For 2013 and beyond:
o a stainless steel fish cleaning station with task lighting over a sink that has a commercial disposal (no fish smell here) with spary arm and gutting table.
o a dog bathing station with walk-up ramp. You choose the water temperature that comes out of the flexible spray nozzel.
o a car washing station.
For 2014 and beyond:
o a covered deck on wheels, large enough for several lounge chairs, to keep you out of the sand and sun while enjoying the Gulf just a few feet away.
o charcoal grills, just like the State Parks have, so that you can grill right next to the water.
o driveway made level and retaining wall installed to the East with lightposts to help navigation at night.
|The white railing has been dismantled and the lights taken down. Everything looks quite baren and I have been gripped with severe trepidation. But, the builders have arrived and got right to work. After the second day, they had made incredible progress. The skeleton that holds the screening, over an ample 48'x56' area, is white coated aluminum - a quality product that will resist 130 MPH winds and all the salt spray the Gulf can provide.|
|Ron, my better half, is talking with the crew's foreman....just to make sure that all goes well.|
|"Hey", Ron says. "These two are upside down. Hope you are going to correct this!" My sympathies to the foreman who maintains his pleasant demeanor in spite of all the questions.|
|Our crew on a much-needed break! They can work miracles.|
|There is so much room in here. I can see our renters picnicking in this area just steps away from the grilling area away from insects next to the pool water. What a treat!|
|A view of the aluminum skeleton from the house. You can see how it fits into the area just behind the grilling area.|
|I just couldn't resist. On our last trip into Panama City, I started buying the tropicals that we will be planting under the screened area. It will take many more trips but this gives you an idea of my intentions. The screening will be covered with tinted polycarbonate panels in the cooler months to allow for, we hope, year-round swimming in the pool. This greenhouse like atmosphere should allow me to plant an array of exotic plants that would otherwise die in our winters. I wonder if orchids, bromeliads, pineapples and tender ferns would also do well? Only time will tell.|
|Special "no-see-um" screening going up. Even the smallest bug can't get through this.|
|Scott and Ron supervising. Nothing gets past these two.|
|Side view. The builders said that this is the second largest enclosure they have built and they build lots of them.|
|View from grilling area. Table will be painted and moved inside for bug-free eating.|
|Inside. It feels very special in here.|
|Side view. The guys have started putting in the posts that will line the driveway. The posts will have low-voltage lights to show you where to drive.|
|Now that everything is screened, the guys are removing the wall that enclosed the old lanai. It becomes part of the pool area and will include a fridge and wet bar complete with stools.|
|My best workers.|
|Lounge and wet bar with fridge.|
|The pool at night.|
|Installing overhead lights to provide extra light if you want to eat or party after dark.|
|Our sailfish mascott in place.|