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The Jacksonville skyline and St. Johns River. (Below): The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville. (Bottom): The Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast.

aptly named Ocean Center, located just 400 feet from the Atlantic Ocean and 10 minutes from Daytona International Airport. The Ocean Center offers a 93,028-sq.-ft. exhibit hall, an 11,904-sq.-ft. ballroom, 32,000 sq. ft. of meeting space with 32 breakout rooms, and a 9,300-seat arena. The Ocean Walk Shoppes and Daytona Lagoon waterpark are in walking distance, affording convenient free-time options for attendees. Getting to Daytona Beach from New York has been facilitated with JetBlue Airways’ daily, nonstop service from JFK International Airport, launched in January 2016.

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Jacksonville’s SMG-managed Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center is one of the state’s most distinctive facilities of its kind, housed in a historic railroad station building with impressive architecture. The Center’s 78,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space is divisible into two halls with 33-ft. ceilings; the ornate Grand Lobby boasts 75-ft. ceilings. Groups have 22 meeting rooms at their disposal. Major investments are being made to upgrade the city’s hotels. They include a $7 million property-wide renovation of the 159room Sheraton Jacksonville (6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space); a recent redesign of the 963-room Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront (110,000 sq. ft.); a $9 million renovation of the 354room Omni Jacksonville (14,000 sq. ft.); a $13 million renovation of the 277-room Embassy Suites Jacksonville–Baymeadows (7,000 sq. ft.); and ongoing meeting space renovations at the 323-room Lexington Hotel & Conference Center (35,000 sq. ft.), scheduled for completion by the end of March. Planners looking for a unique offsite venue in the city can consider The Barge Jax, which affords panoramic skyline views from the St. Johns River. The Barge offers about 6,000 sq. ft. of function space. Air travel to Jacksonville is ramping up with new American Airlines’ twice-daily nonstop service from LaGuardia Airport; Allegiant Travel Co.’s direct flights to and from New Orleans, Memphis and Richmond, VA, beginning mid April; and Air Canada’s nonstop flights between JAX and Toronto beginning May 7.

PALM COAST

Lying 25 miles south of St. Augustine and 30 miles north of Daytona Beach, Palm Coast is Flagler County’s most populous city 50

and home to quality golf resorts and lush nature preserves. A fine option for meeting and incentive groups here is the 300room Hammock Beach Resort, a Salamander Hotels & Resorts property. The AAA Four Diamond-rated resort recently renovated its grand lobby, 75 of its spacious one-bedroom suites and all 15,000 sq. ft. of its indoor function space. A must-play for golfers is the resort’s Ocean Course. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Design is famed for its six Atlantic Oceanhugging holes and thrilling closing stretch named “The Bear Claw.” In addition to its golf experience, the resort offers a spa and fitness center, multiple restaurants and bars, a multilevel pool complex with adult and children areas, and one of the most pristine beaches in the Sunshine State. Facilities & destinations 2016-2017 Winter

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