited over the holidays I introduced him to spearfishing. Okay, I’ll say it – big brother big fish, little brother little fish……..  :)

That’s it for now; here’s hoping that everybody out there has a fabulous 2015.

Jay and Patricia

Jay and Scott spearfishing

Jay and Scott spearfishing

Lot 8 under construction

Lot 8 under construction

Lot 10 under construction

Lot 10 under construction

Lot 14 under construction

Lot 14 under construction

Lot 15 almost finished

Lot 15 almost finished

Patricia catches a beautiful dorado 2014

Patricia catches a beautiful dorado 2014

Panama Pool Party

Panama Pool Party

Waiting for Patricia

Waiting for Patricia

Coati Walking

Coati Walking

coati sniffing for something

coati sniffing for something

Coco2 Dec 2014

Coco2 Dec 2014

Jay caught a nice dorado 2014

Jay caught a nice dorado 2014

February 2015 Hillsboro Light Station Tour

Saturday, February 7 from Sands Harbor Resort

8 shuttle boats, starting at 8:30am mark the February 7th tour of the Hillsboro Light Station.

Deerfeild Beach Inlet LighthouseA current Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society (HLPS) (single, family, business or lifetime) membership or a $25 per person transportation fee payable at the dock is required for the boat ride from the Sands Harbor dock in Pompano Beach. Alternatively, you can prepay via Paypal (please bring a copy of your receipt to the dock with you), for one of the following levels (one-year membership, except as noted).

  • Individual – $25
  • Family – $50 (for up to two adults and their children (age 18 and under) – Please Note: grandchildren are not eligible for admission under a family membership)
  • Business – $100
  • Lifetime – One-time payment of $500 or more.

Parking is across the street from the Sands in the Pompano Beach City (pay) lot.

Membership includes boat transportation to and from the lighthouse on tour days, our quarterly newsletter, and free admission to all HLPS programs and lectures.

Tours are first-come, first-serve, and the first boat of the day usually fills up, leaving the dock at approximately 8:30am, and again at the bottom of every hour until the tour ends, returning from the lighthouse at the top of each hour. Sailing times for this tour are available on our Web page.

The tour does include the boat ride to and from the dock, a walking tour of the grounds, access to the beach (some choose to picnic) and the lighthouse tower, along with your option to climb the 175 steps up the circular stairway to the observation platform, which has successfully been done by lighthouse enthusiasts from age 6 to 93. However, since the lighthouse is an active aid to navigation, the lens room is locked and is inaccessible. There are also chairs on the property for sitting and a gazebo as well, but feel free to bring beach chairs. HLPS also sells water, but does not sell food.

In addition, the following rules apply to climb the lighthouse:

  • No bare feet – no flip-flops or clogs
  • Appropriate closed-toed footwear (USCG requirement) must be worn and must fit firmly on your feet
  • No back-packs – but we will safeguard yours for your trip to the top
  • Camera cases are allowed, but we recommend that they be worn across the chest to prevent accidental damage
  • Children must be 48 inches tall and be accompanied by an adult.

The HLPS Museum is also open on Tour days from 9am to 3pm, which is located at the Hillsboro Inlet Park on A1A at 2700 N. Ocean Boulevard in Pompano Beach. You?ll need to stop by the museum separately, before or after your visit to the lighthouse. In addition, the museum is also open Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am until 2 pm on most days, or you can contact Judy Knoebel, our Lighthouse Museum Manager at museum@hillsborolighthouse.org to arrange a private visit.

All dates and times, and the tour boat location are subject to change, including cancellation due to inclement weather, Any updates to the schedule can be found at HLPS web site at www.hillsborolighthouse.org/tours.

About Tours

Hillsboro Lighthouse is an active aid to navigation, and it is only via special dispensation from the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Coast Guard that the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society, an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is able to have up to 12 tours per year of the Hillsboro Inlet Light Station and open the grounds to the public. Future dates and details can be found on our Web page.

Sands Harbor Resort and Marina

For over 50 years, Sands Harbor Resort has been a South Florida landmark and a premier vacation destination, and is a long time friend of HLPS.

Parking for HLPS tours is across the street from the Sands Harbor (125 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33062) at the Pompano Beach City Lot (pay lot). Sands Harbor can be reached by dialing toll-free at 800-227-3353, or via email at sands@sandsharbor.com.

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