The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science Officially Opens

The Real Deal: Take a look at the new Frost Museum of Science: PHOTOS

Hammerhead sharks, baby alligators, an interactive river of grass and an all-digital planetarium.

All that is just about ready for The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science’s long-awaited opening on Monday.

The $305 million museum, at 1101 Biscayne Boulevard, is nearly completed after funding issues that caused months of delays. The museum closed its Coconut Grove location in August 2015, and will be moving its staff over to the new building in Museum Park, next to the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

A preview tour of the five-story, 250,000-square-foot facility included its four buildings, the Frost Planetarium, aquarium and north and west wings. The 250-seat digital planetarium has six projectors with a 16-million color 8K system, and will bring back the museum’s monthly laser shows starting in June, Jorge Perez-Gallego, curator of astronomy and exhibition developer, said. The 8K system is one of only 13 in the world, according to marketing materials.

The three-story Gulf Stream aquarium features a top deck where guests can watch mahi-mahi, devil rays and hammerhead sharks, a open aviary with rehabilitated birds, and other exhibits; nearly 30 aquariums on a level below; and the final component with the 31-foot-wide oculus lens to view the bottom of the aquarium. It also includes an interactive MeLab exhibit and a gift shop.

In the west wing is the Lunar Terrace, the museum’s “living” rooftop, as well as a casual dining concept called Food@Science. And in the north wing, the museum features a “Feather to the Stars” interactive exhibit, River of Grass exhibit, the LASERsHOW: Lights, Color and Geometry show; the Solar Terrace and the Learning Center.

Grimshaw Architects designed the museum.

Check out photos of construction of the museum about a year ago here.

Last year, the museum faced a funding gap and Miami-Dade County had to step in and provide about $49 million in emergency funds to get construction of the facility finished in time to open this year. The root of the problems had been a shortfall in private donations. The Frosts replaced the museum’s board of trustees with new members, including Patricia Frost herself. And in June, Gillian Thomas, the museum’s president and CEO of 13 years, announced her resignation.

Earlier this year, the Frosts announced a $100 million gift to fund the Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering at UM, which they hope will turn Miami into a world-class science and technology destination.

The Real Deal sat down with billionaire Phillip Frost, the chairman and CEO of OPKO Health, to discuss his vision for Miami as a global science and technology hub, in its March issue.

Miami International Airport to Welcome EL AL Israel Airlines in November

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(MIAMI, May 3, 2017) – EL AL Israel Airlines announced today the launch of the only Miami-Tel Aviv nonstop service, starting in November with three weekly roundtrip flights operating on Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Miami will be the first EL AL destination in Florida and the airline’s fifth route in the USA.

“We are proud to welcome EL AL Israel Airlines to our community, and to be the only destination in Florida and in the southeast U.S. with non-stop service to Tel Aviv,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Miami-Dade County and Miami International Airport continue to attract air service by the world’s top airlines from the world’s most influential cities.”

EL AL flies to 36 destinations from Israel and serves hundreds of other destinations throughout the world via partnerships with leading carriers.

“Congratulations to Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. Gonzalez and his team for adding yet another key international destination to our global network at MIA,” said Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Chairman Esteban L. Bovo Jr. “Our community, which includes one of the largest Jewish populations in the U.S., will benefit greatly from our local airport now providing nonstop service to Israel.”

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Chairwoman of the County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee, added: “EL AL’s new flights from Israel will bring thousands of international visitors, millions of dollars in economic impact, and more jobs to Miami-Dade County, which is fantastic news for our residents and our local business community. Congratulations to MIA for connecting our community to the world like never before.”

EL AL is the sixth international passenger airline to schedule a service launch into the Miami market this year. Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris began four weekly flights to Guadalajara and daily service to Mexico City on February 1; Canadian airline First Air began charter passenger flights on February 4 from Ontario; low-cost transatlantic airline WOW air launched thrice-weekly service to Reykjavík, Iceland on April 5; Aer Lingus will launch three weekly flights to Dublin, Ireland on September 1; and SAS will begin weekly service to Stockholm, Sweden on October 29. MIA currently serves 106 airlines, which is the most of any U.S. airport.

David Maimon, President and CEO, EL AL Israel Airlines: “I am pleased to announce today that EL AL will launch the only nonstop flights from South Florida to Israel in the near future. This decision is part and parcel of the strategy in which we recognize the importance of trans-Atlantic routes and our desire to expand EL AL’s presence in North America. This new gateway city in the USA will help ensure that as the national airline, EL AL continues to be the leading airline for travel to Israel, offering the most nonstops.”

“We deeply appreciate EL AL Israel Airlines for choosing Miami as its fifth and newest U.S. destination,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “In our efforts to make MIA a truly global gateway, Israel has always been one of our top strategic targets because of its unique and historically significant global location, and because of its deep cultural ties with Miami. We look forward to offering our passengers another travel option to that region of the world.”

Miami Dade College raises $2.1 Million for Student Scholarships

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What a wonderful evening! Miami Dade College Foundation raised a record $2.1 million to benefit student scholarships during its sold out 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, April 18, making it the most successful event in its 15-year history.

 You can continue to invest in the life of a student today – and all year – by giving, volunteering or mentoring. Visit www.mdcfoundation.com to stay connected.

GMBHA Pres & CEO visits FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality!

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We always love visiting the beautiful FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality Campus! Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO was Guest Lecturer at Sustainable Hospitality Council member Diana Beltran’s Sustainable Tourism Practices class at FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality. It’s always a joy to meet with the future leaders of hospitality! Thank you to FIU for inviting the GMBHA.

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University of Miami Hospitality Career Crawl

The GMBHA team had a great time participating in the University of Miami Hospitality Career Crawl! We met some fantastic students and can’t wait for them to be the future leaders of the Hospitality Industry!

Panel: Matt Boney, Co-Founder & CEO, Daycation App; Gerard Philippeaux, Manager – Strategic Initiatives, PortMiami; Elizabeth MacKinlay, Corporate Partner Account Manager, GMCVB; Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, GMBHA; Adison Heyne, Membership Sales Manager, GMBHA

The Students were able to meet with The National Hotel Staff and tour of property. Many Thanks to The National Hotel for hosting!

Yaser Mohamad – General Manager
Jacqueline Gomez – Conference Services Manager
Sylvia Martinez – Director of Sales and Marketing
Yann Crine – Director of Operations

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IPFone Awarded the 2017 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award

IPFone announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, has named IPFone UC as a 2017 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award winner for third year in a row.

IPFone Unified Communications (UC) integrates services such as voice and video telephony, chat, presence, desktop sharing, call control, voicemail, SMS and fax. IPFone UC allows businesses and employees to communicate whenever, wherever and however they choose. IPFone UC can be accessible from any device including PC, MAC, smartphones and tablets.

“As we celebrate our 20th year anniversary in business, we are very honored to receive the 2017 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award from TMC” says Damian Chmielewski, IPFone’s President & CEO. “We believe we can improve business productivity delivering a full range of unified communications and collaboration services. Thank you to TMC for recognizing our efforts and commitment to our customers”.

“It gives me great pleasure to honor IPFone as a 2017 recipient of TMC’s Unified Communications Product of the Year Award for their innovative product, IPFone UC,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Our judges were very impressed with the ingenuity and excellence displayed by IPFone in their groundbreaking work on IPFone UC.”

Winners of the 2017 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award will be announced online and highlighted in INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.

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