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Thorntons Gas & Service Stations 1351 34th St N Saint Petersburg, FL 33713

Gassed up here this morning for the first time. New offering along the 34th Street corridor in what was the Tampa Bay Times parking lot.

Lowest gas price in town. Simple yet elegant storefront, and plenty of food options inside. Cleanest rest room in town probably. Had never seen this oil company before, but it all looks A-OK. The St Petersburg construction boom continues

Chick-fil-A 1504 E Brandon Blvd Brandon, FL 33511

First time here on this cold morning. Drive-through was packed, with a staffer taking orders outside. Ordered their Chicken Egg-McMuffin combo at $5.89, over six bucks including tax.

Bigger than the Mickie D Egg McMuffin, plus hash browns and small decaf. The burrito and chicken biscuit combos cost less. Their round hash browns are identical to Burger King’s, but they are delivered in a decorated cardboard box, unique. You are given a table marker and food is brought to your table, like Mickie D is now doing.

The dining room and rest room interior is stylish, definitely a step up from the burger wars.
In front of both Home Depot and Walmart, prime real estate on busy Brandon Boulevard.

Kissimmee Lakefront Park

I had parked along the lake just past the park before, but it was last Thursday that I really discovered this long stretch of paradise. There is a small marina at one end, then a fishing pier, a small lighthouse at a peninsula, and that’s just along the shore.

At least six shelters with ceiling fans can be reserved for any gathering, plus there’s a community house and a cafe offering pizza, refreshments and other goodies.

Several signs along the shore warn of snakes and alligators, and sure enough one had his head above water and stared at me for a few minutes before submerging. Fantastic idea that they have several lawn chairs along the shore available to all. Money well-spent here.