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  1. This was an interesting article on Grossman Hammock. My father was Mark Grossman. Glad to see that it is still being available.
    Helen Grossman Myers

    • After I wrote the article, I found out that Grossman Hammock is no longer open to the public. The Park apparently cannot justify stationing a ranger there.

  2. The park is now open during daylight hours although the jewel of it (the hammock) is not currently open to the public. Thanks for the interesting article. -A.

  3. In 1969, my then husband Wes Howl, a native Perrine-eum, took me to Grossman Hammock in our old humpback Volvo. We drove out to what I thought was really the boonies! We got to the Hammock and it was like a prehistoric setting. You expected a a flying terradactyl to come out of the trees. As soon as we got out of our car (we were the only ones there) everything went quiet. But we just waited and soon all the sounds started up again. Birds and strange other notices. To a girl from a farm off Lake Ontario in upstate New York, WOW! Kind of scary but totally unforgettable! Sorry to hear it is closed to public now. Hope that changes. Everyone thinks of the West as the last frontier of the 20th century but if you talk to people who grew up south of South Miami you soon learn a fascinating history of some of the real last pioneers! My husband’s grandmother was 1 of 2 of the first telephone operators brought from Atlanta to Miami to help run the exchange. Her daughter, my husbands’ mother, used to kid that she went to school in a dugout canoe! Not true but a great story! Her father was a moonshine maker whose still was busted up by the Feds! Years later my husband scouted the area he was told where the still was, off Old Cutler Rd., and actually found the sink hole and brought back an old style milk can he found!! Lots of good stories. Well thanks for listening and good luck with the hammock.

  4. I am a regular bike rider out at Chekika and would support any causes. Since the road has been closed off except for biking or walking, access is now very limited. A bike offers the best advantages and I think making it a known biking opportunity will help bring it back much like Shark Valley, which is popular for riders there. We have miles of paved roads out there. With the new gravel roads for flooding more wading birds have been showing up.

  5. My father, Ernest Martin, was a park ranger there. We lived inside the State Park, in the late 70’s.

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