Monthly Archives: November 2011

Orange Ave. / Silver Beach Bridge

Built in 1954, the Orange Avenue drawbridge – also known as Silver Beach Bridge but officially is Veteran’s Memorial Bridge – is scheduled to be replaced with a high-rise span in 2014. This will leave the Main Street Bridge (as … Continue reading

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Car Show Time

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and thousands of portly baby boomers in garish hot rods have rolled into Daytona Beach for the annual Turkey Rod Run car show. Nice toys, I guess, but here is MY kind of vintage car: — although I’ll  admit I’m glad it isn’t next door to me.  … Continue reading

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Let’s take a spin

There isn’t much left of Daytona Beach’s old boardwalk — and that’s generally a good thing.  There are still a few nice remnants, though.  I especially like the Tilt-A-Whirl sign.  (Photos taken 11/18/11) And next door, the sign over Joyland Arcade (which opened in 1939) has … Continue reading

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The art deco-styled Streamline Hotel at 140 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach was built in 1941.  Six years later, Bill France Sr. signed the NASCAR incorporation papers in the hotel’s rooftop bar.  These days rooms at the historic site go for $39 per night, plus … Continue reading

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Our Banner Girl

This shapely 19-foot fiberglass Jantzen girl has welcomed shoppers to Stamie’s Smart Swimwear at 8 N. Ocean Ave., Daytona Beach since 1965.  (Photos taken 10/27/11). According to a Wikipedia entry: Jantzen’s iconic Diving Girl was designed by Frank and Florenz Clark. She first made … Continue reading

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