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Some of My Best Friends are Boaters | by Chris C. Crowley
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Some of My Best Friends are Boaters

Yes, some of my best friends are boaters, but none of these boats belong to them! They were moored out in the Halifax River where I captured some shots of them just before and as the "Blue Hour" set in.

 

The Halifax separates the Daytona Beach area into two parts- mainland and beach side. The vast majority of people in the area live and work on the mainland, and those who live on the beach side often do so in condominiums, like the one on the left top of the pic. Taxes are higher there, and land is at a premium, so a larger, very beautiful mainland home can be purchased for a fraction of the price of some of the houses on the peninsula. With 6 bridges over the Halifax, (though only 5 are in operation now, as the Orange Ave. bridge is closed while they rebuild it,) it's only a hop, skip and a jump over to the ocean from most anyplace in town.

 

As with most of Florida, this is a boating community. Some live in marinas on their boats, while others move about and visit from city to city along the intercoastal waterways. Inland, people have pontoon boats. Jet skis and all sorts of water vehicles traverse the river, the inlet and ocean areas.

 

Whether taking in a serene view at the end of the day, or speed boating for more adventure, the hot weather and being surrounded on three sides by water make Florida one of the top spots in the country for anything that floats!

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Taken on July 7, 2013