The many wild people of Florida can be found in the Southeast. Here was one of them. His exploits are legendary and he will remain an icon of the uncontrolled lives in Florida.
Swampy makes a stop at the one and only Big Boy restaurant currently in Florida. At one time there were a slew of Big Boys across the state under the name Frisch’s. The franchise faded in the mid-80s. The corporate side came back into the state a few years ago and opened a few Big Boys and then scaled back to just this one in Sanford not far from Interstate 4. By the way, it’s not just the only one in Florida but the only one in the Southeast. the next closest restaurant in the chain is in Ohio.
Here’s their address and telephone number:
1831 Rinehart Road
Sanford, Florida 32771
UPDATE: There are no longer Big Boys in Florida. This location closed in early 2012.
Swampy encountered a rough storm coming across Lake Monroe in Sandford on Friday evening, June 4th 2010. Above is the storm crossing the lake. Below is just a minute or so later as Downtown Sanford got drenched.
Despite the storm, the sun fights it’s way back into the scene.
Blackwater Sound is another pulse pounding thriller from James W. Hall. I love the way Hall dovetails techy gizmos carried by the bad guys in his stories. Even better is the way non-techy hero, Thorn, has to save the day.
By the way, Blackwater Sound is just south of US 1 as it becomes the Overseas Highway. Blackwater Sound is a mostly enclosed very large pond across US 1 from John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park.
Click here to see a map of Blackwater Sound.
This story involves a family who is more than the usual dysfunctional family. A family member dies in a marlin fishing incident. An invention by the dead family member becomes a terrorist threat as the family looks to profit from his inventions. The story charges from there.
The story involves Florida locations from Palm Beach to the Keys and, of course, Blackwater Sound. Interesting that Hall’s book came out on the fringe of September 11th.