MAY 2012

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Home ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase Amelia Island CVB INSIDER'S GUIDE By Ashley Wright On The Agenda: Experience Florida's Atlantic Ocean coastline & Amelia Island like some of the first explorers did— on horseback. Northeast Florida On Floridaʼs Northeast corner you will find the intersection of old-world charm with seaside elegance where the metropolitan community of Jacksonville and its neigh- boring Amelia Island to the north and the historical communities of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and its surrounding beaches to the south blend together. The area is teeming with historical attractions and facilities that coexist with some top-of-the- line modern hotels and venues. Meeting planners often choose the area due to not only its historical significance, but ease of access and beautiful, natural surroundings. "After reviewing more than 35 properties, this venue (Sawgrass Marriott) was chosen for beautiful April weather and ease of access to a major international airport (JAX) with low cost flights and multiple airlines to best accommodate the travel needs of as many of our clients as possible," said Bonz Hart, founder and CEO of Meridium, which held its annual conference at the Ponte Vedra resort in April of this year. Attendees will find even more attractions and amenities that are being refreshed throughout the region, especially in the resort community of Amelia Island that offers everything from upscale to quiet and quaint. ■ Ponce de Leon...For Hire? Have your entire group inducted into the Ponce de Leon Society of Navigators. Scholarly studies indi- cate that Ponce de Leonʼs landing party first came ashore near St. Augustine in 1513 and groups can commemorate this by having a Ponce de Leon reenactor perform a light-hearted ceremony. ■ 32 ConventionSouth MAY 2012 www.con v

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