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Lessons and cool stuff form the old guy!

 I feel sorry for the youth of today! Growing up in south Florida over 70+ years ago gave me, my family, my friends, school mates and neighborhood kids wonderful opportunities to do many different outdoor activities, sports and just plain fun. Because much of south Florida was virgin, pristine and undeveloped. This wild environment allowed us to explore, hunt, fish, surf, race boats, run airboats, slog swamps, ride motor cycle enduros in hundreds of miles of  raw open lands. 

We had full access to hundreds of miles of undeveloped and unrestricted beaches, intra coastal waterways, with no slow, no wake zones, no manatee warning zones, no seawalls, no moored yachts, just miles of open beaches and mangrove swamps. Few outboards even existed. Imagine slalom water skiing for over 30 miles down the intracoastal at 35+ miles per hour and not seeing 10 outboards all day. The best dove hunting around was located at U.S, 1 in Juno Beach, 1/2 mile west of the Atlantic ocean.               

 My parents would have gone to jail today for child neglect. They allowed me to race a 10 foot Sid Craft race boat down the intra coastal waterway,  by myself, from 79th Street Causeway in N. Miami to West Palm Beach on Saturday and back to Miami on Sunday. I was 14 years old the first year I raced the Gold Coat Marathon. I raced it for the last three years, until the U.S. Coastguard closed the marathon down. The last race included over 250 race boats, several running over 100 miles per hour down the waterway.