Beach Vacation Rentals wins coveted White Glove Award for the fourth year in a row

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Beach Vacation Rentals wins coveted White Glove Award for the fourth year in a row


If you are looking for the cleanest places to stay when choosing from Florida’s 370,000 hotel rooms, check out the Superior Small Lodgings Association’s just-released 2015 winners of its prestigious White Glove Award.  This year, 110 Florida hotels and lodgings of 50 rooms or less won the award, including all five Beach Vacation Rentals properties in Pompano Beach.

Small hotels and inns that win the coveted White Glove Award do so only after achieving a 100-percent perfect score from rigorous annual surprise inspections that can last for hours. It’s an award that all of Beach Vacation Rentals’ multi-unit cottage and apartment complexes have won consecutively for the fourth straight year.  They include Cottages by the Ocean, Bahama Beach Club, Sunny Place, Pineapple Place and Pelican Place.

“Cleanliness is a traveler’s top priority when needing to stay overnight away from home, and my staff and I take that very seriously,” said Elaine Fitzgerald, President and CEO of Beach Vacation Rentals. “So many of our guests are here to visit friends and family locally in Pompano Beach, and we make sure that our rental apartments and cottages are every bit as clean as their own homes.”

Fitzgerald said the Superior Small Lodgings inspector pulled apart the bedding to check the quality of the sheets, mattress pads and pillow protectors.  She looked for any dust on the light bulbs. She measured the sizes of the soap and towels.  She pulled all of the furniture from the walls to look behind.  “She checked everything including the silverware, pots and pans and toilet seats,” said Fitzgerald.  “She inspected our places for several hours.  It was intense; but in the end, we scored 100-percent.”

“The White Glove Award is our organization’s highest recognition for housekeeping achievement,” said Scott Rizelli, executive director of Florida’s statewide Superior Small Lodging Association.  “Honorees receive their awards at our statewide conference in October.” The tough guidelines for Superior Small Lodgings inspections go far above and beyond the State of Florida annual inspections that are required of all hotel properties.

Beach Vacation Rentals in Pompano Beach, Florida, offers tourists and business travelers clean, furnished, beach-area cottages and apartments for about the price of a single hotel room. Nationally rated as Superior Small Lodgings, the studio, one and two-bedroom apartments have full kitchens, king beds, laundry facility, BBQ, beach gear and most have swimming pools.  Guests receive free Wi-Fi, free local phone calls, free parking and pay no resort fees.  The properties are located in quiet neighborhoods just a short walk to the beach, shops and restaurants.  For photos, videos, rates and terms please visit or call reservations at (954) 283-1111.

Pictured: Beach Vacation Rentals’ 2015 White Glove Award team at Bahama Beach Club:  Front – Elaine Fitzgerald, President/CEO.  Left to right: co-owner Elaine Lizzio, maintenance chief Jaime Delgado, and housekeepers Dawn Adams, Jana Fonseca and Christina Janowski. Photo by Kathleen Mathiesen.

First Day of School for Broward County students


Today, Monday, August 24, 2015, nearly 270,000 students across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) headed back to class, marking the start of the District’s 100th Anniversary.   In addition, as part of the District’s C.H.A.N.G.E. (Children Have A Need to Grow Everyday) movement, approximately 82,000 parents, guardians and caring adults accompanied children to school, sending a message to students about the importance of education.

Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and School Board members spent the first day of the new school year visiting schools, greeting students, parents, teachers and staff.  The Superintendent began his day at the Southwest Area Transportation Bus Terminal in Pembroke Pines, where he boarded a bus with Everglades High School students.  He also visited Palm Cove Elementary School, McArthur High School, Hunt Elementary School, Dillard Elementary School, Robert C. Markham Elementary School, Oakland Park Elementary School and Seminole Middle School, before wrapping up his day with a news conference at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center.

“It’s inspiring to visit with our students, teachers, administrators and staff on the first day of school during our Centennial year, and to see their excitement and anticipation,” said Superintendent Runcie.  “We’re excited to have our students back in class and to continue the tradition of educational excellence in Broward County Public Schools.”