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10 Reasons Why RNC Delegates Will Love Palm Harbor

C'mon Lenny Curry, Palm Harbor isn't that bad!

Editor's Note: This article originally ran back in May. We're re-posting it for our Florida delegates, who are staying at Innisbrook this week.

Dear Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry,

We hear you're in a tizzy because Florida delegates will be staying at the , which happens to be 31 miles away from downtown Tampa, where the 2012 Republican National Convention will be held. 

Evidently, you think the Republican National Committee picked this location to punish Florida, because lawmakers moved the state's presidential primary to January.

"I'm p----- off,'' you told the Tampa Bay Times. "We're one of the most important swing states, if not the most important swing state, and our activists and our donors are going to be punished for something they had nothing to do with."

Yeah, we acknowledge that Innisbrook is certainly not a stone's throw from the Tampa Bay Times Forum. But, it certainly would NOT be punishing to stay at Innisbrook, either.

Mr. Curry, we'd like to welcome you to Palm Harbor. Life is good over here on this side of Tampa Bay. In fact, we're sure that by the time you leave Palm Harbor, we'll have turned your frown upside down!

Here are 10 Reasons Why RNC Delegates Will Love Palm Harbor-

1) The best Key Lime Pie EVER is made right here in Palm Harbor. Family-owned has been a favorite of locals for 30 years.. J.J. Gandy's also supplies pies to lots of restaurants, they're that good! 

2) Palm Harbor is tops in Tampa Bay, when it comes to monkeying around.  is located in Palm Harbor. The non-profit organization resembles an old-style roadside attraction and is home to rescued primates and lots of other critters. Some residents had careers as TV actors and circus performers, others were rescued from test labs. . One of our favorite residents is "Pongo" a huge, lovable orangutan that you can see up close. Buy a bag of "Monkey Mix" and you'll have a blast feeding these fun critters.

3) Do you like nice cars? Palm Harbor is home to . The staff there is very nice and they don't mind lookie-loos.  

4) Do you like the beach? We have a charming little community beach where you can relax and . Crystal Beach is located at the corner of Crystal Beach Ave. & South Gulf Drive.

5) Want to experience one of the best beaches in the state? Clearwater Beach is just 15 miles away. (By the way, the drive to Clearwater Beach from Palm Harbor is much shorter than if you were staying at a hotel in Tampa!)

6) Speaking of drives to experience great things, we have restaurants here in Palm Harbor that attract people from other communities. Yep, people actually get in their cars and drive here to Palm Harbor to eat at The ,  and and they also party at . They drive to treat themselves to the yummy ice cream at . We have LOTS of other great restaurants, too!

7) The is a short trip down U.S. 19 in Clearwater. Need we say more?

8) Do you like to golf? You'll be happy to know that Innisbrook's Copperhead course is ranked as one of the Top 10 PGA Tour Courses by the pros. Innisbrook is a 900 acre resort that also features three other golf courses, 11 tennis courts, six swimming pools, four restaurants and the luxurious Indaba Spa. During the conference, Innisbrook will also name the holes on its Copperhead course chronologically after each of the 18 Republican American presidents, calling it the “Presidents 18.”  

9) Sheila C. Johnson, the owner of Innisbrook is rolling out the red carpet for YOU. She plans to personally greet delegation members. How cool is that? 

"I look forward to meeting everyone from Florida and South Carolina – two states with which I am very familiar. We’ll provide everyone – no matter their political affiliation – with a great experience, and also have a little fun with the theme,” says Johnson.

In case you're not familiar with Sheila Johnson, she is a founding partner of BET (Black Entertainment Television) and is the first African-American woman to have a stake in three professional sports teams, including the Washington Wizards (NBA) and the Washington Capitals (NHL). Johnson is also the Strategic Advisor for Multicultural and African-American Initiatives at AOL Huffington Post Media Group, which is affiliated with Patch.

10) You might bump into a local legend during your stay at Innisbrook. Legendary 99 year-old golf course architect  lives at Innisbrook. He has worked on more than 500 golf courses around the world and designed the famed Copperhead course at Innisbrook, in addition to the other three courses at the resort. He often wears an awesome red plaid jacket, which makes him the best dressed 99 year-old that we know. If you are really nice, Mr. Packard might invite you to have a bourbon with him!

Editor's Note: We're happy to report that Lenny Curry tweeted us to say he is looking forward to visiting Palm Harbor!

Did we miss a place that you think the delegates ought to visit? Let them know in the comments section below!

Jared Leone May 02, 2012 at 04:15 PM
A lot of good options. I especially like no. 5!
Sunde Farquhar May 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Ha! And, #5 is better when you load up on wings at #7 on the way :)
Jared Leone May 02, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Good call!
Linda May 02, 2012 at 09:14 PM
When you go to J.J Gandy's and buy something, be sure to put it in the trunk of your car, or it will be gone by the time you get home.
Sunde Farquhar May 03, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Lillian, you are so right! If they ever installed a camera in the parking lot of JJ Gandy's, it would record everyone eating their pie in their cars :) P.S.- Thanks for leaving the comment!
Jodi Henderson August 08, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Sunde, We printed this article and have it on our counter at JJ Gandy's Famous Key Lime Pies. Our customers are enjoying it and it has generated many interesting conversations with them. Thanks for listing us as #1. You have been loyal to us since the grand launch of the Palm Harbor Patch featuring us on that day. Thank you!!
Jodi Henderson August 08, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Lillian.........thanks for lovin' our stuff! Our customers are awesome and so very loyal to us. It's a sweet thing! :)
Sunde Farquhar August 28, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Hi Jodi! Thanks so much! That is SO cool! We are big supporters of our local homegrown businesses :) It is fantastic that JJ Gandy's has such a loyal following from our locals and people out of state as well.
Janice August 28, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Ozona Blue is a nice place to dine. I love sitting out on the back deck, which is beautiful and relaxing. I also agree, JJ Gandys is the best spot for dessert!
Brian Blaszczak August 28, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Funny that you used the Winghouse slogan 'Need we say more' in your Hooters comment (#7). :-) Two great places for wings!!

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