Other southpoint information

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NO PETS ALLOWED, NO SMOKING indoors.

The no pet rule applies to all guests in the building by HOA rules but not to unit owners. We don't allow pets in our unit at any time.  The no smoking in the building rule applies to all units at all times. 

Our unit has a GE washer and dryer in the utility closet.  If you are staying for a week or two you may want to bring along some laundry detergent or purchase some locally.  Please use a liquid detergent if you can.  This is a major asset so you don't have to pack so much or find a laundry facility outside the room.  Since there is no daily towel change or maid service like a hotel it comes in handy to keep your stuff clean.

The unit also has three smoke detectors to alert you if something is on fire, there is also a fire alarm pull box on the entry balcony outside the room along with a fire hose cabinet on each floor.  There are exit stairwells at each end of the balcony for emergency use or if you are keeping fit by using stairs.  This is a masonary & concrete wall and floor building with drywall over steel wall studs in the interior unit walls, not a wooden one like some smaller codominiums and apartment buildings so the fire load is lower.  It also has a hurricane wind safety rating.  The building was originally built in 1985 and the exterior and grounds underwent a major 1.5 million dollar upgrade in 2014.  Periodic major upgrades are required and almost continual external maintainence of some sort becuse of the corrosive salt water mist from the sea spray.  Don't be suprised if you see building staff working with maintaining or refreshing something oudoors, especially during the fall & winter when its a little cooler.

Extra linens for all the beds are in the closets because this is a home, not a hotel.  If you want or need to change out the sheets every day you can and wash them as well.  Bath towels are in the undersink cabinets in each bathroom. Towels and linens are not a daily service like a hotel, they are individiual to the unit.  The positive side is there are plenty of towels and you can wash and dry them as needed and before you leave. 

The unit has all the dishes and utensils for cooking meals at home along with a full size refridgerator/freezer.  It has a dishwasher and a garbage disposal in the sink.  You may need to bring along or buy dishwashing supplies while here.  There is a trash dumpster on the main floor parking area available all the time so when your trash is full and when you are ready to depart it has a place to go.

The area:

Southpoint is located in Ponce Inlet Florida.  It is directly on the Beach / Atlantic ocean.  It is on the area of Highway A1A south of the Dunlawton Avenue bridge.  That bridge is the last access to the mainland as you go south towards the lighthouse.  The entire beachfront from Beverly Beach near Palm Coast, through Flagler Beach, Ormond by the Sea, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, Wilber by the Sea, down to Ponce Inlet is on a penninsula and is separated from the mainland by the Halifax river. This is all called "beachside"  Once you pass Dunlawton Avenue going south the only way to the "mainland" is to turn around and go back to that bridge.  The city of Port Orange is on the other side of the Dunlawton bridge.  Whatever you do DON'T SPEED while on the beachside, they will write you up at 1 or 2 over. Yield to EVERY pedestrian in a crosswalk waiting to cross A1A, especially south of Dunlawton.  A DUI here will totally ruin your vacation and your wallet, a DUI accident here will totally ruin your life. DON'T MAKE THAT ERROR HERE.

Important north/south roads moving East towards the ocean:

Tomoka farms road, 415, north/south road

I95 north/south interstate

Clyde Morris Blvd, 483, north/south road

Nova Road, 5A, north/south road

US Hwy 1 north/south road

Peninsula drive north/south road

Important east/west roads moving north:

Dunlawton Ave, 421, east/west rd, bridge to beachside

Beville Road, 400, turns into I4 if you take it west

Silver beach ave, bridge to beachside

US 92/hwy 600/ International Speedway Blvd, bridge to beachside

Main Street, bridge to beachside

Hwy 430, bridge to beachside

State road 40, SR40, Granada, bridge to beachside, road to Ocala & I75.


Churches:

webpopc.com - Port Orange Presbyterian, west on Dunlawton to Clyde Morris blvd, go north its on the left, multiple services.

catholicchurchofepiphany.com - daily mass, 4 services Sunday.

Lots of others in the area too, pick one, go to church, meet some new friends.

The Beach:

The beach is really nice here but there are rules that keep it that way. Here are the basics, please be aware that these are Volusia county ordinances or Florida laws and not within our control.  No glass on the beach, No alcohol on the beach, No driving on our section of the beach, No campfires on the beach, don't touch the turtles or nests, No pets on the beach, except service animals.  This is basic information, other laws and full details can be found by google searching for Volusia county beach rules .  If its your first visit to a Volusia county beach PLEASE look into the local rules before arrival. The beach patrol folks are very nice but they have a job to do and they do enforce the beach laws.   Please be aware that this is a community where people live all the time as well as a vacation spot for families with children, please keep it clean and decent. 

Food:

The tv station website at local10.com has links on food service inspections if you want to check out a local place for the recent state health report.

Racings North Turn, south about 1/4 mile on A1A or just walk down the beach and up the steps, Fish Ruben time.  Lots of early racing photos from the beach racing period too.  They are located at the original north turn of the beach racing course. racingsnorthturn.com

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Wilber by the Sea has Boondocks, go north on A1A, left on Mallard to the river, right on Peninsula drive a block or so, it's on the left. boondocks-restaurant.com

Aunt Catfish on the River, cross the bridge, it is on the left at US1. auntcatfishontheriver.com

Charlie Horse Restaurant - Follow A1A North to Ormond Beach 810 South Atlantic

River Grille - On US1 North of SR40 in Ormond Beach

Fresh fish to cook yourself:

Kings Seafood, kings-seafood.com, under the bridge on the north east side past the little dairy bar, fresh raw seafood.

This list will get you started, there are plenty of others.

Port Orange & Daytona Beach have a lot of choices for specialty food as well as national chains, consult trip advisor, don't eat clown food (M) on vacation.

 

Shopping:

Daytona Flea & Farmers Market, its huge, you need a map.  Tomoka Farms Road west of I95 exit 261

Port Orange Wal-Mart is at Dunlawton & Clyde Morris on the left.

Publix grocery is north on A1A, past the bridge, and on the left.

Volusia mall is on Int'l Speedway blvd, along with a bunch of other stores and plenty of traffic and people.