It was the place to go!
Part 12 of the Judy Tomaini Rock
Time marches on... The trailer park
was full the first winter, and the cottages were rented by the
night, week, month or the winter. The ones that were here every
winter, were the ones like family. There were two brothers, and
their wives, and one of their cousins, that came down every year,
for over 20 years. They took
three original cottages in the front. After a few years, they
would invite their friends down too. They would take the two other
Jeanie continued to do the laundry,
which kept the washer and dryer going, all day every day, and the
part she really didn't like, was the mangle iron. She also cleaned
all the cottages, and Al finally discovered how over worked she
was. She would never let on, she had too much to do, and she just
did it. She was just so happy to have a good business, she never
complained. Al had the caretakers, that ran the camp in the
summer, but Jeanie thought they should have a vacation too. They
did help her with the delivering of the food, she had cooked for
the restaurant. Which had also taken off. It was the place to go.
There had never been a real restaurant in town. The closest, was
10 miles away in Tampa. Al and Jeanie decided, if they lease the
restaurant to someone else, it would free up a lot of time for
Jeanie. They still had a say, over what was and wasn't done there.
Which was a wise decision on their part. Al wanted a restaurant,
not a "Beer Joint", like it was in the past.
On the land by the marina, which was
always referred to as the point, Al put up a pole barn and picnic
tables. Also built a couple of grills for cook outs. The Greater
Tampa Showman's club, had a lot of their parties there. Al
welcomed any clubs or associations to come there to party, and
also Birthdays for kids, or adults, were always welcomed. There
got to be so many wanting to use the point, they had to take
reservations. There was always, something going on there on the
weekends. There were not many places to be by the water, and have
enough room to turn kids loose, with no worry of them getting hit
by a car.
The Giant's Camp was known far and
wide, as the place to go in Florida. Which in later years would
be, Disney World. In the heyday of the Camp, it thrived. And most
of the money made went right back into the business, and it was
always being upgraded. There were several people that were hired,
to do specific tasks. Painters, housekeepers for the motel, and a
couple to work the bait house and marina. Along with the money
that came to the camp, which was, the prime property in the town.
First in on the right. Those of you that are with it, know that
was always the best place to be. People tend to go right, when
shopping, or going to the fair. Most are right handed and right
oriented. Just watch some times, at a flea market, fair, or any
other place, like a big store. They migrate to the right. And tend
to spend the most, in the first place they come to.
So they worked hard, to keep the place
up and going. They, for the first time in their lives, were able
to stop and take a breath. And not have to do without, like they
had so many years on the road. They never went to bed hungry, and
had their own roof over their heads. They had good help at the
camp, who would always be there to do what ever needed to be done.
They were good people, and had been hand picked by Al. They
weren't worried about leaving for the road, as they knew all would
be well at home. And that alone, was a real big weight lifted from
them. They were sad to have to leave, but they knew they could
come back, to something they built with their bare hands. And very
good savvy, as to what was the up and coming way, to make a dime
without stepping on any toes along the way...
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