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For one group, Defebo says it may be visiting the Ca D' Zan Mansion at The Ringling Museum or a spectacular dolphinwatching lunch or dinner cruise. For another it may be the learning experience at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium or some of the best charter fishing the Gulf of Mexico offers. Other event options include the spectacular Banyan Trees at Selby Botanical Gardens, a moonlight kayak tour through the mangrove tunnels in Sarasota Bay, or a trapeze lesson at Circus Sarasota. For a destination of this size, Sarasota offers a lot of bang for the buck, both in terms of meetings and group experiences. "Our partners are dedicated to the hospitality industry; they live it and breathe it daily," asserts Defebo. "It is truly the lifeblood of our destination, and we don't take that for granted. One of the nice things about a group coming to Sarasota County is that they will enjoy being the big fish in a small pond. Also, because we are a small to mid-size meeting destination, our partners are willing to work with you to find out what your group needs to come here. If we can make that happen, we will." 50 | prevue magazine 35-55_FLORIDA.indd 50 DAYTONA BEACH Daytona Beach is continuing to develop its growing cultural scene, while expanding attractions related to the area's famous racing heritage. All of this is taking place around an idyllic waterfront location with a very convenient footprint to navigate. Daytona also has some of the best values available for a Central Florida beachside setting. Currently under development, the Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art will house the world's largest singular collection of Florida art when it opens in 2015. The facility is an expansion of the Museum of Arts & Sciences, with six changing galleries ranging from 900 to 2,000 sf, and multiple conference and meeting venues specifically designed for groups. The $400 million Daytona Rising expansion at Daytona International Speedway is set to open in 2016, with an additional 1.1 million sf of shopping, dining, entertainment and accommodations dubbed "One Daytona." Additional new development includes the oceanfront Hard Rock Hotel & Cafe slated to open in 2016. 1/8/14 8:47 AM

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