Wal-Mart - [credit: Creative Commons]

Wal-Mart – [credit: Creative Commons]

Wal-Mart is considering building a 239-employee refrigerated warehouse and distribution center at a Port Canaveral-owned site in Cocoa.

The 460,000-square-foot center would be located on a 132-acre site in the Port Canaveral Logistics Park, according to documents filed with Brevard County. The site is at the southeast corner of Interstate 95 and State Road 524, and previously was known as Brevard Crossings.

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Riverside Carriage Company will offer scenic rides along the Indian River during the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend. To book a carriage ride e-mail RiversideCarriageCompany@gmail.com or call 321-917-8752.

Riverside Carriage Company will offer scenic rides along the Indian River during the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend. To book a carriage ride e-mail RiversideCarriageCompany@gmail.com or call 321-917-8752.

BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Riverside Carriage Companywill offer scenic rides along the Indian River during the  upcoming Mother’s Day weekend.

Let Moe, Kris and Aurelia treat your  amazing mom like royalty.  Moe is a very handsome 16.3 hand Percheron gelding who started his career as a star at Dixie Stampede in Myrtle Beach , SC, where he  was part of a team pulling a conestoga wagon in the show.

He was even lucky enough to pull Miss Dolly Parton herself around  when she came to visit.

The Royalty Package is just $80 and includes a private 25-minute carriage ride, flowers, sweets and a drink.

The carriage rides will depart from The Farm At Rockledge Gardens on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8.

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To book a carriage ride e-mail RiversideCarriageCompany@gmail.com or call 321-917-8752.

EVERYONE LOVES MOE, a very handsome 16.3 hand Percheron gelding who started his career as a star at Dixie Stampede in Myrtle Beach , SC, where he was part of a team pulling a conestoga wagon in the show.

EVERYONE LOVES MOE, a very handsome 16.3 hand Percheron gelding who started his career as a star at Dixie Stampede in Myrtle Beach , SC, where he was part of a team pulling a conestoga wagon in the show.

The Melbourne Art Festival is a nationally recognized event held each year on the fourth full weekend in April in historic downtown Melbourne, Florida. Admission is free.

The Melbourne Art Festival is a nationally recognized event held each year on the fourth full weekend in April in historic downtown Melbourne, Florida. Admission is free.

 

Some 250 artists from across the country have converged in downtown Melbourne for the 32nd annual Melbourne Art Festival, displaying a host of 2-D and 3-D art, some of which is entered in competition and others that are up for sale.

Tens of thousands were expected downtown this past weekend to witness the art and take part in the festival.

Prior to the show on Saturday morning, the 29th annual Flamingo 5K Run/Walk was held with the route beginning on Melbourne Avenue and winding along Crane Creek and over the Melbourne Causeway before it ended near the main stage of the Art Show.

Next year, the festival will move to Wickham Park.

“What I see in our need to expand to go to Wickham Park is the parking. We have such limited space for our artists to park,  specifically. They travel from so far to be here and we get here and there is no place for them to go. There is no place for them to put their artwork safely without having an issue,” said Grant.

“Wherever they’re going, I’m going. I’ll follow the show,” added Jenkins.

The show and the entertainment continue on Sunday.

The festival also offers a scholarship program to help qualifying Brevard County students of visual arts attend programs.

Those interested in more information on the scholarship program and the fair itself should visit melbournearts.org.

Contact Bonanno at 321-242-3662, cbonanno@floridatoday.com or follow Chris on Twitter @FTChrisBonanno

 Complete Article by Florida Today [ HERE ]
Benjamin Stern, CEO and founder of Nohbo, presented his product on the hit TV show “Shark Tank” in February and received a deal from Mark Cuban.

Benjamin Stern, CEO and founder of Nohbo, presented his product on the hit TV show “Shark Tank” in February and received a deal from Mark Cuban.

Viera, FL — A 16-year-old from Viera created a concept so unique that Mark Cuban decided to invest in his company.

Benjamin Stern, CEO and founder of Nohbo, was on the hit TV show “Shark Tank” in February and received a deal from Cuban.

Cuban gave him $100,000 for 25 percent of his company, and the business has grown since then.

But what is Nohbo?

Nohbu is a soft, powdered ball that disintegrates into a shampoo that is sulfate and paraben free. Each Nohbo Ball is wrapped in a biodegradable plant-based material.

“I’ve seen my Mom use those Tide pods before, and I was like ‘isn’t there anything like this for shampoo?'” said Stern.

Stern came up with Nohbo at the age of 14, and he’s been working ever since to make his dream come true. He found a chemist and then pitched his idea to several major companies like Clorox.

He then went on Shark Tank, where he received three offers. He chose Mark Cuban’s offer.

“Mark Cuban has given me all of his attorneys, all of his accountants, he set up our website, he has done so many things,” said Stern.

With the help of Cuban and the exposure on the show, Nohbo is seeing success.

“We have been contacted by two of the largest hotel distributors in North America to carry our lines,” said Stern. “One of them sells over 2 to 3 billion of those shampoo bottles and they want us to replace them.”

Benjamin is still attending Viera High School while juggling his duties as CEO and founder of his company.

Article by CNN/Christina Jensen.

Shark Tank’s Blog Update on Nohbo [ HERE ]

For more information on Nohbo, visit the Nohbo homepage.

 

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The Florida Institute of Technology surpassed the $100 million fundraising goal of its “Create the Future” capital campaign, and raised $123.3 million, the university announced on Saturday evening.

The success of this record-setting fundraising campaign, which is the largest in Florida Tech’s nearly 60 years of existence, was announced at a black-tie gala at the Charles and Ruth Clemente Center in Melbourne, and it marks the conclusion of a fundraising effort which began in 2014.

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Expanding upon its successful leisure routes along the east coast of the U.S., Elite Airways LLC announced new weekly flights between Long Island (ISP) New York and Orlando-Melbourne International Airport.

Expanding upon its successful leisure routes along the east coast of the U.S., Elite Airways LLC announced new weekly flights between Long Island (ISP) New York and Melbourne International Airport.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Expanding upon its successful leisure routes along the east coast of the U.S., Elite Airways announced new weekly flights between Long Island (ISP) New York and Melbourne International Airport.

The new non-stop flights start June 17, 2016 and tickets are available at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.

Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners known for comfort and efficiency, and maintains an impeccable safety record. Passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50-pound, and no ticketing change fees. Elite Airways is also pet friendly.

“Elite Airways is pleased to be bringing new destinations to Long Island with a convenient schedule that is designed for weekend getaways to popular vacation destinations including Myrtle Beach, Orlando-Melbourne, Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways.

“We anticipate passenger demand to be strong for these new routes and thank airport and community leaders for their support.”

Elite Airways was founded in 2006 by airline veterans with the goal to provide passengers a better travel experience with nonstop flights, competitive prices and exceptional service.

“MLB is proud that Elite Airways has its maintenance operations here in Melbourne, and it’s a great day for the community when we can announce new nonstop service to popular destinations like Long Island,” said Greg Donovan, AAE, executive director of Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

“With Northrop Grumman’s expansion here, we also know we have hundreds of families from Bethpage who are likely to frequent these short, nonstop flights.”

Elite Airways routes connect underserved communities with popular destinations including New York City/Newark and Long Island, Orlando-Melbourne, Vero Beach, and Naples FL, Chicago-Rockford IL, and Fort Collins CO.

Headquartered in Portland Maine, Elite Airways’ maintenance operations center is located in Melbourne on Florida’s Space Coast.

All scheduled flights are sold and operated by Elite Airways LLC, and available for purchase at EliteAirways.com or by calling 877-393-2510.

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The 153-unit Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral -Cocoa Beach recently opened in Cocoa Beach.

The 153-unit Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral -Cocoa Beach recently opened in Cocoa Beach.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA — A 153-unit Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral – Cocoa Beach property recently opened in Cocoa Beach.

The hotel is the brand’s first property in the city.

Developed and owned by Sunbelt Hospitality, the hotel complements the city’s tourism culture with local attractions and a bustling cruise port, according to the company.

The new hotel provides a combination of studio and one-bedroom accommodations, featuring fully equipped kitchens, and separate living and sleeping areas. Amenities include complimentary daily hot breakfast, an evening social, WiFi and grocery shopping service.

Recreational facilities include an outdoor pool and fitness center.

“Cocoa Beach has consistently drawn tourists, with both the Kennedy Space Center and Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal in the area,” said Adrian Kurre, global head of Homewood Suites.

“Opening a Homewood Suites property in this location is key to meeting tourism demands and offering visitors a trusted, value-driven option for short-term or extended stays.”

Located at 9000 Astronaut Boulevard, the hotel is near local attractions such as the Kennedy Space Center, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Port Canaveral shops and restaurants and the Cocoa Beach Pier.

Article By Space Coast Daily  //  April 23, 2016  Full Article [ HERE ]

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BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – Five Brevard County Public Schools have been ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best High Schools in the United States.

Two of those Brevard County high schools, both schools of choice, were among the top 100 high schools in the U.S.

The top-scoring Brevard County school was Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School in Merritt Island, Florida which ranked 30th nationally, 4th in the State of Florida, and the top high school in Central Florida.

West Shore Jr./Sr. High School in Melbourne, Florida also made it into the top 100 high schools, ranking 54th in the U.S. and 8th in the Sunshine State.

Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School, the top scoring neighborhood (non-choice) high school in Brevard County, placed 601st in the U.S. and 38th among Florida high schools.

Bayside High School in Palm Bay, Florida ranked 133rd in Florida and Titusville High School came in at 146th in the Sunshine State.

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Michael C. Burke, president of Melbourne Central Catholic (MCC), has been selected as one of only two Catholic school presidents in the nation to be recognized with top honors from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

Michael C. Burke, president of Melbourne Central Catholic (MCC), has been selected as one of only two Catholic school presidents in the nation to be recognized with top honors from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBLOURNE, FLORIDA – Michael C. Burke, president of Melbourne Central Catholic (MCC), has been selected as one of only two Catholic school presidents in the nation to be recognized with top honors from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

Some of Burke’s noted accomplishments cited in his nomination include:

• Increasing enrollment at MCC by 55 percent during his tenure as school president

• Implementing a multi-faceted global studies program at MCC which includes international students on campus (representing 20 countries), international student travel opportunities, and partner school exchange program in Ireland and mission trips.

• Partnering with Florida Institute of Technology, allowing MCC students the opportunity to take college courses and earn an Honors Diploma at no additional cost to the student.

• Strengthening the school’s Catholic identity and faith formation by implementing a Franciscan charism, partnering with Catholic Heart WorkCamp for mission trips in St. Lucia, St. Croix and Jamaica, hosting an annual Service Day for all students and modeling his faith through his compassionate leadership style.

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NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center has four high bays, including one that would be leased to Orbital ATK for its new rocket.

NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center has four high bays, including one that would be leased to Orbital ATK for its new rocket.

Orbital ATK was selected Thursday by NASA to negotiate to lease, remodel and use a bay in the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center for a large rocket the company hopes to develop with the Air Force.

Virginia-based Orbital ATK is one of two rocket companies that launch resupply missions to the International Space Station, but this deal would not involve those missions or that rocket, the company’s Antares. The Antares launches from NASA’s space port at Wallops Island, Va., carrying the Orbital ATK Cygnus capsule.

The new rocket that Orbital ATK hopes to develop and one day assemble in the VAB would be a medium- to heavy-lift rocket.

The planned rocket currently referred to by the name the Air Force set for it, the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle-class rocket.

Orbital ATAK and NASA now will go into final negotiations before settling on any prices, length of contract or terms in the VAB leas agreement.

“Orbital ATK has a long history of working with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center,” Scott Lehr, President of Orbital ATK’s Flight Systems Group, stated in a news release from his company. “We are excited about the possibility of utilizing KSC facilities for a future EELV-class launch system.”

Orbital ATK has launched two Cygnus capsules on resupply missions from Kennedy Space Center, one in December, and one last month. But that was because the Antares rocket has been out of action since one blew up on the Wallops Island pad in 2014. The company has been reworking the vehicle and intends to return to using the Antares, and Wallops Island, for its next Cygnus launch later this spring.

The prospective VAB lease with Orbital ATK, which also will include a mobile launcher platform, reflects Kennedy’s transformation to a multi-user spaceport supporting both government and commercial organizations, NASA stated in a news release issued Thursday.

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