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This Public News section of our website is a blog visible to the public and our members. It describes club events and news relevant to Tesla and electric vehicle owners living in or visiting Florida. The blog has a Comments feature that we made available to the public for a couple of months. Unfortunately, we were inundated with spam and inappropriate comments. As a result, we are forced to limit comments to our membership. Non-members can still view our news articles and the remarks submitted by our members, but we regret that they won’t be permitted to leave their own comments.

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  • July 27, 2021 5:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Please scroll down to the bottom of the article for current status.

    The Tesla Find Us map lists two “Coming Soon” West Palm Beach Superchargers. On May 24, 2021, a permit, shown above, was issued for the Palm Beach Outlets to install a Tesla Charging Station.  

    Below is a vicinity map:


    The permit location at 1801 Palm Beach Lake Blvd, is the Palm Beach Outlets marked by the red arrow.  It is less than 5 miles south of the West Palm Beach Supercharger located at the Wawa on Garden Rd and about 3 mils from the West Palm Beach Tesla Store.  

    The following photo was posted on the Tesla Lounge on reddit.

    It shows and almost complete charging station with two Version 3 Supercharger cabinets powering 8 - charging posts.


    The Google aerial photo above shows that the Supercharger Station is located in the north parking lot of the Palm Beach Outlets just opposite the rear of the Under Armour outlet store.

    Update as of July 27, 2021.

    This Supercharger Station was energized on around July 23, 2021.



    As can be seen in the photos above, the Supercharger cabinets, main switchgear and protective bollards were nicely decorated.


    Above is a photo of the utility transformer powering the Supercharger station and the meter cabinet before the meter was installed.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • July 16, 2021 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Chris Castro is a member of our club, the Director of Sustainability & Resilience for the City of Orlando, and Senior Advisor to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. He is also the co-chair of the 'Future-Ready' steering committee. This group develops comprehensive policies and programs that advance the City's sustainability, climate action, and smart city goals. He is an award-winning sustainability professional, clean energy enthusiast, eco-entrepreneur, and the proud owner of a new Model 3.


    Club member Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability & Resilience for the City of Orlando, participates in a Virtual Meetup with Florida Tesla Enthusiasts.


    During this impressive and comprehensive presentation to members of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts, Chris discusses Orlando's sustainability efforts, transportation initiatives, including electric mobility and EV readiness plans.

    Please click on the following link to view a video of our Virtual Meetup with Chris. 

    EV Ready Orlando: Solutions from the Most Visited City in America!

    Below are the slides from Chris' presentation.  Club members are encouraged to provide comments at bottom of this article. 



    The City of Orlando, along with Drive Electric Florida and the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) are hosting this year's National Drive Electric Week. Please mark your calendars for September 25.  This event will be held at the Ace Café which is adjacent to the EV Recharge Mobility Hub being constructed on 129 West Robinson St in Orlando. I will be sending out reminders for this event and other NDEW events in Florida.

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    If you are a Tesla enthusiasts and would like to participate in our next Virtual Meetup, Scenic Drive, Track Day, or any of our next fun events 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 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 08, 2021 6:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Club member James Yepes owns and manages the Vida Resto-Lounge located in European Village at Palm Coast. It’s a Latin American and Caribbean Fusion of great food and cocktails, a sports bar, and live music lounge.  

    On Saturday, June 12th, 2021,Twelve members of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts gathered at the Vida Resto-Lounge on a beautiful, early summer day on the Palm Coast. We enjoyed a lunch consisting of delicious Latin American food. While we sat at socially distanced tables, we talked to each other as one big group about all things Tesla.  There was lots of great discussion about past events, and looking forward to future events as well. 


    Many thanks go to Andrew Locke and James for organizing this enjoyable event.

    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 08, 2021 3:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On June 5, 2021, 60 club members and their guests gathered for a lunch and river cruise onboard The Barbara-Lee. It's the only authentic sternwheeler sailing the St. Johns River. Built in 1986, she measures 105 feet from stem to stern. It features ornate wrought iron railings and massive wooden paddle wheels. The five-story river ship accommodates up to 194 guests. The river cruise was three hours long and a 25 miles round trip on the beautiful St. John's River.  All throughout, we enjoyed live entertainment.

    Our group occupied the entire air-conditioned main deck, where we were served a delicious sit-down lunch.  Everyone was free to explore the various decks of The Barbara-Lee.

    With the advent of proven highly effective vaccinations, this was our first event in which we resumed indoor activities with reduced social distancing and minimal face mask use.  The event was intended for members and their guests with full vaccinations.

    Many thanks go to Beverly and Tom Siceloff for organizing this relaxing and enjoyable event. 

    Below are some photos:


    Beverly & Tom Siceloff and Mary Ellen Chanin greet our guests for check-in.


    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 04, 2021 10:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Until a couple of days ago, if you were a Tesla owner living on the West Coast of Florida and wanted to head north and then west along the Panhandle, you couldn't take the shortest route along Route 98. 

    Above in blue is a route, plotted by ABetterRoutePlanner, from the Clearwater to the Tallahassee Supercharger Station.  You'll note that until recently, there were no Superchargers along the preferred route shown in green along Route 98.

    However, the local Tesla Infrastructure Team fixed that absence. Two of the Tesla Find Us map "Coming Soon" Supercharger Stations along Route 98 are now operational. Refer to the map below.


    Above is a copy of the the Tesla Find Us map in early May 2021. The locations shown are not exact. Refer below for the precise locations. 

    The one in Crystal River is at a Wawa at 505 NE US Highway 19, Crystal River, 34429.  Below is a vicinity map:



    While it was nearing completion, a helpful member of the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum gave us a heads-up.  He spoke to the City Of Crystal River building inspector who confirmed this location was to have 8 Version 3 stalls (1 pull in and 7 back in).


    Above is a photo provided by a member of the Tesla Florida Facebook Group while the station was under construction.

    Later Tesla informed me that the Wawa would be hosting an outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 6, featuring VIP customers, local officials, and charity partners. The store and Supercharger Station would be open to the public on that day.


    In June I visited the Supercharger Station and charged at the pull-in charging post. Flooding is a problem in the area and Tesla wisely placed their equipment on a concrete slab about three feet thick. You can see part of it over the hood of my car.


    That same enterprising TMC member called the building department of the City of Perry. He alerted us that there was a permit application for the Perry Supercharger Station.  It was for the Huddle House/Citgo gas station located at 2717 South Byron Butler Parkway, Perry, FL 32348. 

    Below is a vicinity map of the Perry Supercharger Station:




    This photo, was taken by a Tesla Motors Club member last week a few days before it was energized.



    I took this photo today. Tesla informed me that the Supercharger Station opened July 2, 2021

    This new western route won't save you driving time. According to Google Maps the driving times for the example of Clearwater to Tallahassee are within a minute of one another. Referring to the first image above, this is due to the the reduction in distance on the green route being almost exactly offset by the increase in speed limits on the blue route. 

    For the blue route you would be averaging 70 mph and the green route 58 mph. The big difference will be in how much you will save on the energy to charge.  The green route is 50 miles shorter, and the reduced speed saves you approximately another 50 miles of range due to improved efficiency.  For the original Model S for which we have data, the economy for the blue route is roughly 99 MPGe.  The green route is roughly 121 MPGe.  (Note: This assumes constant speed with no stops.  In the real world the green route is going to have more stops, so its average MPGe will be less than shown, but still much better than the blue route.) 


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Twitter:           Tesla Owners Florida

  • June 29, 2021 6:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On June 6, 2021, 45 Teslas gathered for a charity event to experience Homestead-Miami Speedway's unique progressive banking firsthand at speeds up to 125 mph. Many thanks go to Denise  Grant for organizing this truly "electrifying" event. Denise is an Event Coordinator for our club, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts, also known as Tesla Owners Florida. 

    We also invited our sister club, Tesla Owners South Florida, to join us. Our two clubs are the only clubs in Florida officially recognized by Tesla.


     Denise Grant is an Event Coordinator for our club. She is also a track instructor for Porsche Club of America and is well-acquainted with the Speedway.


    The group gathered at the Florida City Supercharger where Denise (in the wide-brimmed hat) provided an orientation.


    Above is a panoramic view of Sonny's BBQ parking lot where the Florida City Supercharger is located.

    I want to thank Javier Mota and Rafael Santoni with the Tesla Owners South Florida club for putting together the following excellent 5-minute video featuring Denise.

    Tesla Florida - South Florida Owners Club track day at Homestead-Miami Speedway

    Here are couple of videos taken by one of our club members from two cameras in his Model S:

    Eduardo Zavala TeslaCam1

    Eduardo Zavala TeslaCam2


    Below are some photos compliments of Homestead-Miami Speedway and some of our club members.


    It looks like Rafael Santoni, the president of Tesla Owners South Florida was doing 120 mph in a 25 mph zone. ;-)


    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


  • June 22, 2021 7:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For the most current information, please scroll down to the bottom of the article.

    On October 20, 2020, Tesla submitted a permit application for a new Supercharger Station at a Wawa in Jacksonville.  It is located at 5735 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32216.  On December 17, 2020, the permit was issued.

    The permit is for a 12-stall, Version 3 Supercharger Station.

    Here is a vicinity map:


    The new Supercharger Station will be only 3 miles from the Jacksonville Service Center,  and about 6 miles west of the existing Supercharger Station at Gate Parkway and the Jacksonville Store.

    Update as of June 22, 2021.

    Tesla broke ground on this installation in April and by May it appears all of Tesla's equipment has been installed.  However, I am informed that the local utility has yet to install the service cables.



    In the rear of the Wawa on the east side of the parking lot, 12 charging posts have been installed. 


    If you live or work nearby, please take some high-resolution photos of the construction progress and send them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • June 21, 2021 3:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The editor of Supercharge.info, the unofficial website that tracks Supercharger installations, has provided us with another lead to an upcoming Supercharger Station in Punta Gorda. After he posted the address on the Tesla Motors Club forum, I located the permit for this station, shown above.  As it displays, it will be an 8 - charging post, Version 3 Supercharging Station. The upcoming location is not yet listed on Tesla’s official Find Us map.

    The station will be located at another Wawa convenience store and gas station at 26415 Indian Trail Dr, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. It is an existing Wawa built a few years ago and listed on Wawa’s website

    Below is a vicinity map:


    The red arrow marks the location of the future Punta Gorda Supercharger Station. Is is about 28 miles north of the existing Fort Myers Supercharger Station at Dani Dr and the Fort Myers Tesla Store at Colonial Dr.  It will be about 30 miles away from the "Coming Soon" Venice Supercharger at the BrewBurger marked by the gray pin to the left. 

    Although Google doesn’t yet provide an aerial view of the Wawa parking lot, Tesla’s permit application attached a complete set of plans, including site plans.

    Here is an excerpt from their site plans:


    The site plans show that the Supercharger installation will be built on the west side of the Wawa parking lot.


    Above is another site plan showing an enlargement of the the Supercharger installation.  Please note that its orientation has been rotated 90 degrees such that north is pointing to the right.

    The permit application was summited on May 26, 2021.  It will probably be a while before it is issued and Tesla's contractor can break ground.  When they do, if you live or work nearby, please send me high-resolution photos of the construction progress.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • June 21, 2021 2:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please scroll down to the bottom of the article to view the most current information.

    One of our club members located a Tesla information inquiry with Sarasota County that gives us a clue where the “Coming Soon” Venice Supercharger Station, targeted to open in the first quarter, is likely to be built.

    Here’s a copy of the public information.

    You may recall George Bahadue, Tesla’s Market Lead for Charging Infrastructure, participated in a Virtual Meetup with our club last October. According to the public records in April 2020, he inquired about the permits required to install a Charging Station at 370 Commercial Court, Venice. That address happens to correspond to a BrewBurgers Restaurant.

    Here's a vicinity map:

    The likely location of the "Coming Soon" Venice Supercharger is shown by the red arrow.  Tesla's pin on their Find Us map for this Supercharger is to the left. We need not be concerned that the locations don't match up. Tesla doesn't show the precise locations of its planned Superchargers.  The pin is merely attached to the Venice label on the map.

    As you will note on the 3D Google image below, that BrewBurger's parking lot is somewhat limited.  However, some of us have speculated that the Shell station directly adjacent to BrewBurgers has some idle gas pumps. That area could be an ideal location for a Supercharger Station. This is pure speculation on our part, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for an issued permit.



    Update as of February 21, 2021.


    On February 17, 2021, Tesla's contractor filled a permit application that is under review.  It will be for 8 Version 3 charging posts. The address is for BrewBurgers, so our speculation regarding the adjacent Shell Station appears unfounded.

    Update as of June 7, 2021.

    The permit was issued on June 7, 2021.


    When they break ground, if you live or work nearby please take some high-resolution photos of the construction progress and send them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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