In the immortal words of Otto Kern the Actor “She-who-is-to-be obeyed” has decreed that we shall sell our house in the Philadelphia area and move to Florida for our retirement. Although this idea has some merit, I am not just yet ready to go south and pick oranges. I was gainfully employed as an electrical/software engineer for 45 years. Now I drive a school bus for a part time retirement job. Parenthetically I am working harder driving the bus than I ever did before, and making much less money to boot.
But all this is beside the point. Many years ago I had a substantial 2ROS layout in the basement of my home. The joy lasted for about 10 years and I had a blast, but due to career changes and other issues I was required to move. I decided to further pursue the hobby but in the form of Club Membership only. Our existing Florida property is located in Venice, on the Gulf Coast about an hour south of Tampa/St Petersburg and about an hour north of Ft Myers. The problem with Florida housing is that most houses do not have basements. So a club layout would have to be located in a building above ground level in an area that was not flood prone (or hurricane prone or alligator prone etc).
So I am asking you Floridians if there are club layouts available on the Gulf Coast which I could join. I have been reviewing the trade magazines and have not noticed too much activity in this state. Most retirement age folk like me get to Florida, notice the lack of opportunity and start to sell off their collections piece by piece on eBay.