November 27th, 2013 by MM Airport Blog
One of the most prevalent crimes in the state of Florida every year is also one of the most preventable. The rate of people driving under the influence of alcohol is alarmingly high in our state yet it is easily one of the most avoidable crimes. In 2012 alone, more than 61,000 Floridians were arrested and charged with a DUI and had their life turned upside down as a result.
Florida law stipulates that someone’s first DUI warrants a one-year license suspension and a fine ranging anywhere from $500 to $2,000 depending on the circumstances. Some cases also require community service and mandatory substance abuse treatment. Those who make the decision to drive drunk a second time face far more serious fines and punishments which could very well include jail time.
Along with the fines, paying fees for your legal representation can push the overall cost of a DUI past the value of the car you were driving at the time. Some report the total cost of fighting a DUI charge at a whopping $10,000 when it’s all said and done! Rather than empty your bank account and rely on friends for rides, doesn’t it make more sense to hire a car service to chauffeur you about after a night of revelry and merriment?
M & M Limo is one of the most reliable names in transportation in Boca Raton. With a fleet of luxury cars and limousines, M & M Limo is well equipped to handle transportation for any occasion. You could rely on a taxi service to get you home after a night on the town, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find one when the time comes. Scheduling a car service means our experienced drivers will be exactly where they need to be every time. Don’t squeeze the party into a tiny cab, enjoy the luxury and convenience of the transportation services provided by M & M Limo.
Hiring a designated driver not only brings your chance of getting a DUI down to 0%, but it also helps keeps the roads safer for everyone. Whether you’re enjoying a nice dinner with someone special, attending a concert or dancing at your favorite club, M & M Limo has the experience to get you home safe and sound. With the perfect vehicle for every occasion, it’s no secret that M & M Limo is one of the most trusted car services in Boca Raton. Call and schedule your car service today!
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July 10th, 2012 by MM Airport Blog
Night on the Town!
Transform your next evening out into a Grand Occasion!
M&M Limo & Airport Service can accommodate a couple of a crowd. Whether you go glamorous or stay understated, M&M has the perfect vehicle for you. Ride in style! Or transport a group in a large-capacity van or motor coach.
Just leave the logistics to us while you enjoy the following advantages:
•M&M will arrange to pick up and drop off every member of your party at multiple locations – home, office, hotel or hotspots – or one central gathering place.
•Avoid parking disasters at popular venues. Call us for a no-stress evening.
•Ditch the game-day traffic. Instead, use our transportation to travel to and from sporting events.
•Our Grand Occasion services are perfect for any special event, including black-tie galas and fundraisers, anniversary and birthday celebrations and parties. We can even provide our finest chauffeurs for your corporate meetings and events.
No matter what your destination, M&M Airport Service eliminates concerns about who’s driving or where to park. And you’ll never wonder about the wisdom of getting behind the wheel after a few hours of celebrating.
So next time you hit the town. Be Driven.
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January 14th, 2012 by MM Airport Blog
January 13, 2012 – by Rachel Klein, Fodor’s Editor
Top New Cruises We’re Most Excited About!
The new year brings a slew of new cruises to suit every travelers’ taste, from family-oriented, ten-day trips to the Caribbean, to luxury, round-the-world sailings that stop in dozens of exotic ports. We’ve been flooded with news from every cruise line about their 2013 voyages, and have identified our favorites to give you the scoop on the best of what’s offered.
At the top of our list is a journey perfect for those looking for an adventurous expedition. Silversea Cruises, known for its globe-circling voyages, will have its luxury Silver Explorer set sail for a first-ever trip toCanada’s Hudson Bay in August, leaving from Reykjavik, Iceland, and stopping in Greenland before reaching the Baffin Islands. Another standout from Silversea is the Silver Spirit’s month-long trip across the Pacific, to start in February, 2013, with stops in French Polynesia, the Republic of Kiribati, plus the Hawaiian Islands.
If you’re sold on a Silversea cruise, better act fast—they’re running a special promotion that ends February 15, 2012, for a 10% discount on select 2012 trips if you book a cruise for 2013. And we can’t help but mention another deal: Also aboard the Silver Spirit , luxury cruises toSouth America and Panama for January and February, 2012, include ashipboard credit of up to $1,500 per suite. That’s a sweet deal!
Speaking of Panama, one of our top destinations for 2012, Royal Caribbean has added 19 new sailings to the Panama Canal and theCaribbean for their winter 2012-2013 lineup. We’re zeroing in on their first-ever cruises to the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, for 11-night trips aboard Vision of the Seas, leaving from Ft. Lauderdale. There are four Panama sailings, also aboard Vision of the Seas, two for 14-nights, and two for 15-nights.
Planning on taking a cruise in 2013?
Call M&M Airport Service and speak with one of our customer service representatives to book your reservation today! 561 488-6014.
Photo Credit: Silversea’s Silver Wind, courtesy scott1723/flickr.
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January 13th, 2012 by MM Airport Blog
January 11, 2012 By Rachel Klein Fodor’s Editor
- New Rules for Airlines
The last of bait-and-switch airfare pricing may finally be upon us. At least, that’s what several new regulations going into effect by the end of January suggest. The biggest news is that all those hidden taxes and fees that increase an advertised $59 one-way fare to Florida up to $112—or $224 round-trip after all is said and done—will now need to be shown upfront, rather than at the end of the booking process. Equally appealing, passengers will also be allowed to change their reservations for free within 24 hours of booking, ending the scourge of rebooking fees.
But a handful of airlines—specifically discount carriers—think that the rule will mean losing customers and revenue. Spirit Airlines andSouthwest Airlines have filed for a court appeal, although it’s unlikely this will cause a delay in the new mandates taking effect.
In addition, travelers will see additional charges for baggage up front when booking online, and can pay in advance of arriving at the airport.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is putting the reservations and baggage rules into effect on January 24, 2012, and is telling airlines that they must disclose taxes on fares beginning on January 26, 2012.
For travelers, it’s clearly a big win, as few things are more frustrating when planning a trip than airline ticket sticker shock.
Photo credit: GA161076 / iStockphoto
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December 26th, 2011 by MM Airport Blog
View of Stadium at night
2012 OLYMPICS, BOOK YOUR TRANSPORTATION NOW FOR LONDON.
Travelling to London is a wonderful experience. But you need to book your travel very early! Good luck in finding a car service last minute. The prices will be exorbitant!! If you have questions, we have the answers. Contact our office at 561 488-6014. Our customer service reps will be ready to book your ride to the airport to attend this fantastic event!
To check out the Olympics website go here: http://www.london2012.com/
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December 13th, 2011 by MM Airport Blog
Best of the World 2012
From the November/December 2011 issue of National Geographic Traveler.
Best of the World 2012 – All Best Trips
Remember when going to the airport was something special? Mass travel, deregulation, and security clampdowns have turned the airport experience into a real slog. But every once in a while we’re wowed by a cool local shop, world-class art, or a tranquil spot to escape the hubbub. Here’s to those standouts, which, combined, would make the perfect airport.
Barajas, Madrid, Spain
Leave it to the Spanish, with their rich tradition of cutting-edge architecture, to build a terminal that conjures a cathedral-like vault drenched in natural light. Two-thirds of a mile long, terminal 4 at MAD won the Stirling Prize for architecture when it opened its doors in 2006. We like the way the color-coded beams that support the undulating bamboo ceiling help passengers get their bearings when they wander off to the newsstand or to grab a bocadillo (traditional baguette sandwich).
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, USA
DFW’s Junior Flyers Clubs in terminals B and C are a big hit with the little aviators. The play areas are mini airports complete with runways, bridges, cars, planes, and air traffic control towers. Over in terminal D, an interactive art installation including a labyrinth-like game with curved, colored glass walls engages all ages. But the biggest attraction is the elevated Skylink: for adults, a speedy way to traverse the five terminals; for kids, a thrilling, swoopy train ride with a panoramic view of the airfield below.
- Macarons in a signature box from Ladurée, Charles de Gaulle, Paris (CDG)
- Chocolate-covered potato chips from Esther Price, Dayton, Ohio (DAY)
- Hand-carved wooden animal figurines from Out of Africa, Tambo, Johannesburg (JNB)
- Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Made in Oregon, Portland (PDX)
- Indigenous pottery from Mata Ortiz Gallery, Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Place to Spend the Day
Waiting around an airport gets pretty old once you’ve tired of your magazine, Angry Birds, and listening to other people’s conversations. Not so at SIN. A veritable leisure park, the airport boasts a rooftop swimming pool (about $12), spa, beauty salons, movie theater, multimedia center with PlayStations and an MTV booth, and butterfly, orchid, cactus, and fern gardens. Have more than five hours to fill? Sign up for a free two-hour sightseeing tour of the city at booths in terminals 2 and 3.
San Francisco, California, USA
More airports, including Boston’s Logan (BOS) and Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX), deserve kudos for offering free Wi-Fi, but SFO takes it to a new level with workstations equipped with outlets throughout all terminals. In the newly remodeled terminal 2, fliers can set up their laptops at a multi-seat computer desk with comfy lounge chairs and a kids’ play area nearby for the rest of the family. “This is the first airport I’ve seen that has kept pace with the personal technology needs of travelers. At most airports, it’s obviously an afterthought,” says business jet-setter Mellanie True Hills. Added bonus: There are plug-in outlets everywhere, even in the dining areas.
- Brisket at the Salt Lick, Austin-Bergstrom, Texas (AUS)
- Foie gras and mango sandwich at Miyou, Charles de Gaulle, Paris (CDG)
- Pastrami on rye at Shapiro’s Deli, Indianapolis, Indiana (IND)
- Ronnybrook Dairy milk shake at Custom Burgers by Pat LaFrieda, LaGuardia, New York (LGA)
- Alder-planked sockeye salmon at Anthony’s Restaurant, Seattle-Tacoma, Washington (SEA)
Schiphol, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
At AMS, culture goes beyond the requisite smattering of public art. An annex of the city’s Rijksmuseum curates free rotating exhibitions from the mother ship in addition to a small permanent collection of masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age (also free). If literature is more your thing, cozy up with a book by the fake fire at the airport’s new library, where you can choose from 1,200 titles translated into 29 languages, listen to music, and download films to watch on one of nine iPads.
Heathrow, London, England
With more retail space than most small shopping malls (671,000-plus square feet), LHR offers a million opportunities to burn through that extra quid in your pocket. There are of course the ubiquitous Sunglass Huts and duty-free standbys, but what sets it apart is a focus on Brit brands. Outposts of London icon Harrods are in four terminals, including a two-story superstore in terminal 5, where you’ll also find handbag purveyor Mulberry and Olympic merchandise flagship London 2012. Plus, browse boutiques—Jo Malone and Prada—not typically found in airports.
- Renaissance Book Shop, General Mitchell, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE)
- Powell’s Books, Portland, Oregon (PDX)
- 2nd Edition Book Sellers, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU)
Designed With Travelers in Mind
A model of German efficiency, MUC boasts an average six-minute wait to claim your bags and impressive connecting time statistics, particularly in terminal 2. New InfoGates throughout the terminals provide fliers with customized directions at the touch of a screen, including the estimated walking time to their destinations and wait time at passport control. Real people are on hand at the information consoles (albeit via videoconference monitors) to answer your questions. You can use your layover to take a shower, snooze in a “napcab,” or sip a German beer at the airport’s own brewery.
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November 23rd, 2011 by MM Airport Blog
April 28, 2011 by JetSetCD
We don’t know about you, but we prefer to sit as close to the front of the plane as possible. There’s none of that dreaded tail turbulence action, you generally get to deplane earlier, and you touch down a hair of a second before everyone in the back of the bus. One of the biggest decisions when reserving an up-front seat is whether or not to choose the very first row in your section—the one with the wall in front of it, officially referred to as the bulkhead row.
After years of the do-we, don’t-we indecision, we finally decided to list why we love, and we why we hate the bulkhead, so that you too can make informed seat map decisions.
The Pros and Cons of Bulkhead Seats:
· First row means first one to exit when you deplane
· It’s likely that you’ll be served your beverages, snacks or meal first
· Easy access to the bathrooms; no walking the length of the plane to find them occupied
· The economy bulkhead seats behind business enjoy reduced aisle traffic
· No reclining seatbacks in front of you
· Slightly more legroom and freedom to cross your legs without hitting a seat
· No passengers in front of you leaving a reading light on while you’re trying to sleep
· Chatting up the flight attendants is easier because of proximity (depending on plane type)
· If your plane has overhead TV screens, you must uncomfortably crane your neck up
· If your plane has a projector screen up front, no sleep or darkness for you
· You could be sharing the row with families, including crying babies and curious toddlers
· If the seats are next to the bathrooms, prepare for lines and unwelcome odors
· If the seats are next to a galley, there’s increased flight attendant traffic and bright lights
· Tray tables fold out from the armrest and can be smaller, with more joints
· No under-seat storage for purses or small carry-ons; everything goes in overhead bins
· Armrests are fixed, so no lifting them up to cuddle or lay down.
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October 5th, 2011 by MM Airport Blog
Navy SEALS Museum: by Philip Ward/VISIT FLORIDA
This story was first published on VISIT FLORIDA.
The elite commandos honored at the museum in Fort Pierce took out Osama Bin Laden this year. Seventeen of them also died in a single strike in Afghanistan.
Inside the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce is an unassuming, glass-topped display case, containing just a small sampling from the hundreds of letters received here since Special Operation Teams killed Osama bin Laden.
“I am truly thankful to live in a country that is home to the most remarkable team of liberty defenders the globe has ever seen,” one letter reads.
Says another, simpler and repetitive, but no less eloquent: “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. A grateful citizen.”
The SEALs, one of the nation’s most secretive military units, are uncharacteristically high-profile these days – thanks to some very public events.
They rescued the captain of a cargo ship from Somali pirates in 2009. They took out terrorist No. 1 Bin Laden in May this year. Then, in August, 17 SEALs died in a helicopter shot down in Afghanistan.
So, the letters pour in. The number of visitors, from the United States and around the globe, has mushroomed. Donations are up.
“It’s been like tourist season all summer,” said Andy Brady, the museum’s community outreach specialist. “Attendance has doubled.”
Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDU) and Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) – the forerunners to the SEALs – began training in Fort Pierce in 1943, in anticipation of the Normandy Invasion.
Roughly 3,000 men trained on the beaches here, honed into tip-top physical condition and armed with intelligence-gathering and demolition skills.
“You had to be able to swim three miles, hold your breath for at least three minutes and be able to blow up anything that wasn’t moving – and like it,” Brady said.
Then, as now, those who hope to join the SEALs have to endure some of the most rigorous training ever devised. Of all those recruited, only a few make it.
C.H. “Chuck” Thiess, now a docent at the museum, trained men in the early 1950s – in physical fitness, swimming, diving and the newfangled underwater breathing gear.
“Since 1945, some 48,000 men have been in training. But only 8,000 made it,” Thiess said. “And it’s even harder today. They’re the most elite outfit in the world.”
When the Fort Pierce facility closed in 1946, the Navy moved training for its newly modern warriors – who’ve been known variously as Scouts and Raiders, Naval Combat Demolition Units and Underwater Demolition Teams – to Virginia and, later, to California.
SEALs forebears saw service again in the Korean War, adding inland raids against railroads, bridges and tunnels to their repertoire.
In 1962, they got their current designation – SEALs, which stands for Sea, Air and Land teams. It was during the Vietnam years that they peaked into the ultimate commandos, the first units in for the most dangerous assignments, conducting guerrilla warfare, carrying out lightning raids and gathering intelligence.
In the 1980s, a group of Navy veterans began gathering artifacts from UDT and SEAL team members. In November 1985, they opened this 3,500-square-foot museum, staffed primarily by volunteer veterans and funded with private donations, admission fees and souvenir sales.
Inside, the museum are videos, weapons, documents and other artifacts that chronicle the storied history of the elite units, from inception to present. A souvenir shop, with watches, knives, shirts, caps and other items, does brisk business.
An 8,400-square-foot expansion was completed in May. Currently, it displays a patrol boat, a piece of steel from the World Trade Center and the artwork of Joshua Harris, a SEAL who died in Afghanistan in 2008.
Eventually, the addition will house items from 9/11 onward, including exhibits detailing the SEALs canine units, said Lisa Fulton, office manager.
Outside, patrol boats, submarines so basic they’ll induce shudders, displays of the beach barriers the UDTs had to dismantle, a helicopter and training space capsules offer up-close education.
Here, too, is the actual lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama. From the deck of a heaving military ship, SEALs marksmen needed but three shots at this orange vessel to kill – simultaneously – three Somali pirates holding an American hostage. Soon, the lifeboat will be housed in the addition.
The whole museum is testament to the history of an elite group, super secret, rarely and only recently in the public eye.
“We wish none of it had been public,” Thiess said. “It’s much easier for them to do their work without the public involved.”
But events, if only for a time, have involved the grateful public. And Thiess recognizes the value in that.
“I think the public finally appreciates and understands what these men and their families go through and have given,” he said.
Tucked into a corner of the grounds stand black granite columns, bearing hundreds of inscriptions – the names of the SEALs and those who came before them who died in service. Seventeen names, those who died in the Afghanistan helicopter shoot-down, were inscribed this summer, still fresh and raw.
Philip Ward, formerly a reporter, editor and manager at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Miami Herald and the Tupelo (MS) Daily Journal, lives in Plantation, Fla.
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February 10th, 2011 by MM Airport Blog
New York (CNN Money) 02/9/2010 (Charles Riley, staff reporter)
US Airways is hiking fees on overweight and oversized baggage sizes, a spokesperson for the airline said Wednesday.
For overweight bags that weight between 50 and 70 lbs., the price will increase from $50 to $90. For supersized bags that weigh in excess of 70 lbs., customers will have to pay $175. up from the previous price of $100.
Those fees are in addition to the base price for checked bags, which the airline is keeping the same at $25 for the first bag, and $35 for the second.
The new prices will apply to flights purchased on or after Feb. 1st for travel on or after March 1, 2011.
And there is more bad news for customers who travel with more than two bags. The prices for checking bags numbered 3 to 9 is increasing from $100 to $125.
In recent years, airlines have been increasing a la carte fees for things like changing flights, more legroom and checking bags in an effort to cope with rising fuel prices and falling revenue.
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February 7th, 2011 by MM Airport Blog
The Eiffel Tower, the Grand Canyon, the London Eye, Niagara Falls, the Trevi Fountain… a little googling confirms that these bastions of the beaten path rank high on the “top romantic travel destinations” or “best places to pop the question” lists that invariably pop up at this time of year. Of course these are all beautiful spots, embedded in our collective imaginations thanks in great part to movie magic–they are also devastatingly overrun.
Instead of seeking out a landmark as the backdrop for a romantic adventure, why not a good love story instead?
Each of these nine places harbors an irresistible legend of love or romance–even if you aren’t in seduction mode, they are worth a visit. If your motives are more sentimentally inclined, a trip like this might just seal the deal.
When you think of travel needs, think of M&M Airport and Car Service to get you there in style!
Copied from the Huffington Post – 2/05/11
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