Newsletter & Updates for June 2024 Volume XII

June: The Gateway to Summer

June is a month that resonates with the vibrant energy of summer. Named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage and childbirth, June holds a special place in many cultures around the world. It is a time when the days are long, the nights are warm, and nature is in full bloom. Let's explore the significance, traditions, and events that make June a remarkable month.

Happy June Birthday Nelson's


Kelly Branham lot #83

June 30th!

The beautiful State of Washington Mountains

Happy Father's Day!

The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972—58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official—that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. Father’s Day 2024 will occur on Sunday, June 16.

What is June famous for?

  • June: Historical Events. The month of June has found its appellation in the name of Jupiter’s wife, Juno. Since Juno is the Goddess of Marriage, the Romans consider this month to be the most auspicious for any blissful union. Juno, the queen of the gods, has been depicted as a graceful, tall woman, with a peacock as her companion.

A man tells his doctor that his wife has laryngitis. The doctor said there was nothing he could do to cure it.

The man said, "Cure it? I want to prolong it."


Daily holidays and observances in June 2024

June 1

  • Flip a Coin Day
  • National Black Bear Day
  • National Game Show Day
  • National Go Barefoot Day
  • National Hazelnut Cake Day

  • National Nail Polish Day
  • National Olive Day
  • National Pen Pal Day
  • National Play Outside Day
  • National Prairie Day
  • National Say Something Nice Day
  • National Trails Day
  • World Milk Day
  • World Reef Awareness Day



We had to have the garage door repaired. The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time a 1/2 horsepower.

He shook his head and said, 'Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.' I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, 'NO, it’s not.' Four is larger than two.

We haven't used Sears repair since. Just for fun..........

Florida offers license-free freshwater fishing days to encourage more people to experience fishing. In June 2024, the specific weekend designated for license-free freshwater fishing is June 8-9, 2024.

During this weekend, residents and visitors can fish without needing to purchase a fishing license. This initiative is part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's efforts to promote outdoor activities and conservation awareness. However, all other fishing regulations, such as size limits, bag limits, and species-specific rules, still apply.

What Is Florida's State Flower?

The orange blossom (Citrus sinensis) is the official state flower of Florida. The state flower should not be confused with the state wildflower, which is the tickseed. The orange blossom is the flower that sprouts from the orange tree. The orange is a fruit that is commonly associated with Florida given its abundance across the state. The orange blossom was designated by the state legislature as Florida's official flower on November 5, 1909. The flower can be seen blossoming in various places in Central and Southern Florida. Millions of orange blossoms sprout from the trees, perfuming the air with their scent. The flowers blossom in spring, resulting in fruits in the following autumn or winter. Even after the fruit begins to grow, some flowers can still be seen on the orange trees.

Florida was named by the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce De León, who discovered the land in 1513. He called it Pascua Florida, meaning “Feast of Flowers.”

Some believe he named the state after the beautiful wildflowers he saw, but more factually, it is the name of Spanish Easter, which was around the time when Juan Ponce De León discovered the land.


An 1890s riverboat stuck in floating masses of vegetation

About the Preserve

During the 1800s in Florida, travel and commerce was by river. The Ocklawaha was a mazy waterway for commercial traffic to follow.

Emptying into the St. Johns River near Palatka, its floodplain forests crowded close to steamboat passengers.

People walk on the Sanford riverwalk along Lake Monroe as strong winds and rain continue from Hurricane Ian on September 29, 2022, in Sanford, Florida. The hurricane brought high winds, storm surges, and rain to the area causing severe damage. 

Brace for a very active hurricane season this year, warn forecasters.

The 2023 hurricane season saw 20 named storms and three major hurricanes from the Atlantic basin, ranking as the fourth most active hurricane season on record.

This year’s hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 is going to be even worse, according to a hurricane prediction model.

“We are predicting five major hurricanes and 21 named storms over the North Atlantic,” says Xubin Zeng, professor in the University of Arizona’s hydrology and atmospheric sciences department, whose hurricane forecasting team is making predictions for the 10th year in a row.

The team’s prediction is specifically for the North Atlantic basin, Zeng says, which includes the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast. It does not apply to hurricane activity in the eastern Pacific, which affects Mexico and occasionally the southwestern US.


Be prepared for hurricane season and avoid being left in the dark. In the event of a power outage, ensure you have a sufficient supply of non-perishable foods, drinking water, batteries for flashlights, extra diapers for infants, hand sanitizer, snacks, extra clothes, pet food for your furry friends, medications, and blankets. Being unprepared can exacerbate an already difficult situation.

Now is the time to start preparing our homes and outside spaces. Awnings, lawn furniture, tables, and loose items that can blow across the property and potentially cause damage to human life or property are hazards. If we are in the path of a hurricane, our park maintenance team will allow you a day to remove and store your property correctly. When it comes down to the final hours, the park maintenance team will bring a trailer around and pick up loose items left in yards, and we will not be responsible for items the Park picked up before the storm. Tenants with items left loose in the yard will be billed an hourly rate by the park, for the time it takes for us to remove it.







Fast Food

Remember when a Wendy's burger was a rare new treat?

The 1960s were a hotbed of fast food marketing and consumption.

Burger King, McDonald's, KFC, and Wendy's all saw huge growth during this time, with fast food beginning to replace the home-cooked meal as the gold standard of American dining.

Home Cooking

Remember when Jell-O was a staple in both savory and sweet dishes?

Ham, eggs, celery, and tuna fish were all fair game when it came to the classic Jell-O salad that became a cornerstone of 1960s' dinner parties.

Whether as a casserole or "mold," the modern ‘60s chef embraced the idea of the one-pot dish.

Joe's pest control and monthly inspections for June will be the week of June 17th through the 21st.

Events Only 1960s Kids Will Remember

The swinging 1960s were a huge turning point in American history.

That's why it's so easy to feel nostalgic for the good old days — we put a man on the moon and indulged in our wilder side with the "hippie revolution," all while enjoying the rebellious tunes of the Mamas and The Papas.

America saw the rise of one of its most charismatic leaders, John F. Kennedy, and then banded together to heal after his passing. The way we ate, dressed, lived, and worked shifted with industrial and cultural revolutions.

Dinner could now be prepared in 10 minutes or less with a microwave. The rise of rock 'n' roll gave way to one of the most iconic musical acts of the modern era: The Beatles.

After WWI, the Greatest Generation gave birth to the Baby Boomers — and they've been influencing American life and culture ever since.

Scroll through below for a look back at the products, music, and culture that defined one of the most pivotal decades in American history: the 1960s.

How well do you remember the iconic '60s?


Remember seeing your favorite bands play in one incredible concert: Woodstock?

Whether you were a fan of British invasion bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, or your tastes were more folk-inspired, some of the most influential music of the modern era came out of the 1960s.

Not to mention, young folks everywhere were flocking to their nearest music festival to catch these famous bands in action (and pick up some vinyl as a souvenir).

Nature in Full Bloom

June is a month of natural abundance. Gardens, parks, and countryside landscapes burst into color as flowers bloom and trees are lush with leaves. It's a prime time for outdoor activities like hiking, picnicking, and gardening. Many fruits and vegetables are also in season, making it a perfect month for fresh, local produce. Farmers' markets are teeming with strawberries, cherries, peas, and more, inviting people to enjoy the flavors of the season.

Attention Residents of Nelson's

Residents are not to install A/C units. Please call the office, we will then send a maintenance team member over to see if the unit can be installed and install it if it is possible. There is a fee of $55.00 per installation. This is precautionary to ensure that damages will not occur to the structure in the future.

If you have questions, please call the office.


Tips for living and surviving a summer in Florida...

  1. Stay Hydrated: Due to high temperatures and humidity, staying hydrated is crucial. Carry water with you, especially when spending time outdoors.
  2. Sun Protection: Use sunscreen, and wear hats, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the strong summer sun. Lightweight, breathable clothing is also recommended.
  3. Plan for Rain: Bring an umbrella or raincoat for sudden downpours. Thunderstorms typically pass quickly, so plan indoor activities during stormy afternoons.
  4. Be Hurricane Aware: If visiting during hurricane season, stay informed about weather conditions and have an emergency plan.

Summer in Florida offers a mix of relaxation and adventure, making it a popular destination for tourists seeking beachside leisure and thrilling activities.

Festivals and Celebrations

June is a month of festivities. The Glastonbury Festival in the UK, one of the world's largest music festivals, typically takes place in late June, attracting music lovers from all over the globe. In Spain, the night of San Juan (St. John’s Eve) on June 23rd is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks, symbolizing the purifying power of fire and the arrival of summer.

Another notable celebration is the Dragon Boat Festival in China, which falls on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar, often in June. This festival commemorates the ancient poet Qu Yuan and includes dragon boat races, eating zongzi (rice dumplings), and other cultural activities.

Fishing on the Ocklawaha River in Florida is a popular activity due to the river's diverse ecosystem and scenic beauty. Here's an overview of what you can expect when fishing on the Ocklawaha River:

Fish Species

The Ocklawaha River is home to a variety of fish species, making it an attractive destination for anglers. Some of the common fish you can catch include:

  • Largemouth Bass: One of the most popular targets for sport fishing, these bass are abundant in the river.
  • Black Crappie: Known locally as speckled perch, they are sought after for their tasty fillets.
  • Bluegill and Other Sunfish: These are plentiful and provide great opportunities for family fishing trips.
  • Catfish: Both channel and bullhead catfish are common in the river.
  • Striped Bass: Occasionally, striped bass can be found, especially in areas where the river connects with larger bodies of water.

Best Fishing Spots

Some of the best spots for fishing on the Ocklawaha River include:

  • Rodman Reservoir: Located along the river, this reservoir is renowned for its trophy bass fishing.
  • Silver Springs: Near the source of the river, it offers clear waters and a variety of fish species.
  • Eureka West and Eureka East Boat Ramps: These areas provide easy access to good fishing locations along the river.

Wildlife and Scenery

Besides the fishing, the Ocklawaha River offers beautiful scenery and a chance to see a variety of wildlife. The river meanders through lush forests and is home to alligators, turtles, otters, and a wide range of bird species, including ospreys and herons.


Always check the latest fishing regulations from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) before heading out. This includes information on licensing, size limits, and seasonal restrictions.

Fishing on the Ocklawaha River provides a rewarding experience, whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner. The combination of abundant fish, beautiful natural surroundings, and the opportunity to see diverse wildlife makes it a prime fishing destination in Florida.

Our boat launch is only $5.00, so come out and try the Ocklawaha River. Open 7 days a week from 6 am to 8 pm


Marion County, Florida Tie-Out Laws for Dogs

Marion County, Florida, prioritizes the humane treatment of animals and has established specific regulations regarding the tethering, or "tie-out," of dogs to ensure their safety and well-being. Understanding these laws is crucial for dog owners to avoid penalties and to ensure that their pets are treated humanely.

Key Provisions of Marion County's Tie-Out Laws

  1. General Prohibition on Unattended Tethering:
  • Unlawful Tethering: It is unlawful to tether a dog outdoors without proper supervision. Marion County ordinances state that dogs should not be left tethered in a manner that could cause harm or distress to the animal.

  1. Supervision Requirement:
  • Direct Supervision: If a dog is tethered, it must be under the direct supervision of a responsible person. This means that the dog cannot be left unattended while tied out. The supervising person should be present to ensure the dog’s safety and well-being at all times.
  1. Humane Tethering Practices:
  • Appropriate Equipment: Collars and tethers used must be humane and not cause harm or injury to the dog. The use of choke chains, prong collars, or heavy chains for tethering is prohibited. The tether must be long enough to allow the dog to move freely, access food, water, and shelter, and avoid tangling.
  • Freedom of Movement: The tether must be at least 10 feet long or three times the length of the dog (measured from the nose to the base of the tail), whichever is greater. This ensures that the dog has ample space to move and exercise.


Nelson's July Yard of the Month! Lot # 54 Kelsey & Dominic Congratulations!

FYI, we are gathering up feral cats within the Park. If you have cats (the limit is 2 indoor cats) and do not want them trapped, keep your cats in your home, they are not to be running in the park, at any time. Nelson's will not be responsible for missing cats or kittens.

Each home is limited to 2 cats, and they must be indoor cats only.

The cats we are picking up are being relocated, they are not being harmed in any way, and they are not going to shelters.

Vaccination records and spay or neuter records are to be filed with the Park office.


June is a month that embodies the spirit of summer. It's a time of growth, celebration, and warmth. Whether you're enjoying a festival, participating in a cultural event, or simply soaking up the Sun, June offers a plethora of experiences that highlight the beauty and vibrancy of life. As we embrace the opportunities and joys of this month, we are reminded of the cyclical nature of the seasons and the continual renewal of life.

Knucklehead says " Have a great June and we will see you in the July Newsletter for more News around Nelson's".