tourism http://blog.wlrn.org en Once Near Closure, Fortunes Of Old Seven-Mile Bridge Are Changing http://blog.wlrn.org/post/once-near-closure-fortunes-old-seven-mile-bridge-are-changing <p></p><p>The prospects for the Old Seven-Mile Bridge in the Middle Keys have turned 180 degrees in the past several weeks. The historic bridge and popular walking spot once in danger of being shut down is now close to receiving more than $77 million for repairs and 30 years' worth of upkeep.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:21:49 +0000 Arianna Prothero 26811 at http://blog.wlrn.org Once Near Closure, Fortunes Of Old Seven-Mile Bridge Are Changing Staring Into The Sunshine Economy: Tourism And Business In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/staring-sunshine-economy-tourism-and-business-south-florida <p></p><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;"><p>The dawn of a new year brings with it new promises and old challenges. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:07:48 +0000 Tom Hudson 26075 at http://blog.wlrn.org Staring Into The Sunshine Economy: Tourism And Business In South Florida Homestead Launches Free National Parks Trolley http://blog.wlrn.org/post/homestead-launches-free-national-parks-trolley <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:17:44 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 26058 at http://blog.wlrn.org Homestead Launches Free National Parks Trolley Migrant-Centered Libreri Mapou Seeks Tourist Dollars With Cultural Appeal http://blog.wlrn.org/post/migrant-centered-libreri-mapou-seeks-tourist-dollars-cultural-appeal <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:17.5pt"><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 17.5pt;">Behind <a href="http://www.librerimapou.com/" target="_blank">Libreri </a><a href="http://www.librerimapou.com/" target="_blank">Mapou</a>'s pink storefront, tall bookshelves cover every wall and ceiling fans make small red, blue and white Haitian flags wave. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:14:10 +0000 Chloe Herring 23896 at http://blog.wlrn.org Migrant-Centered Libreri Mapou Seeks Tourist Dollars With Cultural Appeal Homestead Aims High With Observation-Tower Plan http://blog.wlrn.org/post/homestead-aims-high-observation-tower-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine this: You’re heading down the Florida Turnpike on your way to the Keys and spot this interesting-looking steel tower.&nbsp; It’s got an observation deck that corkscrews from the ground all the way to a height of about 560 feet.</span></p><p>You’re gonna stop the car, right?</p><p>That’s what Homestead officials are counting on.&nbsp; The city is considering building such a tower to attract tourists to its downtown.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:57:13 +0000 Christine DiMattei 25342 at http://blog.wlrn.org Homestead Aims High With Observation-Tower Plan InterContinental Replaces Its Dancing Lady, The Modern-Day Coppertone Girl http://blog.wlrn.org/post/intercontinental-replaces-its-dancing-lady-modern-day-coppertone-girl <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A year ago, the <a href="http://www.icmiamihotel.com/" target="_blank">InterContinental Hotel</a> in downtown Miami unveiled a 19-story-tall LED display of a shapely, female silhouette, dancing suggestively, often called "the dancing lady."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hotel recently held auditions to find new dancers. Hopefuls had one minute to dance to Pitbull’s “Hotel Room Service” to prove they had the right moves for a 200-foot LED display.</span></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:29:32 +0000 Arianna Prothero 25198 at http://blog.wlrn.org InterContinental Replaces Its Dancing Lady, The Modern-Day Coppertone Girl Deal To Save The Keys' Old Seven-Mile Bridge Is Nearly Sealed http://blog.wlrn.org/post/deal-save-keys-old-seven-mile-bridge-nearly-sealed <p></p><p>A long-awaited deal to fund repairs and upkeep for a historic bridge in the Middle Keys may be close to sealed.</p><p>The future of the Old Seven Mile Bridge looked bleak as salt water and storms eroded it toward a critical point where the state would be forced to shut down the last 2.2 miles of the bridge that remains open to pedestrians and cyclists.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:36:58 +0000 Arianna Prothero 24971 at http://blog.wlrn.org Deal To Save The Keys' Old Seven-Mile Bridge Is Nearly Sealed What Do You Think Of The Dancing Lady In Miami's Skyline? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-do-you-think-dancing-lady-miamis-skyline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’ve spent any time on the MacArthur Causeway this past year, you’ve seen the 200-foot tall, shimmying silhouette of the dancing lady on the side of the Intercontinental Hotel.</span></p><p>The giant, multi-colored light display on the side of the building danced into our hearts – or danced us into ire—last December. Whether you love or hate the dancing lady, she’s become a staple of the Miami skyline.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:40:53 +0000 Arianna Prothero 24005 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Do You Think Of The Dancing Lady In Miami's Skyline? Florida Sets Record For Tourism http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-sets-record-tourism <p>The three-month period ending in September brought <a href="http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/media/research.html" target="_blank">almost 23 million visitors to Florida</a>. That's the highest number ever for a third quarter.</p><p>The state is on pace to welcome about 95 million tourists in 2013.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That would be a record, but shy of the 100-million goal the governor’s office was hoping for this year.</span></p><p>And it’s not just about the theme parks. Many visitors are hitting Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach from international destinations.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:10:27 +0000 Gina Jordan 23761 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Sets Record For Tourism Battling For Brazilians: Broward Challenges Dade For Latin American Tourists http://blog.wlrn.org/post/battling-brazilians-broward-challenges-dade-latin-american-tourists <p>In the 1980s, after the bolívar crashed and Venezuelans suddenly couldn’t fly to Miami every weekend, a gaita band recorded a sardonic song whose chorus lamented, "Qué triste domingo sin Miami Beach."<br /><br />How sad Sunday is without Miami Beach.<br /> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 23071 at http://blog.wlrn.org Battling For Brazilians: Broward Challenges Dade For Latin American Tourists How The Federal Shutdown Affects South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-federal-shutdown-affects-south-florida <p></p><p>Payday comes and goes with pinched paychecks for thousands of federal government workers, as the partial U.S. government shutdown continues. W<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e look at how South Florida, from Palm Beach to the Keys, is dealing with it.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Fail once, try, try again. The state takes a second swing at purging voter rolls.</span></p><p>And in this odd-year election season, we look at some local races and ballot questions - and the big drama at Doral City Hall.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 21967 at http://blog.wlrn.org How The Federal Shutdown Affects South Florida Peer-To-Peer Boat Rental Companies Arrive In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/peer-peer-boat-rental-companies-arrive-south-florida <p>Getting out on the open sea, wind in your hair, enjoying the ride with your family and friends. Then there’s the boat payments, storage fees, fuel, maintenance and repair — these costs can quickly sink the dream of boat ownership.</p><p>Ahoy, mates — a new breed of boat-sharing services is entering the hot South Florida boating market. San Francisco-based Boatbound.co set up its East Coast headquarters on the&nbsp;Rickenbacker&nbsp;Causeway in Key Biscayne and launched nationally in June.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:39:57 +0000 Nancy Dahlberg 20675 at http://blog.wlrn.org Peer-To-Peer Boat Rental Companies Arrive In South Florida If You're Poor In Florida, You're Better Off Working In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/if-youre-poor-florida-youre-better-working-miami <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Children from low income families in Florida have the best chance of achieving a higher income level if they grow up in Miami.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Surprised?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I was.&nbsp; Based on my layman's understanding, I thought we would have low rates of income mobility.</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:56:47 +0000 Elaine Chen 19051 at http://blog.wlrn.org If You're Poor In Florida, You're Better Off Working In Miami Oh Snap! U.S. Tourist Breaks Finger Off 600-Year-Old Statue http://blog.wlrn.org/post/oh-snap-us-tourist-breaks-finger-600-year-old-statue Add this to the list of damages done in recent years to important pieces of art:<p>"An American tourist in Italy has generated shock and outrage by snapping the finger off a 600-year-old statue at a museum in Florence." (<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/look-dont-touch-american-tourist-snaps-italian-statues-finger-6C10861796" target="_blank">NBC News</a>)<p><a href="http://news.sky.com/story/1125288/florence-us-tourist-breaks-priceless-statue" target="_blank">Sky News says</a> the "hapless" tourist "could face a hefty fine." <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23588462" Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:45:19 +0000 Mark Memmott 18642 at http://blog.wlrn.org Oh Snap! U.S. Tourist Breaks Finger Off 600-Year-Old Statue In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints http://blog.wlrn.org/post/venice-huge-cruise-ships-bring-tourists-and-complaints The fragile architectural treasures of Venice are endangered by rising sea levels, and a growing number of critics now say the city and its canals are at risk from massive cruise ships as big as floating skyscrapers.<p>On an average day, tens of thousands of passengers lean over the railings of cruise ships that can be 300 yards long and 15 stories high. The tourists peer down at the majestic Doge's Palace as they sail into St. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:50:29 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 17453 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints