Monthly News & Updates July 1,2024

Volume XIII

Happy 4th of July


Safety and fireworks...

Please do not set fireworks off in the Park. Fireworks are to be set off in the front of the Park next to the river.

Its a Celabration!

The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day in the United States, is a holiday filled with history, tradition, and celebration. Here are some fun facts about this patriotic holiday:

  1. Adoption of the Declaration of Independence: The 4th of July marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, when the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states.

2.Fireworks Tradition:

The tradition of fireworks on the 4th of July dates back to the very first Independence Day celebration in 1777. John Adams envisioned fireworks as part of the festivities to commemorate the holiday.

Hot Dog Consumption: Americans consume an estimated 150 million hot dogs on the 4th of July. The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, held annually on this day, is a testament to the country's love for this classic summer food.

  1. First Celebrations: The first celebrations included bonfires, concerts, parades, and the firing of cannons and muskets. These activities were meant to boost morale and demonstrate the new nation's strength and unity.
  2. National Holiday: The 4th of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1870, nearly a century after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It became a paid holiday for federal employees in 1941.
  3. Flag Etiquette: On Independence Day, it is customary to display the American flag. There are specific guidelines for flag etiquette, such as not letting the flag touch the ground and lighting it at night if it is displayed in the dark.
  4. Coincidences: Three U.S. presidents have died on July 4th: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, and James Monroe died on July 4, 1831. Interestingly, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the same day, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
  5. Liberty Bell Tradition: Every 4th of July, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not rung, as it is too fragile) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.
  6. Large Celebrations: Some of the largest 4th of July celebrations take place in cities like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., featuring elaborate fireworks displays, parades, and concerts.
  7. Songs and Music: Patriotic songs such as "The Star-Spangled Banner," "America the Beautiful," and "God Bless America" are commonly sung and played during Independence Day festivities. These songs help to evoke a sense of national pride and unity.

These facts highlight the rich history and vibrant traditions associated with the 4th of July, making it one of the most cherished holidays in the United States.


Red Hot & Boom in Altamonte Springs brings the city’s larger-than-life fireworks display to Cranes Roost Park for its 27th year. In addition to the display at 9:30 p.m., guests can enjoy live music, food and family-friendly activities. The music lineup includes The Intracoastals, Voodoo Moonshine, Blue Stone Circle, No Lonely Hearts and Relic. Drones, large coolers or coolers on wheels, glass containers, alcohol, grilling and pets are prohibited. There is a beer garden at the event with food and drinks available for purchase. The free event begins at 5 p.m. July 3 at 274 Cranes Roost Blvd. in Altamonte Springs.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks. Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks. If you are setting fireworks off at home, follow these safety steps:

Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets

Fireworks are to be set off next to the River, DO NOT SET FIREWORKS OFF IN THE PARK PLEASE.


Larry is getting ready for hurricane season!

Now is the time to prepare, cut trees back, and pick up items in the yard that may get blown into the side of a home. Get prescriptions filled, water, flashlights, non-perishable foods. Make arrangements for pets.

Happy July Birthdays

Lot #1 Mary Furno

Lot # 71 Steven Hettenhouser

Lot # 18 Kevin Arthur

Lot # 54 Dominic Taylor

From all of us at Nelson's


Mount Dora’s Freedom on the Waterfront hosts the community for live music, food trucks and fireworks on the shores of Lake Dora. A fireworks show will dazzle the crowd at 9:15 p.m. on July 3, the eve of the holiday itself. Find the festivities beginning at 5 p.m. July 3 at 100 N. Donnelly St. and 310 S. Tremain St. in Mount Dora. 


Nelson's Yard of the Month goes to William (Will) Cosby lot #58

Great work Will, thank you!

Pest control and inspections for rental homes in July are the week of July 15th through July 19th please plan accordingly.

Laundry Hours


8am to 8pm

Last wash at 6:30

There is no smoking or vaping in the laundry facility.

Shirt and shoes are required while in the laundry facility.

Repair Services for Rental Units

As a resident of a rental unit, you are responsible for covering the cost of any damages caused to the property, including windows, doors, walls, flooring, etc. Our repair services are available to fix the damages at an hourly rate of $55.00. Please note that you will be charged for the actual time to complete the repair and the cost of supplies used. Payment for the repair is due upon receipt. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 352-821-3474.

This is also in the Park Rules, you may find a copy on our



What did one flag say to the other flag?

Nothing, it just waved....

A Little Something About July You May Not Know.....

Have you ever wondered why July is so special? From its warm embrace of summer to its association with independence and celebration, July holds a multitude of intriguing wonders and fascinating tales.

Here are some interesting facts about July that are sure to dazzle you. So, sit back and enjoy the hidden gems within this unique period of the year.

  1. July is named after Julius Caesar, the Roman general and statesman, who was born in this month.
  2. July is known as the “hottest month” in the Northern Hemisphere and the “coldest month” in the Southern Hemisphere.
  3. The birthstones for July are the ruby, which symbolizes contentment, passion, and love.
  4. In the Southern Hemisphere, July marks the middle of winter.
  5. The International Day of Friendship is celebrated on July 30th.
  6. The United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4th.
  7. The birth flower for July is the larkspur, which represents an open heart and strong bonds of love.
  8. The highest recorded temperature in history, 56.7°C (134°F), was recorded in Furnace Creek, Death Valley, California, on July 10, 1913.
  9. July is the birth month of notable figures such as Frida Kahlo, Nelson Mandela, and Amelia Earhart.
  10. The first successful test of the atomic bomb, codenamed “Trinity,” took place on July 16, 1945, in New Mexico, USA.
  11. The Juno spacecraft reached Jupiter in July 2016, marking an important milestone in space exploration.
  12. The United Kingdom celebrates National Parks Week in July, promoting the beauty and conservation of their national parks.
  13. The National Hot Dog Day is celebrated on the third Wednesday of July in the United States.
  14. In Japan, the Tanabata Festival, also known as the Star Festival, is celebrated in July.
  15. The Wimbledon tennis tournament, one of the oldest and most prestigious tennis events, is held in July.

Leesburg’s 4th of July Celebration offers a waterski show, children’s activities, carnival rides, live music, and the “largest fireworks display in Lake County” at 9 p.m. with great viewing from all around Venetian Cove. The festivities kick off at 4 p.m. July 4 at 201 E. Dixie Ave. in Leesburg.


Florida's geology and climate create a distinct set of geological signs during July, including:

  1. Sinkhole Formation:
  • Florida is known for its karst topography, which is susceptible to sinkholes. The increased rainfall in July can lead to more sinkhole activity as water seeps into the ground and dissolves underlying limestone.

2.Coastal Erosion:

  • July often brings tropical storms and hurricanes, which can cause significant coastal erosion. The high-energy waves and storm surges erode beaches and alter coastal landscapes.

3.Beach Sand Movement:

  • The dynamic coastal environment in July leads to the movement of sand along beaches. This can result in the formation and reshaping of sandbars, dunes, and other coastal features.

4.Wetland Changes:

  • Florida’s wetlands, including the Everglades, experience changes due to seasonal rainfall. Increased water levels can lead to shifts in the distribution of plant and animal life as well as sediment deposition.

5.Increased Aquifer Recharge:

  • With heavy summer rains, the state's aquifers receive more recharge. This can influence the groundwater levels and the health of natural springs.

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6. River and Stream Flow Variations:

  • The increased rainfall leads to higher flows in rivers and streams. This can result in changes to riverbanks, sediment transport, and potentially localized flooding.

7. Algal Blooms:

  • Warm temperatures and nutrient runoff from rains can promote algal blooms in both freshwater and marine environments. These blooms can impact water quality and marine life.

8. Limestone Weathering:

  • Rainwater, slightly acidic from atmospheric carbon dioxide, can further weather exposed limestone, contributing to the ongoing process of karst formation.

9. Peat Soil Swelling:

  • In areas with peat soils, such as the Everglades, increased water content during the wet season can cause the soils to swell, affecting plant life and water flow.

These geological signs reflect the interaction between Florida's unique geology and its summer climate, especially the influence of heavy rains and tropical weather systems.

Attention Residents!

Attention Residents! Please do not feed the animals, mainly stray cats. If there is food outside your home and you are feeding cats, you are also inviting other animals on the property to cause damage around and under homes. If you are feeding outside cats, you are now the owners of those cats and will be charged a pet fee and required to show vaccination and sterilization records. The non-refundable cat fee will be $150.00 per cat.

Feeding the stray animals could get very expensive.

We are still gathering feral cats. If you have a house cat, and it goes outside, PUT A COLLAR ON YOUR CAT PLEASE, so we can identify it as a house cat. If the cats we pick up have a collar they will be released. The Park is overrun with feral, strays, and cats that are left behind by residents who move out and leave pets behind.

We will release cats that can be identified with a collar.


Please do not leave kiddie swimming pools filled with water when not in use. All swimming pools are to be dumped out daily.

Park Rule 16. Swimming Pools are allowed but can’t exceed 6 inches of water (depth), and must be emptied and stored each day.

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Billy Holloway, one of our residents here at Nelson's, took this beautiful photo.

What a great shot of the June sunset in the cove. Thank you Billy

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