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TreeUmph! Implements Latest State-Of-The-Art Safety Technology

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Industry Announcements | 0 comments

Bradenton, FL – March 16, 2017 — TreeUmph! Adventure Course, southwest Florida’s premier aerial adventure park, has re-invested $200,000 in their guests’ safety with new, innovative full body harnesses and state-of-the-art CLiC-iT® smart belay technology. The new equipment helps ensure optimum safety by preventing guests from mistakenly unhooking from the harness system. CLiC-iT® is a French-made patented safety hooking system which synchronizes the open/locked positions of the two carabiners used to clip in to the treetop courses, making the accidental release of both carabiners at the same time impossible. In short, CLiC-iT® prohibits climbers from becoming unclipped from the course safety lines while climbing. “The systems and gear we were previously using were top-rated, well-maintained and had a 100% success rate at our park,” said Director of Operations Jason Pitsas. “The available technology for our industry evolved and improved, and therefore so did we.” TreeUmph! offers a completely unique experience where climbers can spend the day swinging in the treetops while up to 60 feet in the air. With fifty thousand visitors frequenting the Bradenton, Florida, park each year, TreeUmph! makes the safety of all guests and employees their top priority at all times. Guests undergo thirty minutes of training before they begin their adventure, which includes watching a 10-minute instructional video and completing a practice course under the supervision of a TreeUmph! Guide. TreeUmph’s mission is simple: they aim to inspire fun and a sense of pride through their unique adventure experience. With the new industry-leading CLiC-iT safety system, TreeUmph! Adventure Course helps make that mission a reality by ensuring optimum safety for all climbers while they swing, soar, and zipline through the treetops. About TreeUmph! Adventure Course: Opening its first treetop course in Bradenton, Florida, in 2013, TreeUmph! Adventure Course operates under the mission statement: “We inspire FUN and a sense of PRIDE through ADVENTURE.” Built to the highest safety standards in the industry, each TreeUmph! location was designed to entertain and challenge guests aged 7 and up with an exciting assortment of treetop games, ZIP lines, bridges and more. Reservations are recommended. Call 855-322-2130, or visit treeumph.com for more information. Grapevine Communications provides full-service advertising, marketing and public relations services to clients nationwide. The firm is the most award-winning advertising agency in Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding areas. Recent accolades include the 2016, 2015 & 2014 Best Marketing/PR Agency by SRQ Magazine readers; the 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Award for “Nearly Big” Companies by the Tampa Bay Business Journal; the 2016 “Top 25 Public Relations Firms of Southwest Florida” by Tampa Bay Business Journal; the 2015 Greater Good Philanthropy Award – Small Business by Biz(941) Magazine; the 2014 Small Business of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce; and the 2010 Small Business of the Year by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. For more information on Grapevine Communications, contact Shelby Isaacson (Shelby@grapeinc.com) at 941-351-0024 or visit the website at www.grapeinc.com...

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Celebrated Mural Artist Daniel Fila to Paint Select Walls at Destin Commons

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Industry Announcements | 0 comments

Destin, FL (Mar. 19, 2017) — Destin Commons is introducing a new art initiative that will invite artists to create original mural art on walls throughout the outdoor lifestyle center. “During 2017, we will have both regional and national artists from around the country creating their own distinctive original works of art,” said Heather Ruiz, marketing manager of Destin Commons. “Our first artist to be featured will be Daniel Fila. He will be coming here from Miami creating his works of art live from March 22 through March 30.” Daniel Fila, also known as Krave, is a multi-faceted artist whose work ranges from mural installations to figurative and abstract paintings, animations and urban sculpture using a range of mediums, techniques and aesthetics. Born in Miami, Fila was influenced by his father, a commercial artist and began sketching as a young boy in order to express himself and distinguish his unique identity. Ultimately, art led Fila to obtaining a extensive art education in some of the country’s most respected schools and on his path to urban culture and street visual art in public spaces. Fila was an early pioneer in Miami’s urban art scene. His most famous work is “The Sunbather”, a mural located on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami that achieved international exposure when it was featured in Michael Bay’s movie, “Pain and Gain”, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in 2003. Destin locals and visitors are invited to watch Fila in action as he creates his murals in Destin Commons. He will be painting at the south end of the property next to Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill, as well as in the parking garage street entrance from March 22 through March 30. Destin Commons is located at the corner of Highway 98 and the Mid Bay Bridge Road. Visit www.DestinCommons.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information. # #...

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Behind The Scenes at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Industry Announcements | 0 comments

Jupiter, FL:   Something truly wild and amazing is coming back to Jupiter this April! The third annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival (WSFF), one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America, returns April 8, 2017, from 6:00 PM- 9:30 PM at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. “We’ve picked sixteen short films that show how we can individually and as a group be more connected to the earth through our recreation, hard work and thoughtful living,” says Kathleen Glover, JILM Assistant Director and WSFF-Jupiter Coordinator. “People from all walks of life share their experiences, feelings and accomplishments in and around their oceans, lands, and communities in these mesmerizing films. We are proud to join over 150 other museums and organizations presenting these stories that give us a sense of place and what it means to be responsible stewards of the earth.” Here is a sneak peek at a few of our favorites. Selah: Water From Stone tells the story of a former fast food chain owner who sells his successful business and devotes his life to restoring a dry, neglected and overgrazed ranch in the Texas hill country. He took the worst piece of property he could find and transformed over 5,000 acres into a lush green paradise preserve. Now with full aquifers and overflowing with natural springs, the land is brought back to life for future generations to enjoy. Then there is the upbeat look at the not-so-upbeat topic of dead coral. It’s an ecological nightmare, but marine biologists (heroes actually) have come up with a very creative solution. Coral Reef Rescue explores the problem and the accidental discovery that led to a brilliant new idea of accelerating the growth of coral in labs. This discovery is now used to repopulate reefs with healthy coral nurseries. And it’s working! With college and high school students getting involved with coral reef rescues, the future of world-wide coral reefs has hope. Two young Navajo girls sing songs and call to their long-deceased ancestors to let them know they are arriving into the sacred Arizona canyon that whispers back to them and anchors them to their past. The Canyon de Chelly is alive and echoing with rich traditions and teachings for these young folks, learning to balance modern life with the “Navajo Way.” Canyon Song, our opening film, beautifully reveals the inextricable link between their identity and the land. It has lessons for us all. “These unique films tell the bigger story of our history, who we are as a people, and our symbiotic relationship with our planet. They are short films that make a big impact on the viewer, inspiring personal action. They encourage us to take time to immerse ourselves in the soothing comfort of nature and learning to love it. We have one home planet and each one of us can see ourselves as the ‘Keepers’,” states Glover. Film Festival gates open at 6:00 pm with live music of the StratOlites, a bit of DJ music, and a raffle.  Snacks, beer and wine will be sold along with those beloved burritos from Burrito Bros and BBQ, who will be preparing meat, chicken and vegetarian options. Film-goers can visit participating local recreational and environmental organizations during the festival and learn how to get involved in the local community helping our planet and the places we love. The films begin at 7:45 pm and will be shown outdoors on a giant screen at the water’s edge in front of the Lighthouse. Guests should bring a beach or lawn chair; no coolers or pets will be permitted. The wind...

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Panama City Beach Welcomes Groups & Meetings in 2017

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | Comments Off on Panama City Beach Welcomes Groups & Meetings in 2017

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., March 9, 2017 – Southern hospitality and the expertise and resources of a city that hosts nearly 11 million visitor days annually, makes Panama City Beach the ideal destination in Florida for meetings, groups, conferences and conventions. Whether it’s a business conference, college reunion, or church retreat there are endless options in this beachside community with more than 160,000 square feet of flexible meeting space complete with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico or St. Andrews Bay. “Business travelers and groups will find excellent value in Panama City Beach,” shares Visit Panama City Beach’s Director of Group Sales, Ann Gager. “With world-class services, facilities at highly competitive costs and exceptional weather year-round, Panama City Beach is the best choice for group travel and meetings in Florida.” The newly renovated Sheraton Bay Point resort is now open and offers 60,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space including a 12,000 square foot ballroom, 8,000 square foot junior ballroom, eight additional breakout rooms, 22 individual meeting rooms, outdoor lawns, and a covered deck and private bay beach among other venues that cater to a group’s needs. The first-class conference center provides personalized services to guarantee highly successful and memorable events. From large conventions for up to 1,500 attendees to intimate board meetings, the Sheraton Bay Point Resort offers a highly-skilled catering staff to fulfill all expectations with distinctive service and attention to detail.  Other newly opened meeting space venues in Panama City Beach include Hampton Inn & Suites located within walking distance to Pier Park and the 156-room Holiday Inn Express on Front Beach Road. In addition to ample meeting space, the destination offers 1,900 rooms at four conference resorts as well as 14,600 additional rooms at hotel, motels and condominiums. Activities in the destination abound for guests and attendees during their free time, including golf at five championship courses, dolphin tours, fishing excursions, spas, shopping, waterfront dining and nightclubs. Below is a list of meeting facilities in Panama City Beach: Sheraton Bay Point Resort: 60,000 total sq. ft., 22 meeting rooms, 320 sleeping rooms and the largest meeting room available at 11,594 sq. ft. 4114 Jan Cooley Dr. Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center: 40,000 total sq. ft., 16 meeting rooms, 233 sleeping rooms and the largest meeting room available at 15,000 sq. ft. 9600 S. Thomas Dr. Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort: 42,700 total sq. ft., 25 meeting rooms, 450 sleeping rooms and the largest meeting room available at 13,365 sq. ft. 11212 Front Beach Rd. Holiday Inn Resort: 7,000 total sq. ft., nine meeting rooms, 340 sleeping rooms and the largest meeting room available at 4,000 sq. ft. 11127 Front Beach Rd. Laketown Wharf: 32,000 total sq. ft., seven meeting rooms, 315 sleeping rooms and the largest meeting room available at 28,000 sq. ft. 9902 S Thomas Dr. Majestic Beach Resort: 5,500 total sq. ft., four meeting rooms, 243 sleeping rooms and the largest meeting room available at 5,460 sq. ft. 10901 Front Beach Rd. For more information about group travel and meetings in Panama City Beach, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com. About Panama City Beach Panama City Beach is situated on 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordering clear, emerald-green waters where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay converge.  With 320 days  of sunshine annually and attractions such as St. Andrews State Park and Pier Park, the region has long been favored by travelers seeking an affordable beach vacation with year-round offerings for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers.  These include championship golf courses, spas, sporting events, award-winning dining and diverse recreational activities. In addition, Panama City Beach’s Northwest Florida...

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Wedgewood Golf Club Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | Comments Off on Wedgewood Golf Club Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month

TALLAHASSEE — Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Wedgewood Golf Club, located in the City of Lakeland in Polk County, has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of March. “We are pleased to feature the Wedgewood Golf Club as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “Since its opening in 1931, this course has hosted some of golf’s greatest players.” The Club is located on the former site of the National Home of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Construction of the golf course began in 1929. The golf course officially opened on January 1, 1931, with Charles W. Howe as the professional in charge. In 1983, the course reopened after a year’s worth of redesign by Lakeland golf course architect Ron Garl. Today, the 18-hole, par-70 golf course features three sets of tees playing from 4,800 to 6,400 yards. The layout has plenty of sand, water and trees, and creates a terrific challenge for golfers of all ages and skill levels. “We are excited and honored to be featured this month on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Sun Shin, President of Wedgewood Golf Club. “Wedgewood’s history dates back to the 1920s. The course has hosted golf legends like Hogan, Sarazen, Snead and Bobby Jones as well as Arnie Palmer. Redesigned by Florida architect Ron Garl, this course is still challenging to all levels of players.” For more information about the Wedgewood Golf Club or the Florida Historic Golf Trail program, visit Wedgewood Golf Club, Florida Historic Golf Trail or Facebook.com/FloridaHistoricGolfTrail. # # # About The Florida Historic Golf Trail Florida’s golf history, recognized as one of the oldest in the nation, dates back to the late 1800s when a number of early courses were created along with the development of railroads and hotels in the state. The Florida Historic Golf Trail is a collection of more than 50 historic, publicly accessible golf courses throughout the state that can still be played on today. Through the Florida Historic Golf Trail, golfers can play on courses designed by world-class architects and played by famous golfers such as Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Information about the history and current day contact information for each partner course can be found atFloridaHistoricGolfTrail.com. Find the historic course near you and Come Play on History!   About The Division of Historical Resources The Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources (DHR) is responsible for preserving and promoting Florida’s historical, archaeological, and folk culture resources. The Division Director’s office oversees a grants-in-aid program to help preserve and maintain Florida’s historic buildings and archaeological sites; coordinates outreach programs such as the State Historic Markers program and the Florida Folklife program which identifies and promotes the state’s traditional culture. DHR directs historic preservation efforts throughout the state in cooperation with state and federal agencies, local governments, private organizations, and individuals. The Division Director serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer, acting as the liaison with the national historic preservation program conducted by the National Park Service. The Division is comprised of two Bureaus, archaeological research and historic preservation. For more information visit flheritage.com.  ...

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