BIMINI FERRY BEGINS LAUDERDALE SERVICE
Ferry service from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini will kick off Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Port Everglades. The ferry, called the Bimini Superfast, has been making the trip from Miami to Resorts World Bimini for more than a year. The new service will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Fort Lauderdale, departing at 9 a.m. and returning about 9 p.m., with up to six hours on the island. Promotional rate is $99.50
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WHITNEY SET FORA KOONS MARATHON
The Whitney Museum of American Art wants to make sure Jeff Koons’ fans get their fix before it closes its final exhibition at its current location.
The museum announced it'll stay open nonstop for 36 hours from 11 a.m. Oct. 18 to 11 p. m. Oct. 19 — the last day of its major Jeff Koons retrospective. The exhibition is among the highest-attended shows in the New York museum’s history.
It’s the final show at the Whitney’s Madison Avenue location before it moves to a Renzo Piano-designed building downtown in 2015.
Koons is one of the most popular living artists today. Last year, he became the most expensive living artist, too, when his Balloon Dog (Orange) sold for $58.4 million at auction.
SERIES LURES CROWDS TO ROOSEVELT SITES
Attendance increased dramatically at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, New York, around the time that Ken Burns’ documentary series on the Roosevelts aired on public television.
The FDR National Historic Site sold 10,500 tickets from Sept. 14-30, up 24 percent from the same time period in 2013, according to spokesman Clifford Laube.
The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace on East 20th Street in Manhattan, which is a National Park Service site, has also observed a slight rise in visitation since the Burns series aired, according to National Park Service spokeswoman Mindy Rambo. “And documentary-related questions are through the roof, so people are coming with purpose,” Rambo said.
▪ American Airlines is adding routes from Miami International Airport on March 5, launching daily nonstop service to Austin, San Antonio, Salt Lake City and Kansas City, Missouri.
▪ Spirit Airlines said it will begin daily service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Feb. 5.
▪ Ecuador flag carrier TAME is scheduled to begin daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Quito on Friday.