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November 29, 2010

Sunshine State, Florida here I come


My first contact with the State of Florida took place in 1973 when I went from New Jersey to visit my Aunt in Miami Lakes; it didnt seem that great, I guess I was already used to the cold weather from Spain and New Jersey.

Then in August of 1977 I went to pursue my university studies there, and settled at Daytona Beach. It was instant love, the city was warm, sunny but also cool in winter, nice folks and the beach and the girls was awesome. Spring Break is an event all American college students need or do go thru in their life,and its not to be missed. At those times Daytona Beach was it, over 500 000 of them collapse the beach all of its 23 sandy miles with a party atmosphere tops in the USA. Dont get me wrong, I did my studies too, and finally graduated in april 24, 1982 with a graduation at the Peabody Auditorium on the beachside and a class of 396 students.

I went back “home” to New Jersey, and began my working life at the Newark International Airport EWR with Butler Aviation the following month May 15 1982. However, my heart was left in Daytona Beach, on my first year vacation in the summer of 1983 I came back for a visitor spring break time, and reunited with old friends and students.

Then ,finally it set in ,and made the decision to move to FLorida. I did on January 4, 1985 arriving in Ormond by the Sea, North Peninsula, just by 150 meters from the Atlantic ocean and 200 meters from the Intracoastal waters of the Halifax River. I had the Oceanside country club to the south and Bicentennial park to the north. Heavens !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The pay was less, but the feeling was great. My first job was in the wine department of the ABC wine and liquor store by Yonge st US 1 Ormond Beach,and the rest is history as I was able to get back into my accounting career with 5 resorts timeshare condominium builder/manager called Aqua Sun Investments,and then the career took off into other jobs in the finance/accounting area in the Daytona Beach area. It was here I met on a trip to Paris what would later be my wife, we decided to live in the area, and my oldest son was born in Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach in 1992.

While working for Equifax, the Credit Bureau office in Daytona Beach, the company decide to close several sites, and was offered a move to North Miami at the entrance to Williams Island (Elizabeth Taylor own there ::)). So this cause my move to South Florida, and it was fantastic, job wise and activities wise. Once they decided to close the Miami office as well, I took off into computer distribution to Latin America based in Miami with CHS Electronics (at the time the 3rd largest in the world and NYSE), this allow me many travels in Latin America and my future looks bright. WE, the family and I eventually moved to the Silver Lakes division in Broward County, to the west of FT Lauderdale while continuing to work in Miami Beacon Center. Before the move to Broward County, my twins boys were born at Hialeah Hospital near the fame horse racetrack in 1993.

We have continuosly made trips to France every year since my marriage in Daytona Beach City Island municipal government building on December 26, 1990 with my Frenchie. Our boys went there since been 6 months old at each time. Florida was very good to us, and we have great memories of our stayed there, all in all, I lived 18 years in the STate of FLorida. Finally in august of 2003 the family made the decision to move permanently to France,and the saga continues.


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