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December 05, 2011 - Brevard Business News
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Vol. 29 No. 49
Brevard
Business
December 5, 2011
News
A Weekly Space Coast Business Magazine
Matt’s Casbah expands
with a retail wine store
in downtown Melbourne
By Ken Datzman
Businessman Mathew Nugnes, a
restaurant entrepreneur, has expanded his
presence in downtown Melbourne with the
opening of a well–designed retail wine
store, caddy–corner from his popular
casual–dining establishment Matt’s
Casbah.
And he recruited one of the best–known
Sommeliers in the region to build the
operation, Peter Strazzo.
Casbah Wines Downtown, located at
724 E. New Haven Ave., is a division of
Matt’s Casbah, which has served customers at 801 E. New Haven Ave. for the last
three years.
The new venture fits nicely in the scope
of things for Nugnes, as consumers are
increasingly interested in a lifestyle with
wine and food, demonstrated by the
growing consumption of wine in the U.S.,
at restaurants and on the dinner table at
home.
“We see this as a great opportunity to
serve consumers’ wine needs,” said
Nugnes. “We’re starting to put together
wine and dinner pairings in the main
dining room (at Matt’s) and have the
capability to do this at the wine shop, too.”
In addition to the display area, the wine
store can seat up to 16 people for intimate
gatherings. Guests can sit in the wine store
and order food from Matt’s Casbah menu,
too. Restaurant personnel deliver it.
The store sells wines and craft beers
from the U.S. and around the world, hand–
rolled cigars, and gourmet salts and
peppers. It not only sells the standard size
bottles of wine but also large bottles. They
are especially convenient around the
holidays when friends sit around the table
and enjoy cheeses and other foods.
From 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and
Fridays, the store hosts wine–tastings.
Saturday tastings are from 2:30 to 5:30
p.m. For more details about the wine
parties, send an e–mail message to
[email protected]
Casbah Wines Downtown is smartly
filling a void in the surrounding shopping
district that features some of the area’s
best restaurants, antique shops, and a host
Please see Matt’s Casbah, page 19
BBN photo — Adrienne B. Roth
Mathew Nugnes, right, owner of Matt’s Casbah in downtown Melbourne, has opened Casbah Wines
Downtown, a retail store. The two businesses are caddy–corner to each other on East New Haven
Avenue. Nugnes recruited one of the region’s best–known wine consultants and Sommeliers to run
the venture, Peter Strazzo. One of the store’s specialty items, just in time for the holidays, is large
bottles of wine. Gift certificates are available, too.
Six important strategies for traveling sanely this holiday season
Over the river and through the woods ...
Although it is hard to believe, the
holiday season is upon us again. That
means many people will be hitting the
roads, rails, and skyways in the coming
weeks as they celebrate the festive season
with family and friends. If you are planning on traveling, know that a little bit of
organization goes a long way.
Here are six strategies for traveling
more sanely this season.
l Don’t fly with presents. Ship them. If
you are taking to the rails or skies this
season, there’s no need to be burdened with
bagfuls of presents. They take up precious
cabin space and, worse, they may be
unceremoniously unwrapped when you go
through security.
The most efficient option by far is to
order gifts online and have them shipped
directly to your ultimate destination. Just
be sure to tell your host or hostess to be on
the lookout for them. If you don’t do this
before you leave, at the very least you
should ship one big box with all of the gifts
you’ll need on the big day.
l If you haven’t booked your tickets yet,
try one of these tricks. While the early
birds get the best travel deals, you could
get a lucky price break by adapting your
plans a bit. First, consider smaller airports
within your region. They are more likely to
have flights available and they may be less
expensive.
Second, choose early morning or late–
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evening flights as they tend to be the least
crowded. Finally, choose a return trip on a
non–peak day, such as the Friday after
Thanksgiving or the day after Christmas.
All of these options are less than ideal, but
Please see Traveling, page 16
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Cocoa small–business owner Coxwell
appointed to Florida Advisory Council
Dale Coxwell of Coastal Steel Inc. has been appointed
to serve on the Florida Advisory Council, Small and
Minority Business Development.
The announcement was made by John Miles, secretary
of Department of Management Services. This two–year
appointment term started on Oct. 24.
“As a Native American Indian tribe member and a
small–business owner, I am passionate about creating
opportunities for small and minority businesses in Central
Florida and beyond,” said Coxwell. “I am honored by this
appointment and I am looking forward to serving on the
Council and making a difference.”
The council’s duties include reviewing issues and
emerging topics relating to small and minority business
economic development, studying the ability of financial
markets and institutions to meet small–business credit
needs, determining the impact of government demands on
credit for small businesses, advising the governor, the
secretary, and the Legislature on matters relating to small
and minority business development, and more.
Founded in 1976, Coastal Steel is a steel–erection,
fabrication and aerospace–manufacturing company.
David Miller named corporate manager
David Miller of TLC Engineering for Architecture in
Cocoa has been named corporate commissioning manager
for the 290–person firm. He is an ACG–certified commissioning authority and a U.S. Green Building Council
LEED–Accredited Professional, with a special designation
in building design and construction. In his new role, Miller
will work closely with TLC’s 33 certified commissioning
authorities and 11 operating divisions to “achieve high–
value and high–quality delivery, while expanding the
firm’s commissioning skill set.” His responsibilities include
training, marketing, policies and working with the division
directors to “pursue, win and provide commissioning
services.” TLC Engineering for Architecture is headquartered in Orlando, and has 10 offices throughout Florida,
Tennessee and Texas.
CrossleyShear a ‘Toys for Tots’ drop–off site
The CrossleyShear Group at 2395 N. Courtenay
Parkway, Suite 201, in Merritt Island, is an official U.S.
Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” drop–off location. All toys
collected through the local Toys for Tots campaign will be
given to children in Brevard County. There is a big need
for toys for youngsters 8 to 16 years old. Bring unwrapped
toys, before Dec. 17, to The CrossleyShear Group.
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Downtown Produce Market & More, a gourmet foods
retail store at 7856 Ellis Road in Melbourne, has expanded
its operation to seven days a week to better serve its
customers. The store is now open year–round on Sundays
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, the store
hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on
Saturday. Downtown Produce Market & More will host its
annual wine and food–tasting event Dec. 8–10. For more
details about the event, call the store at 308–0275.
Downtown Produce Market & More has a full catering
division and sells a wide range of holiday gifts, including
wines and gourmet foods.
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Sorensen Office Solutions completes
Brevard Workforce relocation project
Area firm Sorensen Office Solutions was selected by
Brevard Workforce for relocation services for the
organization’s move into its new facilities in Rockledge.
Brevard Workforce is the Brevard County agency
providing services to area job–seekers and employers.
Sorensen Office Solutions “successfully” performed the
extensive move utilizing a range of services including
systems–furniture breakdown and setup in Brevard
Workforce’s new 27,495–square–foot corporate headquarters building at 297 Barnes Blvd.
In addition to moving services, Sorensen Office
Solutions was contracted to provide workspace design
services, new systems furniture and installation for the
new facility.
“The Brevard Workforce project demonstrates the
single–source benefits in working with Sorensen Office
Solutions,” said Scott Sorensen, founder and chief executive officer of Sorensen Office Solutions.
“Complex corporate moves like this can enjoy seamless
execution with accountability placed with just one
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Businesswoman DeLeo honored at FIU
Deborah DeLeo, president of TreeFrog Data Solutions
Inc. in Cocoa Beach, was honored and ranked as one of the
“Top 25 Women to Watch: Florida’s Entrepreneurial
Leaders 2011” during an awards ceremony Nov. 2 at
Florida International University College of Business. The
Top 25 list was based on overall revenue growth for the
past two years (2008–2010) with three categories of
awards: Highest Revenues, Accelerated Growth, or
Exceptional Performance. TreeFrog Data Solutions is a
small, woman–owned corporation in its 13th year providing medical–claims processing, medical–records coding and
auditing, quality assurance, and health–care administrative and staffing assistance. The business is housed at
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‘Journey to Bethlehem’ set for Mims
Mims United Methodist Church will present “Journey
to Bethlehem” from 1 until 4 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 11.
Visitors will be able to see the “herd animals” outside and
help the “townspeople stomp grapes for wine and press
olives for oil.” Inside, you can visit the marketplace shops
and your whole family can learn to “weave baskets, throw
pottery, or sample Biblical foods.” The event is free of
charge. Mims United Methodist Church is at 3302 Green
St. Call 267–6202 for full details on this event.
Art Gallery of Viera offers holiday gifts
The Art Gallery of Viera has “many reasonably priced,”
original gift items hand–crafted by area artists for sale in
its Holiday Gift Shop. The items include pottery, purses,
jewelry, and home decor. While you are there, view the
“Occupy Art Gallery of Viera” show. The featured artist for
November and December is Ann Johnsrud, an interior
designer. Art Gallery of Viera is located at The Avenue
next to Old Navy. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on
weekdays and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call the gallery at 504–4343 or visit
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EDITORIAL
Florida, Spain launch joint agreement for small–satellite research
By Donna Hesterman
The University of Florida has helped to forge a deal
between the Kingdom of Spain and the state of Florida
initiating the groundwork for collaborative research that
could boost the state’s aerospace industry.
A team from UF’s Department of Astronomy initiated
the arrangement that creates a collaborative research
initiative between scientists in Spain and Florida
working in small satellite technology, agriculture
biotechnology, and the science of aging.
Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and Cristina
Garmendia, Spain’s minister of science and innovation,
recently signed an official agreement to launch the
project in Madrid. Win Phillips, UF senior vice president
and chief operating officer, also attended the event.
“Spain and Florida have a great deal in common,”
said Rafael Guzman, astronomy department chairman
at UF. “Both of their economies are based on tourism
and agriculture, they have similar population demo-
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graphics and they have a common interest in space
exploration.”
Better science can improve agriculture and medicine,
but science also can create jobs, Guzman said. The third
leg of the collaboration between Spain and Florida,
small–satellite research, has the most obvious potential
for creating jobs and a new source of wealth for players
on both sides of the Atlantic.
The UF astronomy department initially became
interested in collaborating with Spain because of its
small–satellite program. As the relationship grew
between the two, it became clear that there were other
possibilities for partnering.
“Spain has had a successful program that has built
and flown small satellites for years,” said Peggy Evanich,
a former NASA programs manager who now works with
UF’s astronomy department to build relationships
between the university and industry leaders. “But they
don’t have their own launch facilities.” They were using
facilities in Russia and France, she said.
Small satellites range in size from 4 inches to 3 feet
cubed and have huge potential for commercial applications, Guzman said.
“You could use small satellites equipped with
telescopes to monitor crops for diseases like citrus canker
and stop a contamination before it destroys a whole
grove,” he said.
UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or
IFAS, will lead efforts from this side of the Atlantic to
find new technology to help growers. A similar agency in
Spain will drive parallel efforts, creating opportunities
for joint studies, new sources of funding and fresh
perspectives on common challenges.
UF’s Institute on Aging will similarly join with a
sister organization in Spain to push their field of
research forward.
Last month, in anticipation of the collaboration with
Spain, UF signed a separate agreement with NASA that
secures the Kennedy Space Center’s technical and
logistical help integrating UF experimental payloads
with Spain’s small satellites. The university is cutting
cost by launching their satellites as piggyback cargo on
spacecraft chartered by other entities, such as the
Department of Defense.
The first launch in support of the research collaboration could happen as early as February 2012, Guzman
said.
“This is an exciting time as the state of Florida and
Spain chart out new economic and scientific opportunities together,” Carroll said. “It’s a great new chapter in
the rich history of discovery we share.”
Space Florida, a state agency charged with fostering
growth of the aerospace industry in Florida, is beginning
a collaboration with Spain as well.
Frank DiBello, president of Space Florida, signed an
agreement with INTA, Spain’s space agency, to establish
a joint venture commercial business in Florida that
builds, markets and launches small satellites.
The current agreement begins the planning process
for the future commercial venture that will be based
near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
For UF’s astronomers, the collaboration with Spain
offers unprecedented access to the heavens that could
result in discoveries that mean recognition and prestige
for the university. But Guzman said that isn’t the end
game.
“We believe popular predictions that small satellites
will account for much of the $250 billion annual space
industry by the end of the decade,” he said. With Spain’s
experience in that niche, and Florida’s cache of talent
and resources to develop the package fully, Guzman
said, the collaboration seems a natural winner.
Students earn scholarships from major foundation
Two accounting undergraduate students at Florida
Institute of Technology were recently awarded scholarships by the Florida Institute of Certified Public
Accountants (FICPA) Educational Foundation.
The students will receive $2,000 each to be used
toward costs for the current academic year.
The students are Matthew Schwanda and Jennifer
Reid. Their applications were recommended by the
Faculty Committee at Florida Tech and reviewed by the
FICPA Board of Trustees.
Schwanda, a California native, is a senior at Florida
Tech. He moved to Melbourne, Fla., in 2001 and
attended Brevard Christian School until he graduated
with valedictorian honors in 2008. He attended Brevard
Community College for two years before transferring to
Florida Tech in 2010.
Also a senior, Reid grew up in Port St. Lucie, Fla.,
and is now a Palm Bay, Fla., resident. She graduated
from Fort Pierce Central High School in 2005.
“Being awarded this scholarship from the FICPA has
meant a great deal to me,” said Reid. “I work two part–
time jobs and this will help me to focus less on working
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and more on pursuing my degree in accounting.”
To be considered for the award, applicants must be
full–time or part–time accounting students at one of the
Florida colleges or universities indicated by the Foundation, express a desire to practice in the field of accounting
as opposed to other disciplines and indicate a desire to
work in Florida.
They must also demonstrate excellent educational
achievement, financial need and participation in
professional, social and charitable activities.
“With the increasing cost of higher education, more
and more of our students are working longer hours and
incurring higher debt to complete their education.
Scholarships like these are more important than ever in
assuring student success,” said Martha Lair Sale,
Nathan M. Bisk College of Business associate professor.
The scholarship will be presented at a local FICPA
chapter meeting to be held at a later date.
The FICPA’s mission is to serve the diverse needs of
its members, enhance their competency and professionalism, support professional standards, promote the value
of its members and advocate on behalf of the profession.
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FIT to host ‘Workshop on Complex
Networks’ March 7–9, practitioners
to attend from around the world
The Florida Institute of Technology Department of
Computer Sciences will host the third “Workshop on
Complex Networks” March 7–9.
The program will be chaired by Ronaldo Menezes,
associate professor, College of Engineering. The
workshop brings together researchers and practitioners
from around the world working on areas related to
complex networks.
Examples of complex networks include the Internet,
a wiring diagram of a food web and the metabolic system
of a bacterium. Researchers, interested in understanding complex networks, are now beginning to unravel
their structure and dynamics.
The field has seen an exponential increase in the
number of publications and brings together researchers
from biology, mathematics, physics, sociology and
epidemiology. It is this interdisciplinary nature of
complex networks that the workshop aims to address.
Internationally recognized experts attending will
include two keynote speakers. Award–winning Albert–
László Barabási, distinguished university professor,
Northeastern University, and director of the Center for
Complex Network Research, will speak on March 7. In
November 2011 his work made the cover of “Popular
Science” magazine. The story was titled “This Man
Could Rule the World: How Albert–László Barabási
went from mapping systems to controlling them.”
Sinan Aral, New York University Stern School of
Business assistant professor and Facebook scholar–in–
residence, will also speak on March 7.
“Our research in the College of Engineering is
internationally recognized. The direct benefit of this is
the ability of our faculty to attract world–class researchers such as Albert–László Barabási to give keynote talks
at Florida Tech hosted workshops,” said College of
Engineering Dean Fredric Ham.
To register starting Jan. 5, or for more information
about the workshop, visit http://2012.complenet.org.
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Businesswoman Moore, artist McGrady
donate to the SC Cancer Foundation
TITUSVILLE — Space Coast Cancer Foundation
received a $5,000 donation from local businesswoman
Susan Moore to support local cancer patients.
Moore is the president and chief executive officer of
Beach Organics Skin Care in Cocoa, a maker and distributor of handcrafted soaps, bath salts, lotions and beach–
inspired beauty products. All the products are made from
natural, organic ingredients. For more information on their
products, visit www.beachorganicskincare.com.
“I appreciate the great work that Space Coast Cancer
Foundation does for cancer patients, especially when they
need it the most,” said Moore.
Also, Viera artist Carl McGrady recently made a
contribution of “talent” by donating his original painting of
a Yellow Daffodil to Space Coast Cancer Foundation with
the intention of auctioning it off at the sixth annual
“Daffodil Gala” scheduled for Aug. 18.
In addition to the painting, McGrady fabricated and
packaged 100 Daffodil note card sets of five, as well as 100
poster prints (11” x 17”) for Space Coast Cancer Foundation to sell.
The note card sets and prints are $10 each and can be
purchased at Space Coast Cancer Center offices in
Titusville, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Viera.
“They took care of a friend and this is my way of
showing gratitude for the work they do,” said McGrady.
For more information, call Space Coast Cancer Foundation
at 264–5504 or visit www.spacecoastcancerfoundation.org.
Space Coast Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable
organization, was established in May 2006. The mission is
to assist cancer patients and their caregivers in the
community with financial and emotional demands that are
associated with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
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Ben & Jerry’s at The Oaks to celebrate
holidays with an open house on Dec. 3
Ben & Jerry’s will host a holiday open house from 2 to
4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
To receive a free ice–cream cone, a complimentary
consultation with Dr. Frank Filiberto, and to be entered
into a drawing for door prizes, just make a donation of an
unwrapped toy for a child 4 to 12 years old, or an arts and
craft item such as markers, crayons or construction paper
to The Haven.
The Haven is a nonprofit organization that helps
neglected, abused and abandoned children in Brevard
County.
Dr. Filiberto will be giving away complimentary facial
consultations and providing skin–cancer screenings. He is
a board–certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing
for the last 25 years. For 15 of those years, he’s focused his
practice on head and neck reconstruction for cancer
patients.
Also, he will be accepting nominations by letter or
e–mail for a free reconstructive surgery to be donated to a
person “truly in need” this holiday season. The person
selected will also receive a hair makeover from Tangles
Hair Studio, a laser–hair treatment from Ideal Image, an
air–brushed tan from Sunbrushed, and a teeth–whitening
treatment from Dental Specialists.
Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 16 for adults
18 years or older. The winner will be announced Dec. 23.
Send your letter to Artful Awakenings, 400 E. Strawbridge
Ave., Melbourne, Fla., 32901, or e–mail it to
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The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast will
host an Eco–Tour of the Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands on
Wednesday, Dec. 14. The two– hour educational Island
Boat Lines tour leaves the dock at Sunset Waterfront Grill,
500 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway, at 11:30 a.m. The cost is
$25 and the public is invited. Beverages will be available
for purchase and guests may bring lunch or a snack on
board. For reservations, contact Doreen Archer at 622–
4071. The reservation deadline is Dec. 10. The League of
Women Voters of the Space Coast is a “strong advocate for
the protection of the Indian River Lagoon System, all
surface waters and the St. Johns River.” Participants are
encouraged to bring their “binoculars and a sense of
adventure.” The tour will be guided by a U.S. Coast
Guard–certified captain and professional naturalist.
Harber completes ‘Spokesperson’ training
Tim Harber, sales manager of the Century 21 Camelot
Realty office in Cocoa Beach, has completed the “Spokesperson” training class offered by the Florida Realtors in
Orlando. Created specifically for Florida Realtors’ leaders
at the local and state level, this full–day training session
teaches effective communication with both the public and
the news media. Taught at the Florida Realtors’ headquarters in Orlando by a panel of media advisers, the course
features videotape instant replays of the participant’s
presentations to strengthen communications skills as
industry spokespersons. Harber is the 2012 president–
elect for the Space Coast Realtors.
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Space Coast Symphony to present
holiday show on Dec. 3 at Holy Trinity
The Space Coast Symphony will present performances
of “A Leroy Anderson Christmas & the Nutcracker” at
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Scott Center
for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
in Melbourne.
The Scott Center auditorium is located off the Pineda
Causeway, at 5625 Holy Trinity Drive.
“A Leroy Anderson and the Nutcracker are two holiday
all–time favorites rolled into one,” said Aaron Collins,
Space Coast Symphony’s artistic director. “But the event
also is about focusing on kids and the intensity of need
especially at this time of year.”
Concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped child’s
toy for donation to “4 The Kids of Brevard,” a nonprofit
organization supporting underprivileged and at–risk
youngsters.
“Every kid deserves to wake up happy on Christmas
morning,” added Collins.
Children and youth 18 years of age and younger will
receive free admission to the concert which features
holiday family classics.
The first half of the concert will include Anderson’s
favorites such as “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival.”
The Galmont Ballet will join the Space Coast Symphony
Orchestra on the second half of the program to present
selections from Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, the “Nutcracker.”
Tickets are $20 in advance and may be purchased at
www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or by calling 536–8580.
Ticket outlets include A Floral Affair in Merritt Island,
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Business Women’s Association is funding a special
scholarship through the Stephen Bufton Memorial
Educational Fund. The field of study is business and the
scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. In
order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must be
women who are citizens of the U.S. and Brevard residents;
will be college first or second–year level students in August
2012; are attending or have been accepted at a licensed,
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New 27,000–square–foot, energy–efficient Palm Bay City Hall
Annex a showcase project for the city and the local design–build
team; residents have greater access to services at one location
By Ken Datzman
PALM BAY — The City of Palm Bay, the most
populated area in Brevard County with more than
100,000 residents, is well–positioned to conveniently serve customers years into the future with
the opening of its new City Hall Annex on Malabar
Road, a facility that this local government owns.
The 27,000–square–foot annex is a long–term
investment for the city, said Palm Bay Mayor John
Mazziotti.
The roughly $5 million three–story building,
which houses a host of departments that cater to
residents, including water and sewer billing, was
built with federal stimulus funds and a loan.
“We’re actually saving money versus renting,”
said Mazziotti. “We have ownership of the building.”
For years, to accommodate growth, the city
rented additional office space on Babcock Street and
housed some of its departments there, as Palm Bay
outgrew its existing City Hall facility.
By building and owning the structure on
Malabar Road, the city figures it will save roughly
$2 million over the next 30 years. Palm Bay
recently moved operations from its Babcock Street
site to the City Hall Annex, about five miles away.
The local design–build team that won the bid for
the contract was led by Jim Stivers, president of
Certified General Contractors Inc.
Certified’s team partners included the Construction Engineering Group LLC, the engineer of
record, and DNA Architects Inc., the architect of
record. The contract was awarded on Dec. 2, 2010.
“It was a pleasure for me as president of
Certified General Contactors to work with this team
again,” said Stivers. “It’s the same team that did the
new Melbourne City Hall and a number of other
projects in the region. As a team, we are proud to
have delivered this project to the City of Palm Bay.”
“It was a very successful project because of the
design–build team’s cohesiveness and the hands–on
involvement of the city,” added civil engineer Jake
Wise, a Construction Engineering Group partner.
The City Hall Annex was completed 38 days
ahead of schedule and $100,000 to $200,000 under
budget, Stivers said. Because of efficiencies, the
team was able to build out 2,500 square feet of
space that wasn’t in the original plans.
“This has been an extraordinary project for the
City of Palm Bay,” said Sue Hann, Palm Bay city
manager.
“We certainly enjoyed our relationship with
Certified General Contractors and its team
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really take away from this, is that when people
work together they can create an extraordinary
product. We got a great value for the taxpayers. The
complex is convenient for our residents to come in
and access city services,” Hann added.
Dave Nagrodsky, principal of DNA Architects,
said communication was a key, as the various
parties involved in the project participated in
weekly meetings.
“When you have a design–build team that works
very closely with a city, such as Palm Bay, this is
the kind of end result that is delivered to the
customer,” he said. “The schedule was rigorous, yet
Certified General Contractors and the design team
were quick to answer RFIs (request for information).”
The City Hall Annex was designed as a LEED
building. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design.
“The mechanical design, for example, incorporates a chill–water system that is highly energy
efficient,” said mechanical engineer Keith Couch, a
partner in the Construction Engineering Group and
a LEED Accredited Professional. “The facility also
features DDC, direct–digital control.”
DDC refers to the system’s unique ability to
electronically monitor and control the building’s
heating, ventilation, and air–conditioning components.
In general, Couch said green buildings are
designed to lower operating costs, reduce waste sent
to landfills, conserve energy and water, and reduce
harmful greenhouse emissions, while providing
other benefits to building owners and the community.
Nagrodsky said the project team was able to
incorporate an “elaborate stair design that used
LED lighting and stainless steel and glass to give
the city the look it wanted in an effort to encourage
people to walk up the three floors of the building.
The facility is an open environment. It ties in nicely,
architecturally, with the City Hall campus.”
Stivers said that once the contract was awarded
to his company, team members worked through the
2010 holidays in order to break ground on time.
“Tom Adams (Construction Engineering Group
structural engineer and partner) and Dave
Nagrodsky did a lot of the ‘heavy lifting’ over
Christmas. They designed enough of the project
that we were able to break ground by Jan. 14.”
Stivers said the city was “involved in all the
design decisions. The level of cooperation was
unprecedented, not only from the city’s upper
management but also from the fire department and
the building department.”
He said “everyone came together to make it
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The Palm Bay City Hall Annex design–build team was led by Certified General
Contractors, with partners Construction Engineering Group and DNA Architects. From left, team members are: Jake Wise, CEG; Tom Adams, CEG; Dave
Nagrodsky, DNA Architects; Keith Couch, CEG; Jim Stivers, CGC; Adam
Broadway, CGC; Ryan Runte, CGC; and Dave Alley, CEG.
happen in the time frame and finish the project under budget. This is a
prime example of public and private cooperation from the moment the
contract was awarded.”
It was also the first project Adam Broadway and Ryan Runte did as
partners of Certified General Contractors. Recently, they were made
owners of the company that Stivers founded decades ago.
“We are proud to have them as members of the ownership team,”
said Stivers. “Adam and Ryan averaged 75 to 90 hours a week from
Dec. 9 until the City Hall Annex project was finished.”
In addition to Broadway and Runte, the company’s partners
include Don Sibert, Joseyne Santacroce, and Stivers.
Mayor Mazziotti said the City Hall Annex was built by subcontractors in the Palm Bay market. “The work was kept here. That was
important.”
Stivers said Palm Bay City Council and other officials “instructed
us to use as many local subcontractors as possible. Ninety percent of
the people who performed the work were local subs, local residents,”
including Jennifer Zegel who provided interior design services for the
City Hall Annex.
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Longtime area home builder Dave Armstrong leads the HBCA as
its new president — looks to bolster the association membership,
reaches out to attract, involve more young people in community
By Ken Datzman
Builder confidence in the market for newly built,
single–family homes is on the rise, and Dave
Armstrong, the newly installed president of the local
home builders association, is encouraged as he looks
ahead to 2012 in Brevard County for his industry.
In fact, according to the National Association of
Home Builders, the confidence gauge has hit its
highest level since May 2010. The NAHB’s builder–
confidence index rose by three points to 20 in
November. This is the second solid monthly gain on
the builder–confidence scale.
“I foresee new–home sales increasing at a modest
pace in 2012,” said Armstrong, the 2012 president of
the Home Builders and Contractors Association of
Brevard and founder of Armstrong Custom Homes,
in 1987.
“Here’s why: There are many financial programs
out there to help homebuyers. Interest rates are at
historic lows. And I truly believe that people are
tired of being told ‘the sky is falling.’ As a longtime
home builder in this county, I am optimistic.
Brevard has always bounced back after economic
setbacks.”
Nationally, single–family housing starts rose 3.9
percent in October, according to new data from the
U.S. Commerce Department.
The economy and the housing downturn over the
last four years have cut sharply into HBCA’s
membership. Armstrong, who has served as both
secretary and treasurer of the Florida Home
Builders Association, plans to energize the HBCA, a
nonprofit trade group. “It really comes down to
motivating people to become part of the HBCA,” he
said.
“We are a stable organization. The HBCA is
housed in a prime location on Eau Gallie Boulevard
(in Melbourne) and owns the real estate. We have
aligned the cost of our business to be able to reflect a
value for our associates and builders, so it’s really
beneficial,” added Armstrong, who led the HBCA as
president in 1998, 2001 and 2002.
He is one of the state’s most experienced association leaders. Armstrong has compiled a résumé of
involvement that includes leadership positions with
the National Association of Home Builders, Florida
Home Builder Association, Florida Green Builders
Coalition, and the HBCA.
Associates make up two–thirds of HBCA’s
membership, he said. Today, the membership is in
the mid–200s, down considerably from five years ago
like many associations around the nation.
“By the end of 2012, we’re projecting membership
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growth,” he said.
Armstrong is also treasurer of the Florida Green
Building Coalition and he said that the 950–member
organization is targeting a conservative 50–member
increase for the year.
Additionally, Armstrong is a founding member of
the Palm Bay High School Construction Academy.
“Active members are the key. And we want every
HBCA member to feel like he or she is getting
something back from our organization.” This year,
businessman Joe Goldblatt of RoomScapes of
Brevard was named HBCA Associate of the Year.
Armstrong said the HBCA is “designing a lot of
things around networking, and that is going to help
us out tremendously, I believe.”
The HBCA’s new theme is “doing business with a
member.”
As part of its push to bolster membership
numbers, Armstrong said his association is reaching
out to the up–and–comers in the community. “One of
my goals is to bring in as many young people as we
can. They are going to be the future leaders in the
Brevard community.”
The HBCA recently appointed Steve Vitani of
RE/MAX Elite as the president of sales and marketing for the organization.
“The backbone of any association is creating
value for the members,” said Armstrong, who years
ago was a district and regional manager for Sears
Corp. before becoming a full–time general–contracting entrepreneur. “And Steve is working to energize
that part of the organization. It’s going to be central
to our long–term success.”
Sales and Marketing is one of four HBCA
councils. The other three are Remodeler’s and Green
Building, Membership, and Associates and Trades.
The latter is now being put together by Michael
Cornelius of Cornelius Electrical Contracting.
Armstrong was installed as HBCA president by
Brevard County Commissioner Andy Anderson at a
“soldout” banquet held Nov. 3 at the Duran Golf
Club in Viera. At the event, the 2011 HBCA Fall
Parade of Homes winners were honored.
“We had a successful Fall Parade at a time when
many builder associations around the state did not
have a Parade,” said Armstrong, adding that the
HBCA showcased 17 Parade entries throughout the
county.
He said most of the participating Fall Parade
builders “registered more than 100 prospects and
reported sales of some of the models, and contracted
new construction as a direct result of the Parade.”
Joining Armstrong as HBCA officers for 2012 are:
Jason Stanley, first vice president, of Stanley Homes
Inc.; Michael Cornelius, second vice president, of
Cornelius Electrical Contracting; Laura Claypool,
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Businessman Dave Armstrong, president and founder of Armstrong Custom
Homes, is serving his fourth term leading the Home Builders and Contractors
Association of Brevard. He also was president of the trade organization in 1998,
2001 and 2002. The award–winning builder is at one of his custom homes in
Summer Lakes.
secretary, of Home Team Pest Defense; and Natasha Cartagena,
treasurer, of GB Shelter Mortgage.
The HBCA builder–directors include: Barry Richardson, River Tree
Builders; Don Simms, Falcon Development; Jake Luhn, Lifestyle
Homes; Jeff Macik, Macik Builders; Corey Lancaster, Harlan Property
Development; and Keith Williams, D.R. Horton.
The associate directors are Steve Vitani, of RE/MAX Elite, and
Barbara Nelson, of “Florida Today.”
“We have a great team of people who are committed to helping the
HBCA achieve its mission in the community,” said Armstrong, who
builds custom homes in select locations around the county, including in
Summer Lakes.
One of his homes for sale in Summer Lakes, “The Bellamy,” has four
bedrooms, four bathrooms and a four–car garage. It’s located at 3273
Bellwind Circle, in Rockledge. The Mediterranean–style home features
a large pool and an open courtyard.
Armstrong Custom Homes focuses its attention mainly on the
neighborhoods of Suntree and Baytree, and the beach communities of
Tortoise Island and Lansing Island. Armstrong built Baytree’s first
custom home in 1994.
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NASA Small Business Symposium and Awards Ceremony,
in Herdon, Va., area firm All–Points Logistics was selected
as the 2011 Small Business Subcontractor of the Year.
All–Points Logistics was recognized for outstanding
efforts in developing and implementing innovative
practices in support of the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration’s Small Business Program. The award was
presented by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr.
The Boeing Co. nominated All–Points Logistics for
“timely execution of contractual requirements, outstanding
customer support and applying innovative solutions to
solve real–time problems on the checkout assembly
payload–processing services contract at Kennedy Space
Center.”
Under the contract, All–Points Logistics is responsible
for property management, document management,
technical services and information– technology support.
“We are very fortunate to be a part of the NASA team
on the Kennedy Space Center, Marshall Space Flight
Center, Johnson Space Center and Ames Research Center
locations. I believe this award reflects our dedication and
commitment to NASA and our prime contractors”, said
All–Points Logistics’ Phil Monkress, president and chief
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Linda Geiger will conduct a workshop titled “Scarves to
Dye For” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the
Courtyard Studio at the Art and Antique Gallery in the
Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Attendees will learn
several surface–design techniques to create “beautiful”
designs on two pre–hemmed China silk scarves. The
workshop fee is $45 plus $15 for materials. Geiger has
been a lifelong participant in visual and performing arts,
including graphic arts, fiber arts, puppetry, doll–making,
and costume design and production. She has taught and
exhibited with Brevard Cultural Alliance, area libraries,
galleries, fabric stores and other venues. She is vice
president of Space Coast Doll Artists and a member of
Brevard Cultural Alliance. For more information about the
workshop or to register, call 784–9347 or send an e–mail
message to [email protected]
Air Command supports ‘Toys for Tots’
The Valiant Air Command Warbird museum in
Titusville is supporting the U.S. Marine Corps “Toys for
Tots” program as a drop–off point this year. Additionally,
on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, if you bring a new
toy (recommended value of at least $5) unwrapped, you
will be admitted free of charge to the museum. Lloyd
Morris, commander of the Valiant Air Command, said,
“This is a great deal for the public. They not only get to
support the Toys for Tots program, but they also get free
admission to this unique and very special Brevard County
attraction.” The facility recently opened its new Vietnam
exhibition hangar. For more information, call 268–1941 or
visit www.VACWarbirds.org.
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Brevard Achievement Center wins
coveted award from Respect of Florida
ROCKLEDGE — Respect of Florida, a division of the
Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, presented
the Brevard Achievement Center with the Employment
Center of the Year Products Award at its annual awards
ceremony held in Clearwater Beach.
Dayle Olson, BAC president, accepted the award for the
center.
The award is given to honor excellence in product
quality, timely delivery and prompt, accurate invoicing.
The BAC is one of more than 100 nonprofit organizations within the state of Florida that offer employment–
training opportunities to persons with disabilities,
including delivering products and services to local and
state government agencies.
Through Respect of Florida, these agencies purchase
the products and services they need and, in turn, give
persons with disabilities the chance to learn valuable
employment skills.
“Every day we are committed to supplying quality
products and excellent customer service to the over 150
agencies we serve,” said Olson. “It is not only an honor to
again be the recipient of this award, but also to know that
our efforts are being recognized.”
The BAC also has received awards from Respect of
Florida for Employee of the Year, in the Products and
Services category; Rookie of the Year, given to an employee
who has worked less than one year on a Respect product or
service and has demonstrated optimism and determination; and Most Improved Employee of the Year, given to an
employee who has worked on the same Respect product or
service for at least six months and has shown great
professional improvement.
For more information, visit www.bacbrevard.com.
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traditional and modern holiday band favorites including
Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, a vocal arrangement of “O Holy
Night,” and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” set to music. Led by conductor Marion Scott, the
event is free of charge with no ticket required. “This is
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members,” said Scott. Those arriving before 2:30 p.m. will
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full range of sleep topics will be discussed.
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The Space Coast Writers’ Guild will present its annual Writer’s Conference, “Celebrating Florida Writers and Writing,” on Jan. 27 and 28 at the International Palms Resort
and Conference Center in Cocoa Beach.
The event will include workshops and seminars, addressing fiction, non–fiction and
self–publishing topics. The keynote speaker will be Florida Tech’s Dr. Robert Taylor.
Internationally acclaimed author Davis Bunn returns with his popular workshop.
Bethany Brown, Debora Coty, Michelle Dunn, Stephen Mettee and Elaine Viets head a
list of guest speakers.
Attendees will have the opportunity to make appointments with book agents and
publishers.
Barnes & Noble will host the public bookstore and a book–signing event.
Celebrating Florida Writers & Writing is designed for all levels of writing instruction.
The fee is $195 for both days (includes meals), while other options are available. Appointments are $20 each or three for $50.
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Florida Tech head baseball coach Greg Berkemeier and assistant Matt Mercurio will
host a “Winter Showcase Camp” for high school student–athletes on Saturday, Dec. 17,
from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at Florida Tech’s Andy Seminick–Les Hall Field. College and
professional instructors will hold clinics on the fundamentals and techniques of hitting,
fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, base running and team play. Players will have the
opportunity to showcase their skills during live games, defensive workouts, batting
practice, timed 60–yard runs and instructional segments. Players should bring baseball
cleats, sneakers, practice pants, a bat, glove and baseball cap. Catchers should bring their
own gear. The cost to participate in the camp is $100. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/
7kt2uhn. Return the form with payment to Florida Tech Baseball Office, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, Fla., 32901. The deadline is Dec. 14. Check–in begins at 9 a.m. on
Dec. 17. For questions or additional information, contact Berkemeier at 674–8193 or send
an e–mail message to [email protected]
Junior tennis clinics to be held in Titusville
Junior tennis clinics for beginners and advanced beginners, ages 8 and older, are being
offered at Singleton Courts, 665 N. Singleton Ave., in Titusville, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5 to 6 p.m., at a fee of $10 per player per class. Round–robin play is offered on
Saturdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at a fee of $4 per person, and all skill levels are
welcome. Instruction is by U.S. Professional Tennis Association Teaching Professional
Mary Ann Frederick. Registration is required by calling 267–1178. These clinics are
sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department.
RE/MAX Alternative a Toys for Tot sponsor
REMAX Alternative Realty in Indialantic is a sponsor for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys
for Tots program. This year, more than 800 families have applied for toys for their
children in neighboring communities. You can drop off unwrapped toys for any age child
or teen between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week and 9 to 4 on Saturdays
and 12 to 4 on Sundays. The location is 141 Coconut Drive — across from the Doubletree
Hotel. The Toy Drive runs through Dec. 15. If you have any questions or need your
donation picked up, call 777–4111.
Sams House at Pine Island event scheduled
Brevard’s newest nature center and historic site, Sams House at Pine Island, will host
a free open house from 12 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. The family friendly celebration
will feature tours of the 1875 Sams Cabin and the 1888 Sams House, guided nature
walks, live music, displays of fossils and Native American artifacts, and pioneer games.
The Spade and Trowel Garden Club will offer crafts and baked goods for sale. The Sams
cabin is the oldest–standing home in Brevard County. John H. Sams was a citrus grower,
businessman, and the first superintendent of Brevard Public Schools. Exhibits highlight
the history of Pine Island. Sams House is at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in Merritt Island, a
half–mile west of State Road 3. It is open Thursdays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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The King Center for the Performing Arts on the Brevard Community College campus
in Melbourne has announced the booking of two new shows for the season.
“Aaron Lewis — Solo and Acoustic” will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. Tickets
are on sale starting at $26.50.
Lewis, the co–founder of Staind, never strayed far from country music. It’s something
that he grew up with and it’s something that he comes back to.
Hints of that are present in the acoustic melodies of Staind hits such as “Outside” and
“So Far Away.” Visit www.aaronlewismusic.com for more details.
The King Center will host a 6 p.m. “Picnic on the Patio” social before the performance.
Single tickets may be purchased by visiting kingcenter.com or by calling the King
Center at 242–2219.
“Elvis Costello and The Imposters” are coming to the King Center as part of its
Southeast tour in the U.S and the first “Spectacular Spinning Songbook” dates.
They will perform here at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23. Tickets will go on sale at
noon on Friday, Dec. 9. Tickets start at $35.
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the holiday season. Visitors will enjoy holiday decorations, refreshments, drawings and
more. Many of the participating businesses will be competing for the annual Holiday
Decorations award. For more details about this event, call the Chamber at 589–5969.
Pilots to host annual breakfast to benefit kids
The pilots at Merritt Island Airport will hold their 17th annual Pancake Breakfast
from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps “Toys for Tots”
campaign. The breakfast will be served at Merritt Island Airport, on South Courtenay
Boulevard. Anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy will be served pancakes, sausage,
orange juice and coffee. At 11 a.m. the toys will be presented to members of the Marine
Corps Reserve. All toys collected will be distributed to needy children locally. For more
information, call Bobbi Lasher at 636–5346.
International film festival Dec. 10 in Palm Bay
The sixth edition of the “15 Minutes of Fame Festival” of short films will be held on
Saturday, Dec. 10, in Palm Bay. More than 40 films will be shown, which were produced
by filmmakers from across the U.S., and around the globe. The festival is sponsored by
Palm Bay filmmakers Ray and Migdalia Etheridge, who report that the program will
include films from Canada, England, Turkey, Australia, and South Korea, as well as
several produced by Florida filmmakers. Films are from two to 15 minutes in length, with
genres ranging from documentaries and music videos, to comedies and animation. The
films will be shown in two–hour blocks, beginning at 1 p.m., and continuing throughout
the day. Many of the filmmakers will be there to discuss their films. The program will be
shown at Palm Bay Dollar Movies, 160 Malabar Road, located across from City Hall in the
Palm Bay West Shopping Center. For further details, visit http://winter2011.tripod.com.
Admission is $2 per two–hour show.
‘Holiday Hoedown’ for residents with disabilities
The Central Area of Brevard County Parks and Recreation will host the 34th annual
“Holiday Hoedown,” formerly known as “Country Christmas,” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on
Sunday, Dec. 11, at Kiwanis Island Park Community Center, 951 Kiwanis Island Park
Road. Since 1977, the second Sunday in December has been an important day in the lives
of Brevard residents with disabilities, their families and friends. For the last 34 years, this
western–themed dance has included performances by the “Indian River Cloggers” and
many other groups. The Merritt Island Elks has supported the event by acquiring food
donations, cooking the food and serving it. This is the largest community event for persons
with disabilities in Brevard. There is no charge to attend. For more information about
Holiday Hoedown or other Brevard County Parks and Recreation programs for people
with disabilities, call 455–1380.
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CAPE CANAVERAL — In the last two years, the Missile, Range and Space Pioneers
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“The club only met a couple of times a year and most meetings were to just socialize
among the existing members. However, the board has taken action and started several
new programs for and with its members.”
The last two Pioneer Fall Banquets, nicknamed “Rocket Reunions,” have featured
presentations by “new–space” companies including SpaceX and Sierra Nevada.
The club has added an archive section to its website (http://www.missileers.org).
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repository for a lot of the “people history” of the space program, Lewis said.
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spring.
On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the MSRP will co–sponsor a networking social with the
National Space Club at Fish Lips in Port Canaveral.
“We think the timing is perfect for the networking social since so much of the human
landscape at Kennedy Space Center has changed with the end of the space–shuttle
program,” said MSRP Vice President Bill Allen.
“The club offers these displaced workers a way to stay in touch with each other, stay in
touch with new space programs and perhaps help future Pioneers through our renewed
involvement at Florida Tech.”
The networking social is open to the public and will take place on Fish Lips Upper
Deck, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes food and drinks.
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of niche retail stores.
But Strazzo and Nugnes have ambitious plans to make
Casbah Wines Downtown much more than a neighborhood
store. “Our goal is to build the business and eventually
become a wine destination in the region,” said Strazzo.
The two veteran hospitality–industry professionals
have the experience and skills to achieve their mission.
For nearly the last 10 years, Strazzo worked for Petty’s
Meat Market in Melbourne, a gourmet food and wine
business. His resume also includes employment by Walt
Disney World for five years, mainly at its Vero Beach
Resort.
One of his yearly assignments with Disney involved the
Food and Wine Festival at Epcot Center in Orlando, a
weeklong fall event that typically attracts as many as
25,000 people a day and up to 50,000 on the weekends.
Strazzo, a wine consultant, has worked in the food and
beverage industry for the last 25 years. He is a Certified
Sommelier, providing expert wine service to customers.
To become certified requires completing course work
and an examination, through the Court of Master
Sommeliers, the examining body that was established in
1977.
Strazzo has held the certification for 22 years, working
almost exclusively in Brevard County. “Bringing Peter
aboard was the key to launching the wine shop,” said
Nugnes, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University’s
College of Culinary Arts, one of the top institutions of its
kind in America.
“Peter is very knowledgeable in his field and is well–
known in the wine business in Brevard.”
Over the years, Strazzo has worked closely with the
business community helping pair food and wine selections
for charitable events and other functions.
Casbah Wines Downtown sells a full range of wines
“across all price points,” said Strazzo. “Customers have
been telling us it’s a really nice collection.”
Strazzo said the store’s top sellers include full–bodied
wines, the “Big Reds,” such as Cabernet Sauvignons and
Merlots. “And the New Zealand–style Blancs are popular.
Because of their vibrant crisp acidity, they are very food–
friendly.”
Besides purchasing wines from a large network of
distributors, Nugnes said Casbah Wines Downtown also
offers to buy wine collections from people who are interested in liquidating their inventory.
“If there are individuals out there who are thinking
about doing this, selling their wine collection, we certainly
will look it over,” said Nugnes, who sits on the Melbourne
Main Street Board of Directors, a group of businesspeople
who work to promote commerce in downtown Melbourne.
Wine–industry sales in Florida have grown over the
last three decades, putting the state near the top in U.S.
wine consumption today.
“For the longest time, Florida wasn’t even a blip on the
wine–consumption map,” said Strazzo. “Now, I think
Florida is one of top three or four states in the nation in
wine consumption. To see this has been absolutely
overwhelming and little bit humbling.”
The U.S. in general is becoming a nation of wine
drinkers. In fact, America surpassed France as the world’s
largest wine–consuming nation in 2010, according to the
Wine Institute and industry consultant Gomberg,
Fredrikson & Associates.
Wine shipments in the U.S. from California, other
states, and foreign producers grew 2 percent from the
previous year to nearly 330 million cases, a record for the
industry.
California wine accounted for a 61 percent volume
share of the total U.S. wine market, with Cabernet
Sauvignon sales rising almost 6 percent from a year ago.
Casbah Wines Downtown is looking to tap some of this
growth during the holiday season, which traditionally is
one of the best times for wine sales. Now through January,
retailers generally experience a 5 to 10 percent or more
increase in wine sales.
Strazzo said his store is ready to help customers get
ready for the season, by creating wine gift baskets for
clients and offering other services. “We are holding small–
event wine caterings, too, at the new store.”
For businesses and individuals, Matt’s Casbah offers
full–service catering during the holidays and year–round.
“We will go to the client’s office, to a home, or host their
event at our restaurant,” said Nugnes, adding, “Have
restaurant will travel,” reminiscent of the American
western television series “Have Gun — Will Travel,” which
ran in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Nugnes said his catering team will work with the
customer to create the type of food they desire for their
event.
Matt’s Casbah’s newest piece of kitchen equipment is a
five–foot “paella” pan. Guests can watch the food as it is
cooked in the pan. “We have used it for several events. It’s
a ‘wow’–factor item.”
Paella is a Spanish dish that includes fresh seafood and
rice. Matt’s big paella pan can serve up to 250 people, he
estimates.
Casbah Wines Downtown is not the only new venture
Nugnes has going. Matt’s Casbah is set to roll out its own
branded line of dressings. The line will include six
dressings sold in 12–ounce bottles, priced at $7.95 per unit.
“We are waiting for the nutritional studies and dietary
breakdown, as well as shelf–stability studies of the
dressings,” said Nugnes, a chef who has traveled exten-
sively throughout the world and was born in Abidjan, in
Ivory Coast of West Africa.
His father spent a career in the Foreign Service and the
Nugnes family lived in Moscow, East Africa, Taiwan,
Tanzania, Costa Rica, Kenya, and New York City, among
other locales.
Nugnes is a versatile chef. Preparing Italian, French,
Asian, and other international cuisine comes naturally.
Nugnes said the menu at Matt’s Casbah, which
features lunch and dinner, is slanted toward fresh fish–
related selections, “but we also have ostrich, venison, lamb,
half a roasted duck, and a lot of other entrees.”
Matt’s is known for its sushi bar. “We try to do something a little different from the typical sushi bar. So we
offer a lot of raw–fish preparations with different types of
sauces, such as from the Mediterranean or Thailand, and
not always with rice.”
The cost of seafood has surged, but Nugnes said his
restaurant has not passed on increases to its customer
base. “It’s not only seafood, food costs are rising across the
board in the industry,” he said.
Matt’s signature item is its Goat Cheese Salad. The
restaurant’s Calamari is another patron favorite. Matt’s
Calamari is not dipped in a batter or dredged in flour and
then fried. Instead, Nugnes’ recipe calls for garlic, shallots
and oil, flash–seared on a flat grill in three minutes. It’s
super tender. People love it.”
Nugnes first opened the 30–seat Matt’s Tropical Grill in
1994 in Indialantic.
He then relocated the restaurant to Indian Harbour
Beach as it grew. He was there eight years before a series
of hurricanes swept though Brevard and took the roof off
the building.
In May 2004, Nugnes purchased the property that now
houses Matt’s Casbah. The original building was partially
torn down in order to build the restaurant, lounge, and
outdoor area. The restaurant seats up to 211 people; the
outdoor patio another 100 customers.
His restaurant just celebrated its third anniversary in
downtown Melbourne. Hundreds of people turned out to
help Nugnes and his employees mark the occasion.
“For me, professionally, moving the restaurant downtown was the best business decision I’ve made,” said
Nugnes. “The numbers have been strong for both lunch
and dinner, as well as on the weekends, and now the
holidays are great. We have all found the opportunity to
create our own events in downtown. It’s all about downtown Melbourne and not just about the individual
restaurants and shops.”
“The downtown area has really turned around in the
last six or seven years,” added Strazzo. “It’s a vibrant
dining and shopping district.”
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