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Wakulla Springs Tesla Meet-up Draws Members from all over (Public)

July 09, 2021 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Saturday, June 26, 2021, meet-up at the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park provided some surprises and lots of camaraderie.

The surprise was the distance Florida Tesla Enthusiasts (FTE) members traveled to enjoy our meet-up. They came from Melbourne, Punta Gorda, Orlando, Live Oak, Apalachicola, Milton, Niceville, and of course, Tallahassee.

Eleven FTE members, each with a guest, attended and enjoyed lots of conversation and a buffet of boiled shrimp and fried chicken.

Attendees were able to arrange to participate in the various ticketed park activities on their own and guest rooms for those traveling a distance were available at the historic Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

About The Lodge at Wakulla Springs

Surrounded by 6,000 acres of pristine forest, the Lodge at Wakulla Springs is North Florida's castle. Built in 1937 by industrialist Edward Ball, the Lodge is one of the most beautiful buildings of its period and one of the few where you can stay overnight. Located in the middle of Wakulla Springs State Park, the Lodge's 27 rooms overlook one of the country's largest springs. 

One discussion topic was the urgent need for a Tesla Service Center in Tallahassee, the nearest current facility being nearly 200 miles in any direction.  Another suggestion to help with the adjustment to EVs is the development of a standard training class for new owners and/or spouses to overcome reluctance to driving an EV.

The next gathering, in the planning stage, will be an effort to be more accessible to our Western panhandle members out near Pensacola. Suggested sites were Marianna or DeFuniak Springs.

Many thanks go to David Fountain for organizing this friendly event.

Below are some photos:

Wakulla Springs is home to the world's largest and deepest freshwater springs, Wakulla Springs boasts manatees, alligators, and a host of diverse wildlife. Several movies have used the springs for location shoots.

Are you a Tesla enthusiasts and feeling a bit of cabin fever during the pandemic?  If you're not a member, but would like to participate in our next fun event throughout the state, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page. 

Larry Chanin

President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

email:        lfchanin@gmail.com

Website:    teslaownersflorida.org

Facebook:  Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

Twitter:     Tesla Owners Florida


  • July 11, 2021 3:05 PM | Anonymous member
    Is there any interest from members to have a meet-up in SW Florida near Naples and Ft. Myers? I have a connection at Lovers Key State Park where there is a new Discovery Center building, ideal for meetings and learning about Florida wildlife.
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  • July 19, 2021 2:42 PM | Anonymous
    Great gathering, Teri and I enjoyed our time meeting other owners. Our first outing with the group. We spent the night at the lodge and I would like to suggest a Meet and Greet for the next outing for those of us that are spending the night at the venue before the next days event. Something informal. We met and chatted with several owners the evening we arrive and enjoyed that very much.
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