be driving south today,
on our way across the state to Fort Lauderdale Beach
for the 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
East Conference that is getting
underway at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. It
all starts with the first of two pre-show
networking days on T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s Cabana
Row and the Ritz pool deck (the
main event gets underway with the opening
night cocktail party Sunday at
set the scene for you, the cabanas and
pool deck sit seven stories high
providing a gorgeous view of the Atlantic
Ocean. In the first of the photos
below (that we shot at last year's
conference) you can see the pool and
cabana levels sitting atop the lower
portion of the Ritz building (the higher
floors are directly behind in a portion of
the unique structure that was built to
resemble a cruise ship).
view from the beach of the Fort Lauderdale
Beach Ritz Carlton Hotel
where T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2013 will
be running today through Wednesday (Oct.
be arriving at the Ritz late this
afternoon and I'll be filing daily
reports from the show in this column
starting tomorrow morning (Saturday, Oct.
19). After the sun goes down this evening
Hallow's Eve Full Moon party
will be held on the Ritz pool deck from
7-10pm and you will find most of the
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. early birds there.
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. cabanas are just a few
steps down from the pool deck, accessible
by stairs at either end of the deck. They
will also be open from 10am-5pm Saturday
The view from T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s Cabana
Row at the Ritz Carlton.
The Ritz Carlton pool deck
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
that will be a hub of pre-show
networking activity today through
can see the full
agenda for the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
conference here. We're looking
forward to seeing many of you there and if
you can't make it we'll try to make you
feel like you are there with our daily
photos and highlights in this column.