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Betty Francis

Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english


57 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Greater Fort Lauderdale Bungalow Rental Photos and Description

PRIVATE beach bungalow on a quiet street only block to beach! GREAT LOCATION!


ALL five star reviews! FIVE STAR CLEAN!

We are a properly licensed vacation rental!

Safely hidden from the mood ruining madness and conventionality of a typical tourist class hotel, this intimate 5-star beach retreat is a special beach bungalow-style house with tropical colored doors, located just off the ocean at the end of 'Millionaire's row', and only a 4 minute stroll from one the most beautiful 'private-style' wide beaches in all Florida! Our fascinating beach has a stunning view of the inlet lighthouse! Spend the day reading and sleeping under a our beach umbrella, enjoy tropical cocktails at the Tiki Bar or a $40/hr. swedish massage by Betty's favorite therapist. This 'boutique-style' bungalow apartment has the extra cleanliness and sparkle you long for but simply cannot seem to find anywhere else. Enjoy being at 'home' with a FULL kitchen, lovely glassware and everything you could possibly want including a huge dose of charm. Shower outside in the tropical garden then nap in on your screened porch or in the hammock. Invite your friends for cocktails or BBQ in your tropical backyard.

ABSOLUTELY GREAT LOCATION!: At the beach, just north of Laud-by-the-Sea, south of Boca and Palm Beach. Scuba and fishing boats are within walking distance. Enjoy breakfast at the beach or dinner amongst the yachts. Right across the bridge is the new Fashion mall, a new dog park, bicycle track, movie complex, and golf course! Best of all, discover all the different moods the ocean has to offer! Hunt sea shells in early morning light, or experience the hypnotic relaxing twinkling sunlight on smooth sand or just fall asleep to the sound of the waves. This is not a noisy beach but a wide private-style beach. Tour the Intracoastal waterways in a water taxi! Enjoy a full day on the beach under our large quality UV protected beach umbrella and in our beach chairs. Park your car right in front of the bungalow!


• Pretty glassware and dishes!

• Stocked fridge service available. Tired after a long flight? Traveling with a child? Your refrigerator can be fully stocked for you at check in. Just call ahead and provide a grocery list! ($25 charge plus cost of groceries.)

• How about flowers for your wife?

• Information: You'll find 'Frommer's Guide to South Florida' in your apartment.

• Comcast cable includes 'On-Demand’!

• There is a washer and dryer in the especially clean laundry room!


• What does five star clean mean? It means always a fresh bed spread and mattress pad! Perfect sanitizing of the bathroom! (Walls washed, toilet polished, every corner cleaned, etc.) We do NOT hire 'cleaning services'! We are proud to have one employee 'Olga' who loves to please guests and who meticulously deep cleans and sanitizes. This level of cleaning is found in the highest level hotels or six star river cruises like Tauck and Uniworld.

BETTY SAYS: 'I am a very hands-on owner, personally involved in my beautiful beach bungalow retreat! Knowing that my guests are comfortable, that they know where to go for groceries or for a special meal overlooking the ocean is important to me! I take the extra steps and spend the extra money so that their stay is perfect and charming. Pillowcases are ironed, bedspreads are washed and guests have an assortment of fresh bed pillows to choose from. I know what I want when I travel so provide my guests with the same. In each of the three guest apartments you will find a copy of Frommer's Guide to South Florida.


• You will not be at a loss of things to do here!

• Yet I often find that my guests find the Bungalow so peaceful that they hang around the bungalow, walk to the beach and relax.

FAST AND RELIABLE WiFi! Even in the tropical backyard.


• The entire property is now completely fenced and gated! PRIVATE. No intruders!

• I provide dog shampoo, dog towels, a dog bed, and dog bowls.

• I enjoy my dog guests!

• Dogs are accepted on an individual basis and must be up to date on their shots, and have had a recent Frontline/Advantage treatment. Dogs that present a problem or are “constant' barkers may be asked to leave. We welcome calm and non-agressive dogs in the tropical backyard.

• The front apartment (The Red Coral) provides easy street walking for your dog.


• A sincere promise to our non-dog guests... we promise you would never know a dog had ever been in your apartment!


We consider your trust very important! You can trust Betty's Boutique BEACH Bungalow for your beach escape! You will not be disappointed!

• Previously called 'Walk-on-the-Beach Guesthouse'

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Betty Francis (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Betty Francis

Hi, I'm Betty. My husband is a golf pro and I LOVE my beautiful beach bungalow! And creating an environment where guests will create "forever memories"! We live only a couple of blocks from the ocean near Port Everglades. When I hear the deep blast from a cruise ship horn, I jump on my bicycle with my dog and we ride alongside the cruise ship waving to passengers as they head out to sea! Saturday evening cruise ship departures are a big celebration in our neighborhood. This is a wonderful tropical area! And I so appreciate being able to WALK to the beach!

For the past three years I have have traveled in Europe. I took a UniWorld River cruise, a Celebrity transAtlantic cruise, a Norway Fjord cruise, Tauck River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest but mostly just drive or take the train and explore. I have and looked, really looked to discover what is important to guests. I explored and stayed in many interesting hotels, pensions and even in a Relais and Chateaux in France! What I found was that location, charm and CLEANLINESS are of top importance.

Only those of us who are personally involved and extremely dedicated to our properties can provide this intensive level of cleanliness that is so important to guests. Things like a fresh bedspread, instead of leaving the same one on that the previous guest used. Personally I cannot fathom that hotels do this! You can also count on a fresh mattress pad! Toilets that are not just quickly cleaned with a brush, but hand 'polished'. Shower walls that are cleaned with Clorox between each guest.

I love making a pretty bed and putting out pretty soaps. I want your beach bungalow apartment to be so perfect and cleaner than any place you have ever stayed! It is simply providing the same level of excellence that I seek when I travel!

I LOVE our dog guests... and can assure you that you would never know a dog had ever been in the apartment because we clean so carefully.

Your comfort and your memories are very important to me.

Betty Francis purchased this bungalow in 2005

Why Betty Francis chose Greater Fort Lauderdale

I absolutely fell in love with this beach bungalow style house when I saw it! Especially the charming private tropical backyard! This is the 'old Florida’ that everyone looks for. A special enclave between posh Palm Beach and active Ft. Lauderdale. When I found this little haven I was surprised to find people say hello when they walk back and forth to the beach. So with careful attention to detail, lots of love and money, Betty's Boutique Beach Bungalow was created and has made many people happy for over seven years. And that makes me happy! Especially when guests tell me they want to copy what I did in their own home. Smile! Thus I found my true passion in this property and can literally spend all day grooming, planting flowers and cleaning. This is a perfect location!

Our local spa offers Betty's Boutique Beach Bungalow guests hour (or two!) therapeutic Swedish Massage treatments for ... $40/hour! Two hours for $80. You will feel completely comfortable in your beach home where you can truly get away and RELAX. Come indulge yourself with clean air, salt water, the warmth of our sunshine, papayas, long walks on the beach and the ever changing colorful South Florida skies!

But seriously... why should you choose this property? Because let’s face it, everyone wants a wonderful 'forever memory’ to take home! A unique one of a kind vacation!

What makes this bungalow unique

Here’s Betty's favorite unusual things to do!

1. Walk up to the Lighthouse and back, then enjoy the outside shower in the tropical backyard, a nap in the hammock or on the large sofa on the front porch.

2. Grab a sandwich at the bait shop and sit looking out over Hillsboro Inlet.

3. Lunch with a cold glass of Chardonney overlooking the beach from the top floor of the SeaWatch (close by).

4. Outside patio dining with your dog at Galuppi's looking out over the beautiful new Greg Norman golf course while the sun sets! Sunday brunch at Galuppi's!

5. Watch the dogs run and play at the huge new dog park at the golf course.

6. Swim / exercise in the fabulous pool at the Pompano Beach park right across the bridge!

7. Spend the entire day (that's what it takes) at the HUGE Sawgrass Mills Mall.

8. A burger at Pelican's Landing, looking out over the Intracoastal Waterway and sitting next to a ten million dollar mega yacht!

9. A mohito at J. Marks!

10. Exploring the Ft. Lauderdale waterways on the 'Carrie B'.

11. Water taxi to restaurant/bar hop.

12. A two hour massage at Cort’s.

And much much more....


based on 57 traveler reviews

average rating of 5.0 based on 57 reviews
Fort Lauderdale, FL


  • 5 of 5

I cannot even find the words to describe my stay at Walk on the Beach. We found this oasis through a friend who referred us to Betty the owner, now a dear friend. Betty was on-site when we arrived, working hard on her beautiful property. You feel like you have entered shangri-la. Just a peaceful beautiful place which you can tell every detail was cared for with love. For me it brought a much needed healing as I had recently lost my beloved mother to cancer. It was a retreat that brought calm and peace. All my stress ,melted away upon entering Walk on the Beach. Betty is a wealth if information for all the special little hidden places to go like The Galley and quaint waterfront restaurant for Breakfast and Sea Watch which looks out on the ocean for lunch. (I personally loved staying in the guest house as it was so quaint and comforting. We stayed in the 1 bedroom and I never wanted to leave the room. SO CLEAN AND SUCH ATTENTION TO DETAIL!! We will be keeping Betty busier then she's ever been as we hesitantly are sharing our new little home away from home with our friends. (We want to make sure she's not so booked out that we get shut out of our tropical haven ) :) We love Betty, Walk on the Beach and the many years to come that we will be revisiting our new special place. Thank you Betty for pouring your heart in to giving us such a special place to heal, laugh. have fun and be at peace! Love Sherry and Elvis.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2009
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you to Sherry and Elvis who pulled me out of the hot sun and Tropical backyard to SeaWatch for blackened grouper. The outside shower certainly came in handy! Even as a resident I still find it pretty cool to be able to walk into a restaurant with wet hair and sit outside. How fortunate to meet such precious people as Sherry and Elvis! Indeed we have not stopped talking since they were here! Elvis is a wealth of advanced internet operation intelligence and Sherry, well, I simply can't wait to see her again! Special people indeed.
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Stuart, Florida

Above and Beyond the Usual

  • 5 of 5

Working in the mission field of Haiti, my husband, our dog, and I need a little peaceful decompression time before we enter into the bustling culture of the USA. We find the accommodations at the bungalow to be excellent; with her flair for décor, comfortable furnishings, and pristine clean bungalows. It is always a joy to do business with Betty because she knows how to make her guest feel cared for. This dog friendly peaceful property provides everything you might need for either eating every meal out, or staying in to cook or grill. Betty thinks of everything! When you want the privacy of a bungalow stay complete with private backyard filled with exotic foliage and hammock, fully equipped kitchen and laundry facility, plus Betty's personal touch of local businesses, and places of interest, which enhance your stay, think of Betty's Boutique Beach Bungalow!

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Betty Is Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Betty is such a wonderful hostess. She treats you like you are a guest in her home and is so thoughtful and accommodating. Thanks you for letting us stay on such short notice. I will return.


  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fun and Cozy Home Away from Home!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I had such a lovely stay at Betty's Bungalow, and our mini vacation was as good as it possibly could be because our dog Dylan was able to join us. The location is just a short walk from the beach, although since we visited in late October, we didn't spend much time there.

We stayed in apartment 1, and it was very cute, clean and relaxing. The front porch is a great place to hang out and get some reading and work done. The back yard is an amazing grotto with great foliage that cuts out the distractions of the outside world.

Also, Betty was an attentive and lovely hostess. If ever we travel back to Pompano Beach, we will definitely stay at Betty's Bungalow again. My only regret is that we didn't have a longer vacation!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A soft landing spot :)

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently relocated from California to the Ft Lauderdale area and we needed a pet friendly place to stay while we waited on our permanent condo to become available. Betty's Beach Bungalow was an awesome place to begin our new life in Florida and rest our weary bones after such a long journey. The Red Coral Apartment was perfect! Had everything we needed from the start. There is a quaint backyard sanctuary, where our dog was able to stretch his legs and run about a little after being car bound for 4 days. Betty was a gracious hostess, going above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed during our week stay. The beach is just a short walk and there a many restaurants about, if you don't feel like dining in. We definitely recommend Betty's Beach Bungalow to anyone look for a place to stay in the Pompano Beach area.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These were the most lovely guests with a fabulous and beautiful dog!!!! It was such fun to meet them. Thank you for this nice review!! I am obsessive about every aspect of cleanliness so having a dog there is perfectly delightful.
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Amazing home away from home

  • 5 of 5

“Betty, where to begin? This weekend was amazing!

Your Beach Bungalow is so beautiful and relaxing! This place

looks like it belongs in a magazine. Roy and I truly enjoyed our

stay here with our two fur babies. The backyard is truly a paradise

and we enjoyed the outside shower and “staying wet”! This was

truly an amazing anniversary get away and we can’t thank you enough.

Your an amazing woman and your faith is inspiring!

See you again very soon.”

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have these two fabulous guests!
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Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL)
Nearest Golf
0.25 Miles
NEW Greg Norman course across 14th Street bridge!
Car: recommended

Watch morning sun reflect on the ocean. Play with waves coming ashore. Once you experience it, you crave it. Enjoy ALL the different moods the beach has to offer! Everything you need is provided. Beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrella and coolers. Fishing boats are down the street. Enjoy lunch overlooking the beach or amongst yachts. This is such a great area with so much to do and I can tell you about places most tourists don't find. Pompano~by~the~Sea is between Lauderdale, the Venice of America, and posh Boca Raton. Enjoy bistros and exceptional homemade ice cream at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, shop The Galleria, discover Las Olas Boulevard, or just hop around town on a water taxi. When was the last time you took a nap in a hammock? Shhh... you may hear the wild parrots above you. Enjoy showering outside and a BBQ in the tropical backyard. This IS tropical living!

Other Activities: • Join the Saturday and Sunday whistle blowing, bell ringing, lights flashing, celebration on the beach as the huge cruise ships depart from Port Everglades. • Take a side trip to the Pennycamp underwater national park in the keys, hop a water taxi and explore Fort Lauderdale, or take a fast airboat ride through the Everglades and see alligators in the wild. • Join me at New Presbyterian PCA Church close by in Pompano Beach. • But my personal very favorite escape is simply sitting outside on the top floor at the SeaWatch restaurant overlooking the beautiful blue green ocean and listening to the waves coming ashore. There is always a cool breeze even on hot summer days. In the summer they have a $20 'early bird' dinner (5 -6 pm) of lobster tails, prime rib, etc. and it is really delicious food! • Lastly, you and Fido can enjoy the fabulous new Pompano Beach dog park, right across the bridge at the golf course, and even take Fido to lunch with you outside at the golf course restaurant.

I always encourage my guests to go to my very favorite 'escape' spot which is the top level of the Sea Watch restaurant which is just a few minutes drive down the beach. When there, you know for sure you are really on a serious beach vacation as it overlooks the most outrageously beautiful sea grape drenched private beach in all Florida!

I love assisting my guests with ideas and provide a copy of Frommer's Guide to South Florida in each apartment.

Fishing and scuba/snorkel/glass bottom boats are docked right up the street and will accommodate you in a much nicer fashion than touristy Ft. Lauderdale.

Lauderdale~by~the~Sea is a short drive down the beach where you'll find a long pier, trendy restaurants, beach shops and homemade ice cream which you can enjoy while listening to the ocean. Red Reef Park is a beautiful natural beach area, just north of Pompano-by-the-Sea, with a reef you can snorkel at right off the beach!

There's shopping on Las Olas, at the Galleria, Sawgrass... and right across the bridge is the new Pompano Beach Mall, a golf course, cinema, dog park and bike trails.

Several restaurants are within very short walking distance.


Rates & Availability

Pompano Beach Bungalow Rental Rates

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Apr 10 2016 - Apr 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
May 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%

PLEASE CALL FOR LONGER STAY RATES. Betty's Bungalow is a very hands-on PRIVATE property. We do not participate in on line booking. Additional adult is $30. per night. Dog accommodations are normally $25/night but based on number of nights and other considerations. Arrive to a fully stocked fridge. Please call to discuss options and for consideration on your final price. The Purple Seashell Efficiency is also available! We want you!

50% at booking depending how far in advance. Full payment 30 days in advance except holidays, Jan. Feb. March April when it is 60 days in advance. Sample Confirmation Agreement sent to you. Credit card is not charged until email return of "Confirmation Agreement" with approval. Debit cards cannot be accepted. Note: In seven years I have never had to charge a guest for theft, damage nor cleaning!

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Greater Fort Lauderdale Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Beautifully tiled and every surface sanitized.
    Exterior - outdoor shower , For hot beach days and at night when no one can see you.
  • 'FIVE STAR CLEAN' ! Hard to find even at the best hotels. We don't just clean the toilet, we 'polish' the toilet. Shower walls and floors are always washed down with Clorox. We never cut corners even in a hurry. We bet you'll agree this is important to total vacation relaxation. Your bathroom is designer stone tile with Kohler fixtures and faucets. You'll find a generous supply 'start up' cleaning products including small white cleaning towels, paper towels, soft scrub, Spic N Span, clorox and multi-purpose Windex. A hair dryer is provided as well as an iron and small ironing board.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • KING - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , PLEASE CALL so I can describe.
  • HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR PILLOW? If you are like me... very! Thus we provide a pillow selection! I know the level of comfort and cleanliness that I want when I travel, so provide the same for my guests. The apartment is high-end beach themed with tropical plants and flowers, sea shells and genuine sea glass. Outside you will find mosaics that I created at the outside shower and also around the doors and windows. What does 'Five Star Clean' mean? It means there is no dust (or sand) under or behind your bed, it means a fresh mattress pad and bed spread for every new guest (not once a month like hotels), it means REALLY CLEAN towels and wash clothes, it means 100% fully sanitized toilet (cleaned by hand / not brush), fully washed shower walls, fresh throw rugs, no bugs, and it means if you pull out the stove or oven you'll find it spotless.... so all combined when you can come in, you can feel great and say 'Ahhhh... yes indeed, it IS time to relax!
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
THE PURPLE SEASHELL EFFICIENCY IS AVAILABLE FOR JAN. AND FEB. Can be used for larger families or by itself! Ask for photos. Within walking distance of the Bungalow is the Hillsboro Inlet where you'll find little stores, a bagel shop, dive shops, fishing boats, kid's play area and more. For your own cleaning needs, you'll usually find a generous supply of cleaning supplies as well as an endless supply of fresh white cleaning towels should you need them for any use, even for your car. NEED JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH??? See my newest property on HomeAway 'Betty's Beach and Yacht!' Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, heated swimming pools, ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY!! Get away from the cold and come stay at Betty's! You will love it here! The tropical backyard has twinkle lights in the trees! It is perfect for get-togethers. Want to cook dinner? You can! Don't want to? Just walk up the street to the SeaSide Grill or the new Marriott.

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