One last summer blast
8/13/2013 7:05:00 AM
A lot of people are going on vacation this week, taking advantage of the kids' last few days off before school starts on Monday.
Of course, when you live in South Florida, you don't actually have to go anywhere to feel like you're on vacation. A quick stop at the website of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau or the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau will remind you why we're such a hot tourist destination; and why the idea of 'seeing South Florida like a tourist' makes so much sense.
You may even find, if you take a look at your own city's website, that there are treasures hidden right in your own community.
The Venetian Pool in Coral Gables isn't exactly 'hidden' - it's much too large for that. Somehow, living here since I was 3 years old, I've never been. It's the only public pool featured in the National Register of Historic Places, and features waterfalls, caves and a sandy beach area. The pictures alone make me want to go there. But the history described on the webpage really captured my attention.
The fact that it was created from a coral rock quarry.
That it's fed with SPRING WATER from an underground aquifer.
That the original Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller, used to swim there.
That they used to have concerts at the bottom of the pool - they would drain the water and put the orchestra on the pool floor!
And the fact that they drain and refill the pool daily during spring and summer means that a Ryan Lochte 'wannabe' can never leave his mark!