Eye on Travel

Radio Guest List — Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth, Florida — August 24, 2019

This week’s broadcast of Eye on Travel comes from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth, Florida. Scott McCartney, Travel Editor at The Wall Street Journal, joins the program and speaks about his recent hands-on cockpit experience with the Boeing 737 Max simulator. Arnie Weissmann, Editor in Chief of Travel Weekly, discusses the concept of paid vacations — not only who deserves them, but also who is still fighting for them. Then, Rick Rose, Author of Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town, on the rich history of the area pre and post Donald Trump. Also stopping by: Allison Goff from the Flagler Museum, Colleen Smith, Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Palm Beach, and Eliott Bostwick Davis of the Norton Art Museum and its innovative Art After Dark program. There’s all this and more as Eye on Travel broadcasts from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth, Florida.

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Scott McCartney, Travel Editor at The Wall Street Journal, discusses his recent and terrifying experience with the Boeing 737 Max simulation and how it has a new system that may have solved the issue that the plane previously had and why pilots are upset about it. He reviews the lack of trust in the industry, what will happen once the fix goes through the certification process and warns that it may be up to two years before we see the plane up in the air again. Scott also dives into what happens to your miles after you die. It turns out you can’t take them with you or give them to anyone else.


Arnie Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of Travel Weekly, talks about the topic of paid vacations. Are they a right? He’ll share the best countries to work in and how the United States compares to the rest of the world. Arnie and Peter then discuss tourism in Mexico, the possibility of it not being a priority (and why) and where the money that used to fund tourism is going. He speaks about the big dip Mexico has already experienced and how the ground of the Boeing Max also affects the region.


Dave Lawrence, President and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, shares his story about moving to the area 10 months ago and the various museums in the county. He speaks about support for the cultural organization, the best time to visit to avoid the crowds and the current state of the art development in Palm Beach. Dave also chats about Brightline and how it has improved accessibility. Plus, he’ll share his biggest surprise in terms of art culture in the community.


Diana Matty, Fire Chief at West Palm Beach Fire Rescue, reveals what brought her to West Palm Beach. She’ll discuss everything from the uniquely placed sprinklers at Mar-a-Lago to training with the Secret Service. She then reports on problematic fire codes, the biggest challenges with the growing population in the city and her favorite places to eat in town.


Jan Tuckwood, Senior Editor at The Palm Beach Post, discusses the historic building of the Cultural Council and also gives us some history behind the founding of the county. She also chats about Palm Beach’s culture and about how shopping is changing there. Jan also shares her favorite beaches and the huge growth cycle that the city is experiencing.


Rick Rose, Author of Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town, touches on the connotations associated with the name of the city and the recent international press it has received because of President Trump’s frequent visits. He shares some surprising facts about luxury brands that got their start or used Palm Beach as a launching pad. Rick then speaks about what sets Palm Beach apart from other Floridian destinations, what’s changed in recent years and the historical properties and hotels across the county.


Allison Goff, Director of Member and Visitor Services at the Flagler Museum, chats about the museum’s historic location, what to expect when visiting the museum and how it has restored and preserved the iconic Railcar 91. She also shares the surprising elements in the museum and more on the symbolism of the pieces in its collection: everything from fine art and sculptures to 6-feet-tall clocks.


Colleen Smith, Founder and Artistic Director of the Ballet Palm Beach, shares her reason behind establishing the ballet school and company and why she’s starting her students earlier than ever. It’s about art cultivation. She discusses its educational programs, exposing kids and adults to dance, the age of her oldest student and her favorite play. Colleen then discusses the plays that are currently being worked on and explains how ballet is a physical form of storytelling.


Elliot Bostwick Davis, Director and CEO of the Norton Museum of Art, speaks about the founding of the museum, its major collections and its new and expanded exhibitions. She speaks about its goals, its Art After Dark program and why Norton is one of the nation’s leading museums. Elliot also talks about staying relevant and mirroring the region’s population. Plus, he reveals some surprising history on Mr. and Mrs. Norton.