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  • 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.

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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • 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

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  • 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


  • May 23, 2019 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    You may remember that last year we were pleasantly surprised to discover that Tesla had opened a new 18 - terminal Supercharger Station at The Delray Marketplace without initially having shown it on their "Coming Soon" Find Us map.

    To celebrate the opening of the Supercharger Station the Batch Gastropub invited us to hang out at their nearby restaurant and is offering a 20% discount off full-priced items by just showing them our Tesla key FOB or Card Key.  

    I want to thank our Event Coordinator, Erol Brenes for organizing this event. We had an excellent turnout.

    Here's some photos.



    Thanks go to Erol Brenes for organizing and hosting this event.


    If you are interested in learning more 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

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • May 22, 2019 6:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tesla is now using precast concrete foundations for their charging terminals.  This photo show 7 of the planned 8 charging terminal.

    Please scroll down to the bottom of this article for the most current status:

    One of the members of the Tesla Motors Club forum discovered the location of the "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station planned for Celebration, Florida.

    This photo shows that Tesla is also using precast concrete foundations to sit the Supercharger Cabinets on. 


     This tarp covers the 4 Supercharger Cabinets staged for installation.

    Another forum member located the permits for this installation.  The permit description reads:

    "INSTALLATION OF TESLA ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING EQUIPMENT TO INCLUDE 8 CHARGING POSTS 4 CHARGING CABINETS 1 SWITCHGEAR ASSEMBLY 4 AUTO TRANSFORMERS 1 UTILITY TRANSFORMER AND 1 ELECTRIC METER ON H FRAME"

    The address for this location is 6240 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee, FL 34747, which Google tells us is the location of a Five Guys burger restaurant. Interestingly this location is less than 5 miles from another recently discovered Supercharger Station that is awaiting permits.  It is located on the same highway at an existing Wawa gas station at 7940 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.   


    Here is a vicinity map showing the proximity of the two upcoming Supercharger Stations.  Both are located nearby several Disney theme parks. 

    For a full-sized images, right click on any image and open in a new tab. 

    Update as of April 12, 2019.

    All 8 charging terminals have been installed.


    This photo is taken from the same general position as the second photo.  It shows that the 4 Supercharger Cabinets have been set on the concrete foundations and the ground has been backfilled.  



    I frankly am not sure what this box is. This may be the high voltage switchgear, but it is much smaller than switchgear we have seen at other Supercharger Stations.


    This photo shows the terminals in the background in relation to where the Superchargers and other high-voltage gear are located.  (The Supercharger Cabinets are just out of frame to the left of this photo.)  I am not positive what will go over the conduits shown here.  It might be the utility transformer.  The concrete pole will probably be used to mount the meter cabinet.


    For those that live near the sites, please periodically visit and take high resolution photos of the construction progress and send them to me. In addition to the charging terminals, make sure to also focus your attention across the parking lot to the progress near the Supercharger Cabinets and keep a look out for the high-voltage switchgear which will probably be at least three tall, large gray boxes. Also look for the utility transformer which will be a large green box. 

    Correction:

    In an earlier version of this article today I stated:

    To figure out if this is going to be a Version 3 Supercharger location look for two things.  When the charging cables at the terminals are installed, are they thinner than normal terminal cables? If so, this will be the new liquid cooled Version 3. If you can get a close up of the labeling on the Supercharger Cabinets, see if you can locate the capacity.  If each cabinet says 250kW it is the new Version 3.

    It is true the charging cables will be thinner. However, based on Tesla's blog article Introducing V3 Supercharging, there won't be Supercharger Cabinets labeled 250kW.  There will be a new 1MW power cabinet with a similar design to Tesla's utility-scale products.  So we need to see something that looks like this:


    Since we have photos of the old conventional Supercharger Cabinets for this Supercharger Station, we can pretty much rule out that this might be a Version 3 station.  Sorry for getting people's hopes up. 


    Update as of May 3, 2019.


    The charging terminals have been wrapped in plastic pending energization of the Supercharger Station.


    The utility transformer and meter cabinet has been installed.

    Update as of May 21, 2019


    While not shown on the navigation displays or on Tesla's Find Us web page, the Celebration Supercharger Station is operational.


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    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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