Monday, September 27, 2010


The Florida Board of Governors unanimously approved a resolution authorizing FAU to finance part of the construction of a 30,000-seat stadium and associated improvements.  In July the FAU Board of Trustees had unanimously approved the project and its financing plan.

FAU’s Innovation Village is located in the north central campus area where the stadium will be built.  This is a gathering place for alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members to live, learn, dine, shop, enjoy and build tradition.  A student housing facility is under construction and scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.  A retail area is being planned.

The $70MM project will be home to the two-time bowl winning OWL football team.  20 luxury suites will be featured with 1,000 club seats and, of course, the latest state-of-the-art amenities.  Completion is scheduled for fall 2001, with construction expected to start in October 2010. 

All together now, let’s give a cheer for the new excitement that is coming to town!

Friday, September 24, 2010

 Head over to Port of Leith, Edinburgh and climb aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, launched in 1953.  Walk the red carpet and be greeted by a Pipe Major. 
 This grand ship has played home to The Queen and Royal Family for a half century and entertained kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers worldwide.  It is decked out with comfortable casual furniture and the walls hold aged family portraits.  The Yacht is said to be Scotland’s most popular attraction.

The State Dining room holds gifts to Her Majesty from 968 official worldwide state visits.  Four honeymoons took place on the yacht including Princess Diana and Prince Charles honeymoon, but if your heart is set on having your wedding there: sorry, no weddings allowed.  Suitable for a corporate event, the casual setting is regal and can include a harpist or pianist, fireworks, dancing to jazz or a traditional celtic band.  Up to 176 guests can be feted for dinner or up to 380 for champagne receptions. 
 Staff is white-gloved and served in fine china with silver engraved with Britannia’s crest.  Public tours are available during the day and imagine yourself sipping afternoon tea, sitting on a Britannia deck chair, overlooking the Firth of Forth.  Cover the Royal Deck with an awning, plan an awesome dinner and invite the 80 people you want to impress the most.   

Thursday, September 23, 2010


While Only “a dream” at the moment, just like the Flash Gordon comics of years ago that put a man on the moon… which happened during our lifetime… the design has been made for a yacht that can fly.  It has been exhibited at the Paris’ Air & Space Museum.

Just click the button and your “superyacht with wings” takes you where ever you want to go.

The masts can be operated independently and sails are stored within them.  The masts become wings when flying is preferred.  46 meters, with 4 mobile masts reaching 40’, the designer said he did not mean to make it feasible, but rather an innovative concept. 

Any bets on how soon this will become reality?

Saturday, September 04, 2010


The September 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens features the home of Institute for Luxury Home Marketing President, Waco Moore, built in 1957 and then named as Better Homes and Gardens “Idea House of the Year.”  Waco and his wife Mila Goldman-Moore, who is an architect and served as general contractor after they purchased the house, have kept true to the modern aesthetic, but have incorporated “green features” such as shredded denim insulation and tank-less hot water heaters.  Mila says her favorite element in their bedroom is the easy access to the outdoors and future plans may include a porch with a sleeping alcove in that area.

Before moving in, they stripped the interior down to the studs, maintained the basic floor plan, and removed crown moldings to keep a simplified look.  They also replaced Victorian-style decorative doorknobs. Planning ahead, the inexpensive kitchen cabinets are freestanding, and if they redo the kitchen, they will merely be moved into the garage.  Open storage shelves help to declutter.

Still “The Idea House of the Year,” the Moore’s are in trend with today’s modern times with a non-wasted space floor plan, connections between living areas that are “family-friendly,” natural light streaming in, and a nice indoor-outdoor flow making the house seem larger than its 2100 sq ft.  These ideas can easily be applied to condos and townhouses as well. Towering canopy oaks shade the house and offer breezes and sunlight where it is needed. 

Wednesday, September 01, 2010


The annual Providencia Award is the County’s most important symbol of recognition for the local tourism industry, celebrating local businesses, organizations and/or individuals making extraordinary contributions to the vitality and prosperity of the county as a desirable tourist destination.  This year’s award has been won by the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.  Delray Beach was selected as one of the top10 ”Best Tennis Towns in America” by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) because of the annual International Tennis Championships.  This event brings almost 60,000 attendees, 25% from outside of Florida.

The local tourism industry employs tens of thousands of country residents, adding over $2.6BB annually to the local economy.  The Delray Beach ITC joins previous local winners of note, including The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, The Breakers Hotel, Kravis Center, Burt Reynolds, Ritz-Carlton, Norton Museum of Art, Boca Raton Resort and Club, Moroso Motor Sports, SunFest, Jack Nicklaus, Marathon of the Palm Beaches, Delta Airlines, Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. and the Palm Beach Kennel Club.

The Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center features the ATP Champions Tour and an ATP World Tour, both scheduled for February 18-27, 2011.  The best tennis players in the world participate and draw thousands of visitors to the area.

If you or someone you know would like to own a townhouse across the street from the stadium call Marilyn Jacobs at 561-302-3388 for a showing. Leasing and pets ok.