Ft.Lauderdale, FL., Venice of America

Ft. Lauderdale, aka the Venice of America has more navigable waterways
for boating, for leisure craft, than even Venice, Italy would you believe?
Sight visit the homes of the rich and famous by the city’s popular Water Taxi that makes a dozen stops, seven-days-a week, using one of their friendly boat captains as guides And the city is no longer the “Spring Break” capital due to a set of new ordinances. There’s Theater at the Broward Center for the Arts and at the BB& T Center; there’s a bunch of 5-star restaurants on the inner city’s Riverwalk; there’s lush, sandy beaches at Hollywood that are maintained daily along with its popular 2.5 mile boardwalk; there’s Gulfstream Park in Hollandale for racing fans and Jai Alai in Dania; there’s a coterie of museums and botanical gardens in Coconut Grove, Davie, Seminole, i.e., Butterfly World, Flamingo Gardens,Okalee Indian Village, and for a taste of the remaining wildlife in South Florida there’s the Florida Everglades National Park. If your a swim buff there’s the International Swimming Hall of Fame in the city proper and the Antique Car Museum.
If you’re into history, there’s the History Center and the Old Dillard Museum in the city’s center. For more on what Greater Ft. Lauderdale has to offer you try : twitter.com/ visitlauderdale.or facebook.com/ visitlauderdale. The best part is that the city’s airport, the Ft.Lauderdale/
Hollywood International Airport is less than one-half hour by taxi to the
city’s center. JetBlue is the largest transport from NYC with over 100 flights in season expected by 2015 along with their popular wide-body A320’s seating up to 150 passengers and with 100 channels of XM Satellite Radio and Broadband/ WiFi service on board to soothe you. If you’re into cruising there’s Port Everglades, fast becoming the leading cruise center for leisure travelers. For this try: www.porteverglades.net

Listen in to our next show,
through March 10 or on any of the PRX radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. The show will feature:

. Carlos Molinet, SVP, Greater Ft.Lauderdale CVB
. Ellen Kennedy, Communications Dir., for Port Everglades,
. Jan Goodheart, Communications Dir.,Broward Center for the Arts
. Captain Mike McGurl, GM, Ft.Lauderdale Water Taxi

Thanks for listening.

Michael Zufolo
Editor & Publisher/ LET’S TRAVEL! Radio

About The Author

Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

Michael has been an active player in Media Relations and Marketing for the past 30 years with stints at The New York Times, Forbes, WOR Radio, TV Channel 11, Attenzione Magazine, et.al., and with participation in the Caribbean Tourism Org.,/ CTO, the Pacific Travel Assn./ PATA, the Foreign Press Assn./ FPA, and the International Society of Travel Writers/ ISTR. Libra/ America, his latest signature, provides travel opportunities to VIP travelers and groups world-wide. Let’s Travel! Radio is an extension of his experiences.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com



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