McArthur Milk a Miami Local Favorite

April 21, 2012


MIAMI – Florida is one of the nation’s great cattle rearing states. Not only are there large cattle ranches in the middle of the state, but also dairy operations.

One such brand is McArthur Dairy of Miami, which began in 1929 and started by J. Neville McArthur. It’s a classic brand of Florida milk, and it’s famous because it shows up in resorts, cruise lines and in the Caribbean, as it is an export item.

While Dean Foods operates a number of other regional milk brands (including Shenandoah’s Pride, Pet and Tampa’s T.G. Lee), McArthur is an icon and anchor brand of the Caribbean.

Florida Trust Issues Eleven Most Endangered List

May 15, 2010

Endangered historic racetrack in Miami from library of CongressFORT MYERS – The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation released May 13 released the 2010 Florida’s Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites list at the Annual Statewide Preservation Conference in Lee County, Florida. The Most Endangered Historic Sites program is designed to increase the public’s awareness of the urgent need to save Florida’s neglected or threatened historic resources.

The historic sites included in the 2010 list include:

  1. Bonnet House, Ft. Lauderdale, threatened by increased development continuously threatens the view corridors
  2. Royal Poinciana Playhouse and Plaza, Town of Palm Beach, threatened by potential removal of historic landmark status and proposed development
  3. Central Christian Church, Orlando, threatened by demolition due to neglect
  4. Hialeah Park Race Course, Hialeah, threatened by partial demolition and new development
  5. Coconut Grove Playhouse, Coconut Grove, due to development pressure
  6. Sanford Grammar School, Sanford, because of redevelopment pressure
  7. Fort Zachary Taylor, Key West, threatened due to severe deterioration
  8. Boynton High School/Mangrove Park School, Boynton Beach, threatened because of deterioration and increasing development pressure
  9. Miami Marine Stadium, Biscayne Bay; redevelopment pressure
  10. Milton Historic District, Milton, threatened by potential adverse effects from a proposed road widening project
  11. Bob White Citrus Packing House & Strawn Sawmill National Register Historic Districts, DeLeon Springs, threatened by vacancy, lack of financial support, and demolition pressure.

Founded in 1978, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation promotes the preservation of the architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida through advocacy, education and stewardship of historic properties.

The Trust’s Passport membership program offers free or reduced admissions and other special benefits at over 80 historic sites, museums and parks across the state of Florida.

For additional information, please contact the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation at (850) 224-8128 or visit

Holiday Inn Revamp for Lake Buena Vista

June 25, 2009

The newly renovated Holiday Inn will re-open this fall.

LAKE BUENA VISTA – Holiday Inn is bringing its global relaunch to WALT DISNEY WORLD. The minute guests step into the glass-ceiling atrium of the Holiday Inn in the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort, the citrus scent, harmonious sounds, lush foliage and floor-to-ceiling views of the zero-entry tropical pool will guarantee that guests are set to experience a new Holiday Inn. Read more

American Adds Dallas-Tallahassee Flights

June 25, 2009

FORT WORTH – American Eagle Airlines announced today that it will add a second flight between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Tallahassee, Fla. (TLH), beginning Aug. 1, 2009.

American Eagle will operate the service with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets.

“We have received a very positive response from our customers to our first daily nonstop flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Tallahassee,” said Peter Bowler, President and CEO of American Eagle. “So we’re delighted to double our service from Texas to Florida’s capital.”

“This new schedule allows Tallahassee customers the ability to fly into Dallas to conduct business meetings and be home that same day,” Bowler said. ” It also offers even more convenient connections throughout American’s vast network, especially to the West Coast, Hawaii and Asia.”

The schedule for the Tallahassee service follows (all times local):

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Tallahassee Regional Airport (DFW-TLH)

Flight Departs Arrives Days

3237 9:50 a.m. 1:10 p.m. Daily
3259 5:55 p.m. 9:20 p.m. Daily

Tallahassee Regional Airport To Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (TLH-DFW)

Flight Departs Arrives Days
3258 7:15 a.m. 8:35 a.m. Daily
3238 1:35 p.m. 2:50 p.m. Daily

Jet Blue Adds Lauderdale Flights

June 18, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE – JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today expands at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport with two international routes linking its South Florida focus city with Cancun, Mexico, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Earlier this month JetBlue relocated from Fort Lauderdale’s Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 to offer customers easier connections and to provide the additional gates needed to serve the value airline’s growing roster of destinations including recent additions San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Nassau, Bahamas. JetBlue currently offers 37 daily departures – increasing to 49 per day during the winter season – to 17 nonstop destinations across the United States and Caribbean.

“JetBlue is proud to continue our international expansion from Fort Lauderdale by expanding south of the border to Cancun and Santo Domingo,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s vice president of network planning. “These two destinations are key markets for JetBlue and we’re pleased to be linking them to our growing South Florida focus city. We look forward to welcoming our loyal customers aboard these new routes to once again prove that at JetBlue, low fares come with higher standards.”

“We are delighted that JetBlue has added a new direct flight into Cancun from South Florida,” said Jesus Almaguer, Director of Cancun’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Cancun is one of the top destinations for North American travelers, and Fort Lauderdale’s proximity to Cancun makes it even more attractive for those who are seeking excellent service, culture, beautiful beaches, great gastronomy, first class hotel infrastructure and lots of fun — all within an hour’s flight time and with the best value.”

Travelers looking for a value-priced vacation package to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, or other top destinations need look no further than JetBlue Getaways. Customers can create customized packages that include air travel on JetBlue, a selection of JetBlue-recommended hotels and resorts to choose from, and a car rental. Book yours online at

Briefly: Florida Dermatologist Meirson Honored

June 18, 2009

JACKSONVILLE – Dan Meirson, MD, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at its 2009 Annual Meeting in Boca Raton on May 23. Dr. Meirson was selected for the award in recognition of outstanding leadership and dedication and extraordinary contribution to the society and the dermatologic profession.

Dr. Meirson is a leading Mohs micrographic surgeon and cutaneous oncologist. A graduate of Ohio State University’s College of Medicine, he completed his residency in dermatology at New York University Medical Center. He has won numerous academic honors, is an active member of national Dermatologic societies, and has served in various elected positions with FSDDS over the past decade.

Dr. Meirson is the 14th recipient of this honor, first awarded in 1995. The Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery is the State’s oldest and largest association of dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons

Eleven Reasons To Move to Florida

June 10, 2009

Looking east from Sarasota's Bayfront ParkSARASOTA – Yes, the economy stinks. And it stinks in Florida. But Florida has been in recession longer than the rest of the nation.

In recent months the state seems to have stabilized, employment-wise. That makes it the perfect time to consider that dream move to Florida. Our 11 reasons: Read more

Investor Wilbur Ross Bets on and Boosts Florida

May 22, 2009


CORAL GABLES – Investor Wilbur Ross is bullish on Florida.

“We think the long term outlook for Florida is good,” said Ross in an interview with Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business cable network. The interview came on the night of his purchase of Bank United in an Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-sponsored sale.

That same day, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that Florida was one of only a half-dozen states to have a drop in unemployment rates for the month.

Ross said that his optimism came out of the fact that Florida was a low tax state, with no state income tax, and would continue to attract tax refugees. While the state had problems, including a large amount of highly mortgaged property in foreclosure, Florida would gain in the near future because of these new residents.

Ross invested in BankUnited, a newly chartered federal savings bank, which acquired the banking operations, including all of the non-brokered deposits, of BankUnited, FSB of Coral Gables in a transaction facilitated by the FDIC.

BankUnited’s 86 offices make it the largest independent bank in Florida. The management team is headed by John Kanas, a veteran of the banking industry and former head of North Fork Bank.

“Florida still is undergoing huge amounts of foreclosure,” Ross said, “It’s a court directed system.” While the system is slow, the state, Ross believes, is far enough into the problem to know the extent of it.

Catch I-95 Traffic Info on

May 21, 2009

Florida’s traffic video is now on Trafficland.

Similar to public-private partnerships TrafficLand has across the country, the Fairfax, Virginia-based company will install its IP video equipment at FDOT Operation Centers in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Orlando. Live video from the FDOT cameras will be available to the public on TrafficLand’s free website

The addition of Florida cameras will extend TrafficLand’s national traffic camera network to over 67 markets throughout the U.S., including extensive coverage along one of the nation’s most heavily-traveled routes; I-95 from Connecticut to southern Florida. Additionally, critical evacuation cameras along the Florida Keys will become part of the network.

“Our DOT partners recognize the importance of reliable access to real-time traffic video through a scalable, redundant network that can handle the demand spikes typically seen during extreme weather and other emergency events,” said TrafficLand CEO Lawrence Nelson in a press release.

The TrafficLand public website uses interactive maps showing traffic camera locations, which users click to view live video streams. Users can save customized camera displays, schedule emails with live images from selected cameras, access cameras by Web-enabled mobile devices and even set up traffic camera Widgets on personalized home pages or blogs.

Cubavera opens at Miami International

May 15, 2009

MIAMI – Perry Ellis International (NASDAQ:PERY) announced the grand opening of its first Cubavera retail store in the United States. Located in the international terminal of Miami International Airport between concourses H and J, the store will invite travelers from around the world to sample the Cubavera lifestyle when visiting this gateway city.

“Miami’s fusion of cultures and influences makes it the ideal location for the first Cubavera domestic retail store,” said Gary Rubin, President of Retail for Perry Ellis International, in a press release. “We look forward to expanding brand recognition via this highly visible venue as well as providing visitors with a one-stop destination for apparel, accessories and gifts with Latin flavor.”


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