Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Jan 29 Show Recap: Sports, Super Bowl Housing, Festivals and Offshore Drilling take center stage.

After last week’s “studio” being a wide and airy veranda overlooking the Straits of Florida, Harborage Yacht Club's Captain’s Lounge seemed a little cramped. On second thought, it could have been because we had so many great guests!

Leading off the show was Treasure Coast Sports Commission executive director Tom Colucci. With spring training days away, a new aquatics center being approved in Martin County, several other key events such as the Treasure Coast Regatta, NJCAA Swimming and Diving championships and the FHSAA Baseball Finals coming up in the next several months, sports tourism will certainly make a mark. As a side note, Tom was a guest on the very first show of Talkin' Tourism over one year ago!

Want to turn your home or condo into a short term rental for a big event? Texas based call-in guest Christina Karpinski, director of HomeAway’s Owner Community, shared some great tips on the do’s and don’ts of this potential opportunity and offered advice on avoiding some of the pitfalls to ensure a positive experience.

Butch Olsen Jr. and Randy Roberts wowed listeners with what they would find at this year's Port Salerno Seafood Festival. New components include pirates, mermaids, The Captain’s Club and more. What won't be new? Seafood, seafood and more seafood. Thosands of people are expected to descend on the sleepy village of Port Salerno for this annual family-friendly event. Congratulations to Barbara Slaten and Peter Voethroeder, both of Port St. Lucie, each winners of a VIP Package to the Port Salerno Seafood Festival. Special thanks to the Seafood Festival Committee for providing the special gift, and thank you listeners for lighting up Harborage Yacht Club's telephone board!

As promised, Talkin' Tourism on Florida’s Treasure Coast is keeping listeners up to date with the views and opinions on drilling for oil off Florida’s coastline as close as three miles offshore, as will be discussed in this year’s legislative session. Surfrider Foundation, Treasure Coast Chapter board member Carter Hall detailed the opinions of this 90,000+ national organization. Some of the topics Carter covered included (1) are the potential risks worth jeopardizing the State’s tourism industry and (2) how long is it estimated to be before this oil actually hits the pumps? It is a big decision and Talkin' Tourism will continue to provide information to help you make a personal decision on this topic.

If you missed the show, or just want to listen in again, you can download it HERE.

See you next week!
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