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Universal Orlando Summer Concerts & Florida Resident Package

June 18, 2009

Universal Orlando is launching a new Summer Concert Series at its new outdoor Music Plaza. The series kicks off on June 13 and runs Saturday nights through July 4.
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Butterfly World Offers Free Admission for Fathers on Fathers Day

June 17, 2009

In honor of Father’s Day, Butterfly World is offering FREE ADMISSION FOR FATHERS on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, 2009!

Present this email at time of entrance. Not valid with any other offers.

Hours: Saturday - 9am-5pm and Sunday - 11am-5pm

Admission closes at 4pm daily.

Tradewinds Park Weekend/Holiday Gate fee will be in effect.

http://www.butterflyworld.com/ 954-977-4400

Bentley Miami South Beach Hilton Florida Residents Package

June 17, 2009

The Bentley Miami South Beach Hilton is offering a Summer Staycation package that offers Florida residents four nights for the price of three. The package includes complimentary beach club access. The South Beach hotel is located minutes from a variety of family-friendly activities.
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DEP Announces Changes to State Park Fee Schedule

June 16, 2009

Day-use, annual pass and overnight accommodation fees updated

Tallahassee - In order to continue to provide high quality visitor services and affordable nature-based recreation, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida Park Service will implement a modest fee increase beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2009, in conjunction with the state’s fiscal calendar.
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Omphoy Ocean Resort Florida Residents Deal

June 16, 2009

The Omphoy Ocean Resort, a beachfront boutique hotel on Palm Beach, is reportedly the first new hotel development on the island in nearly two decades. Slated to open in June, the hotel, owned by interior designer Leslie Schelsinger, is inspired in water and modern Asian influences.
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Jerry’s Cajun Café

June 15, 2009

By: Gary J. Arzt
My friend and associate, Erik Espinosa, and I flew into Pensacola one morning, at 10:30 AM. We were headed for Cordova Cigars for a promotional event for Erik’s 601, Cubao and Mi Barrio cigars. I was tagging along for the hell of it. Robbie Morton, the owner of Cordova, collected us at the airport and we went directly to his shop. We spent about an hour and forty-five minutes there, chatting with friends and talking shop, when Erik announced he was famished. Piling into Robbie’s vehicle we drove the single block to Jerry’s Cajun Café, standing on North Ninth Avenue and La Vista Avenue, in what appears to be an elegant old residence, with the requisite front porch.

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Doral Golf Resort & Spa Florida Resident’s Package

June 15, 2009

doral-golf-resort-spa2The Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami is offering a Florida Resident’s Package starting at $119 per night through Sept. 30. Tri-county residents (Palm Beach, Miami Dade and Broward) receive additional nightly savings with rates starting at $99.

doral-golf-resort-spa-in-miamiThe package includes overnight accommodations in a garden-view room, 20 percent off golf tee times, 15 percent savings at The Spa at Doral, 10 percent savings at dining and retail outlets. The package is available Thursday-Sunday (Thursday night arrivals require a two-night stay). Guests must present a valid Florida I.D. at check-in. Visit www.doralresort.com and use promotional code FR6.

The Atlantic Hotel Florida Residents Package

June 14, 2009

The Atlantic Hotel, overlooking 23 miles of beaches in Fort Lauderdale, offers a Florida Residents’ Summer Package. The package, valid until Aug. 31, starts at $169 per night and includes an oceanfront room with terraces overlooking the ocean, granite kitchenettes and other features; breakfast for two each morning (up to $20 per person, excluding gratuity, at Trina Restaurant, and complimentary valet parking. Visit www.atlantichotelfl.com and reference rate code PKFLO. Suites are available with the Florida Residents Summer Package starting at $199. Rates cannot be combined with any other promotion and are subject to availability.

The Atlantic Hotel
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 567-8020
http://www.atlantichotelfl.com/

Miss Florida will be in Fort Myers Beach Fourth of July parade

June 11, 2009

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Lees Garcia, 2009 Miss Florida US International, will be the Grand Marshal of the Fort Myers Beach Civic Association’s second annual Fourth of July parade. She will be followed by Miss Southwest Florida, Miss Fort Myers, Miss Cape Coral and Miss Naples Teen.

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Garcia, who has lived in Tampa for the past 14 months, will travel to Houston for the Miss U.S. International 2009 pageant on July 6. If she wins, she will qualify for the Miss World International beauty pageant -the sister contest to Miss America- held in Singapore.

“I’m really excited about the parade,” said Miss Florida. “Since I leave for Houston on July 6, it’s kind of going to be my last hurrah (before further competition). Hopefully, it’s my last hurrah as Miss Florida.”

The 21-year-old Garcia, who is transferring from the University of Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico, is taking classes online and hopes to major in business administration at the University of South Florida. She has aspirations of owning a business one day.

“Eventually, I’d like to run my own business,” she said.

Garcia found out about the civic parade through Suzi Hosfeld, the state director of the Miss Florida and Miss Teen Florida pageant.

“Suzi is a great help to me,” said Garcia. “Because I live in Tampa, it’s difficult to meet everybody and be everywhere at the same time. She’s always finding things to do for me like fashion shows.”

The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 4. It begins at School Street and proceeds north along Estero Boulevard to Times Square. The holiday festivities continue just after dark with a spectacular fireworks show off the pier.

Expect the Mantanzas Pass Bridge to be closed from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. that day.

Parade awards will include Best Musical Unit; Best Decorated Float; Best Patriotic Theme; Best Overall Theme; Best Decorated Bicycle; Best Business; and Best Non-Business.

After the parade, the awards are expected to be announced at noon at the former Waffle House -which should be opened as the new Surf Club by then.

At 2 p.m., there will be a “Meet and Greet” with Miss Florida and the other pageant winners at the Pink Shell Resort. Parkiang will be very, very limited at the resort so officials say you should make use of the LeeTran trolley system.

The Surf Club, The Beached Whale, Charley’s Boathouse Grill, Pink Shell Resort and The Beach Observer are among the business sponsors this year.

“Friends of the Fourth of July Parade” include Saltwater Pro Shop, Terra Nostra Italian Restaurant and Tropics Bar and Grill.

Also on Saturday, the Fort Myers Beach Golf Club will hold a tournament with a 8:30 a.m. shotgun start to benefit the Beach fireworks show.

Editor’s Note: Upon researching this story, we found there are several different “Miss Florida” pageants and several 2009 Miss Florida title holders. Lees Daryanne Garcia’s official title is Miss Florida US International.

Florida travel guide for the Fourth of July

June 11, 2009

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The Fourth of July lands conveniently on a Saturday this year — so it’s easy to celebrate Independence Day with a trip to take in a variety of festivities that are featured in various parts of Florida.

Here are some noteworthy ones:

Cape Coral — The Red, White and Boom Celebration on Cape Coral Bridge and Cape Coral Parkway (shut down between the bridge and Del Prado Boulevard beginning in the afternoon of July 4) offer entertainment on two stages. It’s a street party expected to draw more than 50,000 people. Four bands will entertain and a children’s carnival will keep youngsters happy. Vendors will sell food and beer and at dusk visitors will be able to watch fireworks over the river from land or boat. For details, call 239-549-6900. For information on Cape Coral and surrounding area, visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com

Cocoa — Historic Cocoa Village puts on a free July 4th Celebration at Cocoa Village Riverfront Park Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. on July 4. The Brevard Symphony Orchestra will perform a patriotic concert and fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. as the orchestra continues to play simultaneously. Children’s activities and food court will be available (nominal charge). Bring your lawn chair. Cocoa Village is in the restored downtown of Cocoa between U.S. 1 and the Indian River adjacent to State Road 520.Visit www.cocoavillage.com

Daytona Beach — On and off the track there are fireworks during the Coke Zero 400 (formerly known as the Pepsi 400 and the Firecracker 400) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day. And this year it’s a double header on July 4 with the Brumos Porsche 250 in addition to the Coke Zero 400. A variety of packages and tickets are available for purchase. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Kissimmee — The July 4 Celebration is a free event at Kissimmee Lakefront Park. The patriotic event includes a fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. Kids’ activities will be available. Kissimmee Lakefront Park is located at 101 Lakeshore Boulevard. Entertainment and activities are held at various locations throughout the park. For details, visit www.kissimmeeparksandrec.com

Orlando — Orlando’s theme parks are always ready to celebrate and Independence Day is no exception. All four Walt Disney World theme parks present special shows to mark July 4. Most notable perhaps are the celebrations at the Magic Kingdom presenting SpectroMagic (lighted parade) and Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert In The Sky on July 4. Incidentally, the park’s Audio-Animatronics figure of President Barack Obama is currently slated to be in place at the park’s Hall of Presidents “in early July,” according to Disney, so it could be that it is available to be viewed on the Fourth. For its part, Epcot presents a special holiday fireworks display along with its laser/music/fireworks spectacular, IllumiNations on July 4. The festivities are included in park admission: $75 for adults; $63 for children. Visit www.disneyworld.com

At Universal Orlando, visitors may take in a special version of Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, complete with patriotic finale and fireworks display. The show is included in regular park admission: $75 for adults; $63 for children. Visit www.universalorlando.com

And in Orlando itself, festivities include Fireworks At The Fountain, a free fireworks display and laser show on July 4. Visitors may pack a picnic basket and blanket and head out to Lake Eola for the celebration. Visit www.cityoforlando.net

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