More great news for the Space Coast!
Blue Origin is once again investing in the Space Coast. The Jeff Bezos-led company has plans to spend over $1 billion to transform old and new infrastructure into gateways for its upcoming New Glenn rocket, which is planned to launch from Cape Canaveral no earlier than 2021. The rocket will be built and launched here, then refurbished after it lands on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The purpose of Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket is to carry people and payloads routinely to Earth's orbit and beyond. New Glenn features a reusable first stage that is built for 25 missions, making it a true "road to space" for people to be able to take their livelihoods beyond Earth's atmosphere. The ultimate goal is to allow millions of people to live and work in space. Blue Origin's campus at Kennedy Space Center's Exploration Park will nearly double in size as a result of this initiative.
Summer Gutter Cleaning
In Florida, summertime brings strong rainstorms, sometimes daily. This means that we must take a few steps to protect our homes and landscaping from the damaging effects of the daily heavy downpours. Did you know that a clogged or damaged gutter can cause major destruction to your home's foundation, yard, or patio? Luckily, a quick cleaning of your gutters can help prevent problems. Here are 5 simple steps to make gutter cleaning a breeze:
Dress comfortably (you WILL get dirty); consider long sleeves and gloves to keep the gutter gunk off your hands and arms. If possible, plan to clean in the early morning or later in the evening to avoid the heat and humidity of the day.
Position Your Ladder
You may want to use a standoff stabilizer with your ladder to give it a safe place to rest without damaging your gutter or roof. The stabilizer will help you avoid leaning your body over a messy gutter. Once your ladder is in position, find a safe and comfortable position on it.
Place a tarp or towel on the ground to catch any debris you may find. Put the tarp or towel close by so you can toss the gunk right onto it.
Scoop It Out
Use a gutter scoop or small handheld shovel to begin scooping out your gutter. You will find tree leaves, dirt, and other debris, especially where the downspout (vertical leg of the gutter) joins with the gutter system itself. Pay special attention to this area and to the very end of the downspout, where water should be draining.
Flush It Out
Once you've removed the debris and cleared out clogs, use your hose to flush out the gutter and ensure water is flowing through as it should be. This will show you if you've missed a spot while cleaning - it will also show you any leaks or structural problems.
To keep your gutters functioning properly, you will need to clean them semi-regularly - at least once a year, but more often if there are trees near your roof or after a big storm.
It's easy to adopt the "School's Out" mentality for summer, ditching all of your healthy habits for a more laid-back lifestyle. Don't let that happen! Summer is the perfect time to make a few little tweaks to your routine that will result in healthy habits for the long-term. Choose a few of the tips below and improve your health with hardly any effort.
Berry Boost - Summer is prime berry season, so take advantage of the low prices and great taste by adding a cup of berries to your menu each day. Berries (especially blueberries and blackberries) are full of antioxidants, which are known to help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risk of age-related diseases. Berries are also high in fiber, which is great for keeping cholesterol low and helping to prevent some cancers.
Plant a Garden - To improve your stress level, plant a small garden, tend to some window boxes, or just plant a few flower pots. Contact with soil, and a specific bacteria found in soil, has been shown to trigger the release of serotonin in our brain. Serotonin is the "feel good" chemical in your body, a natural anti-depressant that also strengthens the immune system.
Floss Daily - You know it's good for you, your dentist tells you to do it, so what are you waiting for? Start now and make it a habit to floss when you brush your teeth at night. Flossing reduces oral bacteria, which improves overall body health. If oral bacteria is low, your body has more resources to fight bacteria elsewhere.
Get Outside to Exercise - It's summer, enjoy it! Take a walk on the beach, swim in the pool, go for a bike ride... whatever makes you feel good! Better yet, make it a family event and play outdoors together.
Protect Your Eyes - The Florida sun is fierce! When outdoors, protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, burned corneas, eyelid skin cancer, and wrinkles around the eyes.
Take a Vacation - Improve your heart health; take a vacation to relax and unwind. Vacations have multiple benefits - they can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a larger waistline and increased risk of heart disease.
Go Light on Alcohol - The heat of the summer and heavy drinks just don't go well together. Instead, if you are going to drink, choose a lighter beverage such as a wine spritzer, sangria, or a light beer. Make sure you drink plenty of water if you will be consuming alcohol outdoors.
Sleep Well - Resist the urge to stay up later during the long summer days. Keep your bedtime and wake time consistent from day to day, even on weekends. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep per night. Use this summer to create some healthy habits. Small changes over time lead to lasting results!
The Boeing Company recently announced that it will move its headquarters from Arlington, Virginia to Titusville, Florida. The move is expected to begin later this summer into an existing Boeing facility in Titusville. By placing its Space and Launch headquarters on the Space Coast, the company says that it expects to strengthen collaboration and integration across its portfolio as well as bring the business leadership closer to the customer. Over the past six decades, Boeing has been a dominant presence on the Space Coast and this move signifies a continuation of their dedication to the space industry. This announcement comes as more and more aerospace companies are basing their operations on the Space Coast. Boeing will join SpaceX, Blue Origin, Rocket Crafters, United Launch Alliance, Relativity Space, Firefly Space, and OneWeb.
Are you making smart decisions at the drive-thru? Most nutrition experts agree that if you're trying to slim down, it's important to watch your liquid calories as well as what you're putting on your plate. Let's take a look at the nutrition info of some popular iced coffee and frozen coffee drinks to find out what's inside!
Popular Iced and Frozen Coffee Drinks - Best to Worst
Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee - As basic as you can get, DD's iced black coffee is the clear winner. Coffee beverages without added milk or sugar keeps the calories low. Dunkin Donuts Medium Iced Coffee, Black: 15 calories, 0g fat, 10mg sodium, 2g carbs (0g sugar, 0g fiber), 1g protein
Starbucks Iced Latte Macchiato - This drink is pretty simple with just espresso, skim milk, and ice. Starbucks Grande Iced Latte Macchiato with Nonfat Milk: 90 calories, 0g fat, 0mg sodium, 14g carbs (12g sugar, 0g fiber), 9g protein
Panera Iced Café Latte - A creamy latte with freshly brewed espresso and foamed reduced fat milk over ice. Panera Iced Café Latte, 20oz: 160 calories, 6g fat, 140mg sodium, 16g carbs (15g sugar, 0g fiber), 10g protein
McDonald's Iced Caramel Latte - McDonald's coffee drinks are hugely popular, and this is no exception. This one is sugary sweet and creamy, thanks to the addition of sweetened condensed milk. McDonald's Medium Iced Caramel Latte: 270 calories, 8g fat, 340mg sodium, 40g carbs (36g sugar, 0g fiber), 9g protein
Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Blended Coffee - The original frozen coffee drink, this is still a favorite. Made with 2% milk, it's still better than some other frozen Starbucks options, but the amount of sugar in this one puts it near the bottom of the list. Starbucks Grande Coffee Frappuccino Blended Coffee with 2% Milk: 240 calories, 2g fat, 220mg sodium, 50g carbs (50g sugar, 0g fiber), 3g protein
Dunkin Donuts Frozen Coffee with Caramel Swirl - When you see the word "frozen" in the name of a coffee drink, it basically means milkshake. The calories are high and the amount of sugar in this drink is triple the recommended daily intake. Dunkin Donuts Medium Frozen Coffee with Caramel Swirl with Non-Fat Milk - 680 calories, 4g fat, 150mg sodium, 153g carbs (145g sugar, 1g fiber), 9g protein
Overall, you can make the best choice by choosing the smallest size possible, requesting skim milk, and holding off on the whip cream or added syrup on top.
Orlando Melbourne International Airport just announced American Airlines' new daily nonstop service between Melbourne and Philadelphia. This flight will begin on December 19th, just in time for holiday travel. This nonstop service to and from Melbourne will join another recent nonstop flight to Washington DC (Reagan National Airport). Great news for business travelers as well as tourists!
Port Canaveral was recently named "Best Cruise Port" by Global Traveler Magazine and was presented with a 2019 Leisure Lifestyle Award. Global Traveler conducted a survey of its readers from October 2018 to January 2019, asking about their favorite cruise port, and Port Canaveral grabbed the top spot! In other Port Canaveral news, Disney Cruise Line will be expanding their operations at the Port by making it home to two of Disney's three new ships. The new ships are expected to be delivered in 2021, 2022 and 2023, with two of the ships homeporting in Port Canaveral for at least their first five years of operation.
Is Your Home Hurricane Ready?
Hurricane season has begun... are you ready for it? The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 - November 30, although occasionally storms develop before or after the official season dates.
Supplies tend to run out quickly once the forecast predicts a hurricane heading in our direction. It is important to make some basic preparations beforehand, just in case.
The Coastal Estate Team are animal lovers, so this month, we're going to tell you about the furry friends we share our homes with.
Carolyn: We have the most adorable Havanese, Pepper. She has not figured out she is a small dog and has appointed herself protector of the family! She is a big ball of fluff and brings lots of joy.
Bridget: We have always had labs and now are down to one beauty Lulu who's 13 years old and still ticking. She still loves the water and if her legs worked better would be out chasing the dolphins and manatees every weekend.
Taylor: What is better than 1 golden retriever? TWO! Kiki and Quinn are sisters (same parents different litters). They fill our home with so much happiness and hair - but it is all worth it (thank goodness for the invention of a Roomba)! They truly have the best personalities and are such water dogs so they fit perfectly into our family.... there is nothing they love more than hopping on the boat and going for a swim in the river to chase and play with dolphins and manatees and pelicans!
Kellie: We have 4 furry children. Clyde is our boxer that we rescued through Coastal Boxer Rescue. Chloe is a true mutt- a mix of 7 different dog breeds. We adopted her from Halo in Sebastian when she was a puppy. Louis is our one year old French Bulldog- he runs the show around here. He is the definition of high maintenance! Bella is our 12 year old calico kitty, adopted from a farm in Southern Maryland.
Jen: Willow is our sassy 5 year old English Bulldog and Bruce is our 1 year old French Bulldog who keeps us on our toes!!
Sage: Last year we adopted the sweetest dog, a 2 year old, 100+ pound Weimaraner from Puerto Rico. When we got him, he only spoke Spanish, but now Dusky is bilingual and has settled into our family so well! He loves basking in the sun in the backyard and keeping watch over all the action in the canal behind our house.
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