In late 1970, the Honeywell Aero Division in Minneapolis, MN decided to move a group of employees from MN to their facility in Pinellas County, FL. I was one of that group. Those people all had a trip to this area to find housing. At the time, Grovewood, was going through the process of changing from a Temple orange grove to a 125 home subdivision development. Millie and I had a visit to Grovewood with one of the builders during our “looking” schedule. The “looks” weren’t very great—mostly dirt street, about 1/5 of the lots had houses, no street lights, no shade trees, a group of very tall evergreen trees at the east end, and a lot of Temple orange trees. The few residents here were mostly in the 30-50 year old age group which fit us so well. We liked the prospect for a good future and decided to talk to the builder about having a house built. The more we looked and talked, the better Grovewood sounded as a future home site. We contracted to have a home built and went back to Minneapolis to get ready for the move. We moved in late August 1971, but lived in a rental house until our home was completed in October. There were a few other Honeywellers who had purchased homes in Grovewood so we weren’t total strangers. We really thought that we had made a good choice for our home location.

Some effort had started toward creating a neighborhood organization. Bill Zinzow was one of the most active in that effort and was elected as the first president. Several activities were set up to help people become acquainted throughout the neighborhood. Some of these events were a couple of street picnics per year (these still continue), rotating dinner parties of 4 or 5 couples per “dinner” home every couple of months, and some activities for the neighborhood children. Sara Blizzard organized and started a girl’s 4H club. It soon became apparent the kids could quickly make the change from snowballs to oranges for something to throw. The kids also found out that throwing oranges caused more parental uproar than throwing snowballs! Overall, having a lot of kids around helped to make the neighborhood enjoyable. To me, it seems like a loss to have so few in the neighborhood now, although sometime I’m content with not having 10-20 kids playing basketball on my driveway in the evening. At one time, we had 3 Clearwater high basketball squad members living in Grovewood. They and their followers met many evenings on our driveway.

We had many “volunteer get togethers” during the early years to clean, plant, and maintain the west and north perimeters of Grovewood and our entryway. We cleared the west side area along Belcher and planted shrubs the entire length. The plantings took place on one Saturday. It was a big job, but with lots of help, it got done. The shrubbery required a lot of trimming—almost all by residents. Eventually many of the shrubs became almost impossible to maintain and were removed. The shrubs that were originally in the west half of the entryway became a “great” place to discard cans, bottles, and small boxes and other trash. It required at least a weekly cleaning to look decent. The center island shrubs were finally removed by the residents and grass was installed to make a decent entryway possible.

That covers some of my memories of the “olden days” of Grovewood. I miss having a lot of kids around the area and all the chit-chat and help that I got from them.



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