Florabama - 21 Oct 21

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    I snuck this picture over from the "Random Photo" thread.

    When I was going to the Florabama, it was about the size of a 3-car garage (with a back porch).

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    They even have a marina aross the street on the canal
     
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    The Florabama started out as a liquor store on the Florida/Alabama line in the '60s. Later, it made room for a dance floor that would hold 10 people and a stage that would hold two. I played and jammed there a few times in the early '70s, and one or two of the younger guys on here have played in the modern era. It went from a shack to a monster hosting big stars (like Kenney Chesney, who wrote a song about it).

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    My wife is there right now (7:30 CST)

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    I do believe that version of the establishment got eaten by a hurricane.
    I’ve not been in the current iteration.

    One of the best weekends of my college years was spent in a rented Gulf Shores beach house. Probably February, 1990. A dozen or so of us pitched in and held a three day bachelor party for a podnah of ours. Beer, boiled shrimp, BBQ and BS!
    We were at the FloraBama every night.
     
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    Ivan was the Hurricane.

    My parents built a beach house 1/4 mile from the Florabama on the Florida side. I used it as a base of operations when playing in Orange Beach / Gulf Shores / Perdido Key.
     
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    A friend’s in-laws had a place nearby on Ono Island - I hated to see that marriage break up ….
     
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    For those that don't know . . . Ono Island is a real island with it's own bridge, and "back in the day", was private . . . It was not a low rent district.
     
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    You can tell it's been extended a few times with add-ons. You can get lost, really. We almost went when we were there last month, but since I'm just 6 months sober, I didn't want to risk it.
     
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    not low rent at all - it hurt to see them break up!
     
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    There were a few times in my youth that I was lucky I only had to drive 1/4 of a mile home. When I was living on Gulf Beach, there was not a single hotel or condo. . . you could drive for miles and not even see a house. Now you can drive for miles and not even see the water.
     
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    I was there in February.

    It was quiet due to Covid; but there was a soloist performing in the bar upstairs.

    Very cool place and I imagine it was really special in it's heyday!

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    I remember those days - I am 68
    - we would drive over from New Orleans every year either as a kid with my family or with friends starting when i was 18 or so - more beach and dune than buildings it seemed - those days are long gone.
     
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    I think it's in its heyday right now. In the 70's, you literally walked through the liquor store to get to the "bar" that reminded me of Mr. Ed's barn door.

    We had a lot of fun there, though!

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    One thing that surprised me a few years ago, when we drove to Fort Morgan from Perdido, were the offshore gas and oil rigs. You can drive the whole Florida coast and you won't see that in the water.

    St. George Island, even when I was younger, wasn't what it is now. It truly was the Forgotten Coast. My folks have talked about how there was basically nothing there before they built the bridge in '65.
     
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    As long as enough money can be made on tourism, Floridians will (likely) never vote for gas and oil drilling.
     
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