Revolutionary History in Tally Gardens

The July 4th sparklers have all fizzled out and I’m now officially into vacation days of summer. My daughter lives in Tallahassee, so I’m here in Talabama for the weekend.

Saturday was free admission day for several public attractions in Tallahassee — one was the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens and State Park. The garden is on the National Register of Historic Places. This garden is part of a land grant to Marquis de Lafayette — a close friend of George Washington. Lafayette, a French nobleman, fought in many battles during the American Revolution. He defended the American Colonies by contributing his own money to support the American fight for Independence, not to mention he was a general who led troops into battle. Further,  he became known as an outspoken supporter of representative government in France. His loyalty to the Colonies and his criticism of Napoleon Bonaparte angered the dictator and thus Lafayette went unmentioned in French history. Getting back to the Florida connection, the British divided the territory into East and West Florida using Apalachicola River as the dividing line. Florida traded hands between Great Britain, Spain, and France between 1783 and 1803.  Spain had control of Florida in1783 as part of the treaty that ended the American Revolution. Finally,  as part of the 1803 Louisiana Land Grant, Lafayette was awarded this territory as recognition of his service. To think, I thought I was taking a simple Saturday stroll through the park. Turns out history blooms in gardens too.


Reflections on Bay Pines

The new condo The Courtney at Bay Pines

The Private Sector seems to be doing fine in Bay Pines.
Every other day, I drive over the Bay Pines overpass on my way to the Seminole Campus of SPC where I work. The return trip coming back into St. Pete rivals anything in swanky Palm Beach. The Spanish style Bay Pines Veterans Hospital overlooks Boca Ciega Bay. Reflections of sailboats dot the blue surface of the smooth water in the harbor. The property around the harbor shot up in valuable during the building boom around 2007. On the north side of the road, across from Bay Pines property, I’ve watched as the residents of a 1950’s-vintage trailer park cleared out. The ospreys and native scrub seem to take over the property. I wondered how long it would last. The answer appears to be four years. In early 2012, the giant oaks suddenly developed a skirt of red tape and it wasn’t long before backhoes and bulldozers followed. Waterfront property in St. Pete will attract many, and this site is beautiful. So, I guess between the traffic backing up at the light in front of the VA hospital and the new light that is sure to go in when this condo opens, I’ll soon have to plan an extra 10 minutes to get to work. Just call it progress in paradise.