Day: October 30, 2020

9 Staycation Outfit Ideas That Will Make You Feel Like You’re Actually On Vacation

If the global coronavirus pandemic put a major wrench in your travel plans, here’s a silver lining: sometimes, the best vacation days are the ones spent close to home. You can just as easily nurse your travel bug by exploring parts of your neighborhood you haven’t ventured into yet, ordering takeout from restaurants you haven’t tried before, and booking an Airbnb in the next town over (or sleeping in the living room for a change of scenery). It’s also worth browsing celebrity staycation outfits as inspiration for what to wear when you’re OOO.



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Skai Jackson, Joan Smalls are posing for a picture: It's time to break out those printed shirts and shell necklaces — even if your big trip this year consists of going from the bed to the couch.


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It’s time to break out those printed shirts and shell necklaces — even if your big trip this year consists of going from the bed to the couch.

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Granted, “staycation” is indicative of time spent staying put, but just because you aren’t chilling on a beach in Florida or jet setting to another country doesn’t mean you can’t dress like you’re doing just that. Celebrate your much-need time off (take that PTO!) with outfits that, first and foremost, make you feel good. If that means dolling up for a socially distanced night out (or in!), awesome. If that means vegging out on the couch in your comfiest sweats, even better!

How and where you choose to spend your staycation is up to you, but just in case you’re curious, here are a few celeb-inspired looks to narrow down your outfit choices and help you escape — even if it’s just in your mind.

A Sexy Date Night Outfit



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Date nights, like days off, look a little different than they used to given the current state of the world. But even if your romantic evening translates to eating out of takeout containers, what better way to spice things up a bit than with a sexy date-night outfit? Of course, what you consider “sexy” is subject to you and your partner’s tastes, so if that means breaking out your favorite LBD with strappy heels like Hailey Bieber, go for it! If that means a tank top and sweats, great! Do you.

Tie Dye From Head to Toe



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Incorporating pops of color into your wardrobe will liven up your style, but vibrant hues might also boost your mood. Tie-dye has been popping up all over Hollywood, with starlets like Irina Shayk, Hailey Bieber, JLo, Stella Maxwell, and even Jennifer Aniston embracing the trend. From T-shirts and sweatpants, to matching sets and face masks, psychedelic color patterns are a great way to hold onto summer and warmer weather, even as the temperature dips into the the teens.

Tropical Prints to Channel Island Vibes 



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As long as the CDC travel restrictions are still in place, you probably won’t be sunbathing under dreamy Florida

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The future of space travel could include tourism and relocation

It’s no shocker when several people loudly threaten to leave the country if an election doesn’t go their way. Yet it’s hard to go anywhere this year, with a pandemic locking most people in place. Will the time come when we hear promises to bolt the planet?

“Will the election make some people want to leave the planet? Probably. I’ve already seen some friends on Facebook say so,” said Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and author of the new short book America’s New Destiny in Space.

According to Reynolds, it won’t be too long before people can make good on that threat. Because of the work of SpaceX and other private space exploration companies, the price per kilogram (or per pound) of getting people and materials into space is plummeting like a meteor in the earth’s atmosphere.

Previously, it cost about $55,000 to get a single kilogram into orbit. Now, the price has fallen to about $2,700. It is projected to fall further with the next generation of rockets, going down to $270 or lower. As the price falls, many more things become financially possible.

Reynolds’s book claims that not only will space travel and habitation become more affordable, it will also be sustainable, meaning the economic activity outside the earth’s atmosphere will eventually pay for the ride and the construction of new environments to support humans.

Sean Higgins is a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute with academic training in history. He has some doubts.

“I believe [living in space] will only happen if there is a way to harvest resources like, for example, energy or minerals. Historically, the driving force behind most colonization was the search for resources: Find a place that had something of value, and stake a claim to it, then have people relocate to that place to ensure that the claim holds,” Higgins told the Washington Examiner.

“The problem with space is that it is, by definition, empty. It’s right there in the word ‘space.’ So there’s not much there to exploit, which is a problem because living in space is itself resource-intensive. Colonizing another planet is theoretically possible, but again, it would have to have a lot of resources to justify the effort,” he added.

The extraplanetary economic opportunity that is most often touted is asteroid mining. Some asteroids are known to have deposits of ores and minerals that would make them incredibly valuable, in the trillions of dollars, at current market rates.

Yet Reynolds points out some economic hiccups with harvesting asteroids. It would cost a lot of money to get the equipment there to do that. The resources would still have to be brought back through Earth’s punishing atmosphere. And even if the resources could be brought here in large quantities, their value would drop sharply because scarcity is keeping the prices up.

Tim Schumann is an occasional technology investor in the Seattle area. He thinks asteroid mining will not be an incredible gold

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Trump Is Planning to Expand Travel Ban, Says Stephen Miller

President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller has said the administration will seek to expand the controversial travel ban if the president is elected to a second term.



a man wearing a suit and tie: White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller is interviewed on FOX News outside the West Wing of the White House August 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Miller said that if Democrats are elected to Congress and the White House in November then all cities will defund their police departments and be turned over to violent criminals. He outlined immigration plans for a second Trump term on Thursday.


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White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller is interviewed on FOX News outside the West Wing of the White House August 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Miller said that if Democrats are elected to Congress and the White House in November then all cities will defund their police departments and be turned over to violent criminals. He outlined immigration plans for a second Trump term on Thursday.

Miller gave a phone interview to NCB News on Thursday and outlined plans for immigration policy over the next four years if Trump wins on November 3. He stressed that he was speaking as part of the Trump campaign, and not in his capacity as a White House adviser.

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The travel ban is a series of executive actions restricting travel into the U.S. from several countries, many of them with Muslim majority populations. Miller said the administration’s aim would be “raising and enhancing the standard for entry” to the U.S.

He told NBC News that one priority would be “building on and expanding the framework that we’ve created with the travel ban, in terms of raising the standard for screening and vetting for admission to the United States.”

This expansion could include enhanced screening methods, changes to the interview process, more information sharing among government agencies and vetting the “ideological sympathies or leanings” of those applying for visas.

“That’s going to be a major priority,” Miller said. “It’s going to require a whole government effort. It’s going to require building a very elaborate and very complex screening mechanism.”

Miller also laid out other priorities for a second Trump term. These include keeping down the number of people given asylum in the U.S., moving to a points-based system for work visas and cracking down on sanctuary cities.

Reducing asylum grants would involve expanding “burden-sharing” deals with other countries, which are aimed at creating safe third-partner countries to prevent asylum seekers reaching the U.S.

“The president would like to expand that to include the rest of the world,” Miller told NBC News. “And so if you create safe third partners in other continents and other countries and regions, then you have the ability to share the burden of asylum-seekers on a global basis.”

Some of the second term immigration objectives would require legislation, but Miller explained that the administration could take action directly, as it has in the past.

“In many cases, fixing these problems and restoring some semblance of sanity to our immigration programs does involve regulatory reform,” he said. “Congress has delegated a lot of authority. […] And that underscores the depth of the choice facing the American people.”

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Need for downtown diversity, infrastructure improvements, outdoor recreation noted at Hallowell forum

HALLOWELL — City residents have their priorities in order: They want officials to improve the diversity of downtown businesses, improve infrastructure and enhance outdoor recreation.

Vision Hallowell Vice President John Bastey speaks during a Zoom Community Conversation held Thursday night. Participants discussed long- and short-term goals for the city. Image capture

Those were the topics raised during a Zoom forum Thursday night, organized by a group of Hallowell organizations seeking residents’ input. Among those who ran the forum were the city’s Comprehensive Planning Group, Vision Hallowell, Hallowell’s Community Heart and Soul planning group, Hallowell All-age Friendly Committee and the Hubbard Free Library.

After a short introduction, participants were broken up into groups to discuss questions pertaining to long- and short-term goals for the city ahead of the election which will see new City Councilors and a new Mayor elected.

During one of thegroup sessions, Judy Feinstein, a member of the city’s Planning Board, said she has heard some city residents want more diverse businesses on Water Street, aside from the places to get food and drink. That sentiment was echoed by other residents, who said that craft stores and other retail would be welcome in the city.

There was a real strong feeling that people wanted a downtown that had more than a dozen places to pick from to have a beer and a burger, to put it nicely,” Feinstein said. “The question that comes into my mind is ‘what else does downtown have to offer?’”

Ryan Gordon, a Greenville Street resident, said he would like the city’s downtown to be more family-friendly and safer for pedestrians. He said he rarely travels downtown with his family because he feels it is too automobile-centric and not safe for pedestrians.

Gordon said that problem also expands into the residential areas of the city, where cars are also “zooming through.”

It feels like a really dangerous place with traffic that feels too fast to bring a family there,” he said, advocating for better sidewalks, fewer cars and slower traffic through town. “The physical way people move about is very important.”

Matt Bear-Fowler, a Hallowell resident who said they use a wheelchair to get around, said there are some businesses they cannot access because there are steps. They said that’s an area on which the city could improve in the future.

There’s just so much that does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards,” Bear-Fowler said. “It’s too bad because it excludes a lot of people.”

Resident Judith Graber said the city should also look into the effects of climate change, because Water Street’s proximity to the Kennebec River makes it prone to flooding. Further, she supported the pocket park concept at the corner of Water and Central streets, and the larger concept of adding more green space to the city’s downtown.

Along the thread of green initiatives, Gordon said he was on the city’s new committee dealing with solar power, which has a goal to get 80% of the

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Winnipeg closes recreation, leisure facilities as COVID-19 cases surge

Hockey is on ice and the City of Winnipeg has closed the book on libraries as it suspends all recreation and leisure programming due to soaring COVID-19 numbers.

Manitoba announced a record-shattering 480 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, although that number includes cases identified over the past several days due to a backlog in reporting.

Health officials then put the city and surrounding areas into the critical, or red, level on the pandemic response system, meaning broad shutdowns for at least two weeks for movie theatres, concert halls, bars and dining at restaurants.

“As part of our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our residents and employees … the City of Winnipeg is suspending all of its recreation and leisure programs and services, including Leisure Guide programming, and closing all city-owned-and-operated recreation facilities, gyms, indoor pools, arenas, and libraries,” the city stated in a news release on Friday.

The closures are effective Oct. 31 and will remain in place until further notice.

Hockey rinks will go quiet as part of new restrictions that begin on Saturday. (KYMBER RAE/AFP/Getty Images)

As for community centre facilities, most are governed by a volunteer board of directors responsible for management and operations. As such, they are ultimately responsible for the decision to close their facilities, the city said.

Winnipeg’s council building and City Hall will also be closed to the public as of Saturday, which means wedding ceremonies are being suspended until further notice.

The city previously announced the suspension of in-home, non-emergency inspections. That began Oct. 19 and remains in effect.

Museums close

The Manitoba Museum issued a release Friday afternoon saying its main galleries will be closed as of Monday, while the planetarium and science gallery will close Saturday.

“Though people may be disappointed to see us close again, we are fully prepared to continue offering online experiences. Protecting our community is everyone’s top priority,” Claudette Leclerc, executive director and CEO of the museum, stated in the release

“The museum will continue to offer virtual education and public programs that can be enjoyed at home or in the classroom.”

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights had also made the decision to close its doors to visitors as of Saturday, spokesperson Maureen Fitzhenry stated in a release.

The CMHR will continue to monitor the situation and will inform the public about when it is deemed safe to reopen.

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9 Celebrity Staycation Outfits That Will Make You Feel Like You’re Actually On Vacation

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If the global coronavirus pandemic put a major wrench in your travel plans, here’s a silver lining: sometimes, the best vacation days are the ones spent close to home. You can just as easily nurse your travel bug by exploring parts of your neighborhood you haven’t ventured into yet, ordering takeout from restaurants you haven’t tried before, and booking an Airbnb in the next town over (or sleeping in the living room for a change of scenery). It’s also worth browsing celebrity staycation outfits as inspiration for what to wear when you’re OOO.

RELATED: This Is What It’s Like to Be a Flight Attendant During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Granted, “staycation” is indicative of time spent staying put, but just because you aren’t chilling on a beach in Florida or jet setting to another country doesn’t mean you can’t dress like you’re doing just that. Celebrate your much-need time off (take that PTO!) with outfits that, first and foremost, make you feel good. If that means dolling up for a socially distanced night out (or in!), awesome. If that means vegging out on the couch in your comfiest sweats, even better!

How and where you choose to spend your staycation is up to you, but just in case you’re curious, here are a few celeb-inspired looks to narrow down your outfit choices and help you escape — even if it’s just in your mind.

A Sexy Date Night Outfit

Gotham/GC Images Hailey Bieber

Date nights, like days off, look a little different than they used to given the current state of the world. But even if your romantic evening translates to eating out of takeout containers, what better way to spice things up a bit than with a sexy date-night outfit? Of course, what you consider “sexy” is subject to you and your partner’s tastes, so if that means breaking out your favorite LBD with strappy heels like Hailey Bieber, go for it! If that means a tank top and sweats, great! Do you.

Tie Dye From Head to Toe

Raymond Hall/GC Images Irina Shayk

Incorporating pops of color into your wardrobe will liven up your style, but vibrant hues might also boost your mood. Tie-dye has been popping up all over Hollywood, with starlets like Irina Shayk, Hailey Bieber, JLo, Stella Maxwell, and even Jennifer Aniston embracing the trend. From T-shirts and sweatpants, to matching sets and face masks, psychedelic color patterns are a great way to hold onto summer and warmer weather, even as the temperature dips into the the teens.

Tropical Prints to Channel Island Vibes 

Gotham/GC Images Bella Hadid

As long as the CDC travel restrictions are still in place, you probably won’t be sunbathing under dreamy Florida palm trees anytime soon. But you know what they say: if you can’t join them, wear them (…or something along those lines). Tropical prints (think vibrant green leaves, passion flowers, and exotic birds) can help manifest the kind of euphoric mood exclusive to vacation. Complete

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Black Desert House is a Joshua Tree’s Top Luxury Vacation Home Rental in Yucca Valley, CA

Black Desert House is a Joshua Tree's Top Luxury Vacation Home Rental in Yucca Valley, CA

Yucca Valley, CA – The Black Desert House focuses on offering individuals the chance to experience a whole new home away from home in a dramatic and iconic location in the High Desert of the Mojave. Dedicated to providing a premium getaway experience for guests unlike any other, the residence only accepts 52 weekend reservations per year. The Black Desert House represents one of the premier luxury vacation experiences guests from all over the world have experienced in Yucca Valley, CA. 

Known for its bold, modern design, this iconic property is also a short drive away from the region’s main tourist stop, Joshua Tree National Park. The Black Desert House serves as a luxury spot for both relaxation and adventure, as visiting guests can spend a day in the park with all its dramatic natural wonders, then retreat to the solitude of this exclusive property overlooking its 400 acres. 

“The Black Desert House is a luxurious two-bedroom home situated in the town of Yucca Valley, which started as a vision of bringing the outside world indoors. It presents a feeling of not being alone, but instead being a part of your surroundings while also enjoying modern luxuries, including an inground deep edgeless swimming pool and heated hot tub, outside patio areas with a 360-degree view and dramatic, indoor fireplace, and floor to ceiling glass walls in the home’s main living area. It’s more than you would typically expect to find,” says David McAdam, founder of Homestead Modern, which manages and oversees guest stays for Black Desert House, regarding their luxury service offerings for this vacation home. 

Committed to providing exceptional service for guests and ensuring that they enjoy a wonderful experience, the various amenities offered by Black Desert House make it a luxury oasis for people looking to retreat from the city and relax under the nighttime desert sky in dramatic fashion. As dramatic as it is outside, inside, guests seeking a break from city life will find no shortage of amenities and necessities found in some of the best travel destinations in the world, such as a study and media room, fully outfitted kitchen, spacious interiors, wireless internet, secure underground parking, and much more.

Joshua Tree’s Top luxury vacation household rental Black Desert House has everything needed for guests with discerning taste to enjoy a one-of-a-kind desert vacation retreat. For those guests interested in exploring the surrounding high desert community known as the Morongo Basin, there are many small retail shops and art galleries to discover just minutes away, such as Noah Purifoy’s Desert Art Museum, the downtown Joshua Tree village stores and the iconic Pappy and Harriet’s. They’re but a few of the local favorite destinations to visit while staying in the area.

With classic and timeless architectural design from the renowned Oller and Pejic Architecture Group, attentive service, and luxurious amenities, the Black Desert House establishes itself as one of the top luxury vacation home experiences not only in Yucca Valley, but the entire high desert and

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Augusta County Parks and Recreation to host 16th annual Senior Health Fair as drive-thru event : Augusta Free Press

health senior fairThe Augusta County Parks and Recreation Department will host the 16th annual Senior Health Fair as a drive-thru series of events that will allow participants to receive educational information and promotional gifts from local businesses and organizations without leaving the comfort and safety of their own car.

The event locations, dates, and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 10 am-noon:  Augusta County Government Center Veranda, Verona
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, 10 am-noon:  Natural Chimneys Park and Campground Visitor Center
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, 10 am-noon:  Deerfield Community Center

Parks and Recreation staff will hand out bags of information and goodies through the car window. There will be a limited amount of bags at each location so only one bag will be allowed per household.

Participating businesses at this time include the following but more may be represented by the time of the event.

 
Brite Bus Transit Service/ Rideshare Augusta County Library
Home Instead Senior Care Sentara RMH Wound Healing Center
Talking Book Center Augusta Health
Visiting Angels Staunton Staunton Seventh Day Adventist Church
Brookdale Senior Living Staunton Brightview Baldwin Park
Shenandoah Valley Social Services Virginia Department of Veteran Services
Sentara Home Care Services Staunton Curves/ Jenny Craig
Sentara RMH Lifeline and Senior Advantage Augusta Senior Resources
Staunton Augusta YMCA

 

If you have any questions, please call 540-245-5727 for more information.

 

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This Travel Company Wants To Help You Literally Dream Your Way To Vacation With “Dream Tourism”

When you think of a dream vacation what comes to your mind’s eye? First class travel? A cabana by the ocean? A luxury high rise hotel in the city? Home swapping site Love Home Swap has officially changed the way we experience dream trips—and it doesn’t even involve dusting off your passport (or getting out of bed).

For travel-lovers who are looking to get away this year, but don’t want to risk getting sick or becoming stuck somewhere in such uncertain times, Love Home Swap has teamed up with a lucid dreaming expert to introduce ‘Dream Tourism.’ A program that was made to teach aspiring travelers how to literally dream of being on vacation anywhere in the world. Sounds pretty wild, right?

The innovative service promises to “transform the world’s dreaming patterns” while transporting people to new places through the power of the mind—without having to worry about quarantining, risking exposure, or even booking time off.

Using  scientifically-proven techniques known as dream incubation and lucid dreaming, dream tourists can choose what they want to dream about, or rather, where they want their dreams to take them in the world.

While it may seem sci-fi at first glance, scientific research within dream incubation has actually been well studied and documented for decades—and it’s actually quite simple to figure out if you’re committed to giving it a go. In 1978, a study found that 38% of subjects could use similar dream incubation techniques to alter the outcomes of their dreams within a mere few days of practicing the proper techniques.

More recently, Harvard University psychologist Dr Deirdre Barrett found that 75% of research participants could intentionally influence their dreams using pre-sleep suggestion and dream incubation techniques before bed. While the techniques may not be guaranteed to work for everyone, if it means the chance of a stress-free dream vacation during a global pandemic, sign us up. 

Interested in trying it out for yourself? Love Home Swap and dream incubation expert Charlie Morley want to make it as easy as possible for just about anyone to take off on a dream vacation. The collaboration resulted in Dream Passport, a free how-to manual that will provide dream incubation and lucid dreaming techniques to help you become the architect of your dream. From studying images of your dream destinations before bed, writing out in detail what your dream vacation would look like, and even drawing pictures of yourself enjoying your vacation, think of this lucid dreaming experience as an extension to your vision board.

“Dream incubation is a real thing. It has been studied by sleep researchers since the 1970s and is surprisingly easy to do. Combining visualization, affirmations and pre-sleep hypnotic suggestion, most people will be able to influence the content of their dreams within a few nights of practice and essentially choose what they want to dream about,” Dream expert Charlie Morley said in a statement. “This dream holidays project uses exactly the same techniques to allow people to

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CEOs on roundtable have taken time off despite ongoing pandemic

People take photographs of a Key West sunset on Oct. 15, 2020, at Mallory Square in Key West during the daily Sunset Celebration. CEOs were asked: Have you been able to take a vacation of any kind this year, even if only for a weekend getaway? What was it like?

People take photographs of a Key West sunset on Oct. 15, 2020, at Mallory Square in Key West during the daily Sunset Celebration. CEOs were asked: Have you been able to take a vacation of any kind this year, even if only for a weekend getaway? What was it like?

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Yes, I have been able to take vacations by car (Captiva) and air (Mexico). In both circumstances, I was happy with the measures taken by the airlines and the local authorities to prevent a spread of COVID-19.

Luis Flores, managing partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Miami office

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The demands of the bank have really prevented me form being comfortable with a real getaway. Of course the various phases of PPP has taken its toll on our resources. Working through the various stressors of COVID and its implications on our team members and clients requires monitoring and attention. In addition, my husband and I are still a bit leery about staying in hotels. We are very fortunate to have a little place in Key Largo for weekend getaways. That has been a blessing throughout COVID for getting out to enjoy fresh air and Vitamin Sea!

Veronica Flores, executive vice president, First National Bank of South Miami

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My husband and I have taken two road trips to see family and friends in various parts of the country. The first was a flat-out, laptop-left-at-home vacation for two weeks in the upper mid-west. The second road trip was plugged-in time away with regular work hours visiting family. Both were great. In these times of political disconnection, the drives through red and blue states reinforced the geographical connection that we share.

David Jobin, president, CEO of Our Fund Foundation

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I was fortunate to get nearly a month away at my summer New Hampshire lake house, just as I have for several years. I chose to drive rather than fly and was diligent in adhering to all the safety guidelines along the way. It was eye-opening as to how each state was handling the pandemic as I stopped for fuel/rest breaks. In addition, this year was different with the sudden influx of remote work technology options that permitted infinitely more seamless interaction, and, almost overnight, a universal acceptance of remote work meetings. I am grateful to have been able to stay closely connected during a critical time for the organization and also benefit from being with family and obtaining important rest and relaxation.

Allan Prindle, president, CEO, Power Financial Credit Union

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Yes, I was lucky to take a long weekend in a vacation rental in Naples. It was wonderful. However, our family experienced direct racial profiling as guests in an upper class neighborhood. The police were called and stopped me while on a bike ride with my daughter in front of our beautiful rental home. It was a heartbreaking reminder of our reality.

Kerry-Ann Royes, CEO, YWCA South Florida

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Not yet.

Mindy Solomon, owner, director, Mindy Solomon

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