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  • November 22, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    MELBOURNE, Fla., November 22, 2016 — New continuous belay hardware from American Adventure Park Systems has been installed on all five Treetop Trek courses. This world-class, secure system streamlines the guest experience by eliminating the need to clip in and out before and after each course element. Instead, a c-shaped “claw” remains hooked onto the line for the entirety of each course, gliding over thin but strong metal plates as needed.

    “This new system makes for a much more enjoyable experience and allows our guests to focus on the fun and adventure,” said attractions manager Nancy Wright.

  • November 21, 2016 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Family-friendly entertainment center joins 300,000-square-foot destination

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL., November 21, 2016- ONE DAYTONA, International Speedway Corporation’s (“ISC”) planned mixed-use and entertainment destination located across from Daytona International Speedway, announced today that Florida-based GameTime has executed a lease at the master-planned destination. ISC’s Vice President of Corporate Development Jeff Boerger made the announcement.

    “The announcement of GameTime is reflective of our commitment to bring new and exciting tenants to ONE DAYTONA and Daytona Beach,” said Boerger. “GameTime is a highly sought after operator and their experiential brand will complement our growing list of first-to-market restaurants and retailers.”

    GameTime will open a 35,000-square-foot family entertainment center located along the destination’s main thoroughfare, Daytona Boulevard. Featuring 60+ flat screen TVs, more than 100 new and retro classic arcade games, prize machines, mini bowling, 12 full lanes of bowling and other attractions with a full liquor bar and full service restaurant, GameTime will serve as a great place to watch the race or game, host a party or special event and enjoy a fun time with family and friends. GameTime’s menu will feature an American cuisine including a variety of appetizers, salads, pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, entrees and desserts. The ONE DAYTONA GameTime will be the company’s eighth Florida location and expected to be their fifth flagship.

    "The Daytona Beach market has been drastically underserved for out of home entertainment,” states GameTime CEO Mike Abecassis. "The vision of ONE DAYTONA is to offer a best-in-class list of tenants that will cater to this market’s needs. We are pleased to be a part of what will certainly be a magnificent entertainment complex."

    ONE DAYTONA will also include a 12-screen Cobb Theatres, which will open to the public on December 2, a 67,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outpost and 105-room select service Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, which have both started vertical construction, a 145-room Marriott Autograph Collection hotel branded as The DAYTONA® and a 276-unit luxury apartment community. Other tenants recently announced include P.F. Chang’s, Kilwins Confections, Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, MidiCi: The Neapolitan Pizza Company and Hy’s Toggery, a nearly 50-year-old family-owned retailer specializing in southern outerwear, performance clothing and modern classics.

    Located at the intersection of I-95 and I-4 and across from Daytona International Speedway, ONE DAYTONA is slated to open in late 2017.

    About ONE DAYTONA

    Planned to open in 2017, ONE DAYTONA will feature a 300,000-square-foot retail, dining and entertainment district, totaling a projected investment of approximately $120 - $150 million, along with two hotels and residential space. Lease agreements have been executed with Bass Pro Shops®, America’s most popular outdoor store, and Cobb Theatres, the highly respected Southeastern-based exhibitor, as anchor tenants of ONE DAYTONA. Other announced tenants include P.F. Chang’s, Hy’s Toggery, Kilwins Confections, Guitar Center, Tervis, IT’SUGAR, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Venetian Nail Spa, Sunglass World, Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, and MidiCi: The Neapolitan Pizza Company.

    ONE DAYTONA selected Shaner Hotels and PHG as its hotel partners. Shaner Hotels and PHG have confirmed an exclusive 145-room, full-service Marriott Autograph Collection® hotel, The DAYTONA®, and an approximately 105-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. PHG is the confirmed residential partner and initial planning is underway for an approximately 276-unit rental apartment community including a four-story midrise campus and garden style complex.

    ONE DAYTONA will quickly become synonymous with visitors, race fans and residents as the place to live, work, stay and play. For more information and the latest updates, visit OneDaytona.com, follow us on Twitter(@ONEDAYTONA) or Facebook (OneDaytona).

    ONE DAYTONA leasing efforts are managed by Legacy Development, a firm intensely focused on creating innovative destination retail and mixed-use projects. Amassing a national footprint and asset management expertise, Legacy is the ideal consultant to represent this unique address. For leasing inquiries, please contact Tiffany Ruzicka at truzicka@legacydevelopment.com or 816-777-3500.

  • November 15, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    accesso Sets New Industry Standard for the Guest Experience

    ORLANDO, Fla.accesso Technology Group plc (AIM: ACSO) has a long history of coloring outside the lines, and its latest innovation may redefine lines altogether.

    Having made its mark on leisure, entertainment and cultural markets by providing cutting-edge queuing and ticketing solutions to top attractions around the globe, accesso today revealed a shining new standard in smart park technology, accesso Prism, at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida. Prism is a next-generation, wearable device that heralds in a new age and new ways for theme parks, waterparks and other attractions to connect with guests.

    Prism – the latest offering in the accesso LoQueue line of virtual queuing solutions – is the most technologically advanced smart park wearable available. Using accesso’s award-winning and proprietary queuing technology, guests wearing this new device can enjoy a more carefree park visit with less time spent waiting at each attraction. With just a swipe of a finger on the wristband’s touch screen menu, guests take their place in the virtual queue for an attraction or show – no kiosk or smartphone required. If a ride’s operation is temporarily interrupted, or a show is rescheduled, the Prism device will notify the guest of the update.

    The new Prism wearable device does much more than wait in line for guests – it allows for a fully integrated smart park, creating a better, more engaging and seamless guest experience. From front gate entry, to facilitating secure cashless purchases, sending push notifications or triggering events based on guest location, Prism sets a new standard for the attractions industry.

    Whether provided to all guests as part of park admission to eliminate the need to wait in any queues or offered as a premium service upgrade, Prism offers the option to deliver a more efficient, integrated, smart park experience.

    “Untethered by a smartphone or rigorous pre-planning requirements, guests can now enjoy a carefree, hasslefree and waitfree experience when they visit their favorite venue,” said Steve Brown, accesso CEO. “With Accesso Prism, we introduce an improved way for visitors to enjoy attractions, and for attraction operators to offer more fun, more convenience, and less waiting for their guests.”

    The innovative Prism design is a compact and lightweight wearable offering a variety of functions that can be uniquely adapted for a wide range of venues including theme parks, water parks, ski resorts and museums:

    • Virtual Queuing – A waitfree experience as guests reserve their place in line, change their ride selections and monitor their ride return time.
    • Payments – A walletfree experience with cashless payments via secure Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
    • Messaging – Push notifications for proximity-based marketing, operational updates and status of virtual queue positions.
    • Photography – Automated tagging of ride and park photographs for seamless collection throughout the day.
    • Access – Hasslefree entry at park turnstiles, guest lockers and resort hotel room doors.
    • Intelligence – Collects guest journey information in real time and provides valuable data to inform park operations and marketing.
    The proprietary accesso design delivers a multitude of sophisticated technologies that open up a whole new spectrum of possibilities for venues to enhance their guest experience:
    • Communication – Robust communication protocols including Bluetooth, long range radio and Secure NFC.
    • Durability – Corning Gorilla Glass® lens and waterproof design to withstand rigorous theme park and water park environments.
    • Ease-of-use – Capacitive touch screen allows for simple operation by guests of all ages.
    • Stand-alone operation – No requirement for guests to tether to a smart phone, visit a kiosk or preplan their visit.
    • Power efficiency – Advanced hardware and software provide estimated battery life of over 200 days of virtual queuing operations.
    • Comfort – Hypoallergenic, one-size-fits-all, high-performance strap.
    • Adaptability – Multilingual capability for use with visitors from around the world.
    To learn more about accesso Prism and accesso’s other technology solutions, visit www.accesso.com.
  • November 10, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MELBOURNE, Fla., November 10, 2016 — On Saturday, November 19, Brevard Zoo and Treetop Trek will be closed to the public to accommodate a private corporate event. Regular hours of operation will resume the following day.

    As is the case every year, both attractions will also be closed on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 24) and Christmas (Sunday, December 25).

  • October 31, 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TALLAHASSEE, FL (October 28, 2016) - The Tallahassee Museum, an iconic Tallahassee landmark for almost 60 years, launched a refresh of its corporate brand today, unveiling a new logo and an enhanced visual communications strategy.

    "The new logo and our communications strategy will strengthen and reinforce the Museum's mission and promise to enrich lives and build a better community," said Russell Daws, president and CEO of the Tallahassee Museum.

    The Museum initiated the brand refresh project last fall with Haley Sharpe Design, an international design firm, to develop a style manual and communications strategy that would further advance the institution's interpretive master plan and strengthen the Museum's current brand values.

    "Our new logo, communications strategy and more appropriate visual identity better reflects how the Tallahassee Museum has grown."

    The interpretive master plan was initiated with Haley Sharpe Design in 2013, and has guided the organization through several changes in recent years.

    "We have been making several important and noticeable changes over the last four years to ensure our community views us as being vibrant, engaging and relevant to their interests and needs," said Daws.

    The addition of the three Tallahassee Tree-to-Tree Adventures courses, Jim Gary's Twentieth Century Dinosaurs exhibit, expanded education offerings and improvements to the Museum's visitor center, wildlife trail, preschool and café are only the first results of the new interpretive approach.

    The Museum has also seen rewards to these recent efforts.

    "Attendance has grown over 40 percent in two years. We've also seen significant growth in our membership base and annual donations," said Daws.

    With the Museum's 60-year anniversary on the horizon, the organization's leadership believes this is an opportune time to introduce a fresh visual identity.

    "Over the last 60 years, the Tallahassee Museum has really matured from its original place in the community as a local children's museum to a regional venue for education, culture, arts and entertainment for people of all ages," said Michael Carter, chair of the Museum's board of trustees.

    "We have an exciting vision for the Museum's future, and today's brand refresh is just one of many steps we will be taking to bring our vision to reality," said Carter.

    Next year, the organization plans to roll out even more improvements as part of their interpretive master plan, and through the recent study by Downs & St. Germain Research showing the Museum's 11.7 million annual impact, the Museum can now demonstrate its significant role in the local economy.

    "The Tallahassee region is growing and changing with exciting projects, and It is our intention to ensure the Museum keeps pace with our community's growth and economic development and is viewed as a vital partner in our community's future success," said Daws.

  • October 28, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Florida Park Service will be hosting a Call for Business Plans mandatory on-site meeting in Fernandina Beach on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at 10 a.m. Eastern. This competitive process will be used to find a concession partner to provide expanded visitor services at Fort Clinch State Park. Please consider forwarding the information listed below to your membership or customers who might be interested in this exciting opportunity:  

    Park: Fort Clinch State Park

    Scope of Services: Concession operation of the Visitor Center at the Park, which includes Fort Tour ticket sales, food and beverage service, merchandise resale, recreational equipment rentals and more.

    County: Nassau

    Mandatory Onsite Meeting:

    Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016*

    Time: 10:00 a.m. Eastern

    Location: Fort Clinch State Park

    2601 Atlantic Avenue

    Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

    *Interested parties must attend to be eligible to submit a proposal.

    Term: Multi-Year

    Proposal Deadline: No later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern, Monday, December 5, 2016

    To register for the mandatory meeting or to submit questions in advance, please email Mr. Pete Zadikow at Peter.Zadikow@dep.state.fl.us no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (pre-registration is not mandatory, but is recommended by the Department).

    More information can be found at the Doing Business with the Parks website.

  • October 26, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Coral Gables, FL, October 15, 2016 - Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden STEMLab will be receiving a donation check from Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation at Rockway Middle School. STEMLab is a mobile tissue culture lab that travels school to school to provide students quality science education through the Million Orchid Project conservation initiative.

    STEMLab is a partnership between Fairchild and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, who supplied a decommissioned school bus that has been constructed into a fully functional science lab by the University of Miami School of Architecture Design/Build students. The STEMLab is part of the Million Orchid Project, a Fairchild Challenge environmental outreach program, which aims to grow and reintroduce one million native and endangered orchids back into South Florida’s urban spaces.

    Currently, more than 100 schools participate in the Million Orchid Project, and have orchid propagation shelves in their classrooms. Starting in September 2016, the STEMLab has travelled to a wide range of schools, providing more South Florida students with hands-on science education and the opportunity to participate in an important environmental restoration initiative.

    The check presentation will be held on November 1st, 2016, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., at Rockway Middle School. Fairchild staff, including Director Dr. Carl Lewis and Director of Education Amy Padolf, will be joined by Miami-Dade County Public School Superintendent Alberto Carvahlo and officials, Wells Fargo Foundation Regional President Joe Atkinson, and administration and students from Rockway Middle School.

    For more info, please call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org/education/stemlab.


  • October 25, 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 2016 –The Gulf Stream Aquarium at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is coming to life now that the Aquarium’s 31-foot wide, 13.5-inch thick, 60,000-pound oculus that will hold about 4 million pounds of seawater has been successfully installed.

    Skanska USA, the construction firm leading the project, spearheaded the installation of the colossal oculus lens, marking an important milestone for the science museum project as it nears completion. The oculus lens serves as the massive viewing portal into the Gulf Stream Aquarium, the centerpiece of the museum’s three-level Aquarium. The Gulf Stream Aquarium itself is a 100-foot wide, 500,000-gallon, cone-shaped vessel with a corner-less design allowing open-water marine species such as tuna and sharks to swim continuously as they would in the actual Gulf Stream.

    The installation process began with securing a crane big enough to lift the oculus over 100 feet in the air, while monitoring weather conditions. Once Skanska had the oculus rigged and lifted, installers carefully guided it into place to guarantee optimum viewing for the museum’s visitors.

    "Looking up through the 30-foot oculus into the Gulf Stream Aquarium, visitors will have an immersive experience that takes them into the depths of the ocean. This habitat is now prepared to support over four million pounds of sea water and marine life,” said Frank Steslow, Frost Science President. "This was a momentous construction milestone for the museum, which takes us one step closer to the opening. I am incredibly thankful to the dedicated museum team, along with our partners at Skanska. Hill International, Acrylic Tank Manufacturing and Clax Italia for completing this incredible task.” 

    Getting the lens to the construction site was almost as difficult as installing it. The oculus was manufactured in Italy by Clax Italia, and shipped out from Livorno to the Port of Miami. Given that the total weight of the oculus and shipping cradle was 80,000 pounds, a unique motorized platform - similar to the ones NASA uses to move space shuttles – was used to transport the lens to the museum site in downtown Miami’s Museum Park.

    “Installing the oculus was one of the most technically challenging aspects of this project. The oculus is round and extremely heavy, making the crane and rigging logistics difficult. The oculus needed to be tilted to a 21-degree angle to match the precise angle of the opening and then, we needed to make sure it was placed and sealed properly to allow future museum visitors to enjoy an optimum viewing experience,” explained Andy Allen, Project Executive for Skanska USA Building. “Our team has been planning this installation for over two years now and it is rewarding to see the results of all the planning become a reality as the oculus takes its place as the centerpiece of the museum.”

    Now that the oculus has been installed, the Skanska team will begin installing the silicone sealant that forms the final seal between the oculus and the fiber glass liner, which should take about three weeks to complete, followed by filling the Gulf Stream Aquarium with seawater.

    “With each and every construction milestone we achieve, we move closer to opening our doors to the community. We thank Miami-Dade County for their continued support and the residents for believing in this project,” Mr. Steslow added. “We hope Frost Science will inspire generations to visit and be the nucleus of science and technology within our community.”

  • October 20, 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (October 19, 2016) -- On November 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Edison & Ford Winter Estates will hold its annual Edison Garden Festival. Dozens of vendors from all over the state of Florida will have exotic and tropical plants and trees, along with garden art and supplies for sale. 

    The Edison Ford Garden Shoppe will be open and stocked full of unusual, native and heritage plants that have been proven to thrive in Southwest Florida. Ceramic flower pots, garden art and gardening gift items will also be available.

    Plant vendors will be selling palms, vegetables, bromeliads, hibiscus, butterfly plants, African violets, orchids, air plants, herbs, succulents, cactus and many hard-to-find species, as well as garden supplies and gift items, including mulch, trellises, pottery, cut flowers, hats and jewelry. 

    This family event will have numerous kids’ activities, including photo opportunities in a Model T Ford with Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Kids will be able to plant sprouts that they can grow at home, make corn husk dolls, get temporary flower tattoos and make Mod Podge votive candle holders with dried flowers. 


    The festival will also feature music and live broadcasts with 95.3 OLZ and Cat Country, plus refreshments and a specialty crafted Edison tea beer will be available for purchase. 


    Parking and admission to the Garden Festival is free (tours of the homes, museum and lab are not included). For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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