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Mark Malek, Managing Partner of Widerman Malek, PL. attended a roundtable discussion with United States Senator Marco Rubio on Friday August 19, 2016 at Space Florida. The Senator was so well versed on the needs of the Space Coast and on how to enhance the Aerospace and Space industry in Florida. The Senator discussed energizing the American public about the space program, and expressed his thoughts that commercializing technology that is born out of the space program will help. A humorous side note from the Senator was that the Space Program is not just responsible for Tang!

The discussion with Senator Rubio then turned to education and different ways how we can interest youth about aerospace. Senator Rubio was ever enthusiastic about introductions to aerospace and STEM education at younger ages for our children. There were several other topics discussed at the roundtable, but one thing is for certain – Senator Rubio is dedicated to the aerospace and space industries, not just for the good of Florida, but for the good of the United States. We thank Senator Rubio for taking the time to meet with us this morning and look forward to working with him on this endeavor.


Senator Marco Rubio


On Saturday June 6, 2015, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 1st Annual Dancing For The Space Coast event which was attended by over 650 people and raised over $225,000.00.  Mason Williams, along with the help of many others, helped to raise money for the event and performed an east coast swing dance.  Ninety percent of the profits will be split between three wonderful local charities: The Scott Center for Autism, Serene Harbor for domestic violence victims, and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.  The remaining ten percent of the profits will benefit the newly-created Brevard County Public Safety Charity to help public safety officers in Brevard County.

Indian River Boat Queen

Indian River Boat QueenVisitors travelling over the Hubert Humphrey Bridge on 520 in Cocoa slow to a crawl when their eyes rest upon the “Queen” perched at her dock.  The Indian River Queen is truly a majestic sight to see.  The Queen stands out with her bright red paddle wheel and shiny black chimney. When visitors see this steamer, it beckons them to come aboard.  

Native Floridian Penny S. Flaherty purchased the Indian Queen Riverboat back in 2004, shortly after the steamer was used in the action packed movie “Out of Time” starring Denzel Washington.  Built in 1984, the vessel was in need of some TLC when Penny took over ownership.  Penny and her crew spent two years lovingly restoring the beautiful triple deck riverboat to make her service ready.  And service ready the Indian River Queen is!

Guests can book two hour dinner sight seeing cruises on Friday and Saturday afternoons.  While leisurely chugging up the river, guests dine on exquisite cuisine catered by the Black Tulip.  The Black Tulip is a local fine dining restaurant in Cocoa celebrating over 32 years in business. 

While dinner cruises are popular, the main use of the vessel is for weddings.  Penny and her crew offer couples the romantic wedding experience.  The Indian River Queen boasts a full service bar, catering station and an air conditioned function room affectionately called “The Queen’s Room” that accommodates up to 85 guests. Couples can chose from a range of different wedding packages offered by the Indian River Queen. 

The Indian River Queen also has recently partnered with the Historic Derby Street Chapel to give couples a church wedding and river cruise reception package.  “Even though the Indian River Queen is a perfect venue to host an all inclusive wedding ceremony and reception, there is the occasional bride who has dreams of being married in a quaint little chapel. The Derby Street Chapel is just perfect! ” said Penny.  

Besides weddings the Queen stays busy as a venue for private parties and corporate networking events. Holiday parties and themed parties are huge hits on board the Queen.  Who doesn’t like partying like a pirate for a night on the Indian River?  

Whether enjoying a dinner cruise, celebrating a wedding, or networking with colleagues the Indian River Queen offers fun for everyone.  The Indian River docks at the Cocoa Village Marina in Cocoa, FL and operates year round.  For more information about their services, visit Indian River Queen Cruises.


Junior Achievement of the Space Coast Business Hall of Fame Laureate Reception

Tiffanie Warzecha, Mark Warzecha, and Brandi Deuterman