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Two Trails Client Wins USGBC South Florida GalaVerde Award for Most Outstanding LEED for Homes/Single Family With the 2020 Alton Project

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) October 23, 2013

The GalaVerde Awards are awarded in several project categories including Public, Private, Single-Family, Municipal, Educational, Healthcare and Corporate. Two Trails client Matt Lahn owner of Florida Green Home Design Group won the USGBC South Florida GalaVerde Green Award for Most Outstanding LEED for Homes/Single Family for their work on the 2020 Alton project in Miami, FL. To our knowledge this project is the highest scoring LEED home in the nation with 120/80 points earned giving it a LEED Platinum designation.

The 2020 Alton project is a sleek, super-modern beauty — all concrete, glass, high-end European appliances, and high-tech bells and whistles. The project is about 3,200 square feet and it’s luxurious. The home, which for most days is net-zero, will also boast a minimal environmental footprint, a rarity in the area for new builds. The compact and efficient design of this home manages to fit five bedrooms and five bathrooms in just 3,200 sq. ft. Nestled on a site of 58x120 and with setbacks imposed by the city, the design sought to take advantage of these dimensions by making the main portion of the home a cube, which would be setback substantially from the busy street. An exposed masonry wall further protects the house by wrapping it on the north and west while creating a private courtyard for swimming and a balcony with views of the golf course across the street.

The home includes a dual 600-watt vertical axis wind turbine, a geothermal heating and cooling system, 7,000-gallon rainwater cistern, and a HERS rating of -8. And then there’s the 11.5-kilowatt rooftop solar array composed of frameless photovoltaic panels produced by 1SolTech. This project is among the first building projects, residential or commercial, to utilize these innovative, American-made solar panels. Given its Miami location and rough weather situations, the project's renewable energy systems are storm-resistant: the solar panels are rated for 160 mph winds and the turbines easily collapsible for when things outside get too windy. Additionally, there’s a back-up battery system and the aluminum framed, low-E windows from CGI are built to withstand Category 5-strength hurricane winds. A very unique feature is the rainwater cistern and the home’s reflecting pool are both lined with a nontoxic epoxy called Pond Armor that renders the water potable in the event of emergencies.

Other green specs of the 2020 Alton project include LED lighting throughout, sustainable wood custom cabinetry from Poggenpohl, WaterSense-qualified Toto faucets and fixtures, recycled glass countertops from Vetrazzo, Sherwin Williams low-VOC paints and finishes, and Icynene spray foam insulation. Outside, there’s Resyta decking and a pool equipped with an EcoSmarte water purification system that eliminates the need for chemicals. Last but not least the projects home's Walk Score of 85 is beyond excellent. South Beach is a short stroll away.

Green achievements for 2020 Alton:

    United States Green Building Council: LEED for Homes, LEED Platinum Designation
    Home Innovation Research Labs: ICC 700 National Green Building Standard EMERALD (highest level), indicating that the home saves 60% or more of its energy use.
    HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index: -8 (100 is normal for new construction)
    Named an Energy Star® Qualified Home.

Team Members:

Green Building Consultant: Two Trails Inc.

Owner: Florida Green Home Design Group

Architect: Ari Sklar

Contractor: Robert Arkin

MEP Engineers: Buchanan P.E. Consulting Inc.

Structural Engineer: R.E. Engineering Design Corp.

Civil Engineer: Holland Enginerring Inc.

About Drew Smith | Two Trails, Inc. was founded in 2001, by an innovative builder who set out to change the methodology of conventional building science. Drew realized that the only way to change the industry was to become the resource for the knowledge on how to implement healthy, sustainable projects. He “hung up his hammer” and opened one of the first green building, consulting firms in the nation.

By helping to develop standards for the American Lung Association, National Home Builders Association, Florida Green Building Coalition, and USGBC LEED for Homes by either writing the standard or testing the viability of the standard in the field, he was able to provide his firm with a thorough understanding of the science of building sustainable, healthy, environmentally conscious, and affordable solutions for the building industry. He was “green” before “green” was more than a color. Our President, Drew M. Smith, LEED AP BD+C, was the founding President of the Florida Green Building Coalition and is the first Governor appointed Green Building Commissioner for the State of Florida. Two Trails, Inc. provides hands-on consulting making it easy to achieve certification.

About Two Trails, Inc. | Two Trails, Inc. is one of the nations premier Green Building Consulting firm established in 2001. We provide green consulting services nationwide for commercial, residential, remodeling, and developments seeking to obtain LEED certification and/or LEED commissioning by USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), National Green Building Standard (NGBS), Energy Star by the U.S. Department of Energy, & Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) certifications.

Contact Information:

Tom Rupp

Two Trails, Inc.

Communications and Marketing Manager

tom at


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Serenity Pool & Spa of Bonita Springs, Florida Earns Honor as Number 40 Builder Nationwide

Bonita Springs, Florida (PRWEB) July 17, 2013

Serenity Pool & Spa, a subsidiary of Stock Development located in Bonita Springs, has earned a spot on the Pool & Spa News Top 50 Builders list for 2013.

Serenity Pool & Spa notched the number 40 spot on this nationwide list of the top companies in the pool and spa construction business.

This is the second year that the Pool & Spa News Top 50 Builders have been selected using new, more well-rounded criteria, and the competition has become fierce, said Rebecca Robledo, senior editor of Pool & Spa News. While many of last years group made the cut again, we welcomed 10 newcomers who had the right combination of construction revenue, staffing proficiency, industry involvement, web presence and community engagement.

Gary Martin, President of Serenity Pool & Spa, said the company was proud to have been recognized for its achievements.

This is a terrific honor, said Martin. It is a testament to the experience and dedication of our staff that we can rank this high among our peers nationally. We pride ourselves on our customer service.

Residentially, Serenity Pool & Spa offers design choices that range from traditional to modern and are coordinated perfectly with the style of one's home. Homeowners can choose from the high-tech to the romantic, from the visually appealing to the fanciful and fun. To enhance its selection of pool choices, Serenity Pool & Spa features a wide selection of swimming pool and spa designer packages, making it easy to create the pool of your dreams.

The company's experienced staff works closely with all its customers through every step of the construction process from the design to the material selection process and through the actual construction. From screen enclosures to decks and landscaping, the company creates pool areas suitable for year-in, year-out fun in the sun. Spectacular nighttime lighting systems, cascading water features and fountains and dramatic mosaic tile designs are just some of the customization possibilities.

Serenity Pool & Spa is also experienced in all facets of aquatic commercial construction. Tropical resort lagoon pools, massive rock water features, lap pools and interactive wet decks are just a few of their recent projects. The company works with the client to create the perfect recreation area that will provide years of enjoyment and aesthetic compliment.

Serenity Pool & Spa is located at 24551 Production Circle, Suite 3, Bonita Springs, Florida. For more information call (239) 597-7623 or email them at sales(at)serenitypoolandspa(dot)com. Visit them on the web at


Dynasty Luxury Rentals of Miami, Florida, Releases New Website

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) May 22, 2013

On the heels of summer, Dynasty Luxury Rentals has announced the debut of its new website at Featuring integrated social media outlets, unique content, and a page structure that is easy to navigate, Dynasty Luxury Rentals invites users and customers to explore the companys available rental options and services.

When landing on the home page, users will notice the unique yet simple color scheme of differing shades of black and gold. The top of each page has been utilized to showcase the companys many social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+. Customers that wish to stay informed on the companys ongoing Internet movements can follow Dynasty Luxury Rentals on any of these social media pages, in addition to subscribing to the companys on-site blog.

Those looking for anything from exotic vehicles to mansion rentals will find that information on its respective page by using the navigation bar near the top of the site. Delving into each page, users are introduced to unique and highly informative content specifically tailored to the companys Miami customer base. For instance, customers interested in renting a convertible car can navigate to the respective page and view all available options that the company has for rent.

Dynasty Luxury Rentals hired The Web Guys, an Indianapolis company, to design the website and to create exclusive SEO-friendly content and graphics. Their development laid out Dynasty Luxury Rentals information into an intuitive and detailed arrangement of services. Both Dynasty Luxury Rentals and The Web Guys expect all current and future endeavors to improve the sites Web presence and visibility.

About Dynasty Luxury Rentals

Dynasty Luxury Rentals offers customers in the Miami, Florida, region a variety of luxurious rental vehicles and services. The company specializes in renting vehicles, yachts, mansions, and providing limousine service. Those interested in learning more about the company can call Dynasty Luxury Rentals directly at (866) 943-9627 or visit the new site at

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International Student Collaboration to Present ‘The Distance Between’ Sunday, November 25th from 3 – 5 PM at 421 Central Avenue Gallery, Sarasota, Florida, USA

Sarasota, FL and Antwerp, Belgium (PRWEB) November 21, 2012

Mapping a Site is an international student and faculty collaboration composed of two intensive one-week workshops at selected sites in Antwerp and Sarasota. This project puts students and faculty from four different colleges and cultural backgrounds into a collaborative, creative working group. The goal is to collectively interact, interpret and represent the essential history and possibilities of both sites based on the groups different cultural and artistic sensibilities. The visual responses and interpretations of the sites will be displayed at the end of the working sessions in each city with the potential for publication and further exhibitions in the future. The students work as a group creating the artwork with the faculty serving as project leaders.

'The Distance Between'

In Sarasota, the students have started to work on a site-specific communal art project in the Rosemary District and the Five Points area. The project is titled The Distance Between. In it the people from the local community are asked to take part by making their own flags and planting them in a place they feel to be connected to or a place of personal significance. The central idea is to map out individual people and their experiences by placing a flag in the same manner as Sarasota was founded when Lewis Colson drove a stake marking what was to become Five Points, the heart of Sarasota. At the same time the flags are a way to make the diversity of the area and the people more visible. The variety of flags will start appearing on the streets during the week.

Reception for the The Distance Between Project:

Sunday November 25th, 3-5 PM at 421 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL.

Participating Institutions, students and faculty:

Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota, FL



Best-selling Author James O’Kon Travels to Miami, Florida for the Institute of Maya Studies and the Miami Book Fair International

Miami, FL (PRWEB) November 13, 2012

James OKon, author of The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology, will be speaking to members of the Institute of Maya Studies in Miami, Florida on Wednesday night November 14 at 8 p.m.. The Institute of Maya Studies has been promoting scholarship on pre-Columbian cultures since its founding in 1972. Each month it hosts a presentation by a current researcher. The Institute of Maya Studies meetings are held at the Miami Science Museum, located at 3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL.

Here's what Joaquin Rodriguez, the Institute of Maya Studies' resident professional engineer, said about O'Kon's book:

"This is a thoroughly enjoyable book on a very important subject written by a highly qualified engineer with the right expertise to cover this matter. It is well researched and simply written. The excellent photography, helpful diagrams and graphic reconstructions add to the understanding of the subject."

James OKon will also be at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International. On Friday, November 16, the first day of the Street Fair, you will find OKon on Writers Row. The Fair is held at the Wolfson Campus of the Miami Dade College.

James OKon has pursued a lifelong passion for the engineering, sciences and technology of the Maya. In his role as an archaeo-engineer he has combined his unique professional engineering experience with the search for lost Maya technology.

After years of collecting field data, obtained by traveling in dugout canoes, hacking his way through the jungle and sleeping in tents, he was able to use his forensic engineering skills, along with modern digital tools, to reveal the mysteries of lost Maya technology.

His discoveries in Maya technology have been recognized by National Geographic Magazine, among other publications, and in a production on The History Channel. He has delivered scientific papers dealing with his discoveries in Maya technologies at international engineering and archaeological symposia and presented his discoveries to the Explorers Club in New York City. His explorations and discoveries of Maya technology have been documented in his book, The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology.

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Nominees & Inductees Announced for the SPORTYS Central Florida Sports Awards & Hall of Fame to be held Sept. 22 at Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL (PRWEB) September 18, 2012

Ryan Lochte and Tyson Gay top the list of impressive nominees for the 2nd Annual SPORTYS @ Full Sail University, with Vince Carter, Annika Sorenstam and Jeff Turner to be inducted into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

The SPORTYS will honor the top area teams, high school, collegiate and professional athletes, coaches, deserving local residents and businesses throughout Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties. The SPORTY will be presented to the winners in ten award categories: Team of the Year, High School Athlete of the Year, College Athlete of the Year, Professional Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Business of the Year, Employee of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Media of the Year and the Community Spirit Award. See below for a complete list of award nominees.

During the show, the Class of 2012 will be inducted into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame. The Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame is the continuation of a great regional sports tradition, where 83 other Central Floridians have been honored for their distinguished accomplishments within professional and amateur sports since 1981. The 2012 class will join past inductees including Arnold Palmer, Dot Richardson, Nick Anderson, Chipper Jones and Doc Rivers, in a permanent display located on the terrace level of the Amway Center.

The Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will include:

Vince Carter Vince Carter, born in Daytona Beach, was a high school McDonalds All-American and was voted Floridas 1995 Basketball Player of the Year. An eight (8) time NBA All-Star, Carter played 1


SHCOE Making a Difference in Florida Correctional Institutions

Pensacola, FL (PRWEB) October 16, 2012

The Florida Department of Corrections awarded Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE; a contract to provide online education to inmates in Florida prison facilities in February of this year. Founded in 2009, SHCOE is the worlds first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, offering an instructional program that enables students to earn an 18-credit high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate in one, comprehensive online program.

SHCOE tailored its cutting-edge online program to address the specific needs of prison populations. In so doing, SHCOE is able to offer a timely and innovative solution as state corrections systems seek to lower recidivism rates and reduce costs. Statistics show that 65 percent of the more than 100,000 adult inmates in Florida and the more than 2.3 million adult inmates in the United States do not have a high school diploma.

The SHCOE program went live at two Florida correctional facilities earlier this year as part of a pilot program. The Madison Correctional Institution began enrolling students in April and Ocalas Lowell Annex Correctional Institution began enrolling in May. Inmates take SHCOEs online courses in supervised onsite learning labs that are available to them 5 days a week. The programs at Madison and Lowell are the first online secondary education programs at any correctional facility in the United States.

There is already a waiting list among inmates in both the Madison and Lowell facilities. Comments below from Lowell inmates show just how much this opportunity means to them.

Inmate - Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) has encouraged me to want to finish school. The SHCOE program teaches me in a way I can understand. I really enjoy school for the first time.

Inmate - SHCOE has helped me to accomplish something that I otherwise wouldnt be able to being incarcerated for 20 years of my life. Im able to complete my career plan and get an accredited high school diploma. I didnt complete school while I was at home, after dropping out in the 12th grade without graduating. I appreciate my teacher from this program, Mrs. Prince-Brown, for believing in me and encouraging me to keep up the good work.

Inmate - SHCOE has been an absolute blessing to me. At 36 years of age with no high school diploma or trade there are not many positive options to go forward with my life. Learning on the computer has been helpful in all aspectsseeing how most work today is done on computers. This opportunity has helped me greatlyto stay focused and to accomplish a great goal. Having the SHCOE program keeps me shooting for the stars. It is never too late to be what you always have dreamed.

Inmate - SHCOE has helped me in terms of getting my high school diploma at a fast pace so I can prepare myself for college.

Inmate - SHCOE is a wonderful interactive learning experience. Its providing the tools I need to further my education and prepare for a career.


Smart Horizons Career Online Education, founded in 2009 and located in Pensacola, Florida, is a private, AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district. AdvancED/SACS District accreditation signifies that SHCOE and all of its schools are fully accredited and that SHCOE is recognized across the nation as a quality school system. Smart Horizons Career Online Education offers 18-credit, career-based high school diploma programs that are designed to prepare students for entrance into the workplace. Career certificate offerings include Childcare Education, Office Management, Protection Services, Homeland Security, Healthcare (coming soon), Transportation Services, and Professional Skills. For more information, visit our website at, call our office at 855-777-4265, or email us at info(at)smarthorizonsonline(dot)org.

Contact: Dr. Howard Liebman, Superintendent of Schools, hliebman(at)smarthorizonsonline(dot)org or 305-962-6489


Amazon and Florida Real Estate Broker Offer Free Book on Selling Your House Fast Available for Five Days Only

Dunedin, FL (PRWEB) September 21, 2012

Amazon and Advanced Realty Team, Inc. will hold a special promotion for homeowners who need to sell a house fast, providing then with a free copy of How to Sell Your House Fast to the We Buy Houses Guys without Being Eaten Alive, it was announced yesterday.


Animal Planets Hit Series Tanked Visits South Florida to Film at Saveology Tech Campus May 29-31

Margate, FL (PRWEB) May 30, 2012

A crew from Animal Planets Tanked is currently filming an upcoming episode at the unique Margate headquarters of Saveology May 29-31. An audience of viewers world-wide will be introduced to one of South Floridas fastest growing companies as Saveology welcomes its newest office dwellersa group of sharks. While Saveologys employees will continue to work on computers at their desks, the sharks will fulfill their corporate duties from a custom-built aquarium located in the main atrium. The sharks will be the latest addition to a menagerie that already includes fish, turtles, and macaws.

Animal Planets Tanked follows the rowdy, family-owned business of Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM), one of the country's leading and most successful builders of aquariums. Business partners and brothers-in-law Wayde King and Brett Raymer are tasked with building awe-inspiring tanks and aquariums filled with the most exotic, unusual, colorful and dangerous fish in the world. Tanked airs on Saturdays at 9 PM (ET/PT) on Animal Planet.

Media are invited to schedule phone interviews or on-site interviews at Saveologys Margate headquarters with Tanked stars Brett Raymer and Wayde King and/or Saveology CEO Benzion Aboud.

I have always loved animals, and think that they add energy and wonder to the incredible atmosphere that we seek to create at our offices, said Saveology CEO Benzion Aboud. Added Saveology Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer Reid Shapiro: We dont know exactly how the shark tank will look, but given the incredible work weve seen in past episodes of Tanked, Im sure we are in for a treat.

Tanked invaded South Florida to turn into reality the dreams of some high-energy, creative entrepreneurs at Saveology, said Tanked co-stars Wayde King and Brett Raymer. Its a perfect match since bold, ambitious, unconventional and incredible are words that describe our tanks, as well as Saveology.

About Saveology:

Saveology is a leading Internet-based, direct-to-consumer marketing platform, driving revenue through two primary channels. Through our performance-based Home Services division, Saveology markets and operates over 100 licensed websites providing video, Internet, phone and home security services to consumers for Fortune 200 companies. In addition, our owned and operated channel features two of the fastest growing brands in the tech support and e-commerce spaces, MyTechHelp and

Press contact for Saveology, Meredith Jimenez, Corporate Development, 954-657-9693 mjimenez(at)saveology(dot)com

About Animal Planet:

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 96 million homes in the US; online assets, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond;, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.

Animal Planet Communications:

Bonita Lynch, 347-306-2774, bonita_lynch-cw(at)discovery(dot)com


The George Jarkesy Show Announces New Affiliate in Orlando, Florida, WBZW AM 1520

Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 21, 2012

The George Jarkesy Show is heading to the land of the Orlando Magic, Disney World and the University of Miami! They are proud to welcome their newest affiliate, WBZW AM 1520 in Orlando, Florida. The nationally syndicated financial and political talk show, hosted by serial entrepreneur George Jarkesy, currently airs live on the Wall Street Radio Network and CRN 5 and is also streamed live online at 4 PM EST.

Jarkesy draws upon his vast experience as a serial entrepreneur, investor and pro-American businessman to provide an insightful and candid overview of the economy, markets and politics, which affects all Americans and their money. Along with co-host Dwayne Deslatte, the show aims to educate and enrich listeners, empowering them with the knowledge they need to make savvy decisions.

The show has featured a great slate of guests so far. January featured Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican Party, to discuss the Presidents State of the Union speech. Other featured guests have included Congressman Kevin Brady, former Shell President John Hofmeister, the National Commander of the Amerian Legion, Fang Wong, Congressman Allen West and more. All shows are archived and can be listened to at anytime at, as well as downloaded on Apple iTunes. Not content with merely scratching the surface of big issues, the show also features five daily segments where Jarkesy and his guests dive deeper into important issues. While the show celebrates the contributions of our men and women in the Armed Forces every day, their Military Monday segment addresses issues of particular interest to veterans, particularly health care and employment for returning troops. Other segments include Tech Tuesday, Big World Wednesday, Throwdown Thursday and Fortune Friday.

Listeners, can reach the show via Twitter at @Jarkesy or by calling 1-855-9-GEORGE. The show also features an innovative listener-driven segment called the Entrepreneurial Warrior of the Week, which highlights a veteran who has built a successful small business and helped to create American jobs. Veterans are invited to write and call into the show, and one is picked each week to be featured on the show.

For more information on The George Jarkesy Show, upcoming and past guests, and on becoming an Entrepreneurial Warrior of the Week, please visit their website.

About Jarkesy & Company

George Jarkesy is a money manager and professional investor, respected financial and corporate advisor, and radio host of the nationally syndicated The George Jarkesy Show. He is a frequent market commentator and guest on FOX Business News, FOX & Friends, and CNBC. George started his career in the financial services industry with a New York Stock Exchange member. George also serves on the Finance Committee of the Republican National Committee and is an active member of the National Investment Banking Association, The Jarkesy Foundation, and Chairman of The National Eagles and Angels Association.

About The National Eagles and Angels

NEAA is an investor association whose membership is targeted towards investors and traders who are actively searching for new opportunities in the market. After joining NEAA Members receive a Members Only News Letter (the NEAA Money Maker) which will provides them with NEAAs Micro Dynamic Portfolio (up 250% YTD) along with other valuable market information influding Patlans Option Pick and Dan Steffens Energy Pick of the Month. Members are also able to attend nationwide luncheon meetings where they will have the opportunity to network with other members and interact with hand selected emerging growth companies.

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