Posts From February 2009
Ocean Walk Resort — 3 Bedroom Condo
This is the floorplan for a 3 bedroom condo at Ocean Walk Resort. The resort is located at 300 N Atlantic, Daytona Beach Florida. All 3 bedrooms are in the north tower and they are all oceanfront. During the Daytona 500 2008 we stayed in condo #1423 — this was a timeshare condo that we reserved and I took some pictures of the condo itself::
This is the master bedroom, king bed — you have private access to the master bath and there is a jacuzzi in this room. There is also a window that faces the ocean. This room is large and roomy and chair provided for reading – TV with cable — ample drawer space and there is also a safe in the closet.
2nd bedroom is also furnished with a king bed, closet and chair. You will have a TV in this room too. It is next to the 3rd bedroom. Across fromt he 2nd bathroom and washer-dryer. Any window in the 2nd bedroom will face the outside hallway. Possible river view thru that window.
This is the 3rd bedroom — furnished with 2 full beds and a TV and closet.
This is the jacuzzi tub, which is nestled in the master bathroom, which is located off the master bedroom.
Full kitchen in this condo.
Living room has sofa and 2 chairs. Access to oceanfront balcony is thru living room.
Open floorplan has living room – kitchen – dining room together. This is the dining table.
This is the view from kitchen.
View from balcony — oceanfront looking to north.
View from balcony — oceanfront looking to south.
The Daytona Beach Bandshell
Taken from :: http://www.bandshell.org/history.php
As early as 1921, a group of local residents began discussing ideas for improving what had become a run down section of Daytona Beach’s oceanfront. The Bandshell is the result . It was built as a community-use project by the Federal Government Works Progress Administration (WPA) designed to stimulate the economy during the depression. It cost the city $84,000 and the Federal Government $184,000. Construction of the 48′ x114′ natural coquina rock structure began in September 1936 and continued through 1938. However, by July 1937 enough had been completed so that, with great fanfare, a dedication ceremony could take place. The sound system, which had arrived in early June and was installed by engineers from RCA, proved state-of-the-art for that time. Sound was evenly distributed throughout the venue to the delight of the audience. In addition, five microphones rested on the bandshell platform, which were for future used of live radio broadcasts.
The Bandshell, with seating of 4,000, opened with a bang on July 4, 1937 sharing front page with headlines of Amelia Earhart’ s disappearance and a picture of the Dionne quintuplets. A record crowd of 25,000 was on hand in the city for motorcycle races on the beach, a baseball game in the ballpark, a parade on Beach Street, and the Bandshell Concert. The festivities continued onJuly 5th with another parade, and Bandshell activities including the Municipal Band, bathing beauty contest, vaudeville and boardwalk carnival dance. “Miss Daytona Beach of 1937″ was crowned on stage at the Bandshell at 11:00 PM. For decades, it stood at the center of Downtown Daytona Beach. Once the City Band and Beauty Pageant ended, the Bandshell fell into disuse and disrepair.
The Daytona Beach Beachshell is a on the ocean and a perfect spot for watching free concerts and fireworks that are launched from the pier on Saturday evenings in the summer.
The AMA 200 monument can be seen here to the south and the restaurnat on Main StreetPier can be seen in the distance. The Band Shell is the center piece of the Board Walk in Daytona and it is frequently used for events such as the National Collegiate Cheerleading Competition, craft shows and free concerts.
Here is a close up of one of the ornate coquina walls at Mai Tais at Ocean Walk Center. What is Coquina you ask….??
Coquina (“co-KEEN-a”) is a sedimentary rock composed chiefly of shell fragments. Because shells are made of calcium carbonate, coquina is formally a limestone. It’s not common, but when you see it you want to have the name handy. Coquina is the Spanish word for cockleshells or shellfish. Coquina forms near shore, where wave action is vigorous and sorts the sediments well. Notice that the pieces are all broken and rounded by the abrasion of the waves.
We are in our condo at Ocean Walk – looking at the bandshell and Boardwalk
Beyond you can see the AMA monument and an edge of the Hilton.
To find upcoming events we recommend this site::
History of Daytona Beach Bike Week
An excerpt from the on-line place to go for Daytona Beach Bike Week Information:::
Perhaps it was the appeal of hard sand, warm winter days and the excitement of that first motorcycle race on the beach, that made Daytona Beach the home of Bike Week. Maybe it was the spirited activities surrounding the event that have kept people keep coming back. Whatever the case, Bike Week has been a tradition since January 24, 1937 – the inaugural running of the Daytona 200.
The first race took place on a 3.2 mile beach and road course, located south of Daytona Beach. Ed Kretz of Monterey Park, CA was its first winner, riding an American made Indian motorcycle and averaging 73.34 mph. Kretz also won the inaugural City of Daytona Beach trophy.
The 1937, race course ran approximately one and a half miles north on the beach; through a 1/4 mile turn where the sand was banked, and then onto the paved, public roadway portion for the trip south. Coming back on the final turn, another high sand bank awaited riders as they raced on the hard sands of the beach. Interestingly enough, starting times for these events were dictated by the local tide tables. The races continued from 1937 to 1941. In the early years the Daytona 200 was also called the “Handlebar Derby” by local racing scribes.
In 1942, the Daytona 200 was discontinued because of World War II. Its sanctioning body , the American Motorcycling Association (AMA) solemnly noted it was “in the interests of national defense” that the event was canceled. With the war, came a general rationing of fuel, tires and key engine components. Even though the racing event was “officially” called off, people still showed up for an “unofficial” party called Bike Week.
On February 24, 1947, the famous motorcycle race resumed and was now promoted by the legendary Bill France. Newspaper stories of the period recount that the city fathers asked townsfolk to open their homes to the visiting motorcyclists because all hotel rooms and camping areas were filled to capacity. The 1947 Daytona 200 featured a record 176 riders.
In 1948, a new beach – road course was used because of developments along the beach. Organizers were forced to move the event further south, towards Ponce Inlet. The new circuit measured 4.1 miles. The last Daytona 200 to be held on the beach – road course took place in 1960. In 1961, the famous race was moved to the Daytona International Speedway.
Bike Week has always had a flavor of its own. Some time after the war, the event began to take on a rugged edge. While the motorcycle races on the beach were organized, events surrounding the race were not. As time passed, locals became afraid of the visitors and law enforcement officers and city officials were less than enthusiastic about what some termed an “invasion”. Relations between the Bikers and law enforcement officials continued to worsen.
When things appeared to be at their worst (after the 1986 event), a special task force was organized by the city in cooperation with the local chamber of commerce to improve relations and change the magnitude and scope of the event.
Today Bike Week has transformed into a 10-day festival that expands throughout Volusia County. There are hundreds of events for motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy. Bike Week now welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors annually and is enjoyed by locals and motorcycle enthusiasts world wide.
Daytona Beach Boardwalk – Mardi Gras
Continuing our walk along the Daytona Beach Boardwalk we find another great place to take the kids during a bad weather day or a place where you will loose teenagers for hours… or even husbands for hours…
Mardi Gras — The Arcade !! I saved this fitting post for today — I just could not wait for the official start of Mardi Gras — which is Feb 24th, 2009 !!
This place is as fun as Mardi Gras — well without beads…you know trying to keep it clean here for the kids…
We have a wide variety of games to play and some fun variations of old time board games — Monopoly was always one of my favorites…
The Mardi Gras faces are colorful and fun, but kinda creepy like a clown….
You will find the old type pinball machines and one of my favorites from the 70s which includes — bowling & centipede
The quarter slots are always fun!! Trying to beat the one -armed bandit !!
Gotta have the shoot em up games for the boys….
Clowns weird me out — I know it came from all those John Gacy clown pictures I saw as a child in Chicago — he traumatized me……
And this is where I usually hang out — by Ms Pacman. I even once seriously considered purchasing a Ms Pacman game for my family’s enjoyment, but came to the conclusion that a game like that in my house would suck up every free minute that I had and would very likely take over my life…. A stupid little known factoid — Pac Black is a Powder Coating color that was made famous by these little games and I got to have dinner with the man who became rich painting all of the Pac man machine bodies Pac Black in his powder coating shop in Villa Park, this was a brush with fame for me…..
Fun — Fun — good thing I limit myself to $5 in these places or I would be in here all day !@!
Oooohhhh… the fortune teller — like in BIG with Tom Hanks — loved that movie !!
I do — I add the clowns to creep myself out –
a few good games the the littler tykes….
One of these days all those quarters will be mine !!!
Perfect for the under 6 age group — great “ticket getter game”
The big screen games — I missed out on these and big wheels as a child !!
As you can see Mardi Gras is a fun place to kill a few hours. It is located next to Joyland and is an old throw back to my childhood — when hanging out near the game rooms was about as much fun as a kid could have.
Daytona Beach – Beach Bucket
As we walking north on the beac from Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center – we came across a little breakfast place along the side of the beach. This is right behind “Barnacles Restaurant”
The Beach Bucket is in The Oceans East Resort — it is almost hidden from the road, one of those places that you need to know is there.
The Beach Bucket is a small place that serves breakfast – lunch and is a sister restauant to Barnacles…..
The dining area is small but bright and sunny and has much character.
They have a fully stocked bar – so you can enjoy a frozen drink with lunch.
The 1 thing that had me sold is that you can have breakfast or lunch out on the patio — anytime that I can it outside and eat — I give the place extra points. I thoroughly enjoy sitting by the ocean.
Yes… of course I brought Gino….
The Beach Bucket has a fun shirts— not a bad souvenir for a shark lover….
There were a few surfers out enjoying trhe waves….
Gino had the CrabMeat Benedict…with homefries. He enjoyed it.
I had the fruit plate and muffin…
This place was a good find and we will definitelytry it again. I recommend !!!