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Become a sponsor for the 2018 Taste the Islands Experience and help to Save the Twinz!


On June 2nd, 2018 the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society will find itself in the midst of Caribbean-style celebrations with the second annual Taste the Islands Experience. “Taste the Islands” is a travel and culinary series airing nationwide on PBS stations, hosted by acclaimed chefs, Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna and Hugh “Chef Irie” Sinclair. The event is an annual fixture that brings tropical Caribbean food, spirits, music, and entertainment to Fort Lauderdale. Other TTIX events have been hosted in both Manhattan and Washington DC.

This year, TTIX is pleased to announce a partnership with Save the Twinz!, a South Florida breast cancer charity organization. Twenty percent (20%) of designated sponsorship funds for this year’s Taste the Islands Experience will be donated to Save the Twinz!

Past and current collaborators and attendees have included brands such a Sandals, Jamaica Tourist Board, Grace Foods, Barbados Tourism Marketing and Non-profit partnerships have included international charity Food for the Poor and South Florida PBS.

1,500 attendees are expected at this all-inclusive, VIP event, which will feature:

  • ■ Tropical ambiance
  • ■ Authentic Caribbean cuisine from South Florida restaurants
  • ■ Chefs and mixologists visiting from the Caribbean
  • ■ Open bar
  • ■ Live DJs
  • ■ Live culinary demos
  • ■ Caribbean culinary theater and culinary museum
  • ■ Other island-chic elements

Sponsorship packages currently available include:

  • ■ A $2,500 “Community Sponsor” package with benefits including advertising in 20,000 copies of Island Origins Magazine, full page event program ad, tickets and on-site branding
  • ■ A $1,000 “Corporate Supporter” package including 10 tickets, full page event program ad, on-stage recognition and discounts on Island Origins Magazine advertising
  • ■ $500 full page event program ad (includes 2 tickets) or $250 half page event program ad (includes 1 ticket)

To become a sponsor for this tasty and exciting event, and help beat breast cancer, call (417) 812-5663 or email

2018 Annual Reports are Due!

The Annual Report is used to update or confirm the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations’ records. The data displayed on the entity’s online Annual Report form is the most current data on file with the Division of Corporations. An Annual Report must be filed each year for a business entity to maintain an “active status” with the Department of State. The Annual Report is required regardless, whether a business needs to make changes or not. All filing data must be reviewed for accuracy, even if the structure or individuals associated with the entity have not changed.

Annual Reports are due each year between January 1st and May 1st.  All Florida profit corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships will be assessed a $400.00 late fee after May 1st which cannot be waived.  Go to the Division of Corporations’ website, and file today.

If the report is filed by May 1st, the Annual Report filing fee is as follows: $150 for a profit corporation; $61.25 for a not for profit corporation; $138.75 for a limited liability company; and $500 for a limited partnership or limited liability limited partnership.  If paying by check or money order, the payment voucher and check or money order must be postmarked and mailed on or before May 1st.  Payment may be made online by credit card (VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS or DISCOVER), debit card (with a VISA or MASTERCARD logo), or Sunbiz E-file Account (a pre-established Department of State payment account).

Failure to file an Annual Report by the 3rd Friday of September will result in the administrative dissolution or revocation of a business entity at the close of business on the 4th Friday of September. Administratively dissolved or revoked entities may be reinstated by submitting the appropriate reinstatement application and the appropriate fees due at the time the entity applies for reinstatement. Names of administratively dissolved or revoked business entities are made available to other parties after one calendar year.

If you need assistance, we offer Annual Report preparation and filing as well as full corporate services to businesses of all sizes.  Please call today or contact our office to schedule an appointment for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Ultra Music Festival Acquires Winter Music Conference

Just two days before Ultra Music Festival’s twentieth anniversary, marketing manager Albert Berdellans announced their acquisition of Winter Music Conference.

For ten years, both UMF and WMC worked alongside one another to bring incredible electronica music to Miami. This wonderful partnership severed ties in 2010 with both UMF and WMC blaming one another for the split. By this point, UMF had exploded in such popularity that there seemed to be little need for such a partnership, while in recent years, WMC has seen a considerable decline in attendance. Today, UMF is considered in the top five global electronic music festivals.

Bill Kelly, WMC’s co-founder, will remain onboard as the conference’s brand ambassador and to offer his input for WMC.

Berdellans also announced that UMF would be expanding to Beijing and Shanghai, bringing the festival’s global additions to 47 events and additional festivals, spanning 24 countries.

The law firm of Santucci Priore, P.L. has represented Ultra from its very beginning.  Michael Santucci said: “The talent Ultra brings to Winter Music Conference will assure it reaches new heights. This was a smart acquisition for our client.”

Ultra Music Festival Miami begins today, and concludes on Sunday, March 25.

-Jessica Oquendo