Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Florida offers one of the big races before the Kentucky Derby.

March 24, 2015

Florida offers one of the big races before the Kentucky Derby. The Florida Derby is south Florida’s show case race.


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Grant Seafood Fest next weekend.

February 22, 2015

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Get ready for the Grant Seafood Fest. This is the BEST Seafood Festival of the year!!!!
Check it out!!!

http://www.grantseafoodfestival.com/

Join us January 24th 2015 for the 9th Annual Port Salerno Seafood Festival

January 24, 2015

Port Salerno fest.This is a great little Festival with some really great seafood.

We are pleased to announce an Exciting New Layout for 2015
that will better accommodate our continued growth!

Festival Hours are from 10:00am to 8:00pm with most food served from 11:00am to 7:00pm.

Gate Admission:
Advance Tickets: $5.00 available for purchase at Seacoast Bank locations from Jan 7th thru Jan 22nd
Tickets at the Gate: $10.00 Children 12 and under Free


http://www.portsalernoseafoodfestival.org

lobster season starting Monday.

August 4, 2012

With lobster season starting Monday AND the sales tax holiday starting tomorrow,
you have no reason not to visit Deep Six! Shop tax free Friday through Sunday on
clothing, footwear, belts, wallets, backpacks, swim trunks, bathing suits, hats,
and more.

No, tickle sticks and dive flags aren’t on the list, but you
may need them on Monday. Right now the water is clear, with water temps in the
mid 70s. The future conditions are a little up in the air with Ernesto expected
to cross to the south of Florida early next week, and a moisture blob headed our
way for the weekend. At the moment, light SE winds and nearly calm seas are
expected Monday.

Deep Six Staff

Vero: 772-562-2883
Stuart: 772-692-2747

 

Poker Players will want to read this.. They are a GREAT time from personal experience.

June 22, 2012
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A September to Remember!
June, 2012
Cruise with Poker Hall of Famer Linda Johnson AKA “The First Lady of Poker.”

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Take a poker cruise in September with hundreds of poker players to the Caribbean on Royal Caribbean’s spectacular Oasis of the Seas. You’ll have a vacation you will never forget!

We have back to back cruises on the most magnificent cruise ship in the world, the Oasis of the Seas, sailing from Fort Lauderdale on September 15 and 22, 2011. Guests can cruise for seven days or fourteen days. This ship is amazing; it has a zipline, Broadway theater, 24 eating venues, carousel, ice skating rink, miniature golf, rock climbing wall, Central Park area, surf rider, aqua theater, comedy club, and many other amenities. You will be amazed by the size, beauty, and activities on board.

Special Offer! Book both September cruises below and receive a $100 discount per cabin. The Oasis of the Seas is a phenomenal ship that is more like a resort at sea than a ship. Watch some videos here: you’ve never seen anything like it!

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Linda Johnson and Jan Fisher took these cruises in the past and wrote a blog post about them. Read them here, but I warn you, once you do, you’ll want to book these cruises!

In the voting of the 2011 Best of Travel and Tourism, the Oasis of the Seas was voted by readers of the magazine as the world’s best cruise ship.

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Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) request for a $690 million rate increase.

May 31, 2012

The Public Service Commission (PSC) will be holding public hearings regarding Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) request for a $690 million rate increase. As Florida’s largest utility, this rate increase will affect 8 million Floridians.

FPL has a monopoly on its services – they have no competition and have a guaranteed return on investment currently of 10 percent. FPL wants the PSC to approve an 11.25% rate of return, which according to their CFO is necessary “to continue to deliver value to its customers” and a “fair return” to investors. However, shareholders of FPL’s parent company NextEra received a 22% return in 2011, and their profits increased 72% in the first quarter of 2012.

FPL’s President says that the company has a history of tightening its belt, but they continue to increase costs and salaries, including CEO compensation of $14.8 million in 2011! This doesn’t seem like belt-tightening to us.

Florida Public Counsel J.R. Kelly, whose job is to represent the citizens at PSC rate request hearings, has said that FPL’s request is “absolutely ridiculous.”

At a time where the average consumer is lucky to receive one percent return on their savings, if they have any savings at all, it is outrageous that FPL can ask for such an unfounded and egregious rate increase.

Hurricane season is almost upon us. Make sure your RV is ready.

May 11, 2012

Making Sure your RV is Ready for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is almost upon us. It officially begins on June 1st. Of course those of us here in Florida have learned to pay particular attention to the weather developments. As we have all seen in the past most eastern seaboard cities and coastal regions can be a target as hurricanes do not discriminate.

NOW DON’T PANIC just because you hear the words “Tropical Depression off the coast of Africa”…..it doesn’t mean to drop everything and run to the store and buy all the bottled water you can carry and all the cans of soup that will fit in the trunk. However, it is time to pay attention when you hear those words and start to get the plan that you already have in motion.  If you are going to leave your RV behind during an evacuation, here are a couple of hints to keep it in one piece. First, bring in any slide out rooms. Even the best seal is not going to keep out hurricane driven rain. Next try to park next to a high building to help block the wind. This does really does help. Loosen the corner screw on the inside flange of all roof vents and put a thick rubber band from the screw to the handle of the vent, otherwise they will vibrate open in the wind and then blow off, which will then cause much additional damage to RV.

Empty your black and grey tanks and fill them with fresh water for weight, a forty gallon tank of water is over three hundred lbs. They can be drained when you return. Fill the freshwater tank with city water if at all possible, it will keep longer and you may need it when you get back. After the storm there will be no power so gas pumps will not run. so be sure to fill up your propane and gasoline tanks  well in advance of the storm, the closer the storm, the longer the lines at the gas pumps; and they do run out sometimes! Another important thing to do is chocking of the wheels. Chocking the tires on both sides of the tire and doing all the tires is very important.

Now let’s touch base on evacuations briefly if you are going to go and the importance of leaving early. By that I mean a minimum of a full day advance departure, not several hours before the storm is scheduled to hit…unless you like sitting in bumper to bumper evacuation traffic!

I personally know someone that rode out a storm only 10 miles from their home while parked under an overpass. They waited too late to depart and found themselves in gridlock as the storm advanced on them. If you’re going to go – then go! Let me just say it wasn’t much fun for them under that overpass.

There are many hurricane supply lists available of what to have so I won’t add my own, but I will try to think outside the box here. If the water rises there will be a lot of bugs and ants looking for a place to stay dry. My kit would certainly have a couple cans of raid and possibly something for snakes and opossums as they like to stay dry just like us.

If you decide to ride it out BE SMART! – stay inside while it’s going on. Most of the time they don’t last very long but I saw a whole warehouse disappear and I mean it was completely gone along with all the contents. Never found any of the stuff or any parts of the building…so be smart and stay inside!

 

After the Storm

Once the storm has blown by you will need to give your RV a good going over. First, check the roof to make sure none of the vents blew away. Then go inside and inspect around the slide out rooms for leakage. The outside storage compartments will not hold out a driving rain so it’s a good idea to inspect them also. You will then need to drain the waste tanks so you can begin to use them. If this is a motorhome you will want to start the engine to be sure the rain did not get into the ignition. Chase out any raccoons and opossums and you’re ready to go!

If you do find storm damage or encounter any problems, it is best to have a qualified RV technician or RV Service Center take a look at. One reliable center in Florida for RV repairs and service after a hurricane is Top Notch RV in Fort Pierce or Melbourne Florida.

So be careful and remember to TRAVEL SAFE AND TRAVEL OFTEN, and if a hurricane is coming travel early and travel fast!

 

Till next time –  RV GARY

2012 Pie Festival in Celebration Florida this weekend!!

April 25, 2012

Are you going to the  2012 Pie Festival in Celebration Florida 4/28 & 4/29.

2012 Pie Festival Celebration

Lakeside Park, Celebration, Florida

Saturday, April 28 Sunday, April 29

Cost: Demonstrations and entertainment are free, Never Ending Pie Buffet $10/adults, $5/seniors 65+, children 5-12. Children’s area, including children’s pie making, pie eating, bounce houses, crafts, etc. $10/children under 3-12, adults $5.

For the eleventh year in a row, the town of Celebration, Florida will become the Pie Capital of the World April 28th and 29th, 2012 when thousands of pie lovers, tasters and bakers gather together the Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco®. The highlight, as always, will be the Never-Ending Pie Buffet, featuring award-winning pie, ice cream, toppings and beverages from some of our fine sponsors!

This year, pie lovers from across the country will be treated to sweet offerings by Bakers Square Restaurants and Pies, Bonert’s Slice of Pie, California Raisin Marketing Board, J. Horner’s Desserts, Kroger’s Private Selection, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Rocky Mountain Pies, Smucker’s Toppings, The Folger Coffee Company, Village Inn, Wick’s Pies and Winn-Dixie.

Thousands of children will make their own pies at the Crisco Kids Creation Station. There will be pie decorating, pie scaping, pie tin art and many more pie activities to enjoy. The Pietopia Demonstration Stage sponsored by Village Inn and Bakers Square Restaurants featured entertainment and baking demonstration by chefs from across the country. Of course, no pie festival would be complete without a Pie Eating Contest, sponsored by Private Selection.

There is so much to see and do at the show, including:

pie festival

• Never ending pie buffet

• National Pie Championships

• Culinary Demonstrations

• Pie eating contest

• Childrens Pie making

• Childrens games and crafts

• Cooking demonstrations

Genting bets big on Miami waterfront casino.

March 19, 2012

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At an event late last month in a trendy Miami neighbourhood, politicians and  real estate moguls mingled with artists and musicians. In between sets of jazz  and poetry, they took turns lambasting the prospect of big casinos moving to  town, potentially bringing traffic, crime and other social ills.

The object of their revulsion was Genting Berhad, the Malaysian gambling company that  last year swooped up $500m of prime Miami waterfront real estate and announced  plans to build what some described as the world’s largest casino.

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    “We don’t need superficial gamblers who are looking to empty our pockets and not add value to our community,” Tony Goldman, a prominent real estate developer, said to the crowd.

    The organisers of the event, called Make Art Not Casinos, could be accused of beating a dead horse. A bill to legalise casino gaming in Florida had been pulled from the state legislature just weeks before, and Genting pledged to develop its new real estate without a casino component.

    Yet casino opponents were not appeased. “This battle is so far from over,” said Dan Gelber, a former member of the Florida Senate who is now lobbying against casinos. “This is going to be a battle for the next two years and a battle we can’t afford to lose.”

    If Genting’s opponents are speaking in hyperbole, it is because they believe the odds are stacked against them. International gaming groups are frantically looking for new markets as they struggle to find their footing in the wake of the financial crisis.

    Jockeying for the lucrative Asian market has resulted in the

    acrimonious feud between Steve Wynn and business partner Kazuo Okada. New York and Massachusetts are loosening gaming laws as they search for new revenue, and Florida could follow suit. And Genting, already a force in Asia and the UK, has focused on Miami as its next target.

    Last May it shocked the city by

    buying the waterfront home of the Miami Herald for $236m. It quickly assembled a collection of nearby properties, doubling its investment.

    Then in September, it revealed its plans for a project designed to attract international tourists, especially those from Latin America. There would be massive undulating towers, thousands of rooms, theatres, restaurants and a rooftop lagoon. And if Genting had its way, Resorts World Miami, as it was dubbed, would be bigger than any casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

    Gaming group’s US focus

    When Genting Berhad, the Malaysian gaming group, became the shirt sponsor of the Aston Villa football club in Birmingham, central England, last year, it signalled more than just another sports marketing deal, writes David Gelles.

    It gave notice that Genting, a $43bn market capitalisation group with gaming, hotel and cruise operations concentrated around Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, was aggressively expanding into western markets.

    Founded in 1965 as a diversified hospitality group, Genting is now run by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, who was educated at the University of London and Harvard Business School, and is son of the company’s founder. In addition to its Asian casinos and plantations, it also is part owner of Norwegian Cruise Lines.

    Now Genting has amassed 45 locations in the UK from Edinburgh to Plymouth. With its Genting Club and Genting Casino chains, and five London locations including Crockfords in Mayfair, revenues from the UK topped £242m last year.

    Having established itself in the UK, Genting is now focusing on the US. Last year it opened its first casino in the country. Resorts World New York City features 5,000 video gambling terminals and room to expand, although state law prohibits casino-style gaming.

    But that may soon change. Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed legalising resort casinos throughout the state. “This is not about chips and cards,” Mr Cuomo said during his State of the State address in January. “This is about the jobs that the casino industry generates.”

    Now Genting is looking to develop its next destination resort, and has zeroed in on Miami. On a large site overlooking Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the company is drawing up plans for a project that would reshape the city, and potentially the company itself.

    But Genting’s plans had a big caveat. Before it could build its casino, it would have to change Florida law. Casino gambling is not broadly legal in Florida, though there is some gaming on Indian land and racetracks. So Genting hired an army of lobbyists, and soon members of the state legislature proposed bills that would legalise some casino gaming in Miami Dade County.

    Opponents of the plan also organised swiftly, focusing on the social costs associated with casinos in urban areas. “You’re going to end up with additional crime,” said Frank Nero, president of the Beacon Council, an economic development group that opposes casinos. “This is not a benign industry. You have to constantly feed the beast.”

    Concerns also emerged over whether Genting could really deliver the millions of new visitors it promised. “I don’t know where all those bodies are going to come from,” said Manny Diaz, former mayor of Miami.

    Nonetheless, Genting’s efforts got the attention of Las Vegas’s casino titans, with Bernstein Research estimating that Miami might steal up to 15 per cent of Las Vegas’s business. By November Mr Wynn was spotted eating stone crabs in South Beach and talking up the city’s potential. Sheldon Adelson, chief executive of the Sands casino empire, also signalled his interest in the city.

    Genting says gambling is just a part of its project, which will also include family-friendly attractions. “Gaming is a small part of an integrated resort,” said Jesse Manzano-Plaza, vice-president of government relations for Resorts World Miami.

    Some community leaders were won over by Genting’s promises of new tourism and pledges to privately finance the project. And many in south Florida favour broad gaming reform that, in addition to allowing for new developments, would bring stronger regulation to Indian gaming and racetracks.

    “It is a different day for south Florida,” said Barry Johnson, president of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, pointing out that the financial crisis had forced the area to look for new revenues. “We have to ask what this would mean to the fabric of our community, but also to continuing economic development and international tourism.”

    But Genting hit a bump in November, when Colin Au, the company’s head of the Americas, appeared before the Florida state legislature to promote his project. Brushing off criticism from opponents, he twice called their arguments “bullshit”, putting off many of the attendant politicians.

    Anti-gaming lobbyists saw an opening and redoubled their efforts.

    Disney backed a group called No Casinos and lobbied against the legislation. “Gambling runs counter to Florida’s family-friendly tourism brand and it would hurt efforts to diversify Florida’s economy,” Disney said.

    On February 3 the bill was pulled from consideration. Gaming proponents were one vote away from a victory, but could not muster the final support needed, ending the prospects of gaming legalisation for the year.

    Genting says it will still develop its $500m site on the Miami waterfront with or without a gaming component. And the company will undoubtedly continue its efforts to legalise casino gaming in Florida, with another attempt coming as soon as 2014. “We’re still on the drawing board,” said Mr Manzano-Plaza.

    Opponents, too, said they would remain focused on the issue. “This is like psoriasis,” Mr Goldman said at the Make Art Not Casinos event. “It keeps coming back, and you have to fight it with stronger and stronger drugs.”

Looking at your vacation options? What would Mickey do?

October 8, 2011

 The Mouseketeers Adventure at Port Saint Lucie, Florida, United States

 THE MOUSEKETEERS ADVENTURE 3 DAY CRUISE FROM PORT CANAVERAL (ORLANDO, FL)

OCTOBER 27 – 30, 2011 DISNEY DREAM SHIP CRUISE ITINERARY

OCTOBER 27 – PORT CANAVERAL

OCTOBER 28 – NASSAU, BAHAMAS OCTOBER 29 – CASTAWAY CAY (DISNEY’S PRIVATE ISLAND)

OCTOBER 30 – PORT CANAVERAL PRICES (BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY)

INSIDE STATEROOM W/VIRTUAL PORTHOLE

 $480 PER PERSON (1st & 2nd PERSON)

 $320 PER PERSON (3rd & 4th PERSON) AGES 13 & UP

$300 PER PERSON (3rd & 4th PERSON) AGES 3 – 12

DELUXE FAMILY OCEANVIEW STATEROOM

 $580 PER PERSON (1ST& 2ND PERSON)

$380 PER PERSON (3RD & 4TH PERSON)

DELUXE FAMILY OCEANVIEW STATEROOM WITH VERANDAH

$740 PER PERSON (1ST & 2ND PERSON)

$430 PER PERSON (3RD & 4TH PERSON)

WHAT’S INCLUDED:  3 DAYS ABOARD DISNEY’S DREAM SHIP ALL ACCOMMODATIONS, MEALS & MOST ACTIVITIES ALL TAXES & PORT CHARGES

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:  TRAVEL INSURANCE TRANSPORTATION TO ORLANDO, FL GRATUITIES OF $36 PER PERSON

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 DUE NOW – $100 PER PERSON        OCT 20 – $100 PER PERSON       FEB 20 – $100 PER PERSON      MARCH 20 – $100 PER PERSON    APRIL 20 –

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