Buying a home is one of the most significant investments that you will ever make. Like most good things, finding the perfect home comes with a lot of work. From your initial search online to your home tour and finally closing, there are many difficult decisions to make along the way. The bottom line is that the entire home buying process can be very stressful, especially when it comes to finding the right mortgage broker and loan for your new home. Since market conditions and mortgage programs change frequently, you have a lot riding on your broker's ability to provide quick and accurate financial advice. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or own several residential properties, you need a mortgage broker in Brevard County, FL, who can educate you on mortgage rates and provide trustworthy guidance to help you make an informed decision.
My name is Dan Crance - Brevard County's most trusted mortgage loan officer with more than 30 years in the mortgage industry. I bring unparalleled insight and decades of experience into your home loan process. If you're looking for a new home loan, are interested in refinancing your current mortgage, or need information regarding FHA, VA, or other types of loans, Dan Crance is Your Mortgage Man.
Unlike some mortgage loan officers in Brevard County, my primary goal is to help you make the right mortgage choice for you and your family. Mortgage lenders have a horrible reputation for turning over clients quickly to expedite cash flow and make the most money possible. While some mortgage brokers come off as pushy and impatient, I encourage my clients to take as much time as they need to ask questions and review their mortgage agreements. I'm here to help answer those questions and provide you with easy-to-understand advice so that you can rest easy knowing you made the right choice. I could say that I strive to provide service that exceeds your expectations, but I'd rather show you. In the end, I want you to leave feeling confident in the loan you've selected, as well as in your choice of broker.
Clients choose my mortgage company because I truly care about helping them navigate the often-confusing landscape of the mortgage process. I am fiercely dedicated to my clients and make every effort to provide them with trustworthy advice and an open line of communication.
In my business, I work for two different customers. On one hand, I have the buyer: the person entrusting me with the responsibility of guiding them through one of the most important decisions ever. Serving homebuyers is not a task that I take lightly. I work with them daily to help them through the process and provide timely updates and news on their mortgage status. On the other hand, I have the realtor: the person who works with my client to find their dream home. Since their commission is in my hands, working with realtors is also a very important task. I update these agents on the status of their customers weekly. Only when I take care of both parties can I say my job as a mortgage loan officer is complete.
As a mortgage broker with more than 30 years of experience, I pledge to give you the highest level of customer service while providing you with the most competitive loan products available. That way, you can buy the home of your dreams without second-guessing your decision.
At Classic Home Mortgage, our team works diligently to close on time without stress or hassle. Whether you're a seasoned homeowner or are buying your new home in Brevard County, we understand how much stress is involved. Our goal is to help take that stress off of your plate by walking you through every step of the home loan process. Because every one of our clients is different, we examine each loan with fresh eyes and a personalized approach, to find you the options and programs you need.
With over 30 years as a mortgage professional in Brevard County, Dan Crance will help you choose the home loan, interest rate, term options, and payment plans that fit your unique situation.
30-Year Loan - This loan is often considered the most secure option to choose. With a 30-year loan, you can lock in a low payment amount and rest easy knowing your rate won't change.
FHA Loan - If you're not able to make a large down payment, an FHA loan could be the right choice for you. With an FHA loan, many of our clients have successfully purchased a home with less than 4% down.
VA Loan - This loan is reserved for military veterans and active-duty men and women. Those who qualify may be able to purchase a home with no down payment and no Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
Because home mortgage rates in the U.S. have been so low over the last year, many current homeowners are opting to refinance their home loans. Simply put, refinancing is replacing your existing mortgage with a different mortgage under new terms. Homeowners who refinance their homes enjoy lower interest rates, lower monthly payments, and even turn their home's equity into cash. If you're interested in refinancing your home, it all begins with a call to your mortgage broker in Brevard County, FL - Dan Crance.
Refinancing from a 30-year to a 15-year mortgage might seem counterproductive on the surface because your monthly payment usually goes up. However, interest rates on 15-year mortgages are lower. And when you shave off years of your previous mortgage, you will pay less interest over time. These savings can be very beneficial if you are not taking the mortgage interest deduction on your tax returns.
FHA loans are notorious for paying premiums for the life of the loan. Mortgage insurance premiums for FHA loans can cost borrowers as much as $1,050 a year for every $100k borrowed. The only way to get rid of mortgage insurance premiums is to refinance to a new loan that the Federal Housing Authority does not back.
Sometimes, borrowers with adjustable-rate mortgages refinance so they can switch to a fixed rate, which lets them lock in an interest rate. Doing so is beneficial for some homeowners who like to know exactly how much their monthly payment is each month. Conversely, some homeowners with fixed rates prefer to refinance to an adjustable-rate mortgage. Homeowners often go this route if they plan on selling in a few years and don't mind risking a higher rate if their plans fall through.
Finding the right loan can be a difficult proposition, even if you have been through the process before. This is especially true since mortgage rates and market conditions change frequently. If you're like most of my clients, you probably have questions about interest rates, refinancing options, and a litany of other topics. To help alleviate some of your stress, here are just a few common questions with answers so that you can better educate yourself as we work our way to securing your loan.
Due to potential changes and cancellations, we encourage you to check with presenting organizations about the status of their events.1. Space Coast Pride festival and parade in MelbourneThe parade will kick off in downtown Melbourne on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m., starting at the Melbourne Auditorium, heading down Hickory Street and wrapping around E. New Haven Ave. The festival will follow from noon to 6 p.m. in downtown Melbourne, along E. New Haven Ave. between Livingston St. and Depot Drive. It w...
Due to potential changes and cancellations, we encourage you to check with presenting organizations about the status of their events.
The parade will kick off in downtown Melbourne on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m., starting at the Melbourne Auditorium, heading down Hickory Street and wrapping around E. New Haven Ave. The festival will follow from noon to 6 p.m. in downtown Melbourne, along E. New Haven Ave. between Livingston St. and Depot Drive. It will include all-day entertainment on the main stage, vendors, food trucks and more. Admission is free. Visit spacecoastpride.org or facebook.com/SpaceCoastPride.
Green Gables, 1501 S. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, hosts a harvest festival on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop from unique artisans while enjoying arts and crafts, children’s activities and live entertainment by Jessica Spears. Admission to the festival is free. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the historic home will be open for tours in which visitors will learn about the history of the Wells family, who played a key role in the development of the community. The cost for a house tour is $10, or free for children 12 and younger. Visit greengables.org.
Master magician and comedian Craig Diamond will perform at The Tangiers, 4500 Dixie Highway, Unit 1A, Palm Bay, on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. Diamond’s skills and hilarious approach to magic have earned him acclaim in the entertainment industry and well-known cruise lines. Tickets start at $45. Call 321-327-8759 or visit thetangiersflorida.com.
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Join “Survivor” stars Erica Casupanan, Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt, Cassidy Clark, Janet Carbin, Mike Turner, Carolyn “Mama C” Rivera, Ashley Nolan, Kimmi Kappenberg, Joe Del Campo, Jonathan Young, Geo Bustamante, Dr. Carl Bilancione and others for a “Survivor” premiere party at BeachFly Brewing Company, 513 Barton Blvd., Rockledge, on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $35. VIP admission that includes reserved seating, photo opps and a gift bag, is $70. Visit beachflybrewing.com or eventbrite.com.
Space Coast Symphony Orchestra celebrates American music in a concert at the Scott Center at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne, on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. The program features works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Ellington and more. A second show will be at the Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd Street, Vero Beach, on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door or free for ages 18 and younger. Call 855-252-7276 or visit spacecoastsymphony.org.
Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia Street, presents “HalloQween,” an after-hours Halloween-themed drag show starring Jordyn Linkous on Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 11 p.m. The show features a cornucopia of songs and characters you will know and love. The event is for ages 18 and older, due to mature content. Tickets are $20. Call 321-268-1125 or visit titusvilleplayhouse.com.
Organist Andrew Galuska will provide accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent masterpiece “The General” at Advent Lutheran Church, 7550 N. Wickham Road, Suntree, on Sunday, Sept 24 at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Call 321-259-8515 or visit adventbrevard.org.
Melbourne Municipal Band’s Rock & Roll Revue will kick off their fall season with a concert at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne, on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. Admission to the concert is $15, and there will be free dance lessons starting at 6 p.m. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. Call 321-724-0555 or visit mmband.org.
The Avenue Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave., hosts live concerts in the Central Park area on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. The series continues on Sunday, Sept. 24 with East Narrative, followed by Tru Phonic on Oct. 1 and Carl Lewis on Sax on Oct. 8. Outside alcoholic beverages, coolers and food are not permitted. The concerts are weather dependent and may be canceled at any time. Bring a lawn chair. Admission is free. Visit avenueviera.com.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Space Coast will be at Cocoa Riverfront Park, 401 Riveredge Blvd., Cocoa, on Saturday, Sept. 23. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony and walk at 9 a.m. The event is to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Admission is free. Visit act.alz.org.
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Ushering in a new era of professional dance in Brevard, Prelude Dance Company collaborates with Melbourne Community Orchestra for upcoming concerts.For FLORIDA TODAYPrelude Dance Company’s collaboration with Melbourne Community Orchestra ushers in a new era for dance in Brevard. Headquartered at the ...
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Prelude Dance Company’s collaboration with Melbourne Community Orchestra ushers in a new era for dance in Brevard. Headquartered at the Dance Zone in Melbourne, the new professional dance company will perform “Le Cirque des Rêves,” the circus of dreams, at MCO’s concerts Oct. 18 and 19.
"We're looking forward to our upcoming collaboration with this troupe of outstanding dancers,” said MCO maestro Mark Nelson, who - full disclosure - is the father of Prelude’s founder and artistic director Elizabeth Bublitz.
Bublitz not only grew up dancing at the Dance Zone in Melbourne, but two years ago she bought the studio, together with Prelude Dance Company general manager Gretchen Yarbrough.
The young company has four performances in its 2023/2024 season. While the MCO show will take place at the orchestra’s home base of Melbourne Auditorium, the remaining three productions are slated for Satellite High School’s Performing Arts Auditorium. The company also expects to partner with other community organizations.
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The company is composed of adult dancers ages 18 and up. Auditions attracted dancers from throughout Central Florida, giving Bublitz and Yarbrough plenty of talent from which to choose. Since it is a professional company, dancers will be remunerated financially for their work.
“One hundred percent of ticket sales this season will go to our dancers,” Bublitz explained.
While MCO concerts are free, the orchestra has agreed to allow for a donation and sponsorship table where Prelude tickets for future performances will be available. Sponsorship opportunities include tickets and additional benefits, such as reserved seating, access to rehearsals and meet-and-greet opportunities with the choreographer and dancers.
Bublitz and Yarbrough felt that while ballet was already well-represented in the Space Coast, contemporary dance forms were another matter.
“We strive to be a dance company that will entertain and also educate the community about what dance can offer,” Bublitz said.
Like Bublitz, Yarbrough is a Brevard native and has been associated with the Dance Zone since before she turned double digits in age. Both are educators, too.
Joining the business partners is resident choreographer Sky Morgan, a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer and educator born and raised in Central Florida. The former New York City resident has performed with Ailey Citigroup Theater, the Frederick Loewe Theater and Radio City Music Hall. She too, was a Dance Zone “frequent dancer.”
“When I was growing up, the Dance Zone was home,” she said.
Now she is back to lead Prelude’s inaugural season. As All Hallow’s Eve approaches, “Le Cirque des Rêves” promises to be an evening of dance where the impossible becomes possible. Audience members are highly encouraged to wear masks for this masquerade, which will feature the haunting cadences of Khachaturian’s waltz from his “Masquerade Suite” and the mysterious creatures of Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals.”
Subsequent shows include, on Feb. 3, “Bridgerton Ball,” a homage to the popular steamy television mini-series; “Whiskey Business,” a night of hot, hot, hot Prohibition-era jazz on April 13, and “Three Sisters of Fate” July 6. All shows begin at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit preludedance.com or call 321-242-2442.
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Photo courtesy of Sobe SurfFrom humpback whales to grizzly bears and the California condor, there’s a massive array of fascinating animals to see all across the United States—yet one of the most dazzling forms of life on the planet is totally invisible to th...
From humpback whales to grizzly bears and the California condor, there’s a massive array of fascinating animals to see all across the United States—yet one of the most dazzling forms of life on the planet is totally invisible to the naked eye. Known as dinoflagellates, many varieties of tiny phytoplankton create light when disturbed in the water, transforming a still shoreline into a vibrant mosaic of color for visiting kayakers.
While the phenomenon can famously be spotted in Australia’s Jervis Bay and Puerto Rico’s Mosquito Bay, you don’t need to travel outside of the Lower 48 to witness it firsthand. There’s a wealth of plankton-rich destinations scattered all across the state of Florida as well.
As you plan your next ecotourism-focused voyage to the Sunshine State, the following destinations offer an opportunity to witness this incredible natural phenomenon of bioluminescent waters firsthand, with no shortage of prestigious tour companies in place to ensure optimal viewing conditions.
If you’re a budding natural historian, you may be wondering: What exactly makes these tiny organisms tick (and glow)? For the phytoplankton, the answer lies within two molecules in particular: luciferin and luciferase. Upon exposure to oxygen, the two spark up and begin to glow, with blue being the most commonly occuring color due to how light penetrates water.
Scientists theorize that the organisms have evolved to crank up the brightness when faced with predators to attract even larger predators, with hopes that incoming fish will make a quick meal of the phytoplankton’s assailants—and while it’s unclear just how effective of a strategy it is, it certainly makes for a marvelous spectacle for visiting tourists.
For a truly unforgettable experience, you’ll want to aim for the late spring and early summer. The creatures are at their best and brightest from roughly July to August, while the entire season typically spans from May to October. Visitors will want to schedule their trip during the new moon to reduce light exposure and ensure bright colors—but fortunately, the plankton can still be seen even with a completely full moon.
If your schedule doesn’t quite align with a peak summer visit, have no fear—plankton aren’t the only glowing marine life to be found across the state. During the winter, comb jellies (a type of jellyfish-like invertebrate) gather in abundance, each one equipped with the same brilliant traits found in Florida’s native phytoplankton.
While glowing organisms abound all across the Sunshine State’s shores, the undisputed champion of bioluminescence ecotourism is the Florida Space Coast. Best known as the home of the Kennedy Space Center, this 72-mile span of shoreline also offers some of the most pristine natural landscapes in all of the state, with major environmental protections put in place back in the early 1960s.
Cities like Titusville and Cocoa Beach are equipped with hotels, bars, and restaurants to keep you fueled and rested during your trip, but the local phytoplankton spend their time just outside of city limits. On the northern edge of Brevard County, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge serves as one of Florida’s crown jewels for ecotourism, equipped with 140,000 acres of scrub forest, dunes, and marshland. The preserve has earned abundant acclaim for its incredible birdwatching potential, but beyond avian life, visitors can also spot alligators, turtles, bobcats, and—of course—bioluminescent plankton.
Cocoa Beach serves as a fellow gateway to the Indian River Lagoon and—more specifically—Florida’s Banana River. These lush natural features serve as a cradle for Sunshine State creatures both large and small, with crabs, fish, dolphins, and manatees all thriving along its tangled mangrove forests.
Beyond Brevard County, there are a few other spots across Florida that advertise bioluminescence tours. On the opposite side of the state, the Gulf of Mexico hosts high concentrations of the fauna, with tours available during high summer around cities like Naples and St. Petersburg. And for anyone exploring the very tip of the continental United States, Key West boasts its own pockets of bioluminescence, offering dazzling night shows to enjoy in between rum tastings and diving tours.
While it’s technically possible to set off solo in search of bioluminescent plankton, Florida’s many tour companies offer added expertise to make sure that you’re seeing the brightest spots possible.
For visitors hoping to dip their toes into the spectacular biodiversity of both Merritt Island and the Indian River Lagoon, Fin Expeditions has mastered the art of bioluminescence tourism, offering a wealth of curated tours for visitors to enjoy. Guests can reserve a sunset journey for added natural beauty and the bonus opportunity for manatee viewing. For a totally unique experience, fellow outdoor adventure company BK Adventure offers the only bioluminescence rafting tour in the state of Florida, providing visitors with the same stunning views enjoyed aboard a paddle raft, and Sobe Surf gets visitors out on the water after dark on stand-up paddle boards.
Down in South Florida, the phytoplankton tourism scene isn’t quite as developed as its northern neighbor, but there are still a few companies offering trips. For avian aficionados, Naples Outfitters’ Sunset Bird Rookery Tour combines bioluminescent kayaking with birdwatching, transporting guests to Rookery Island to spot hundreds of shorebirds all convening to roost overnight.
Similarly, Key West visitors can discover the spectacular biodiversity of the region firsthand on a night kayaking excursion with Blue Planet Kayak Eco-Tours. As the sun dips below the horizon, guests can marvel at a massive array of native birds, while the dead of night offers the perfect opportunity to view nocturnal Sunshine State wildlife with a headlamp, all while stirring up glowing phytoplankton with each stroke of the paddle.
With its sunny year-round climate, Florida offers no shortage of amazing beaches perfect for basking under the sun. In fact, the Sunshine State boasts many of the best beaches in the US; from lively strips like Daytona Beach to more remote escapes like Canaveral National Seashore, travelers can find the ideal beach destination near Orlando any time of year...
With its sunny year-round climate, Florida offers no shortage of amazing beaches perfect for basking under the sun. In fact, the Sunshine State boasts many of the best beaches in the US; from lively strips like Daytona Beach to more remote escapes like Canaveral National Seashore, travelers can find the ideal beach destination near Orlando any time of year. The Sunshine State boasts over 1,300 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, providing diverse beach experiences.
While the famous sands and surf of Miami and the Florida Keys, which offer many things to do, get a lot of attention, there are plenty of spectacular yet underrated beaches in Florida within easy driving distance of Orlando. Whether travelers prefer the bustling energy of the famous and beautiful Clearwater Beach or the peaceful isolation of Amelia Island, they're sure to find their perfect stretch of sand near Orlando.
The best time to visit these beaches is typically the fall through spring when crowds are smaller, hotel rates are cheaper, and the weather is milder. Here are the best beaches near Orlando, Florida, perfect for sun-seekers to soak up the sunshine.
Cocoa Beach in Orlando, Florida, USA
Located just over an hour east of Orlando on Florida's Space Coast, Cocoa Beach offers travelers over 2 miles of stunning sandy beaches with plenty of amenities and attractions. Visitors can sunbathe, swim, try surfing, go fishing from the historic Cocoa Beach Pier, explore the downtown area's shops and restaurants, and even visit the Kennedy Space Center just a short drive away.
Cocoa Beach is a must-visit beach destination near Orlando, with warm Atlantic waters, good waves, and clean sands.
Known as the "Birthplace of NASCAR," Daytona Beach offers many things for visitors to do. The beach is about 1.5 hours northeast of Orlando and stretches over 20 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can drive vehicles on certain sections of the beach, making it one of the few beaches travelers can park on.
Daytona Beach also features a boardwalk with amusement park rides, shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Of course, travelers come here primarily for the wide expanses of hard-packed sand and gentle surf, making it a classic Florida beach destination.
Sand dunes next to the ocean on New Smyrna Beach in Florida
Located just south of Daytona Beach along the scenic A1A highway, New Smyrna Beach offers travelers over 13 miles of beautiful white-sand beaches without the massive crowds. Although it is not one of the least crowded, under-the-radar beaches in Florida, it sees much less foot traffic compared to other famous beaches.
Visitors can surf, swim, sunbathe, enjoy scenic coastal walks, go fishing, kayaking through coastal marshes, or explore charming beach neighborhoods like Flagler Avenue. With its family-friendly vibe, diversity of beach experiences, and small-town charm, New Smyrna Beach is one of the best beach destinations near Orlando.
Canaveral National Seashore, Florida, USA
For a more natural beach near Orlando, Canaveral National Seashore is an underrated beach worth a visit. It protects over 24 miles of pristine, undeveloped beaches along a barrier island between New Smyrna Beach and Titusville.
Travelers can beach comb, swim, surf, hike, bike scenic trails, explore lagoons, marshes, and marine life, go camping, and observe sea turtle nesting. With small crowds and a wonderfully wild atmosphere, the National Seashore offers a special beach experience away from the busier tourist hubs.
Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, about 1.5 hours west of Orlando, Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked one of the most beautiful beaches in the US and even dubbed America's #1 Beach by TripAdvisor in 2018.
Visitors are drawn to its 3 miles of soft white sand, calm Gulf waters perfect for swimming, lodging varieties, restaurants, amenities on Pier 60, and proximity to attractions like Pier 60, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and Caladesi Island State Park, one of the most beautiful state park beaches in America.
With beautiful views and a lively beach town atmosphere, Clearwater Beach is a top beach destination for Orlando travelers. Visitors who want more time by the shores can book one of the most beautiful beach hotels in Clearwater, Florida.
Photo of Fort De Soto Park, Near Tampa, Florida
Just south of Clearwater Beach, Fort De Soto Park offers travelers over 7 miles of stunning Gulf Coast beaches, making it one of Florida's largest beach parks. Visitors can swim, sunbathe, collect seashells, kayak, canoe, hike nature trails, bike, camp, picnic, and explore historic forts.
With smaller crowds than Clearwater Beach and a wonderfully natural environment, including mangroves and wetlands, Fort De Soto Park is a great option for Orlando travelers seeking beautiful beaches in a pristine setting.
St. Augustine Beach, Florida
Located 2 hours northeast of Orlando along the Atlantic Coast, St. Augustine Beach offers travelers over 4 miles of pristine shoreline just south of America's oldest city, St. Augustine (which offers lots to see).
In addition to typical beach activities like swimming, surfing, and sunbathing, visitors can explore historic Spanish colonial attractions in town, go on a dolphin-watching cruise, play beach disc golf, or kayak through Salt Run inlet. With a great family vibe and a wealth of amenities, St. Augustine Beach is a top beach destination near Orlando.
Panorama of Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida, USA
Situated just north of Clearwater along the beautiful Gulf Coast, Honeymoon Island State Park offers travelers 4 miles of unspoiled beaches in a protected state park setting. Visitors can swim, sunbathe, hike nature trails through wetlands, observe wildlife like osprey and pelicans, go fishing, picnic, camp, and spot dolphins offshore.
Honeymoon Island is a protected barrier island ecosystem that provides a scenic natural beach experience away from larger crowds, perfect for Orlando travelers.
A View Of Amelia Island's Fernandina Beach In Florida, USA
Located just south of Georgia's border, about 2.5 hours from Orlando, Amelia Island offers 13 miles of beautiful Atlantic coast beaches with plenty of natural beauty. Visitors can swim, sunbathe, surf fish, hike scenic trails at Fort Clinch State Park, kayak through salt marshes, take horseback rides along the beach, and explore the island's charming Victorian-style downtown Fernandina Beach.
Amelia Island is a gorgeous beach destination near Orlando with quaint inns, pristine beaches, abundant wildlife, and peaceful vibes.
Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, Florida
Located on a barrier island off Sarasota, about 2.25 hours from Orlando, Siesta Key Beach is renowned for having some of the world's finest and whitest sands. The beach stretches for eight miles, with amenities like playgrounds, volleyball courts, snack bars, and beach gear rentals.
Visitors can relax on the sand, swim in the calm, clear Gulf waters, enjoy magnificent sunsets, check out beachfront restaurants and shops, and revel in this slice of beach paradise near Orlando. When not in the water, Sarasota offers many things to do in summer (as well as year-round) for visitors to keep themselves entertained.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Twelve current and former Florida Tech faculty members have been named Best Scientists in the 2023 rankings from research.com, a leading academic platform and research portal.Using a measurement called the Discipline H-Index that calculates a score using publications and citation metrics for a specific discipline, as well as a wide range of data sources, research.com carefully evaluated nearly 167,000 scholars over more than two dozen areas on Google Scholar and Microso...
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Twelve current and former Florida Tech faculty members have been named Best Scientists in the 2023 rankings from research.com, a leading academic platform and research portal.
Using a measurement called the Discipline H-Index that calculates a score using publications and citation metrics for a specific discipline, as well as a wide range of data sources, research.com carefully evaluated nearly 167,000 scholars over more than two dozen areas on Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph.
Here are the Florida Tech faculty cited in the new ranking, followed by their discipline:
? Richard Aronson, ecology and evolution
? Mark Bush, ecology and evolution
? Philip K. Chan, computer science
? Martin Glicksman (emeritus), engineering and technology
? Larry Hench, materials science
? V. Lakshmikantham, mathematics
? Eric Perlman, astrophysics
? Joshua Rokach (emeritus), chemistry
? Steven Shaw, mechanical and aerospace engineering
? John H. Trefry (emeritus), earth science
? Robert van Woesik, ecology and evolution, environmental sciences
? David Wilder, psychology (behavior analysis)
Hench and Lakshmikantham have passed away.
“Research.com really cares about the quality and visibility of research and our mission is to offer leading researchers better exposure of their achievements,” the site noted.
“Our rankings of scientists are based on transparent procedures based on well-established metrics gathered from trusted sources of data.”