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31 Story Hotel, Mega-Mall and Observation Tower Proposed Orlando’s International Drive

According to plans submitted to the city of Orlando, An international firm intends to develop a mega-mall and hotel with an observation deck on International Drive in Orlando.

The development will include a multi-level upscale shopping mall, indoor ice arena, a food court, 24 hour revolving restaurant, a 31 story, twin-tower 1,263 room hotel and a nine-level parking garage. All this topped with a 450′ tall observation deck.

iSquare Mall and Hotel Development LLC, plans to level the International Shoppes building on the southeast corner of International Drive and Kirkman Road and redevelop the property into a world class tourist destination and 7-star luxury hotel.

The project is expected to go before the city’s municipal planning board in June for master-plan approval.

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen – Various Locations Along I-4

We live up in the Northeast where Popeye’s are few and far between… so when we’re down south Popeye’s is a must stop. There are Popeye’s all along Interstate 4 and we’ve probably stopped at most of them in our twenty plus years traveling between New England and Florida.

Great spicy chicken and sides. I love the dirty rice. This is my favorite fast food by far! What’s more, if you go online to their website (www.popeyes.com) you will probably find a coupon or two.

Country Chicken and Fish – Lakeland, Florida

Every time we stop here we are amazed! We love just about everything on the menu. The people are great and the food is absolutely delicious… and the portions are generous, Even the “small” sandwiches are large.  The corn meal fish here is the best I have ever tasted. The chicken livers are excellent too.

It’s a small take-out restaurant with no indoor seating, but they have a nice shaded picnic area with tables next to it. It’s less than a mile south of I-4, exit 31 on Kathleen Road.

Country Chicken and Fish – Lakeland, Florida (I-4, Exit 31)

2014 Spring Training – Florida’s Grapefruit League

Spring is in the air… and spring training has begun! Florida is the home of Major League Baseball’s Grapefruit League and spring training 2014.

Spring training typically lasts about six weeks, starting in mid February and running until just before the season opening day (and often right at the end of spring training, some teams will play spring training games on the same day other teams have opening day of the season), traditionally the first week of April. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first because pitchers benefit from a longer training period. A few days later, the position players arrive and team practice begins. Team members normally wear their batting practice uniforms for the duration of spring training and only wear their normal jerseys beginning on Opening Day.

Below you’ll find 2014 Spring Training park information, maps, and home game schedules for all the teams. Catch a game!

 

 

George M. Steinbrenner Field

3802 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33614
Spring Training Home of the New York Yankees

New York Yankees

New York Yankees 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Tuesday, February 251:05 PMFlorida State University Seminoles
Thursday, February 271:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 11:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, March 31:05 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 47:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 77:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Sunday, March 91:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 131:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 141:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Saturday, March 15TBDMiami Marlins
Sunday, March 16TBDMiami Marlins
Sunday, March 161:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Tuesday, March 181:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Friday, March 217:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Sunday, March 231:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Tuesday, March 257:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 287:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 291:05 PMMiami Marlins
 Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Florida Auto Exchange Stadium

373 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698
Spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Thursday, February 271:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, February 281:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Sunday, March 21:05 PMNew York Yankees
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Friday, March 71:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Saturday, March 81:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Thursday, March 131:05 PMHouston Astros
Friday, March 141:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 161:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Wednesday, March 191:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 221:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Monday, March 241:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMNew York Yankees
Friday, March 287:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 291:05 PMNew York Mets
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Joker Marchant Stadium

2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33809
Spring training home of the Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Tuesday, February 251:05 PMFlorida Southern College
Thursday, February 271:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, February 281:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 11:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 31:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Tuesday, March 41:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 61:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 81:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Thursday, March 131:05 PMMiami Marlins
Friday, March 141:05 PMWashington Nationals
Saturday, March 151:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 171:05 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 181:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Sunday, March 231:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 271:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, March 281:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Space Coast Stadium

5800 Stadium Parkway, Melbourne, FL
Spring training home of the Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, March 11:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 21:05 PMMiami Marlins
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMNew York Mets
Friday, March 71:05 PMHouston Astros
Saturday, March 81:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 91:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Monday, March 106:05 PMHouston Astros
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMNew York Yankees
Thursday, March 131:05 PMNew York Mets
Sunday, March 161:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Wednesday, March 196:05 PMHouston Astros
Thursday, March 201:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 221:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMNew York Mets
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Champion Stadium

700 Victory Way, Orlando, FL
Spring training home of the Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, February 261:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Friday, February 286:05 PMHouston Astros
Sunday, March 21:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Monday, March 31:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 41:05 PMWashington Nationals
Thursday, March 66:05 PMWashington Nationals
Saturday, March 81:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMWashington Nationals
Friday, March 141:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Saturday, March 151:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 191:05 PMNew York Yankees
Friday, March 211:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Saturday, March 221:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 231:05 PMNew York Mets
Monday, March 246:05 PMHouston Astros
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMMiami Marlins
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Osceola County Stadium

631 Heritage Park Way, Kissimmee, FL 34744
Spring training home of the Houston Astros

Houston Astros

Houston Astros 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Sunday, March 212:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Wednesday, March 512:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 612:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 812:05 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 912:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 1212:05 PMWashington Nationals
Friday, March 1412:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 1612:05 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 1712:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 2012:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Friday, March 2112:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 2212:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 265:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 296:10 PMVeracrux, MX (at Minute Maid Park)
Sunday, March 301:10 PMVeracrux, MX (at Minute Maid Park)
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Bright House Field

601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater, FL 33765
Spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, February 261:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, February 281:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Sunday, March 21:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday, March 46:35 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 61:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 81:05 PMHouston Astros
Monday, March 101:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Thursday, March 131:05 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 161:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Monday, March 171:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 201:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, March 211:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 231:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 271:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, March 287:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 291:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

McKechnie Field

1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponents
Tuesday, February 2512:00 PMBlack and Gold Exhibition Game
Wednesday, February 261:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 11:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Monday, March 31:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 61:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Friday, March 71:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 91:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Monday, March 101:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Friday, March 141:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 151:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Monday, March 171:05 PMNew York Yankees
Thursday, March 207:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Saturday, March 221:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, March 241:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Thursday, March 271:05 PMNew York Yankees
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Hammond Stadium

14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33912
Spring training home of the Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, March 11:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Monday, March 31:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Wednesday, March 57:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 61:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 91:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 131:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Friday, March 141:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Sunday, March 161:05 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 187:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 211:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 221:05 PMNew York Yankees
Monday, March 241:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Friday, March 281:05 PMBoston Red Sox
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Tradition Field

525 NW Peacock Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Spring training home of the New York Mets

New York Mets

New York Mets 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Friday, February 281:10 PMWashington Nationals
Saturday, March 11:10 PMMiami Marlins
Tuesday, March 41:10 PMHouston Astros
Wednesday, March 51:10 PMMiami Marlins
Friday, March 71:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, March 91:10 PMAtlanta Braves
Monday, March 101:10 PMMiami Marlins
Wednesday, March 121:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, March 151:10 PMMinnesota Twins
Tuesday, March 181:10 PMDetroit Tigers
Thursday, March 201:10 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 231:10 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 241:10 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Thursday, March 2712:10 PMWashington Nationals
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

JetBlue Park

11581 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Spring training home of the Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Thursday, February 271:05 PMNU/BC Doubleheader
Friday, February 281:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Sunday, March 21:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 41:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 71:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Saturday, March 87:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Monday, March 101:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 157:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Monday, March 171:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, March 197:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Thursday, March 207:05 PMNew York Yankees
Sunday, March 231:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Thursday, March 277:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Saturday, March 291:05 PMMinnesota Twins
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Charlotte Sports Park

2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Friday, February 281:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Sunday, March 21:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Monday, March 31:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMNew York Yankees
Saturday, March 81:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Thursday, March 131:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, March 151:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Sunday, March 161:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 207:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Friday, March 211:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Saturday, March 221:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Wednesday, March 267:05 PMBaltimore Orioles
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Ed Smith Stadium

2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL 34237
Spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Saturday, March 11:05 PMToronto Blue Jays
Monday, March 31:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Thursday, March 61:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
Friday, March 71:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 81:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 91:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMPhiladelphia Phillies
Saturday, March 151:05 PMNew York Yankees
Monday, March 177:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Wednesday, March 191:05 PMTampa bay Rays
Friday, March 211:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 231:05 PMPittsburgh Pirates
Monday, March 241:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Thursday, March 277:05 PMTampa Bay Rays
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

Roger Dean Stadium

4751 Main Street, Jupiter, FL 33458

Spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals

Miami MarlinsSt. Louis Cardinals

Miami Marlins 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Wednesday, February 261:05 PMUniversity of Miami
Thursday, February 271:05 PMFlorida International
Saturday, March 11:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Monday, March 31:05 PMHouston Astros
Tuesday, March 41:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Thursday, March 61:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Sunday, March 91:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Wednesday, March 121:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Friday, March 147:05 PMNew York Mets
Saturday, March 151:05 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 171:05 PMNew York Mets
Tuesday, March 181:05 PMHouston Astros
Thursday, March 201:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
Saturday, March 221:05 PMNew York Mets
Monday, March 241:05 PMWashington Nationals
Tuesday, March 251:05 PMSt. Louis Cardinals
 Book a Room Near the Park!

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 2014 Spring Training Home Schedule
DateTimeOpponent
Friday, February 281:05 PMMiami Marlins
Sunday, March 21:05 PMNew York Mets
Wednesday, March 51:05 PMBoston Red Sox
Friday, March 71:05 PMMiami Marlins
Saturday, March 81:05 PMWashington Nationals
Monday, March 101:05 PMDetroit Tigers
Tuesday, March 111:05 PMNew York Mets
Thursday, March 131:05 PMAtlanta Braves
Sunday, March 161:05 PMNew York Mets
Wednesday, March 191:05 PMMinnesota Twins
Friday, March 211:05 PMWashington Nationals
Sunday, March 231:05 PMHouston Astros
Wednesday, March 261:05 PMWashington Nationals
Thursday, March 271:05 PMMiami Marlins
  Book a Room Near the Park!

 

Dates, times and teams subject to change. All times ET.

 

Rolex 24 at Daytona – January 25-26, 2014

The 52nd anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona will be the first race for TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. America’s most prestigious endurance race starts at 2:10 p.m. Saturday.

Rolex 24 at Daytona – January 25-26, 2014 (I-4, exit 132 then I-95 Exit 261)

http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Tickets-Events/Events/2014/Rolex-24-At-Daytona/Rolex-24-At-Daytona.aspx

Port Canaveral Breaks Ground on New Terminal

Construction has begun on the new estimated $50.5 million Cruise Terminal 1, the first to be located on the south side of Canaveral harbor and that will allow passengers and crew to walk to nearby dining and entertainment options for the first time. Port Canaveral commissioners unanimously approved selection of local firm Ivey’s Construction of Merritt Island, Florida to build the 187,500 square foot facility, which is scheduled to open in November 2014…

http://511enews.com/i-95-attractions/port-canaveral-breaks-ground-on-new-terminal/

Daytona Speedway Reconstruction Well Underway

DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reconstruction of the Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. When completed, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. The project is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500.

Celebration, Florida

Founded in 1994, Celebration is a planned community created by a real estate division of The Walt Disney Company. Disney commissioned famous architects to create the master plan and to design the streets and buildings.

Celebration has the flavor of a southern American village from the 1930s. Residential neighborhoods are clustered around a small, pedestrian-friendly downtown area. Market Street has a storybook atmosphere with a Caribbean flavor. Sided in brightly-colored stucco, the downtown buildings have wide overhangs, shutters, verandas, and arcades.

Places to Stay

Nestled lakeside in downtown Celebration is the “Bohemian Hotel Celebration” offering a charming blend of Old Florida elegance and contemporary luxury. The “Mona Lisa” is a an all suite hotel is located near the entrance to Celebration and easily accessible from I-4 and US 192. Just outside of the “bubble” is US Route 192, a 10 mile strip of commercial development that has just about every chain hotel you can think of.

Places to Eat

There are variety of dining options in Downtown Celebration with world-class restaurants and specialty food stores offering a variety of international cuisines perfect for any occasion. Cafe D’Antonio features items representative of many of Italy’s varied regions. The Celebration Tavern is a New England style restaurant and tavern that has become the town’s social hub and place to be seen since opening. The Columbia Restaurant overlooks Celebration’s picturesque lake and offers classic elegance in a Mediterranean style setting where diners can enjoy fine Spanish/Cuban cuisine in our old-world-style dining rooms, an outdoor cafe, or courtyard. Imperium Wine Room is a 100 seat, class-service, food and wine bar offering the highest quality food and wines with a 50 seat patio. Enjoy the delights of the Confectionery Chocolates and Ice Cream from Kilwin’s. The Market Street Cafe makes over 60 items from scratch every day. Savor quality authentic Japanese food and sushi at Seito Sushi. Shannon’s of Celebration is an authentic Irish restaurant in a perfect lakeside setting. Discover the authentic taste of Thai food at Thai Thani. Upper Crust Pizza and Starbucks round out the downtown Celebration food choices.

This is, of course the heart of tourist country, so venturing out of the confines of Celebration will prove to be a restaurant and fast food wonderland.

Places to Go

Downtown Celebration has the finest selection of shops and boutiques with something for everyone in the family. Enjoy walking the brick-lined streets of Celebration Town Center and spend time with family and friends.

The town of Celebration also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. Whether you prefer to stroll down Market Street perusing fine art, dance to family friendly music in front of the lake, or watch snow falling during the holiday months, there’s always something to do in Celebration!

Just two blocks from Market Street is the Celebration Golf Club, a daily fee golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Getting Around

Celebration is located approximately 20 miles southwest of Orlando just off Interstate 4, exits 65, 64 or 62. US Route 192 runs east-west. Once in the Celebration “bubble” it’s not unusual to see electric vehicles, Segway human transporters and bicycles in your travels. Celebration has miles of wide, paved and wooden trails and paths. It is a very walkable community so park your car and explore!