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#101 Apr 25, 2012
tdmoore wrote:
I just moved from Belleview to Ocala. I lived down the road from Cool Breeze Farm. The 10 acres that I lived on for 7 years has a sinkhole in the backyard and the entire surrounding area has cave entrances and sinkholes. I can't even imagine how many tunnels ran under my property. There are a few entrances you can still get down into and some of the entrances naturally filled in with leaves and dirt. Next time I go that way I can get specific directions for anyone interested.
If anyone knows of any that can be explored locally I am very interested.
I am curious to know where you lived in Belleview, I am wondering if I knew of the caves on that property. Send me a private message omegaltd158@juno.com
Colton

Ocala, FL

#102 Sep 4, 2012
Anthony wrote:
another cave i just remembered.. right behind lowes on SR 200 over by the hilton... very very large.. not much to explore but still it was fun!!
Where exactly is this cave?

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#103 Sep 11, 2012
Colton wrote:
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Where exactly is this cave?
I am assuming he was describing cool breeze which contains the formally commercialized cave know as Luck Cave. Just off the property along the road is Road Side Cave. On the 10 acre parcel two to the north is Tucks Cave. There are caves all along that road and area.

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#104 Sep 11, 2012
Colton wrote:
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Where exactly is this cave?
My error, that one is Waldo Cave and there is a paved road that leads to it if you know where to look. You have to have permission to go into that cave. It was a larger cave until they tried to seal it up with dynamite.

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#105 Dec 1, 2012
November 29- When to the property, even though the law suit has not been filed against the county yet, and started chipping away at the Villie Smith (Ball Buster)epigraphy rock that prevents people from simply lowering them selves to the ledge below. A fair amount was removed but the whole projection must be removed in order to make climbing in and out of Dragon Cave easier. A 15 minute video was made before the bashing of Smith began, but the camera now gives a disk error message so the footage is most likely lost.

Another trip is planned for a Sunday during December.

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#106 Jan 26, 2013
Visited the cave in January and further reduced the Villie Smith rock but I still need to break it down more to allow an easier climb in to the second ledge. With out the generator, manually bashing to rock takes longer and is more tiring since the best way to attack it is from inside and below.
I made the video but am again having issues, I have to transfer the video to a DVD since the computer is having trouble reading the minidvd the footage is on.
The lawsuit against the county is going forward, the attorney retained and paid, all the documents are in chronological order along with photos. He was suppose to file the case with the court.

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#107 Feb 8, 2013
February 08- Visited the cave with the generator and some power tools. Took a lot off the rock but the circular saw is too heavy and massive to maneuver in the somewhat tight areas around the entrance. It is easier to get in and out now, but a good foot still needs to come off.

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#108 Feb 13, 2013
omegaltd wrote:
February 08- Visited the cave with the generator and some power tools. Took a lot off the rock but the circular saw is too heavy and massive to maneuver in the somewhat tight areas around the entrance. It is easier to get in and out now, but a good foot still needs to come off.
A new, inexpensive angle grinder was picked up with a diamond tipped blade, like the circular saw. It is smaller, a little lighter and will allow easier cut up of the rock even though it has a smaller blade. Although the next trip was scheduled for Sunday, February 17, It will have to be rescheduled. We will try again the following week to return to do more more in the cave. The video is now posted at Youtube, Daily motion, Flixya and Face Book.

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#110 Mar 17, 2013
The March trip to Dragon Cave occurred on March 17. The trip up was smooth but it was known something would go wrong when it was realized the tool box was left home. Upon arrival, the gear was brought to the cave, but entry was delayed as the drivers needed to make a bathroom run. AraChiya pulled garbage out of the bushes so that Moron county would see it and pick it up. He trimmed overgrowth in the parking areas and noticed cleavers growing all over. When they returned, AraChiya started the generator and climbed in. A lost piece of gear was looked for just below the entrance but was not found, so AraChiya hooked up the new angle cutter and started slicing bits out of the rock. The blade came lose, so power was cut off to tighten it. The brake that holds the shaft still broke, making it impossible to tighten the blade. This was the device's first use. It will have to go back to the store. With the primary goal no longer possible, the generator was shut down and AraChita spent the time breaking up the rocks at the barricade. A foot and a half of chalk-like limestone rock was removed. A large piece of chert on top was loosened but was still too big to break away. At the designated time, the work was stopped, tools gathered and AraChiya left the cave. All the gear went back to the truck where a kumquat tree was found bearing fruit. A driver ate two of them. It was then off to Belleview Pizza for lunch before heading home.

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#111 Mar 29, 2013
A new angle grinder was donated, this time a brand that we have had experience with before. RYOBI. The first was DRILL MASTER and it was clear from just looking at it that it was a piece of garbage. We should be able to remove at least a foot of rock off the climb in ledge on the next trip which is scheduled for April 14.
smcswercko

New Port Richey, FL

#112 Mar 29, 2013
omegaltd wrote:
A new angle grinder was donated, this time a brand that we have had experience with before. RYOBI. The first was DRILL MASTER and it was clear from just looking at it that it was a piece of garbage. We should be able to remove at least a foot of rock off the climb in ledge on the next trip which is scheduled for April 14.
I tried to join your group on Facebook but could not find it, please help.
laura

Weirsdale, FL

#114 Mar 30, 2013
check your email

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#115 Mar 30, 2013
trippy hippy wrote:
Maybe things could get done faster if you didn't smoke pot...back and forth,back and forth, a generator? A generator? Why not also cordless grinder as a back up plan with 3 charged batteries. But I know you could forget to fully charge them...there is also power chisels to cut rock, if you got a generator just as well get a mini air compressor and pneumatic chisel. This should eat quick and painlessly. If something goes wrong with generator like you Forget to bring gas,you could use cordless grinder. Rent one if you ain't got much $$$. How did the egyptians cut so much rock?? Most likely the aliens did that while humans slaved. I worked a lot of concrete jobs, I would just rent a concrete cutter, looks just like a chainsaw with a big cutter disk,you'll need water and mixed gasoline no generator,no air compressor or cordless grinders. You'll be done in a hour...
Maybe you should wait until the drugs wear off before you make your moronic comments.

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#116 Mar 30, 2013
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I tried to join your group on Facebook but could not find it, please help.
The group is called the TERRANAUTS CORP.

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#117 Apr 1, 2013
http://www.facebook.com/groups/27474766257076...

This is the link to the Terranaut Corps. NSS members are not welcome, they have plenty of their own caves and sites to go to.

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#118 Apr 14, 2013
April 14, 2013- We left 30 minutes late thus arrived 30 minutes late. After the gear was brought to the cave, I started the generator and climbed in to continue chopping up the entrance ledge. The new angle cutter performed beautifully cutting strips of rock away and blowing the dust into my neck and up behind the protective visor. When the cutting was done for the day, I took new photos, the dust in the air made taking photos difficult. The gear and tools were brought out of the cave and I took measurements of the collection chamber on the bathroom to determine the size for the replacement solar evaporation toilet that will be installed. The cement base will have to be cut before the new, upgraded, system can be put in. tree frog took over the bathroom interior. After locking the gate (the county did not pick up the trash left for them) I had to peel the coveralls off and get cleaned up before we went to Belleview Pizza for lunch before heading home.

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#119 Apr 25, 2013
The owner of the parcel that allows us direct access to the cave and our primary parcel of land, has decided to allow the taxes to lapse because of health problems they can no longer afford to pay the taxes. The parcel was finally offered to the tribe for purchase but the lawsuit against Marion County cost the funds the land was to be purchased with. If the let the taxes lapse, the county will seize it (a violation of the Constitution) despite the fact that the county has not maintained the access road for 15 years.
The county did make a written agreement with us to honor our tax exemption and now they changed their minds (without informing me), filed a false document to justify not keeping their promise, violated state public records law, commit extortion and send threats to seize our land (they send the threats by USPS which is also illegal) and a document from the Department of Justice confirms the county is violating our civil rights. Thus, we are suing the county and have hired the only attorney that would take on the case for under $6000. Thus, we could not purchase the property until this matter is resolved. I suggested to the landowner that if they donate the land now, they will get a deduction from their taxes that is much higher than the price they wanted to sell the property for. If the county seizes our land and that one, at least the property owner would have the tax deduction and be free of the county's fascist, illegal, terrorist tactics to defraud the people of their money.
If the county does seize our land, we will remove the fences, the picnic table, maybe dismantle the floor deck and shed and seal the cave. A person living down the street will immediately resume his illegal dumping activities on the property.

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#120 May 19, 2013
May 19, 2013- Today's back up trip to the cave went well. More of the first ledge was cut away and although still tight, I was able to lower myself to the second ledge and sit instead of having to work my body around the edge of the first ledge. Two or three more trips should do it, then I can work at reducing the barricade boulders into smaller chunks before work begins to clear the continuing passage at the far end.
New photos were added to the Terranaut Corps group on Face Book.

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#121 May 28, 2013
Looking at the latest google maps satellite images, it was found that the cave entrance on the west side of SE 36 Ave, before arriving at 130 st to the south, was filled in as the property owner appears to have put up a fence on top of it.
The ruins of Eichelberger cave have shown the land owners clearing the land to the north. cave entrances that surround the quarry are now visible as the trees are cleared. This is a clear sign the entire cave system is going to be destroyed as were the two huge chambers and the ancient Indian carved stairs that lead to a subterranean spring. The historical and archaeological site, which may still have some irreplaceable artifacts in the outer passages, is going to become a great, big open pit so that people can mine the limestone to make concrete.

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#122 Jun 18, 2013
June 13,2013- The back up trip for June went well, although i forgot to pack my gloves. In about an hour the body sized gap was cut into the side of the ledge. I was able to climb out with the helmet on, through this cut from the second ledge but it was still a bit tight around the waist. One more trip should finish off that work.
Unfortunately, a big tree came down, clipping the corner of the bathroom. There was some minor damage but the tree branches will have to be cut up so that i can access behind the bathroom to make the modifications for the new solar dehydration toilet. I also discovered a depression at the base of a tree behind the bathroom has opened, there is now a small pit revealing a new entrance to the cave below. We heard some tapping noises, probably air bubbles from dissolving limestone coming through the water saturated clay.
What is even worse is that Belleview Pizza will be closed for the first two weeks in July!

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