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August 4th, 2019

A fight over disposable straws could return to the state Legislature, even after Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this year vetoed a bill that would have blocked local governments from banning plastic straws.

A measure (SB 40) filed Friday by Sen. Kevin Rader, a Delray Beach Democrat, would take the opposite approach, by prohibiting the use of plastic straws and plastic “carryout” bags statewide. Rader’s plan would allow single-use straws made from nonplastic materials, such as “paper, pasta, sugarcane, wood, or bamboo.”

Continue reading Plastic straw ban heading to Florida Legislature again

July 21st, 2019

The roar of a jet engine, the vroom of a car, the vibration of a moving ship.

These sounds and sensations, commonly associated with travel and motion, share a common source: fossil fuel-powered engines.

But as regulators and businesses around the world try to reduce carbon emissions, airplanes, automobiles and ships are going electric. It’s good for the environment, but it also means travel itself may be changing. Here’s a look at a few of the initiatives that are underway.

 

Continue reading By Air, Land and Sea, Travel is Electrifying

July 14th, 2019

For L.G.B.T.Q. travelers, taking a trip can bring up safety concerns, fears of discrimination and the stress of navigating different sets of rules and restrictions. Adding to the complexities of travel is that “L.G.B.T.Q.” itself is an umbrella category. People who identify under one of these categories may also identify in or encompass others: Skin color, gender, wealth and ethnicity all affect the way that we are treated as travelers.

With that in mind, here are some tips to stay safe and make the most of your travel.

 

Continue reading Tips for L.G.B.T.Q. Travelers to Visit the World Safely

July 3rd, 2019

Of the seven sea turtle species in the world, six nest in the United States, and all of them are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act — harmed by bycatch, marine debris, boat strikes, pollution, and many more threats. Take a look at a few simple yet important steps that you can take during your beach days to protect sea turtles.

1. Minimize beach lighting. The moon’s natural lighting guides sea turtle hatchlings and nesting females, so walking on the beach at night with flashlights or leaving on beach house lighting can disorient turtles. Turn off your exterior lighting, keep blinds shut, and place red cellophane on flashlights when walking on the beach at night.

Continue reading Help Save Sea Turtles with These Five Simple Steps

June 27th, 2019

Virgin Trains USA, the first for-profit rail service to launch in the U.S. in decades, says it’s on track to begin ferrying passengers between West Palm Beach and Orlando in 2022. Standing on a platform at Orlando International Airport, Wes Edens, the billionaire backer of Brightline, said the rail service’s shiny new trains traveling up to 125 mph will prove an attractive alternative to what he called the “miserable drive” between Central Florida and South Florida.

Edens, the head of Fortress Investment Group and owner of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, already promises to replicate for-profit city-to-city train service throughout the U.S. He’s in talks to link Victorville, Calif., and Las Vegas. He also sees the potential for Virgin Trains connections between Houston and Dallas, Atlanta and Charlotte and other metro areas.

Continue reading Billionaire behind Brightline says he’s “very, very happy” with rail service’s performance.

June 23rd, 2019

If summer has you thinking of a Florida vacation or sunny staycation, South Florida has just the place for you. From great weather to dining and nightlife, here are just a few reasons why we love summers in The Palm Beaches.

 

1. The Weather
From sunny skies to welcoming warm waters, The Palm Beaches deliver prime summer weather that will have you looking and feeling sun-kissed all season long. Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit, sunglasses, and flip-flops to compliment that bronzed summer glow. Continue reading Top 5 Reasons To Visit The Palm Beaches This Summer

June 12th, 2019

 

Oceans cover 71 percent of the planet and are home to important species and ecosystems that we rely on for food, livelihoods, climate regulation and more. But the oceans need our help. Saving the oceans can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task, but if we all pitch in, we can make a big difference.

Here are 10 ways you can help protect our oceans and wildlife:

 

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June 5th, 2019

The Palm Beaches serve as a one-of-a-kind diving destination, home to both natural and artificial reefs. Natural reefs compose the northernmost stretch of the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest living barrier reef in the world. The Palm Beach stretch is remarkable, with its base composed of limestone creating a habitat for quirky bottom-dwelling critters. Local reef residents include flowery hydra-corals, hairy gorgonians, crimson sponge communities over the rocks. With proximity to the Gulf Stream, the area welcomes large pelagic fish from the deep waters. Palm Beach County provides over 150 artificial reefs created by sunken vessels, limestone, concrete and even luxury vehicles.

Continue reading The Best Time To Dive In The Palm Beaches

May 22nd, 2019

It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to reduce stress while traveling is to just plan less and let spontaneity take over.

You’re on a beach. White sand surrounds you. A cool breeze gently passes over from the turquoise waters just beyond your feet. You sip your piña colada, moving aside the tiny umbrella. The sound of the waves lulls you to sleep as you think: this is the life, I may never leave.

Continue reading To Reduce Travel Stress, Plan Less