MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Airport Authority unanimously voted May 26 to change the name of Melbourne International Airport to Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB). The airport is located within the heart of Melbourne and is 62 miles east of Orlando International Airport (MCO).
The name change is a result of a multi-year lawsuit by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. Melbourne Orlando International Airport will be utilized in all airport branding, identifiers, signage, and marketing going forward.
"Although our name has made a slight change, our distinction of being your calm, convenient, and uncongested airport remains the same. In fact, this new name embraces what truly makes us special, and that is our hometown and our community," said Greg Donovan, AAE executive director.
"The new name highlights the Melbourne location and illustrates its proximity to Orlando, providing customers worldwide another travel option to the region."
Marriott Hutchinson Island Beach Resort now managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts
STUART — The Marriott Hutchinson Island Beach Resort is now managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts. Crescent has partnered with ClubCorp, the leading operator of private golf and country clubs, and Oasis Marinas to create a community in the 200-acre island resort.
The Marriott Hutchinson Island Beach Resort, Golf & Marina is located between the intracoastal waterway and the Atlantic Ocean with a multitude of amenities. The venue hosts a wide selection of events from corporate retreats to elaborate family vacations and weddings.
"Our team at Crescent has extensive experience managing resorts such as this beautiful property, and creating a luxurious experience for our guests," said Michael George, Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Hotels & Resorts.
"Golf and tennis managed by one of the most well-known country club operators in North America, paired with the world class water offerings of Oasis Marinas will package a variety of award-winning experiences into one dream destination resort."
Vero Beach Museum of Art participating in Blue Star Museum
VERO BEACH — The Vero Beach Museum of Art announced it will participate in the Blue Star Museums initiative. The program provides free admission to currently serving U.S. military personnel and their families. The 2021 program began on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and will end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021.
"We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of the Blue Star Museums 2021 program! Thank you to the Vero Beach Museum of Art for participating in this impactful and highly anticipated program,” said Kathy Roth Douquet, CEO Blue Star Families.
“Because of the VBMA and their counterparts in the arts community, military families have the opportunity to create special memories and experience the arts again!"
Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide.
Local Nonprofit The Source announces staff expansion
VERO BEACH — Anthony Zorbaugh, executive director of The Source, has announced two new additions to the staff of local nonprofit organization that serves the homeless and underprivileged individuals of Indian River County.
Anne Larkey has been appointed operations manager. She oversees the day-to-day activities of The Source. Larkey is a lifelong resident of Vero Beach and joined The Source following an eight-year tenure with United Against Poverty Indian River County.
Jade Alexander has joined The Source as employment specialist. Former program coordinator for Treasure Coast Food Bank, Alexander began her five-year stint as an intern, following her graduation from Indian River State College with a degree in Human Services.
Alexander now works alongside mental health counselors on the curriculum for The Source’s Dignity with Dining program which allows clients to learn on-the-job culinary training. Program participants ultimately receive a certification to obtain a job within the food industry.
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City Hall turns purple for Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
VERO BEACH — The City of Vero Beach has proclaimed June as Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. To honor those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, Vero Beach City Hall will be lit up in the Alzheimer's Association's signature shade of purple during the month of June. The City Council, which passed a resolution June 1, is encouraging the community explore ways to get involved and to wear purple in support.
Alzheimer's disease is America's sixth-leading cause of death, affecting more than 6 million Americans and 11 million caregivers. With more than 580,000 residents living with Alzheimer's, including 6,500 in Indian River County, Florida is at the epicenter of the disease with the second-highest prevalence in the nation.
Visit alz.org/abam to learn more about Alzheimer's, share your story and how you can support the cause during Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month.
Remember Treasure Coast nonprofits
If you are in a position, consider a gift to a Treasure Coast nonprofit affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Find the needs of many area nonprofits and how to give at treasurecoastnonprofits.com
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