by Carla Ruschival

By now you should have received your pre-registration materials and be well on your way to a wonderful ACB convention. Be sure to fill out your pre-registration form, or register on-line at You must pre-register by June 23 to be assured of discounted prices. If you miss the deadline, you can register on-site when you arrive.

Here are a few last-minute details that you may find helpful when you arrive.

Airport to Hotel: Express Shuttle provides transportation between the airport and hotel. The fare is $24 each way for one person, $12 per person for two people, and $8 each way for three or more people. Taxi fare is about $30 each way for up to four people.

Express Shuttle is the exclusive provider of transportation at the airport; they also own the cab companies, so you will easily find their representatives when you exit the airport. Remember to make reservations for your return trip to the airport 24 hours in advance if you plan to take the shuttle.

Transportation at the Hotel: A free shuttle is available from the hotel to restaurants and other locations in the downtown area between the hours of 7 and 10 a.m., and between 5 and 8 p.m.

Express Shuttle can also transport you and your friends to other locations, usually for a reasonable fare. To make arrangements for transportation, call them at (904) 353-8880.

Paratransit: If you plan to use paratransit while in Jacksonville, you must establish your eligibility in advance. Contact Dan Masterson right away at (904) 265-8947 for more information. To schedule rides up to seven days in advance, call (904) 265-6999.

Other Reminders: Remember to hang onto your Saturday convention newspaper; it will contain lots of phone and suite numbers that you will need throughout the week.

Also watch the paper very carefully for news of focus groups on technology and other topics; many of those sessions are scheduled after the convention program goes to print.

Speaking of the program, look it over as soon as you can. It contains lots of useful information. Don't wait until you get home to read it!

To Make Reservations: Convention dates are July 8-15, and rates at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront are $79 per night plus tax. To make reservations, call 1-800-233-1234, or (904) 588-1234.

See you in Jacksonville!

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