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Where is the Air Show?

Thunderbirds Melbourne FloridaIt may be more than seven months away, but the organizers for the Melbourne Air and Space Show are already hard at work on the October 2014 show.  In the past few years, this show has been held at Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and Paradise Beach Park, but in each case funding for overtime and security has been an issue.  The organizers recently proposed to move the two-day show to the Melbourne International Airport for 2014. 

Although the airport seems like the perfect place to hold an air show, there were some definite logistical and contractual issues.  These include working with the airlines, specifically Delta Airlines and US Airways regarding passenger traffic.  When the US Air Force Thunderbirds are in the sky, all commercial traffic must be stopped. Other concerns include traffic management, since historically tens of thousands of people flock to the show, security, insurance and funding. 

A Whale of a Good Time!

Just a few days ago, a momma right whale and her young calf were seen off the shores of Melbourne Beach.  During the few days they will be passing through this area, many people will flock to Melbourne beach and surrounding areas in the hopes of not only catching sight of this beautiful whale, but perhaps even getting a picture.  This is a fun trip to take, but if you are one of the individuals on your way out to the beach with camera in hand, make sure to take note of the following:

Right Whale Melbourne FloridaAccording to Federal law, individuals must stay at least 500 yards away from the whales. It doesn’t matter if you are in a boat, on a paddle-board, or even in a plane, the gap must be 500 yards.  A violation of this federal law could cost you up to $500,000 and a year in jail. The Florida Fish and Wildlife commission has stated they would prefer to educate people instead of imposing citations, but will bring criminal charges if needed.

The right whale population is only thought to number about 500 individuals.  They are currently a protected, endangered species.  Although they have historically lived to an average of 60 years, their lifespan has been drastically shortened due to being struck by boats, getting caught in fishing nets, and being targeted by hunters for their blubber.

In the winter, pregnant right whales swim from as far away as Canada to get to the warmer coastal waters off the Georgia and Florida coast.  Here they give birth and nurse their young.  In the early spring, they head back to their feeding areas which start in Maine and move northwards into Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.  As they migrate back north, they may be seen in one location for a few days because they are very slow swimmers.    

It’s Pickleball Time! Are You Ready?

A paddle sport, Pickleball combines elements of badminton, table tennis and tennis into one game. This sport takes an oversized ping-pong ball, plays on the court the size of a badminton area with a net that is tennis-sized. The greatest thing about the sport is that it can be played by many ages and it […]

Holten vs. Narconon Arrowhead

Imagine a loved one has fallen into a cycle of substance abuse. You’re able to address the situation with this person and agree that help is required. You do your research, you find specialists in the area and this person decides to take the next step of moving into a facility where they can be […]

The Fight Over Use of “Crystal Glamour” is Decided

Austrian crystal jewelry maker, Swarovski has decided to not renew its trademark “Crystal Glamour”. In 2005, Swarovski received the registration for the term and filed the trademark as a “proposed to use” basis. However, their claim to the trademark was disputed by Crystal Knitters, a textile manufacturer from Tirupur.  Crystal Knitters claims that they have […]

The Importance of Filing for Both Utility and Design Patents

While watching Shark Tank Season Five, Episode 10, I was reminded of the importance of filing for both a design and utility patent. The show aired a young family looking to gain financial backing to expand their growing lunchbox business. The couple started Yubo, an environmentally friendly customized lunchbox company. The beauty of their design […]

Is it Scramble or Scrabble?

Smartphone word games popularity has exploded but is it because of their similarity to already existing word board games? The Mattel toymaker would argue this is indeed the case. They filed a lawsuit against Zynga for using a brand name too closely resembling their own. They argue that Zynga’s “Scramble with Friends” online word game […]

Why Mediation Makes Sense for All Parties Involved

“Can we all just get along?” – Lyrics by Guy Sebastian It is inevitable that conflicts will arise amongst people. We are all different and with differences come disputes. If everyone thought,  looked and acted the same we would be living in the world of Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle of Time. The reality is we live […]

Melbourne Civic Theatre – The 2013-2014 Season has Begun

Melbourne Civic TheatreMelbourne’s Melbourne Civic Theatre began its 2013-2014 season just a few weeks ago with Laughter on the 23rd Floor which ran from August 2nd through September 8th. While this first show has just completed its run, there are many more to look forward to this season beginning in just a couple weeks.

Started as the Indian River Players in 1951, the Melbourne Civic Theatre (MCT) adopted its new name in 1988. They currently perform in the 93-seat La Galerie on East Strawberry Avenue in downtown Melbourne. Show tickets are very reasonably priced at $25 for adults and $23 for seniors (aged 62 and older), military (active and retired), and students (must be full-time and aged 25 or younger) for individual shows. A season “flex pass” is also available at $115 for adults and $105 for seniors, military, and students. The “flex pass” allows entry into five performances, not including the holiday show.

Celebrating 20 Years – Melbourne’s Fall Festival

Melbourne FlaFor the 20th year running Melbourne Main Street’s “Fall Festival” is just around the corner. The festival is being held this year officially on Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th (with some pre-events on Friday, October 4th) among the beautiful historic downtown area of Melbourne. On a typical day in the downtown area, visitors can partake in shopping, dining, and even yoga – the fall festival adds to the already vibrant area with live music, family activities, and more food and drinks!

Catering to families, retirees, and young adults/professionals, this festival is the place to be in Melbourne the first weekend in October with over 30,000 people expected to attend. East New Haven Avenue will act as the main thoroughfare for the festival with many of the side streets serving as branches with additional vendors. Main attractions this year include the main stage, the Gen-X Motors exhibit, food court, the Rockstar Energy Drink side stage, and a kids zone.

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