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NEW: Must-see attractions, shows at Florida theme parks
 Regulars at Florida’s theme parks expect thrills, chills and adventures. To keep them coming back — and to entice newbies and keep things fresh — new attractions, restaurants and places to stay are tossed into the mix each year. This summer, for example, theme park-goers will discover a new evening show at Walt Disney World&rsquo...

9:54 PM Friday, Jun. 09, 2017

Regulars at Florida’s theme parks expect thrills, chills and adventures. To keep them coming back — and to entice newbies and keep things fresh — new attractions, restaurants and places to stay are tossed into the mix each year. This summer, for example, theme park-goers will discover a new evening show at Walt Disney World&rsquo...
Vero Beach: Sunrises not high-rises
 When looking for a beach escape, I want to see the sea, not towering condos and hotels that cast long shadows and block the sun. It’s one of the reasons I love Vero Beach, where zoning restrictions prevent buildings more than four stories tall.   “Our motto is ‘sunrises not high-rises,’” says Allison...

12:49 AM Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

When looking for a beach escape, I want to see the sea, not towering condos and hotels that cast long shadows and block the sun. It’s one of the reasons I love Vero Beach, where zoning restrictions prevent buildings more than four stories tall.   “Our motto is ‘sunrises not high-rises,’” says Allison...
Road trip time! 5 best getaways within 50 miles of West Palm Beach
 We all need a little R&R now and then to soothe the body and soul. Somewhere near the beach would do the trick. Or perhaps somewhere to reconnect with nature in a lush tropical garden. Maybe a pampering spa resort is what we need. But if you have to travel too far to get to and from your happy place, some of the newly found calm you...

4:23 PM Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017

We all need a little R&R now and then to soothe the body and soul. Somewhere near the beach would do the trick. Or perhaps somewhere to reconnect with nature in a lush tropical garden. Maybe a pampering spa resort is what we need. But if you have to travel too far to get to and from your happy place, some of the newly found calm you...
Summer in the Keys: Best places to stay aren’t always in Key West
 It’s that time of year — when Florida residents flock to the land of Hemingway, hammocks and sunset celebrations. The 110-mile highway to Key West is peppered with attractions, restaurants and shops to explore, but you’ll need a place to stay and there are many good options. Here are a few suggestions you may not have considered...

1:00 PM Monday, May. 09, 2016

It’s that time of year — when Florida residents flock to the land of Hemingway, hammocks and sunset celebrations. The 110-mile highway to Key West is peppered with attractions, restaurants and shops to explore, but you’ll need a place to stay and there are many good options. Here are a few suggestions you may not have considered...
Orlando: What’s new at the theme parks
 If you’re headed to Orlando this summer, hold on to your seats because you can expect to find more thrills, chills and excitement than ever in the theme park capital of the world. From the world’s largest roller coaster to the thrills of Universal’s King Kong, Orlando has much to offer. Here are some highlights of what&rsquo...

1:00 PM Monday, May. 09, 2016

If you’re headed to Orlando this summer, hold on to your seats because you can expect to find more thrills, chills and excitement than ever in the theme park capital of the world. From the world’s largest roller coaster to the thrills of Universal’s King Kong, Orlando has much to offer. Here are some highlights of what&rsquo...
9 summer deals for staycations at local resort hotels
 With the busy winter season in the rearview mirror, it’s time to cash in on summer resort savings in our own backyard. No need to travel far. Spend your time on the beach instead of in transit. After all, Palm Beach County has no shortage of fine resorts and all of them drop rates during the summer — the perfect time for staycations...

11:00 AM Monday, May. 02, 2016

With the busy winter season in the rearview mirror, it’s time to cash in on summer resort savings in our own backyard. No need to travel far. Spend your time on the beach instead of in transit. After all, Palm Beach County has no shortage of fine resorts and all of them drop rates during the summer — the perfect time for staycations...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Kelsey Diamantis, 24
 Kelsey Diamantis is an enthusiastic and energetic fourth grade teacher at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Boca Raton who loves paddleboarding, swimming and going to the beach. You probably wouldn’t know it to meet her, but she also has a mild case of Tourette Syndrome, a nervous system problem that causes people to make sudden movements...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Kelsey Diamantis is an enthusiastic and energetic fourth grade teacher at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Boca Raton who loves paddleboarding, swimming and going to the beach. You probably wouldn’t know it to meet her, but she also has a mild case of Tourette Syndrome, a nervous system problem that causes people to make sudden movements...
Bookworms have been sharing knowledge through reading for 20 years
 Kathy Fahy says she has always enjoyed reading. “I had two older sisters with a collection of Nancy Drew books and I remember going up to the attic to read them,” the Juno Beach woman says. Before long, she moved on to Agatha Christie detective novels. Her interest in reading never waned. In fact, it grew stronger with every book...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 03, 2016

Kathy Fahy says she has always enjoyed reading. “I had two older sisters with a collection of Nancy Drew books and I remember going up to the attic to read them,” the Juno Beach woman says. Before long, she moved on to Agatha Christie detective novels. Her interest in reading never waned. In fact, it grew stronger with every book...
Moving Up: Awet Sium, new general manager at Tideline
 Awet Sium has a good idea of what travelers like in a hotel, because, at the ripe young age of 39, he has done a whole lot of traveling. “In the eight years I’ve been married, we’ve been to 40 countries,” he said, “ and our son, who is 3 and a half, has already been to 14 countries.” Some of his travel...

1:00 PM Sunday, Jan. 03, 2016

Awet Sium has a good idea of what travelers like in a hotel, because, at the ripe young age of 39, he has done a whole lot of traveling. “In the eight years I’ve been married, we’ve been to 40 countries,” he said, “ and our son, who is 3 and a half, has already been to 14 countries.” Some of his travel...
What to look forward to from Orlando in 2016
 Orlando, the theme park capital of the world and home to such popular franchises as King Kong and “Frozen,” is constantly evolving. Here are some new attractions to watch for in 2016. • Guests of Epcot will be able to visit the kingdom of Arendelle when the attraction “Frozen Ever After” opens in the Norway Pavilion...

12:00 AM Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

Orlando, the theme park capital of the world and home to such popular franchises as King Kong and “Frozen,” is constantly evolving. Here are some new attractions to watch for in 2016. • Guests of Epcot will be able to visit the kingdom of Arendelle when the attraction “Frozen Ever After” opens in the Norway Pavilion...
New artwork added to the gallery of outdoor canvases in the Keys
 Sometimes bigger is better. That may be the case with sea life artist David Dunleavy, who recently completed an enormous “Dolphin Rodeo” mural on the sides of two metal boat storage barns at Tavernier Creek Marina in Islamorada, which bills itself as the Sportfishing Capital of the World. Dunleavy’s painting, featuring a...

12:00 AM Monday, Dec. 28, 2015

Sometimes bigger is better. That may be the case with sea life artist David Dunleavy, who recently completed an enormous “Dolphin Rodeo” mural on the sides of two metal boat storage barns at Tavernier Creek Marina in Islamorada, which bills itself as the Sportfishing Capital of the World. Dunleavy’s painting, featuring a...