Assemble-it-yourself furniture embodies hand-eye-brain connection we all have

It is an important component of our human intelligence that we ought not to ignore in education.


One of the unexpected by-products of moving to Piper Shores and then becoming a grandparent has been furniture assembly.

It started with the under-bed storage drawers. Our cottage has only four rooms, and moving from larger houses has meant an investment in ingenious storage options. So the drawers came on Halloween — all ready for assembly. Who, me?

Turns out, I loved it. It was still warm outside, so I laid out a mat in the garage, studied all the directions, unpacked and checked off the components, and started in. I handled each piece, laid it out in what I hoped was a logical order, assembled my tools, and started talking to myself about what I thought I was doing. The first one was a challenge. The second was confirmation. By the third and fourth, I was riffing on the directions.

And then the grandson arrived. Suddenly we needed a changing table, a crib, a playpen. All these things came in kits that were now my job. (Deb assembles anything with batteries.)

This time I began on the living-room floor. Unpack and lay it all out. Find the directions. Scrutinize them. Match every piece to its picture. Handle every piece and do the same for the hardware.

On this adventure, I met the furniture fastener. This gizmo enables the stable uniting of furniture components at right angles without nails, glue or complicated joinery. There’s the bolt and its offset socket. You screw them together and it makes two pieces of wood form a solid right angle. It’s magic. I’ll bet the invention, or the innovative transfer of these fasteners from some other enterprise, has revolutionized the knockdown furniture industry. Both the under-bed drawers and the crib used these fasteners. I loved them.

But with the changing table came an unexpected challenge: the cam lock.

I had never seen or heard of a cam lock before. I now knew the principle of furniture fasteners, but not how this one worked. The day of the changing table we had no Internet. There was no one to ask and no way to look anything up. What to do?

I handled the cam lock pieces and talked to myself. How can it work? How does this little round piece fit in and grab the bolt piece and tighten it? How does the bolt get attached to the brace? Nope, that doesn’t work. Nope, that doesn’t work. Oooh, there’s a Phillips head thingie in the top, maybe it screws into this little socket in the brace here — it does! And then the two cam lock pieces attach like this! Oh, isn’t that pretty!

My verbal description today is a poor rendition of what I call the problem-solving monkey mind at work. In some way, not accessible to my consciousness, through patient handling, looking, experimenting, trying, failing, jabbering to myself and attentively waiting some more, the insight arrives.

A more sophisticated label might be the hand-eye-brain connection inherent in everyone. Every craftsperson, whether auto mechanic, artist, plumber or quilter, recognizes its value. It is an important component of our human intelligence that we ought not to ignore in education. Maria Montessori, Herbert Spencer and John Dewey are examples of those who knew this a long time ago. Heck, Aristotle did, too.

It’s the part of the human mind whose operation is triggered by new experiences and the need to solve real-world physical problems, grafted in some way to what we already know, feel and can do.

Having these insights and finding the ways forward is also full of pleasure and feelings of accomplishment, even if you don’t know quite how you did it. The results and the mastery are what matter. After you do it a few times, you know to trust yourself to do it again. It’s the interplay of theory and practice. It’s one of the principles behind applied research, internships, undergraduate research and experiential education of all types. We need to leave space for it in schooling.

P.S. to teachers of what they used to call industrial arts and/or English: the Wikipedia entries for cam locks and furniture fasteners in general are highly deficient. (I looked them up later.) Your students could create a wiki about them: history, description and use, with graphics. Maybe Wikipedia would put it up. Let me know.

Theodora J. Kalikow is interim vice chancellor and president emerita of the University of Maine System. She can be reached at


Coastal delights: Feed body and soul in Flagler County


A FLAGLER AFTERNOON Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel A chilly, windy afternoon at the famous rocky beach at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, February 6, 2015. . (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel) B584334408Z.1


With a population that has grown steadily over the past few years, Palm Coast and Flagler County are proving to be the softest patch of Florida’s many beaches in which to settle down.

Visitors needn’t worry, either. This stretch of coastal delights between Volusia and St. Johns counties on Florida’s East Coast remains the most hidden of vacation hideaways, and you can still explore much of what the area has to offer in a long weekend. But why would you? About 75 miles north of Orlando, the Flagler beaches are built for breezy afternoons, not whirlwind tours.

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A chilly, windy afternoon at the famous rocky beach at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, February 6, 2015. . (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel) B584334408Z.1
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Seagulls hover in the windy on a chilly afternoon at the Flagler Beach pier, Friday, February 6, 2015. . (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel) B584334408Z.1
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A chilly, windy sunset at the Flagler Beach pier, Friday, February 6, 2015. . (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel) B584334408Z.1
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A chilly, windy sunset at the Flagler Beach pier, Friday, February 6, 2015. . (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel) B584334408Z.1
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A hiker bundles up against a chilly windy at the famous rocky beach at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, February 6, 2015. . (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel) B584334408Z.1
In the actual city of Flagler Beach, a colorful assortment of beach bars, restaurants and shops waits in lazy orbit around the hub of the Flagler Beach Municipal Pier. Constructed in 1928, the pier remains the best place to start planning the rest of your visit, though don’t be surprised if the day floats away while you’re fishing. (Daily fishing passes on the pier are $6 adults, $4 seniors and military, while walk-out admission is $1.50 adults, $1 for seniors and military.)

Highlights around the pier along State Road A1A include the Golden Lion Cafe (, one of the oldest of several eateries offering raw-bar dining on a rooftop deck. As you might expect, seafood reigns supreme in the restaurant scene, though you can enjoy Mexican fare at relative newcomer Fuego Del Mar, along with a cozy view of the Atlantic Ocean from the patio fire pit.

For a glass of wine and great conversation, check in and kick back at the Flagler Beachfront Winery (, where the chardonnays and cabernets are crafted in-house from imported grapes. And light shopping awaits a few blocks inland at spots such as Change Jar Books (

Special note for those vacationing with man’s best friend: Leashed pets are welcome on Flagler Beach, but only north of North 10th Street and south of South 10th Street.

After mining the delights of Flagler Beach, it’s time to lace up the hiking boots or hop on that bike. Either method is ideal for exploring Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Palm Coast (, just 12 miles north on S.R. A1A.

The centerpiece of this network of nature trails is the Formal Gardens, where a brook winds through native plants, a rose garden and a picture-perfect gazebo. Visitors who enjoy the Edenic scenery can thank the late energy magnate and diplomat Owen D. Young and wife Louise Young, the winter residents of Washington Oaks who donated the property to the state of Florida in 1964. Cap off the visit with a walk to the majestic beachside coquina rocks, just east of the Florida scrub habitat where the state park meets the ocean.

Equally historic and even more secluded are the grounds of Princess Place Preserve (, on the other side of the Intracoastal Waterway from Washington Oaks Gardens. Those who make the rustic 2-mile trek down Princess Place Road from Old Kings Road to the shores of Pellicer Creek are rewarded with plentiful live oaks, ample camping opportunes and a view of the oldest standing homestead in Flagler County. New England sportsman Henry Cutting built the sturdy creekside hunting lodge in 1887 with Florida’s first in-ground swimming pool, fed by an artesian well. After Cutting’s death in 1892, his widow married a Russian prince and returned to live at the estate, which would come to be known as Princess Place.
Back on A1A, aquatic adventures await at Marineland (, one of Florida’s earliest animal attractions. The facility celebrated a 75th anniversary in 2013, and continues to focus on marine conservation with educational and fun exhibits such as the dolphin encounter. General admission tickets start at $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors or $7.95 for ages 3-12, with interactive dolphin experiences priced from $32.95.

Those inspired by the natural splendor can get hands-on with the help of Ripple Effect Eco-Tours (, offering kayak and boat excursions on the Matanzas River from the Marineland Marina just across A1A from Marineland. If you’re at the marina on a Sunday, you can also sample local crafts and produce at the Salt Air Farmers Market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Time for a lunch break? Just a short drive south on A1A, grab a seat at Captain’s BBQ ( Locals regularly weigh anchor on the Matanzas River docks behind this restaurant to enjoy the pulled pork and brisket that earned Captain’s a No. 1 statewide ranking for barbecue on travel site (Thumbs up from this vacationer for the New York-style cheesecake, too.)

On your way out of town, be sure to power down at European Village (, where you can find quaint shops nestled among quaint bars such as Farley’s Irish Pub and the upscale cuisine and live music at 727. Aptly named, the courtyard plaza has the look and feel of a hidden Italian village, which might be the only place you’ll find quieter or quainter company than Flagler County. or 407-420-5677

If you go

What: The easternmost cities in Flagler County, Palm Coast and Flagler Beach are on Florida’s East Coast, with St. John’s County to the north and Volusia County to the south.

Where: Flagler Beach, the county’s centerpiece, is roughly 3 miles east of Interstate 95 at State Road 100, 75 miles northeast of Orlando and 70 miles south of Jacksonville. Palm Coast is directly northwest of Flagler Beach and roughly 25 miles south of St. Augustine.

Getting there: From Orlando take Interstate 4 east to Interstate 95 north. Flagler Beach and Palm Coast exits are 284 and 289.

Population: According to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the population of Palm Coast is 78,740 and Flagler Beach is 4,655.

Accommodations and activities: Flagler County features a variety of hotels, from locally owned bed-and-breakfasts, cabins and furnished apartments to national chain hotels. The area is known for its fishing, surfing, shopping and outdoor activities at a variety of parks and marinas.

Call: 866-736-9291 (Flagler County Chamber of Commerce)


Other parks and activities

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park, Old Kings Road between Old Dixie Highway and S.R. 100, Flagler Beach: Take the walking trail to the ruins of a plantation house and sugar mill destroyed in the Second Seminole War, or explore Bulow Creek on a rented canoe. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Monday. Cost: $4 per vehicle, $2 for pedestrians or cyclists.
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, 3100 S. State Road A1A, Flagler Beach: Camp or picnic near the beach at the scenic pavilions and facilities. Canoe and kayak rentals or nature trails await nearby. Hours: 8 a.m.-sundown daily. Cost: $5 per vehicle, $2 pedestrians or cyclists. Visit

Flagler Beach Historical Museum and Visitors Center, 207 S. Central Ave., Flagler Beach: This one-room museum traces more than a century of local history with artifacts from Timucuan Indians and the early years of the NASA space program. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Cost: Free, donations accepted. Visit

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Kitchen Remodeling: Step-by-Step

Kitchen Remodeling: Step-by-Step

In many ways, deciding to move forward with your kitchen remodel is the toughest decision you have to make during the project. It’s the decision to proceed that commits you to such a significant project. And while setting your budget, figuring out the materials you want to use and the contractor you want to hire can be challenging, they don’t have to turn your big project into a big headache. Here’s what you can do to ensure your kitchen remodel goes as smooth as possible.

Step One: Plan, Plan, and Then Plan Some More

What don’t you like about your kitchen? Odds are there are quite a few things. Maybe it’s as simple as replacing your appliances, cabinets, and counters. Or maybe it means gutting the room and changing the layout. Your goal here is to figure out exactly what would make the space work best for your home and lifestyle, which, if you’re like 49 percent of homeowners, is to make your home more comfortable and livable.

While the planning phase can be the longest phase (don’t be surprised if you spend months planning your kitchen) it’s also one of the most enjoyable. This is the time when you can let your imagination run wild as you try to define the design direction you want to go. And while it can be hard to nail down the exact style you want, it’s easy to find inspiration, especially with all of the online resources that are now available. One design tool that we happen to really like is our very own DesignMine. Whether you use DesignMine to find and save photos that inspire you, or prefer to clip images from magazines or other online resources, saving the images and showing them to your contractor is the best way to articulate your vision.

Step Two: Budget

Defining your budget is important enough to warrant its own step, but there’s a good chance that you’ll start hammering out your budget during the planning phase. In fact, some folks prefer setting their budget before they get too deep into the planning, since knowing how much they have to spend affects the scope of their remodel and the materials they choose. However you choose to go about budgeting, we recommend checking out our Cost Guide to get a better idea of how much others in your area are paying for their kitchen remodels. When budgeting, it’s important to remember that you’ll have to factor in the cost of obtaining permits. Each municipality handles the permitting process differently so be sure to do your research.

Step Three: Find Your Pro

It’s no surprise that the right pro is critical to your remodel’s success. And while most homeowners are careful to do their due diligence and get estimates from at least three pros, 53% of homeowners we surveyed still worry about their pro not charging a fair price. Knowing how much others are paying for similar projects goes a long way towards easing those fears.

When it comes to finding and hiring your pro, we recommend getting estimates from at least three contractors. Using HomeAdvisor’s ProFinder will ensure you find a reputable pro you can trust. During the bidding process be sure to ask them all the questions you might have regarding the scope of work, their level of experience (ask for references), whether they’re licensed, insured, and bonded, the permit process, construction schedule, payment schedule, and any other questions you have. Don’t worry about asking a stupid question. This is your project and your money. If you want to know more about a facet of the project, ask them about it until you get the answer you’re looking for. If the contractor seems annoyed with your questions, don’t hire them.

Step Three: Find Your Pro

Speaking of payments: NEVER pay for the project up front. If the pro requires a deposit, get a receipt. While there isn’t an industry standard regarding payments, many pros structure their contracts in a manner that requires payment once certain milestones are hit. Carefully review your contract to ensure the timeline, payment terms, and project scope aligns with your expectations.

Step Four: Surviving Construction

Want to make your remodel as smooth as possible? Then you need to discuss the game plan with your contractor before they get started so both of you are on the same page. Schedule weekly project update meetings and daily check-ins to ensure you’re aware of how the project is progressing.

Step Four: Surviving Construction

You’ll also want to figure out how you’re going to handle your meals during construction. If it’s a quick remodel you’re probably ok with going out to eat while kitchenless. However, if your project is significant enough to require a few weeks worth of work, you’re going to want to set up a temporary kitchen (small fridge, hotplate, lots of paper plates) or figure out an alternative that works for your situation. If you’ve got the vacation time, getting out of dodge could be a good idea.

Step Five: Finishing Up

After days, weeks, or months of construction, your dream kitchen is a reality. And while your new kitchen might look done, it’s not. At least not until you and the contractor do a thorough walk through to ensure every last detail is to your liking. Don’t worry about being nitpicky, they’ll understand and will work with you to make sure the project is completed properly and to code.

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6 design trends to heighten your home’s style in 2015

Posted: February 14, 2015 – 12:05am
   As the new year kicks off, it’s the premier time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life … and the home is no exception. Say goodbye to lackluster interiors as renowned interior designer and DIY television personality, Taniya Nayak, has forecasted the top trends for 2015 that will be sure to enhance and revive any home.

Deep, rich wall hues

Be bold with shadowy and opulent tones; there are many ways to infuse a rich color scheme into your space. “Don’t be intimidated by dark hues,” says Nayak. “Incorporate shades from the same color family throughout a room with a coordinating accent wall, rug and decorative pieces – such as pillows and blankets. This creates a bold, yet harmonizing visual.” “The concept of a ‘pop’ of color is blown up in 2015,” adds Nayak. “We’re seeing deep, rich hues adorning walls, lavishly upholstered furniture pieces, window treatments and area rugs. This year, we like to say ‘go bold or go home.’ When painting with deep colors, imperfections are more visible than with lighter shades. To ensure your painting project is flawless, use FrogTape brand painter’s tape to achieve sharp paint lines. The tape is treated with patented PaintBlock Technology, which prevents paint bleed, leaving you with an impressive, crisp edge.

Make gallery walls

Create a room that’s uniquely yours by making a gallery wall with items of your choice. Display an array of mirrors, framed family photos, sketches or even postcards – the key is to be creative and be yourself! “2015 is all about you,” Nayak explains. “Hanging a variety of frames or objects in a well thought-out cluster on the wall provides the perfect place to showcase pieces that are important and meaningful. When people walk into your home, they’ll know exactly what you love.”
Bold patterns in

neutral colors

Although neutrals provide a calm palette, it’s possible to infuse bold statements into these rooms, as well, with the use of patterns. Revitalize your room with a geometric rug in an earth tone, and also add window treatments with a daring floral design in a complementary, yet understated, color. When mixing prints, pair structured, linear patterns with organic ones for a look that’s polished, and not too “matchy.” “This is a beautiful way to add drama and what appears to be ‘texture’ to a space,” adds Nayak.

The 60’s mod style

The retro panache of mid-century modern decor will perk up rooms with its soft, sculptural lines, woven upholstery and bright accessories in geometric shapes. Search for vintage furniture pieces like rounded chairs and button-cushion couches with short, tapered legs to add a sense of authenticity.“We are going retro mod – way back to the 60s where design was about curvy forms, vibrant colors and eccentric patterns,” Nayak says. “Be prepared to leave your design fears at the door and go full throttle with the bright and loud elements found in the mod movement. “

Organic elements

This year, mount antlers above your mantel; or create centerpieces with shells, metallic leaves or branches for a rustic vibe. With these earthy components juxtaposed against woodsy furniture and ivory tones, you’ll create an impressive, outdoorsy aesthetic.“It’s easy to bring nature and organic structures into your home,” Nayak assures. “Leave linear styles out of the equation. Instead, think of free flowing shapes, colors found in nature and the peaceful serenity associated with the outdoors. The goal is to evoke the same emotional responses throughout your home.”
Copper metal accent

“Each year we see a particular metal rise to the top of every designer’s list; and this year, it’s all about copper,” Nayak says. Copper is a captivating metallic that adds a modern edge to even the simplest scheme. Small pieces make a big statement, so subtly pepper in copper pieces to your decor, like light fixtures, planters or table settings. Display copper cookware in your kitchen – it’s a great way to add a touch of glamour without being gaudy. 2015 is full of impressive design trends. This year, your home will serve as a canvas for self-expression.

Coming soon to a home near you: ‘The New American Home’ 2015 shows off what’s to come in homebuilding technology

New American Home 2015

New American Home 2015

February 15, 2015 11:24 am  • 

For many prospective home purchasers, The New American Home appears as a tantalizing mirage: a custom palace decked to the gills in posh amenities but far out of reach for the practical consumer who doesn’t earn a lavish income. After all, the showcase home built annually for the International Builders’ Show to display the last homebuilding tech is just: that a showcase.

But the latest TNAH, on display last month in Las Vegas for IBS 2015, proved to be more than just a dream in the desert. Instead, visitors got to tour a residence that actually can be replicated in the real world of real estate and that boasts a more sustainable and attainable floor plan than any previous TNAH.

Built and designed by Las Vegas builder Blue Heron, this year’s 5,891-square-foot show home provides four bedrooms, and a bevy of green amenities, state-of-the-art technologies, and impressive architectural features, including:

• Photovoltaic solar panels; closed-cell foam roofing material with a highly reflective cool roof coating; open-cell spray foam insulation; high-efficiency water heaters; a weather-sensitive irrigation system that automatically calibrates usage based on immediate climate; intelligent fireplaces; hydronic air handlers; and sustainable building materials. These eco-conscious features, and more, combine to help the home achieve a net-zero rating and an astounding HERS -13 rating, meaning means the home actually produces more energy than it consumes.

• Spatially efficient open living areas designed to flow from one into one another, such as a bountiful kitchen that segues into indoor and outdoor dining areas; a multipurpose loft complete with an entertainment area, wet bar and wine storage/tasting area that connects via pocket doors to a rear deck and central courtyard; a two-story private casita with high ceilings, walk-in closet and access to a second-level balcony; and a sky deck with full views of the city and mountains.

• A backyard concept that utilizes an infinity edge pool and spa, outdoor kitchen and a built-in fire feature; the exterior space totals more than 2,300 square feet.

But perhaps the abode’s most notable feature is that, unlike past TNAHs – which each were one-of-a-kind, ultra-luxury custom creations, – it’s a pre-designed floor plan that is offered at a nearby subdivision. The deluxe furnished show home as constructed costs $2.5 million, but a smaller version of the design, with fewer upscale bells and whistles, can be built in the $800,000 range.

“The 2015 home demonstrates how the most cutting-edge building technology, products and materials can be integrated into a production community,” says Tucker Bernard, director of the Leading Suppliers Council of the National Association of Home Builders, host of the International Builders Show. “Those who want to see the future of home-design trends and technology make sure they tour The New American Home. This year’s show home offers a collection of ideas for the industry to take away and put into millions of homes across the country.”

Tyler Jones, co-founder and owner of Blue Heron, says TNAH 2015 reflects an increasingly popular style he calls “Vegas modern.”

“The architectural philosophy emphasizes clean, modern lines, large open spaces – including generous exterior living areas that seamlessly integrates with interior space – and casual comfort that places the focus away from traditional areas like formal living and dining rooms,” Jones says. “This home reflects contemporary buyer preferences for a fresher, more modern style. Here, for example, family and friends can enjoy more time outdoors without having to worry about a big landscaped yard that requires a lot of maintenance.”

Jones adds that the model he and his team built is not only the most technologically advanced and energy efficient TNAH home ever displayed, it’s also the most affordable and practical.

“This wasn’t designed to be some experimental prototype. It’s a real home for real people in a real neighborhood,” he says

Springs see sea cow surplus, remind visitors of regulations

 Posted: Friday, February 6, 2015 1:54 am | Updated: 2:02 am, Fri Feb 6, 2015.Manatee Insanity

The state of Florida is saying mooooove over for sea cows, which swarmed a state spring on Monday. 

Three Sisters Springs, a part of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, is a popular spot for manatees in the winter. Robert Bonde, a research biologist with the Sirenia Project U.S. Geological Survey in Gainesville, said the last aerial survey of Crystal River counted 700 manatees — a jump from the 120 there were when he first joined the organization. 

“We’ve advanced to the point where manatees are worth more to us alive than dead because they’re spectacular, and there’s big ecotourism in Crystal River and other places,” Bonde said. “If we do give a little bit of sacrifice and protect them, they’re going to reward us by being around for future generations. With a manatee, you can love them to death, and they’ll just love you back. It’s incredible.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulates the minimum flows of springs, access for manatees to the springs and boat speed limits. They also designate safe havens for the animals, said Scott Calleson, a biological scientist with the commission.

In order to rent a boat or swim in the water at Crystal River, visitors are required to watch a “Manatee Manners” video to know the rules that must be followed when interacting with the sea cows.

“Manatees are smart, they’re curious, they want to investigate their environment. They’re like puppy dogs. They like to be scratched and (pet),” Bonde said. “It’s not against the law to touch manatees, but it is against the law to change their behavior and harass them.”

Bonde and other biologists that work on the U.S. Geological Survey’s Sirenia Project conduct health assessments on manatees in Crystal River to see what the manatee population looks like as a whole.

But manatee care isn’t just for state officials. The Wildlife Society at UF helps assess the sea cows.

The organization helps monitor breathing as manatees are taken out of nets, scanned for chips or tags and moved to another beach to conduct more health assessments, wrote co-Vice President Elizabeth Sanchez in an email. 

“We were able to help or observe as they drew blood, tagged them, weighed them, and did a number of other assessments,” she said. 

The next manatee health assessment will take place Feb. 18 and 19 in Crystal River.

“They live in the water, and it’s almost like they live on another planet,” Bonde said. “They’re two different worlds, but it’s the same planet…”

[A version of this story ran on page 1 on 2/6/2015 under the headline “Springs see sea cow surplus, remind visitors of regulations“]

Silver Airways launches new intra-Florida and Bahamas service

Feb 12, 2015

Silver Airways lanches new intra-Florida and Bahamas service

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Offering more routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas than any other airline, Silver Airways is further cementing its position as the airline of choice for business and leisure travel within the Sunshine State and to the Bahamas with a variety of new routes that start today.

“We are proud to be the airline of choice for travel throughout the Sunshine State and the Bahamas, and we’re happy to see that both business and leisure travelers are taking advantage of our new convenient intra-Florida and Bahamas flights,” said Silver Airways CEO Sami Teittinen.

Just in time for the legislative session, Silver has started additional frequencies between Tallahassee and key business markets throughout the State of Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa and Palm Beach, including:

— Four new weekly nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee
on the peak travel days of Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. The
improved schedule also provides one-stop same-plane service via Tampa
each business day, as well as convenient connections via Orlando.
— Doubled service (from one flight per day to two) between Orlando and
Tallahassee. The improved schedule includes flight times that are ideal
for same-day business travel.
— Improved connections between Key West and Tallahassee, and between Palm
Beach and Tallahassee;

Silver Airways’ new intra-Florida schedule also includes:

— Additional frequencies between Fort Lauderdale and Tampa – increased from
four to five flights per day on weekdays;
— Additional frequencies between Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville –
increased from three to four flights per day on weekdays;
— And Silver’s new increased intra-Florida schedules offer the most nonstop
flights from Fort Lauderdale to primary business centers in Orlando and
Jacksonville than any other airline.

Travelers are also taking advantage of Silver’s new routes that start this weekend between Florida and the Bahamas, including:

— Two new weekly nonstop flights between Tampa and Marsh Harbour (Abaco) on
Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to the new nonstop service, daily
one-stop connecting flights are also available.
— New weekly nonstop flight on Saturdays between Orlando and North
— One new weekly nonstop flight on Saturdays between Orlando and Freeport
in Grand Bahama.
— Resumed seasonal service between Fort Lauderdale and Governors Harbour in
Eleuthera with three weekly flights (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays).
— Resumed service between Fort Lauderdale and George Town on Great Exuma
Island with five weekly flights (every day except Mondays and Thursdays).
— Resumed service between Orlando and Marsh Harbour in the Abacos with
daily service.
— Resumed service between Jacksonville and Marsh Harbour in the Abacos with
two weekly flights on Saturdays and Sundays.
— Silver Airways also added more flights for the peak travel season between
Fort Lauderdale and Bimini, Freeport, Marsh Harbour, North Eleuthera, and
Treasure Cay, as well as between Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour.

(Silver Airways operates more routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas than any other airline, as well as Mid-Atlantic flights
from Washington, D.C.-Dulles.)

Silver’s connections offer the ease and convenience of seamless booking, ticketing and baggage handling with connections to dozens of destinations that are available via the airline’s codeshare with United Airlines and interline ticketing partnerships with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, US Airways, Bahamasair, Hahn Air and All Nippon Airways.

Members of United’s MileagePlus(R) and JetBlue’s TrueBlue customer loyalty programs can also earn frequent flyer awards for travel throughout Silver’s Florida network.