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Widerman Malek, PL sponsored a table at the Women of Excellence Awards Gala on May 19, 2016 and had a great time at the event. The gala was packed with many friends, clients, and acquaintances. Mary Kinberg, Business Development Director from Widerman Malek, was honored to be one of the nominees for the award “Professional Accomplishments in Their Industry.

Women of Excellence Gala

From left to right: Ed Kinberg, Mary Kinberg, Eric Hostetler, Mason Williams

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Widerman Malek, PL proudly serves as local counsel for attorneys representing clients with legal issues in the various jurisdictions of Florida. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in the State of Florida, admitted before all three of Florida’s Federal Districts, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the Federal Circuit. WM’s home office is conveniently located in the Middle District of Florida, and only a short distance from Florida’s Southern and Northern Federal Districts.

Widerman Malek, PL can assist attorneys seeking admission Pro Hac Vice. WM can quickly complete the admission documents to be filed electronically with the Court, expediting your ability to practice. During litigation, WM can have as little or as much involvement with the case as may be required. WM respects that many clients have built a trusting relationship with their counsel and, as such, WM will provide lead counsel with assistance by offering litigation support, without imposing on any preexisting client relationship.

The attorneys at WM have experience practicing in Florida, and we understand the subtle details relating to our local jurisdictions and can provide the local touch to help obtain results as you litigate in the State of Florida.

For more information regarding our local counsel services, please contact us here.

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SunRail

Recently, Orlando residents received some exciting new about a new, and green, transportation solution. Orlando Florida will be getting a brand new light-rail train system that comes packaged in a high-tech futuristic style.  This innovative version of a light rail comes complete with an electro-magnetic levitating system which helps lift the train from the tracks and propels it along to the next stop at a high rate of speed. 

Here are a few more details of this newly approved plan:

  • This train is a privately-funded venture undertaken by a company called American Maglev Technology, Inc.
  • Maglev is based in Marietta, GA, which has long been a proponent of green rail technologies
  • Maglev first proposed the solution in 2012 to the Florida Department of Transportation.
  • After careful review of the plan and the proposed benefits, the state of Florida put out a request for bid in 2013, of which Maglev was the sole bidder
  • In late May of 2014, the state of Florida approved Maglev’s plan for the rail system
  • Maglev’s next step is to gain right-of-way leases for the land around which the train will operate.  The land to be used to build the rail system is currently owned by multiple public departments, including the Florida Department of Transportation, Orange County and the city of Orlando. 
  • The train will connect the Orlando International Airport to the Orange County Convention Center, which is slightly less than a total of 15 miles.  An intermediate stop will be made at the Florida Mall and there are talks to connect to the existing SunRail system as well.
  • It is a floating magnetic train line run on an elevated track system, the very first of its kind to be built in the United States of America.
  • However, trains like this are already in place and functioning in China, South Korea and Japan
  • There is no carbon-based emissions from operating this kind of train
  • The total cost is estimated to be right around $350 million dollars
  • The cost of the project will not be underwritten or subsidized by taxpayer dollars
  • Early surveys predict that the train will carry 4.1 million riders per year in the beginning and may increase to more than six million within the first ten years
  • The fare for a one-way ticket is estimated to be $10
  • Each one way ride would take approximately 12 minutes
  • More than 100 jobs will be created
  • The current plan includes construction starting in 2014 with the train being operational by 2017
  • Future phases of the project will connect the airport and convention center to some of the local theme parks

In closing, even though the proposed version of our new train reminds us more of the Jetson’s futuristic view of the world than the classic rock view, I’ll leave you with these parting words:

Down around the corner
A half a mile from here
You see them old train runnin’
And you watch them disappear

Melbourne Florida Local Community

Melbourne Florida Local CommunityMelbourne, Florida is definitely a tourist attraction.  For anyone who lives in the cold and frozen northern section of the US, the beautiful sunny beaches alone are worth the trip.  But as beautiful as they may be, the beaches may not necessarily hold the attention of member of the family for every day that you’re here.  So – for those days that you may want to do something just a little different from the surf and sand, here are a few suggestions.

For the animal lover:  Hop on by the zoo.  The Brevard zoo has more than 120 different animal exhibits.  You can feed some of the animals and can also ride the train or take a paddleboat or kayak ride.  If you get to the rhino exhibit at the right time and provided the rhinos cooperate, you can actually get up and close and personal to a real rhino!

For the adventurer: Treetop Trek is the way to go.  They have multiple zip line courses going over wetlands and alligators where you can zip from tree top to tree top.  They also have obstacles courses, bridges and tightropes and cater to all ages and inclinations, including the younger children and those who wish to stay closer to the ground! 

Extra note:  You can purchase a zip and zoo value ticket at a discounted price, which provides admission to both Treetop Trek and the Brevard zoo and can be used over a two day span.

For the culturally inclined: Check out the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, which is operated as a non-profit subsidiary of Eastern Florida State College.  In 1990, the King Center officially became a Florida state cultural institution.  The King center has a gleeful mixture of different types of performing art shows, including operas, jazz, dance, rock, lecture, comedy and more. 

For the sports lover:  The Space Coast Stadium, official home to the minor league baseball team Brevard County Manatees is the place to go.  Since 2005, the MLB team Washington Nationals have also used the Space Coast Stadium as its spring training home.  Tickets are available for a day of fun-filled day of baseball. 

For anyone who loves the beach:  If you want to be part of something that literally takes your breath away, head to the Sea Turtle Preservation Society. Learn more about these turtles and their unique egg-laying and nesting process.  During certain months, you may be able to take part in a sea turtle walk or nesting watch where you head to the beach and see this unique experience with your own eyes.  But – remember – no touching and no interfering!

Melbourne City Sky View

Ask non-Floridians about their favorite location in Florida, and you’ll likely get a barrage of answers. You’ll probably hear Panama City, Jacksonville, Tampa, the Keys, Daytona Beach, Miami and of course – Orlando and Walt Disney World.  We, of course, believe that the Melbourne area is the true gem of Florida.  So for those of you who either don’t know Melbourne at all or who want to know the area a little better, we’d like to help you out.

·         Melbourne is located in Brevard County.  It is southeast of Orlando, about an hour’s drive south of Kennedy Space Center and about an hour and a half drive east of Walt Disney World. 

·         The city was named for Melbourne, Australia, simply because its first post master – Cornthwaite John Hector, spent much of his life there.  According to local historians, the name was chosen by selecting straws.  

·         Melbourne and Melbourne Beach are separated by the Indian River Lagoon.  Melbourne Beach has the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Historically, commercial fishing and transportation helped fuel economic growth. 

·         Juan Ponce de Leon is credited with discovering Melbourne Beach in 1513, but it wasn’t until 1992, after research done by historian Douglas T. Peck, was this proven.

·         The earliest settlers were freed black slaves who settled in the area in approximately 1870. The first church, founded in 1885, is the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  It is still open and operating as a church.

·         Some of the attractions in the area include the Brevard Zoo, the Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area, the King Center for the Performing Arts, the minor league baseball Space Coast Stadium – home to the Brevard County Manatees, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Museum of Art, as well as many local and unique shops. 

·         People are attracted to this area not only for the beaches, but also for the fishing (freshwater and saltwater), surfing, parasailing, diving, golfing, tennis, shopping, dining, and cultural attractions.  People also travel to this area to watch the Washington Nationals during spring training, to enjoy the tastes of the Grant Seafood Festival in February, to enjoy the view during the Melbourne Art Festival in April and to enjoy the US Air Force Thunderbirds performance during the Melbourne Air and Space Show held in October. 

·         Major employers in the area include: the Florida Institute of Technology, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Melbourne International Airport, GE Transportation Systems and Holmes Regional Medical Center.