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100% Irma-fied The Vero Beach Marketing Summit

Vero Beach, Florida – October 13th – Vero Beach Marketing, the premier mobile, web development and marketing company in Florida’s Treasure Coast, located in lovely Vero Beach, Indian River County, is holding the first ever local two-day marketing summit on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, 2017.

The event was previously scheduled for early September and was postponed due to the massive storm.

Learn how to creatively expand your audience with captivating messaging to accelerate your business through digital marketing.

The Summit will be an interactive session with seven prominent speakers whose expertise ranges from creating your business plan, business coaching, branding, social media platforms, monetization strategies, website design, messaging development, podcasting, video production and photography.

Four social medial platforms you need to promote your business will be discussed in detail: Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google and don’t forget Google Analytics (a Google service that tracks and reports website traffic).

You will come away from the Summit with a keen awareness of what type of marketing your business really needs to spread awareness; thus generating leads and sales. Most important of all is how to track it. The day one session is designed to build your digital media marketing plan. Day two will give you the information and tools to execute that plan.

The Summit will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Downtown Vero Beach, 611 20th Street, 32960. Saturday’s session will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday’s session will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Breakfast will be provided by Baci Trattoria and Wild Thyme catering and lunch will be provided by the Barefoot Cafe and The Patio Seafood Tavern. To wrap up each day there will be two business networking happy hours with wine and beer provided by Walking Tree Brewery.

Bring 50+ business cards and your laptop or tablet. Seating is limited. Registration is only $397 for full two day summit. Single day tickets are $227 and individual tracks are $25 and $50 each for customized tickets.

To register please access this link:

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Contact: Thomas Hardy

Vero Beach Marketing provides focused and targeted marketing efforts, which will produce measurable, positive results while being cost-effective and most efficient in spending. Companies can train their teams on a variety of digital media platforms and strategies through the Vero Beach Marketing class scheduled offerings or custom private sessions. In order to customize the marketing funnels to your exact needs, Vero Beach Marketing also offers mobile responsive web development for a full website offering or custom landing page design, programming and development.

Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening of New Store in Vero Beach!

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger / Restaurant Critic for Vero Vine

November 30th, 2016

One of the most highly anticipated new business openings in Vero Beach as of late has been the new Wawa station being built on US Hwy 1.  While Wawa does sell gasoline, most people say they are a restaurant and convenience store first, and a gas station second.  I’ve heard the rumors about the food being really good, but honestly how good can gas station food be anyway?  Everything that I did get to taste today was fantastic!  I was really surprised by all of the variety and options you have to choose from.  They have breakfast options that are available all day, soups, salads & wraps, hoagies & sandwiches, freshly made snacks, and quick grab and go options as well.  I hope to be going back very soon to do a complete food review, so stay tuned for that in the upcoming weeks!

To place an order for a food item, there are kiosks throughout the store.  You tap the screen to get started, select your options, place your order and get a ticket with an order number.  You then take that ticket to the register and pay for it.  I was told that they hope to have your order ready in only 5 minutes, so from the time of placing it and paying for it, you should only have to wait a short time for it.  I plan to test this out on one of my next visits to see if they can actually get them done in this short of  time.

Grand Opening Festivities

The store officially opens to the public tomorrow, December 1st at 8:00am.  Their Grand Opening festivities start at 10:00am.  There will be a parade of Wawa’s milestones, local representatives, members of the police & fire departments, and Wawa management and conclude with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The Grand Opening event will conclude with Hoagies for Heroes, a hoagie building competition between local police and fire departments, who will face off in a battle of bravery, skill, and sandwich-making expertise.  The winning team will win $1,000 to be donated to their local charity of choice.

Below is a photo gallery of my visit today!


About Wawa, Inc. Wawa, Inc:

A privately held company began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is the all-day, everyday stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. In 2015, Wawa was named “America’s Most Beloved Convenience Store” by a Market Force study of 7,000 consumers, and in 2016 Wawa was recognized by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Large Employers”, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. A chain of more than 730 convenience retail stores (almost 500 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshly brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order specialty beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides, and snacks.

The Vero Beach store is the 101st store in the Wawa family, and the 29th one to open in 2016.

Address:  1180 US Hwy 1, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Phone Number:  772-323-8736


Dodgertown Earns High Ranking in New Book

Dodgertown Vero Beach

In his 2015 book, “101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out”, author Josh Pahigian ranks world-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida as Number 35 of 101 on the must-see list. Pahigian highly ranks such iconic places as the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, the Little League World Series complex in Williamsport, PA and Boston’s Fenway Park. He devotes three pages to Historic Dodgertown.

Of Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, a year-round, multi-sport training and conference center, Pahigian writes, “After serving as the spring training home of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers for more than six decades, the all-inclusive player-retreat Walter O’Malley and Branch Rickey created in the 1940s bid adieu to the spring game midway through the 2008 Grapefruit League season. But the tropical complex and quaint ballpark at its heart remain intact, thanks to a venture led by former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley and former Dodgers pitchers Hideo Nomo and Chan Ho Park…the centerpiece of Dodgertown was, and still is, Holman Stadium – one of the most delightful little ballparks pro ball has ever known, simply because there is so little about it that resembles a professional park.

“What you will notice is that the complex sees nearly year-round use now as starry-eyed youths, collegians, and adults play and practice on the very fields once graced by giants of the game like Pee Wee Reese, (Jackie) Robinson, (Don) Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, and Fernando Valenzuela.

101 Places to See before your Strikeout

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Pahigian, who has appeared as an expert in baseball culture and travel on numerous television and radio programs and has written sports travel feature stories for, is also the author of five other books: “The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip” and “Why I Hate the Yankees” (with Kevin O’Connell); “The Ultimate Minor League Baseball Road Trip”; “Spring Training Handbook” and “The Seventh Inning Stretch”. He is a fellow in the University of New England Center for Global Humanities in Portland, Maine and previously wrote about Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida for

The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip

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Why I Hate the Yankees

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The Ultimate Minor League Baseball Road Trip

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Spring Training Handbook

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Seventh Inning Stretch

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“We are honored and thrilled to be included in the just published ‘101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out’,” said Historic Dodgertown Vice President Craig Callan. “Historic Dodgertown was recognized as a Florida Heritage Landmark in November 2014 because of its history of Spring Training integration and inclusiveness.”

The book is published by Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, and distributed by National Book Network. Purchase on Amazon.

About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida “A Florida Heritage Landmark”

World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.

Vero Beach Sports Village

On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.

The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.

The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.

Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.

Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit for more information.