APR 2012

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Home NOR THWEST FLORIDA Tallahassee: Capital City Celebrations Florida's capital city offers 6,000 hotel rooms and 400,000 square feet of meeting space. For meetings and events where size matters, the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center provides 54,000 square feet of convention space, accommodating up to 1,200 guests. A 40,000 square-foot outdoor plaza also pro- vides extra space, said Charlotte Brown, marketing director. One of the newer hotel meeting facilities in the city is Hotel Duval, Autograph Col- lection. The hotel offers a number of unique meeting spaces accommodating up to 300, said Mar Bauer, general man- ager, and offers 117 guest rooms. The Four Points by Sheraton Talla- hassee Downtown, which opened in the summer of 2011, is on track to receive certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program in 2012. "The renovation of this iconic hotel property has provided us with a unique opportunity to not only restore a city landmark, but also set a new standard for sustainable re-development within the city of Tallahassee," said Peter Walstra, Di- rector of Operations for Union Hotel Company Tallahassee RLLLP. The hotel offers all-day din- ing, more than 6,700 square feet of indoor con- ference space and 2,000 square feet of outdoor space, accompanied by 100 guest rooms. New to Tallahassee is the Florida State Uni- versity Turnbull Conference Center with the latest meeting technology, including video walls, multi-tasking and LCD screens and more than 47,000 square feet of meeting space, said Kerry Mcelroy, conference services manager. The con- ference center encompasses a 400-seat audito- rium, catering kitchen, dining room and nine breakout rooms with 30 to 100 seats per room. One of the more unique venues in the city in- cludes the Retreat at Bradley's Pond, which is "nestled beneath a majestic canopy of oak trees and Spanish moss," said Kathy Armstrong-Carl- son, sales manager. The facility offers 5,000- square foot entertainment facility and the 3,200- square-foot main assembly room. ■ A Different Kind of Key On the Florida/Alabama line lies the beach community of Perdido Key, Fla. Long known as the quieter side of Pen- sacolaʼs beaches that encompass fed- eral and state parks teaming with wildlife and unspoiled, natural beauty. This community offers a number of con- dominiums with meeting spaces, as well as restaurants and entertainment op- tions. Itʼs also home to the legendary Flora-Bama bar, which straddles the state line. Eden Condominiums is one of the larger complexes in the area, offering 300 rentals, said April Adams, rental manager. They have two meeting rooms, holding around 25 and 75, respectively. ■ 56 ConventionSouth APRIL 2012 www.con v Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase

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