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Retiring Supreme Court judge has second home in Fort Lauderdale

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' resignation may mean he and his wife, Maryan, will spend even more time at their oceanfront Fort Lauderdale condominium.

The justice now spends about two weeks of each month from November through April in Fort Lauderdale, and he has told interviewers he does much more work from his Florida home than he does in Washington.

Stevens announced on Friday that he plans to retire this summer.

A member of the Coral Ridge Country Club, Stevens remains an avid golfer and tennis player, likes competitive bridge and is well-known for taking daily dip in the ocean.

For years, many of his neighbors who were accustomed to the white-haired Stevens sitting at the pool did not know who he was.

''I'm basically anonymous down there, which is the way I like it,'' Stevens told The New York Times in a 2007 interview.

"He's a great guy, the most unassuming person I've ever known," said Fort Lauderdale lawyer Raymond Doumar, 83, who has played golf and tennis with Stevens many times.

As an athlete, said Doumar, Stevens "is unbelievable. He plays singles, you know. And he moves well. Very unusual for a person his age."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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