Indialantic is geographically...
Indialantic is geographically a very small community with many inhabitants due to all of the condominiums.
It is just a relaxed beach area, near Melbourne, FL, and only about an hour from Orlando.
Thanks to the Town of Indialantic for the following:
It all started in 1915 when Ernest Kouwen-Hoven moved to Melbourne and purchased a strip of beachside land lying between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. He envisioned this property as becoming an exclusive beachside resort and indeed it did. This one-square mile became known as 'Indialantic-by-the-Sea' The first map of this area was recorded in 1916.
In the 1920's rum-running off the coast of Indialantic was prevalent. It was during this time that the Indialantic Casino and the Indialantic Hotel were popular resorts with visitors from all parts of the world. The names were later changed to the Bahama Beach Club and the Tradewinds Hotel
TODAY...Swimming, fishing, boating and surfing are favorite pastimes. Threatened and endangered sea turtles nest along the shore from May through October. The recently refurbished boardwalk offers a place to stroll along the ocean and the parks throughout the Town provide getaways from the day's routine.
Designated a bird sanctuary in 1975 by a Town Council proclamation, the Town has taken measures to protect its abundance of animal species and plant life. Indialantic remains a natural, unspoiled paradise
Gabby's Halloween 2006
Contrary to the demonic spin right wing conservatives seem to give Halloween these days, I have a soft spot for it in my heart. I regard it as one of the more benign parts of American culture – full of fun and innocence. I have wonderful memories of running to and fro among the neighborhood homes after dark, pillow case serving as my “trick-or-treat” bag (sometimes I would go home for a second one, it would get so full!), knocking on a neighbor’s door waiting for it to open…”Trick or Treat, smell my feet – give me somethin’ good to eat!!”…
How we giggled in anticipation as a grown-up would open the door - sometimes dressed up in costume just like we kids were, or sometimes just wearing a funny mask. The grown-up would always act surprised and ask us what was it that we wanted….sometimes the grown-up would laugh in a spooky voice while tossing a piece of candy into our bags. We’d yell out “THANK YOU!” as we turned to skip away down the driveway and on to the next home….
It was a really nice time, with both kids and adults in on the joke – a shared humor in something we all understood was pure fun and nothing more or ominous than that.
Later on that night before going to bed, I would carefully sort out the goods – organizing my candy and placing the favored pieces aside, then being allowed to take a piece or two with me to school for lunch (dessert) during the following days….sneaking a piece (or three) after school when I got home….maybe a piece in the evening as a treat…..
Great memories. Hopefully more great ones to come.
Getting Pinocchio dressed and ready to head out for trick-or-treats...
Giapetto and Pinocchio pause to survey the neighborhood...
...neighbor Kaitlyn dressed as Strawberry Shortcake, helped us escort Pinocchio around on Halloween Night...
...next door neighbor Linda was happy to provide some "treats" for the visiting trickster...
....is that a life-size wooden doll or a real-life Gabby?
....and more treats....
...this Pinocchio can't lie - it was a fantastic Halloween this year!