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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.

  • November 22, 2019 12:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Mr and Mrs T, describing their world travel via Teslas

    On November 17th, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts members Jean Labrosse & Manon Belisle hosted “A Special Afternoon with Mr & Mrs T on Tour” at their home in Weston. Ralf Schwesinger and Nicole Wanner (aka Mr & Mrs T) are traveling the world in Teslas, sharing inspiration and supporting the mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Their journey has taken them from the heart of Switzerland around the globe, traveling Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and North America, and now to South Florida. They want to discover and share the beauty of our planet and inspire more people to protect it.

    Ralf and Nicole are using their experiences to publish the first EV travel guide, focusing on sustainable destinations with EV charging available. They spoke to the group about their journey and how each person can “do something” rather than try to be perfect, and it can certainly make a difference. Everyone was very interested in their mission, enjoyed hearing about their trip and had a good time socializing after they spoke.


    There was a nice local turnout for this interesting private club event.

    The first edition of the book, The Ultimate EV Travel Guide for Europe, should be available soon in German and English. The US edition will follow at a later date. To read more about their travels, or to purchase the EV travel guide, please visit their website Mr & Mrs T on Tour.


    Nicole Wanner and Ralf Schwesinger (aka Mr & Mrs T) from Baden, Switzerland.

    Special thanks to Jean and Manon for hosting the event and to Ralf and Nicole for sharing their experiences with the group.


    Jean Labrosse & Manon Belisle, Nicole Wanner & Ralf Schwesinger, and Denise & Craig Powell. 


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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • October 26, 2019 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Please scroll to the end for current information.

    Recently a club member located renovations in progress on the old Bob Wilson Dodge location at 11945 North Florida Avenue in Tampa.  It appears to be a new or additional Tampa Service Center nearing completion about 14 miles from the existing Tampa Service Center.  


    Update May 1, 2018.

    One of our club members located the following information from Tesla's Building Contractor, Scherer Construction.  This status appears to be as of May 1, 2018.  Their posted completion date of Summer 2018 appears to be optimistic.  Our best information suggests it will be ready no earlier than October, 2018 or it may even open next year.

    "The new Tesla Dealership is a repurpose of an existing auto dealership and 384 parking space garage with an office space. With only a building slab remaining, demolition of the slab and utilities were completed and the new dealership footprint installed. This project has been broken up into two phases. The first phase was the renovation of the parking garage in which all new electrical, paint, structural repairs, and replacement of the elevator was completed. In addition, the 8,000
    square foot interior office space which will be used for vehicle delivery was also completed. The second phase is a new 30,000 square foot dealership and service center. The structure is made of tilt wall panels and will include 6 large overhead bay doors for the service center."

    Here's their most recent aerial photo as of May 1, 2018.

    Update as of July 12, 2018.


    Upate as of October 3, 2019.

    As you may know, the new Tampa Service Center on North Florida Avenue has been handling deliveries for a while.  However, recently we received a credible rumor that the maintenance section of the facility is expected to open next month. 

    Here's some recent photos of current operations:

    Update as of October 20, 2019.

    It is being reported on the Tesla Motors Club forum that a Tesla owner has received a service confirmation for the first week in November.  So, if the maintenance functions haven't already been initiated at the new Tampa Service Center, they should be by early November.

    Update as of 3:30 pm.

    In response to our earlier update, I am informed that a club member received an email from Tesla stating that they will be moving to the new Tampa Service Center as of November 1, 2019.

    Update as of October 26, 2019.

    These recent photos provided by a club member show that the Service Center and Store is pretty much ready to go.

    The Store.


    The above two photos show that there is ample space for service.

    In addition to the several Wall Connectors shown in a previous photo, this photo shows what appears to be a Version 2 Supercharger. (An Urban Supercharger would only have one charging cable, a Version 3 would have four charging cables. This has two which is consistant with a Version 2.)

  • October 10, 2019 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    During the weekend of October 4, 2019, forty-three club members and their guests had a fabulous time at Hawks Cay Resort, Villas, and Marina located on Duck Key in the Middle Florida Keys. This 60-acre, tropical paradise is truly a unique resort with: 

    • Five Pools & Saltwater Lagoon
    • Dolphin Connection™
    • Beach Sunbathing alongside the Lagoon
    • Award-Winning Calm Waters Spa
    • Full-Service Marina with 85 Boat Slips
    • Offshore & Inshore Fishing Charters
    • Certified & Licensed Dive, Snuba™ & Snorkel Trips
    • 8 Tennis Courts Fitness Center
    • Water Sports, including Kiteboarding, Kayaking, & Parasailing
    • Island Segway Tours
    • Coral Cay Activities and Adventures

    The weather was perfect, and we enjoyed a few planned group events as well as some impromptu events. On Friday we gathered at the Tiki Grill Bar for some libations followed by a beautiful sunset cruise. On Saturday we had a private group dinner at the Angler & Ale restaurant at the marina. The food, drinks, and service were excellent. We also had a few impromptu dinners in Marathon and meet-ups at the various resort venues.

    Many thanks go to Rachelle Stone for doing the bulk of the coordinating with the resort.

    Here are photos featuring a lot of smiling faces: 

    The Tiki Grill Bar was a frequent watering hole and we kicked off and closed the weekend event there.


    After wetting our whistles at the Tiki Bar we went on a beautiful sunset cruise. Guess What? They served more drinks. ;-)





    On Saturday, everyone was free to explore the resort.  That evening we had a private group dinner at the Angler & Ale Restaurant.  More than 30 members and their guests attended.






    Here's a photo of the ride back to the resort from the Angler & Ale.


    Hawks Cay Resort is the only hotel or resort in the mainland United States that offers their guests the opportunity of dolphin viewing and interaction on site.  Several of our group participated in the Dolphin Connection experience.  These photos are of club members Erol, Sandy and Ken.

    The dolphin in the following photo is 45 years old and is retired from the Navy.

    Here's a nearby spectator.

     

    Some of us spent some time at the Tranquility Pool for adults (MATURITY OPTIONAL).

    One of the local residents stalking lunch.


    Sunday morning some of us did an impromptu breakfast in Marathon at the Island Fish Company right on the water. Great food!

    Sunday evening some of us did an impromptu dinner at the Key Colony Inn in Marathon. Great food!


    A great time was had by all and we will seriously consider a repeat event next year.

    If you are interested in learning about our club, please click on the "Home" link at the top of this page. If you are interested in joining our club, please click on the "Join Us" link at the top of this page.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • September 21, 2019 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On Saturday, September 21, 2019, Zachary Shanan, director of CleanTechnica, organized a National Drive Electric Week event at the Whole Foods near the Sarasota Superchargers. (CleanTechnica is the #1 cleantech-focused website in the US and the world, reaching about 7 million readers around the world each month.)

    Despite being a last-minute event, about 40 electric vehicles participated. About 30 of them were Teslas.

    Here's some photos:




    Here's the CleanTechnica article on the event.  It includes some drone footage:

     Florida Tesla Drivers Drive A Ton!


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • August 29, 2019 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On August 29, 2019, we had a meetup and car display at Tatts & Tacos Beer Garden. The food and music were great!  We had approximately 20 people in attendance, and two Tesla Service Technicians provided some interesting information for our group. All the cars were posed stylishly in front of the restaurant for pictures! 

    Tatts & Tacos Beer Garden is a Tattoo Art inspired bar and restaurant with a Super Chill Vibe! It’s a trendy new hot spot in Downtown Oakland Park serving authentic Mexican cuisine, 40 craft beers on tap, with a full liquor bar.

    Here are some photos:


    Two Tesla Service Technicians provided some interesting information.


    Some of the Teslas on display at Tatts & Tacos.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • August 03, 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Despite the torrential downpour and the flooded streets nearby, we had and an excellent turnout for our private viewing of “Revenge of the Electric Car” at CinéBistro in Sarasota.  

    It seems that the actual weather was duplicating the weather depicted in the movie adverstisement.

    A total of seventy-two members and their guests registered for this event, and 90% braved the elements to attend.  We dispatched search parties to rescue the few members floating downstream in their Teslas who weren't able to make it.  

    Seriously, we regret that the weather prevented us from having a photo opportunity of the 30 or so Teslas in the parking lot.

    CinéBistro is a well-suited venue for club gatherings with seven luxury movies theaters with in-theatre full-service dining. It has a large, stylishly-appointed lounge where there is a full bar (with great bartenders), extensive wine list, specialty cocktails, and appetizers.


    We kicked off the event with a cocktail reception in the lounge.  Following libations, our club reserved an entire theater for our private viewing of “Revenge of the Electric Car”. Initially, we planned to book a smaller theater, but CinéBistro management graciously upgraded us to a larger theater to make things more comfortable.  We want to thank Felicia O’Brien, Event Manager; and John Berger, Technical Operations for their professionalism in making this a delightful event.

    Here are some additional photos with lots of smiling faces:





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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


  • July 16, 2019 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The long awaited Gainesville Supercharger Station is finally operational!  The station is located at Butler Plaza in the Whole Foods parking lot where Gainesville Cars & Coffee hosts their monthly gathering for automotive enthusiasts of all types.  So, on July 13, 2019, after receiving an invite from them, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to both meet other car enthusiasts while celebrating the opening of the Gainesville Supercharger Station.

    Following the Cars & Coffee event, we reserved the Whole Foods patio area for a continuing brunch/lunch club meet-up with other Tesla and car enthusiasts.

    Here's some photos:


    If you are interested in learning more about our club and participating in other fun-filled events, please click on the "Home" link at the top of this page. If you are interested in joining our club, please click on the "Join Us" link at the top of this page.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • July 15, 2019 5:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On Saturday, July 13, 2019, we were honored to have had the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and the City of Cocoa Beach invite our club to participate in a parade celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. The City of Cocoa Beach wanted our Teslas to showcase the next generation, innovation and the future. 

    The weather cooperated and there were large, enthusiastic crowds along the parade route. 

    Following the parade there was a Street Party featuring various space-themed displays.

    That evening there were two concerts featuring Edison’s Children (Rick Armstrong’s Band, son of Astronaut Neal Armstrong) and the Alan Parson’s Project.

    If you have a Facebook account here is a link to a video of the parade: (Our Teslas are shown at about 35 minutes into the video.)

    https://www.facebook.com/SpaceCoastDaily/videos/497776744304571/

    Here's some photos we took of the event:







    As you can see from the photos, everyone, both the parade participants and the parade viewers, had a wonderful time celebrating our Astronaut heros.

    If you are interested in learning more about our club and participating in other fun-filled events, please click on the "Home" link at the top of this page. If you are interested in joining our club, please click on the "Join Us" link at the top of this page.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


  • July 11, 2019 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Yesterday there was a massive explosion centered on a vacant store near the LA Fitness Center in Plantation. The site of the explosion was directly across SW 10th Street from the Plantation Supercharger Station. We believe that the Superchargers were not damaged although the area was covered in debris. As of now,  at 1:30 pm July 7th, the navigation systems of the Tesla fleet report a temporary closure of the entire Plantation Supercharger Station presumably due to the ongoing investigation. 

    Early reports state that 23 people were injured, two seriously.  

    Here is a Google map show the proximity of the explosion to the Plantation Supercharger Station.  

    Here is a screenshot of the actual devastation.

    At least 23 people injured in apparent gas explosion at a Florida shopping center

    https://twitter.com/i/videos/1147572912859299842


    According to ABC reporting:

    Guillermo Villa was across the street about to charge his Tesla SUV when he heard the blast go off.

    Villa said he saw light and then a cloud of debris before "I started seeing pieces of the building falling on my head."

    "I went underneath my car because there was so much debris flying," he told ABC News. "It was like raining pieces of roof, wall, bricks."

    That's when he saw people running and shouting.

    "I was afraid," Villa said. "I thought it was a terrorist attack at the beginning."

    But Villa said he's grateful he escaped without a scratch.

    "It was so close ... I am blessed," he said. "I cannot believe nothing happened to me."


    Although a posting on social media reported that Tesla Customer Services stated that the Plantation Superchargers should be operational during the week of July 13th, my official Tesla contacts at Customer Experience are not so definite with regard to a timeframe. They state:

    Hello Lawrence,

    I received confirmation that our Supercharger team is actively working on re-opening the Plantation station. While I unfortunately cannot give you any timeframe, the site will show in our customers car’s UI as available once it is live again.

    Thank you for your patience and cooperation !

    Update Plantation Supercharger Station now operational.




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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


  • June 22, 2019 5:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Andy Hudson, our new Event Coordinator for the Panhandle Region, organized our local participation in the monthly Pensacola Cars & Coffee event on June 22nd. The Cars & Coffee event is free and takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month (except Dec) from 8:00-10:00AM, at the Gander Outdoors parking lot. The event address is 1220 Airport Blvd, Pensacola, Florida 32504.

    Here are some photos:




    You don't have to be a member of our club to join us at another Cars & Coffee event.  However, if you are interested in learning more about our club, click on the "Home" link at the top of this page.  If you are interested in joining our club, please click on the "Join Us" link at the top of this page.  

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


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