Now Open – 121 Marina Sales Center, the First New Residential Condo in Ocean Reef in Nearly 20 Years*


Construction of 121 Marina Begins in Q2 of 2016 bringing a new legacy of luxury to Ocean Reef®.

Eric Soulavy, founder and visionary of Blue Jay Capital, has announced that the sales center for 121 (pronounced one-twenty-one) Marina is now open at 121 Beach Road in Key Largo. The first new luxury residential condominium development within the Ocean Reef® community in nearly two decades, 121 Marina will merge modern luxury with the upscale tradition of Key Largo’s Ocean Reef®, and feature 28 three- and four-bedroom residences.

“We are very pleased to debut the new sales center, which showcases the new legacy of luxury that 121 Marina brings to the Ocean Reef® community,” said Soulavy. “With construction beginning on 121 Marina in Q2 of 2016, we are very happy to share all that these modern, chic residences have to offer.”

The sales center also serves as a model unit for the new development, showcasing the luxury fixtures and finishes available in the project, including the upscale appliances and model of the master bathroom.

121 Marina embodies contemporary elegance, ultra-luxurious finishings and amenities that complement Ocean Reef®.  Situated on the marina in the heart of the Ocean Reef® complex, 121 Marina features flow-through floor plans with properties ranging from 2,971 to 4,695-plus sq. ft. of space under air.  In addition, each residence boasts a terrace of more than 500 sq. ft., perfect for outdoor living and entertaining. The project was designed by the reputable Stofft Cooney architectural firm with interiors by renowned Coral Gables-based architecture and interior design agency Edge of Architecture, Inc.

Additional features of the residences include:

  • Three levels of luxury residences, with over 9 ft. ceilings
  • Contemporary kitchens designed with Italian cabinetry, stone countertops, Sub-Zero® and Wolf® appliances
  • Integrated espresso/cappuccino maker bar area with Sub-Zero® wine coolers
  • Master baths with double vanities, separate water closet and a deep soaking tub
  • Large Master walk-in closets
  • Terraces ranging from 500 ti 1,000+ square feet with large entertainment sized areas – featuring “Summer kitchens” with a barbecue and sink as well as tropical sunset views
  • Laundry room with full-sized washer and dryer
  • Smart Home technology
  • Pre-wired for high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi
  • Two dedicated car parking spaces and one dedicated golf cart space per residence
  • Electrical vehicle charging stations at each car parking space
  • Parking garage with controlled access

A hub of recreation, 121 Marina also features exceptional amenities, including:

  • 750 feet of marina frontage
  • Swimming pool with lap lane and deep lounge steps
  • Private pool amenities including cabanas, sun deck and barbecue area
  • Fitness center overlooking the pool deck and marina
  • Club room for kids, outfitted with multimedia facilities and gaming tables
  • Putting green
  • Yoga lawn
  • Personalized concierge services
  • Coveted location in the heart of the Ocean Reef® complex, within walking distance to Buccaneer Island, Town Hall, Carysfort and the Fishing Village
  • Private, individual storage areas

Units start at $4.6 million. For more information or to schedule a private preview, please call 305.367.8883 or visit 121Marina.com.

About 121 Marina
Situated in the heart of the legendary the Ocean Reef® community in Key Largo, 121 Marina merges modern luxury and Ocean Reef®’s storied splendor. Its 28 modern three- and four-bedroom luxury residences on the Marina at Ocean Reef®  feature flow-through floor plans from 2,971 to 4,695-plus sq. ft. of space, as well as contemporary amenities and large terraces. Offering 750 feet of marina frontage, 10 dock spaces, concierge service, swimming pool, pool amenities, kids’ Club Room and more, 121 Marina presents a new legacy of luxury at Ocean Reef®. For more information, please call 305.367.8883 or visit www121Marina.com.

*“Ocean Reef® is a registered trademark of Ocean Reef Club, Inc.  Blue Jay Capital and 121 Marina are not affiliated with or sponsored by Ocean Reef Club, Inc.”

Rising Tide Car Wash Celebrates Third Anniversary with Land Purchase in Margate, Florida, Site of a Future Second Facility


As it celebrates three years in business, Rising Tide Car Wash, a groundbreaking social enterprise and high-quality car wash experience, is expanding due to its tremendous success. Rising Tide, which has a primary mission to employ adults with autism, has purchased and closed on land at 2970 N. State Rd 7 in Margate.

This second location, due to open in late 2016/early 2017, will be built as a custom car wash from the ground up. The Margate location will be 1½ times larger than the first, and is estimated to create about 50 new jobs in the community. Rising Tide’s first location is only 4½ miles away in Parkland, at 7201 N. State Rd 7.

“We want to go hyperlocal with our brand in this area,” said Tom D’Eri, COO of Rising Tide Car Wash. “We’d like to continue to support the community that has been greatly supporting us. All of the measurables at the new location are superb from a site analysis perspective.”

Since it opened in Parkland on April 6, 2013, Rising Tide has experienced great success, empowering young adults with autism and inspiring communities to change their perception of their capabilities. With 35 employees, Rising Tide is one of the largest employers of people with autism in the U.S. Since its inception, Rising Tide has created 75 jobs in the South Florida area.

Breaking down tasks and creating systemized processes for all daily responsibilities helps Rising Tide’s associates with autism realize their incredible capabilities, gain confidence that they never had before, make friends, gain financial independence, and have a place to call their own.

Rising Tide co-founders John and Tom D’Eri created the business to develop a scalable solution to employing individuals with autism. They were inspired to do this by watching John’s son and Tom’s brother Andrew, a vibrant young man with autism, struggle to find his place in the world.

Rising Tide has been featured on news shows including MSNBC’s “Born in the USA,” “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” MSNBC’s “Your Business this Sunday” and Fox Business’ “Making Money,” as well as in magazines such as Entrepreneur Startups, Conscious Company, Fast Company, Forbes, and the Miami Herald.

“With our first location, we took a struggling car wash that was only washing 35,000 cars annually – and by hiring people with autism and building operating systems around their talents, we turned it into a thriving enterprise that is now washing over 150,000 cars annually,” said John D’Eri, CEO of Rising Tide. “We look forward to achieving additional success with our second location.”

“Unemployment among people with autism is approximately 90 percent,” said Tom D’Eri. “The reason for this is that society views autism as a disability that requires sympathy instead of a valuable diversity. With Rising Tide, we are changing that perception, and proving that autism can be a competitive advantage for business.”

John and Tom D’Eri; along with Tom Sena, CFO of Rising Tide Car Wash; and Kevin Wolyniec, general manager of Rising Tide Car Wash; recently launched Rising Tide U, a separate entity from Rising Tide Car Wash. Rising Tide U’s goal is to inspire and teach others to put the potential of those with autism to work through building sustainable social enterprises. For more information about Rising Tide U, visit www.risingtideu.com.

About Rising Tide Car Wash

Rising Tide Car Wash is a scalable social enterprise with the primary mission to employ adults with autism. By delivering a first-rate car wash experience to the consumer, Rising Tide strives to inspire communities to change their perception of the capabilities of people with autism. Through intensive training, team building and caring for the community, Rising Tide sets its employees up for success. With this model, Rising Tide has a goal to provide people with autism with an opportunity to build a career and achieve an independent lifestyle. Rising Tide Car Wash is located at 7201 N. State Rd 7, Parkland, FL 33067. It is open seven days a week from 8 a.m.–7 p.m. For more information, visit www.risingtidecarwash.com, call (954) 344-1855 or email info@risingtidecarwash.com.

Feeding South Florida Expands to Accommodate Increased Need with Opening of Feeding Palm Beach County Branch, in Boynton Beach Facility


Opening Coincides with Feeding South Florida’s 35th Anniversary

 In response to the growing needs of the Palm Beach County community and its increased efforts to end hunger throughout South Florida, Feeding South Florida™, member of the Feeding America network and largest/most efficient food bank in Palm Beach County, is opening its new Palm Beach County branch, Feeding Palm Beach County®. The branch will be based in a 25,644-sq.-ft. facility, located at 4925 Park Ridge Boulevard, Boynton Beach, 33426, conveniently located off I-95 and Gateway Boulevard with an additional two acres of land to allow for future expansion.

The debut of Feeding Palm Beach County coincides with Feeding South Florida’s 35th anniversary of service to Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

For the past 25 years, Feeding South Florida occupied the former Cheney Brothers, Inc. facility in West Palm Beach. However, in nearly doubling its output of food to Palm Beach County from 5 million meals (6 million pounds) in 2012 to more than 9.1 million meals (11 million pounds) in 2015, the organization needed a space that could handle the increased volume of food and grocery products. It also required a space that would provide a resource center and innovative programming for Feeding Palm Beach County’s partner agencies and the families they serve.

“Having served the South Florida area for 35 years, we are very pleased to expand with our new branch and facility in Palm Beach County,” said Feeding South Florida President and CEO Paco Vélez. “This new facility will help us make a greater impact on the lives of those facing hunger and poverty in Palm Beach County, where through direct service programs and a network of more than 100 nonprofit partner agencies, we serve 202,110 individuals 63,660 of whom are children who are struggling to put food on the table.”

The installation of a new cooler/freezer in the Boynton Beach facility will enable Feeding Palm Beach County to store more fresh produce, lean protein, and dairy for families struggling to put food on the table. The warehouse also provides the ability to install three-tier racking for optimal utilization of space and implementation of inventory best practices to ensure first in, first out (FIFO). The facility includes two covered bay doors with space for tractor-trailers.

Volunteer Opportunities

The facility will provide 10 volunteer shifts per week, available for individuals and groups to help sort food and grocery items. From Tuesday–Saturday, volunteer shifts take place twice a day from 8:30–11:30 a.m. and 1:30–4:30 p.m. A community room, complete with a projector, Wi-Fi, tables, chairs, and computers, are available to community groups to host team-building activities and off-site retreats. For more information, visit feedingsouthflorida.org/ways-to-help/.

Community Kitchen™

Feeding Palm Beach County’s Community Kitchen is a commercial production kitchen designed to serve several purposes:

  • Output of nutritious and healthy meals for summer food service
  • Output of nutritious and healthy meals for afterschool meals
  • Support of other meal-delivery programming
  • Serve as a culinary training program with job placement upon graduation
  • Provide nutrition education and life skills to families
  • Provide catering services as part of a social enterprise that would employ graduates of the culinary training program

Innovative Programming

As part of its mission to end hunger in South Florida, Feeding Palm Beach County goes beyond food distribution and begins to break the cycle of hunger and poverty with a Life Skills Center and Community Kitchen known as “The Kitchen Table.” Programming includes:

  • Client Choice Pantry: Each client will fill out the necessary paperwork to ensure eligibility for the program. Clients will participate in nutrition education classes, cooking classes, budgeting or financial literacy classes and an orientation on how the Client Choice Pantry system works. Clients will earn more points (meaning the opportunity to access more food) with each class they complete.
  • Nutrition Education: Core elements include nutrition for all, targeting children, adults and seniors. The curriculum has four core elements according to the USDA guidelines: dietary quality, healthy cooking, food safety and food budgeting.
  • Financial Literacy: This program will help families gain useful knowledge and skills such as managing a checking account, budgeting, saving, investing, and shopping on a budget.
  • Family Dining: This program offers families the opportunity to bring back the dinner time experience in a fun, educational and nutritious way. Small groups of families and individuals will gather at the Kitchen Table. They will work together to accomplish the following: create a nutritious meal for all attending; share in fellowship while preparing the meal; learn nutritious facts about the meal being prepared; sit, eat and spend time as a “family” around the dinner table; and leave with a bag of ingredients used to prepare the shared meal.
  • Benefits Assistance (SNAP, TANF, Florida KidCare)
  • Computer Skills Training: This program provides a basic computer skills overview so clients will learn the following skills: navigating the Internet and e-mail; learn the basics of Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Outlook PowerPoint; and resume writing.

For more information about Feeding Palm Beach County, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org.

About Feeding South Florida™

Feeding South Florida’s mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education. Feeding South Florida™ is the sole Feeding America food bank in South Florida, and the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in the region, serving 25 percent of the state’s food insecure population. Through a local network of approximately 350 nonprofit partner agencies, Feeding South Florida distributes almost 40 million pounds of food annually, serving 785,040 individuals in need of food assistance, 280,630 of whom are children, and 150,000 are older adults, throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. For more information, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org or call 954.518.1818.