Monday, April 25, 2011

Before you leave for the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course

Greetings 2011 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course Participants!


Following are a few updates and reminders before you pack your bags and head to Coral Springs next week.


Final Program

If you have not yet viewed the schedule of events, it can be accessed through the Short Course web site. Here is the link for your convenience.


Registration and Short Course Identification

Your name badge will serve as your pass while attending the Short Course, so please be sure to pick it up at the registration office along with your materials, and wear it while attending all Short Course functions. If arriving Monday, you will want to pick up your name badge and materials Monday evening to avoid the Tuesday morning rush.


The Registration Office is located in the Palm Room on the First Level of the hotel in the Convention Center. Registration will be open from 3:30pm-7:00pm on Monday, 7:00am-5:00pm Tuesday through Wednesday and 7:00am-12Noon on Thursday.


Short Course Dress Code

There is no official dress code for the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course.  Each Short Course day is filled with presentations so be sure to wear clothing that is comfortable.  Jeans are perfectly acceptable for this training.  Please keep in mind that meeting rooms tend to be on the chilly side and that a light jacket may be a good thing to bring along.  Some special sessions will be held outside, and sunscreen or protective clothing is recommended. 


Short Course Location & Directions

Coral Springs Marriott Hotel
11775 Heron Bay Boulevard, Coral Springs, FL, 33076
PHONE: 954-753-5598


Here is a link to the hotel website in case you need directions or are interested in the services and amenities provided in their guest rooms:


Check-in time is 3pm. If you plan to arrive much earlier than that, you may want to call ahead to find out if the hotel can have a room ready for you. Check-out time is 12pm.


Use the hotel’s interactive map for directions by clicking here.


Over-Flow Accommodations

If you have not already made reservations at the Coral Springs Marriott, please be advised that the host hotel is sold-out over several of the conference dates.   We always recommend calling to check with the host hotel first in case of cancelations, but in the event you are not able to make a reservation at the host hotel, we are recommending the LaQuinta Inn Coral Springs University Drive as the nearest overflow accommodations.

3701 University Dr.
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Phone: (954) 753-9000

The La Quinta Inn Ft. Lauderdale-Coral Springs/University Drive at Sample Rd. is situated just minutes from the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course meeting site, located at the Coral Springs Marriott Hotel, Golf Club, and Convention Center.

Travel Information

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

The estimated taxi fare from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to the Coral Springs Marriott Hotel is $75.00 (one way). The Rental Car Center at the airport houses many rental car companies doing business at FLL. Visit this website for further information on renting a car:

Driving Directions: Exit Airport to I-595 West, to Sawgrass Expressway (FL-869) North, to Coral Ridge Drive, (Exit 14). Left on Coral Ridge Dr, go approx 1/4 mile to Heron Bay Boulevard. Left on Heron Bay Boulevard, the hotel is just ahead on the right.


Applicator Resources

Pesticide application is regulated by the federal and state governments.  In an effort to provide convenient and quick access to several state and federal resources, the Short Course organizers have compiled a list of applicator resources.  Click Here to view:  Please note that this webpage will be taking the place of the rules and regulations previously printed in the short course materials.



Don’t forget to bring your presentation in advance (preferably the day prior) to the Short Course registration office for loading and to ensure that you are comfortable with the equipment and setup. (Tuesday AM presenters can bring their talk in Monday evening from 3:30pm-7:00pm). If you would like a refresher about the presentation set up, click on the following speaker link.



If you plan to distribute copies of anything to Short Course participants, we recommend you bring a sufficient supply with you - we expect about 400 attendees. There is a business service office available at the hotel, but charges for photocopies are expensive, so you may want to print copies ahead of your arrival.



This is a reminder that the moderator meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 2, 2011, 7:15pm – 7:30pm. Please attend this meeting if you are at the hotel. If you arrive later, please be sure to touch base with me to obtain any updates and announcements, and review the setup for your session. Simply ask the Short Course staff to radio me when you arrive.


That's it for now. If you have any questions, feel free to email me, but please do so before 2:00pm on Friday, April 29. Otherwise, see you at the Short Course and have a safe trip!






Jhanna Gilbert, CMP, CGMP  |  Conference Coordinator  |  University of Florida | IFAS

UF Leadership & Education Foundation, Inc. | Office of Conferences & Institutes

PO Box 110750 | Bldg. 639 Mowry Rd. 

Gainesville, FL 32611-0750 | USA

PH 352-392-5930 | FAX  352-392-9734 | | Be my connection on LinkedIn 


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