Summary of recommendation to contract with Mobile The primary DISADVANTAGES may

Summary of recommendation to contract with mobile the

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site in Mobile. Summary of recommendation to contract with Mobile -- The primary DISADVANTAGES may be the hot and humid weather in Mobile in July, and the relative scarcity of BSA members in and around Mobile. The ADVANTAGES of Mobile as a meeting site are the following: 1) Cost of lodging. The host hotel (Adams Mark) has rates quoted for 2003 at $99 for sgl/dbl, which is cheap for 2003 and for a hotel of this caliber. Overflows are cheaper and more distant and will have rates from the low $80s to the low $90s. Dorm space is potentially available at a satellite of the Univ. of South Alabama, although bus shuttling would be needed. 2) Placement of hotels and meeting site. The host hotel is adjacent to the Mobile CC and is connected to it via a covered causeway. Overflows are cheaper but more distant (unlike Portland). 3) Ease of staging. The Mobile CC is a new and spacious facility and has lots of room. It has a riverside placement, straddles an active railroad, and has a paddle boat moored outside. It sits adjacent to a riverside ‘park’ where outside functions (e.g., All society mixer) could be held. Costs would be similar to the OCC in Botany 2000, but are definite and could be factored into the budget. 11
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4) Good botanical resources and interest. Mobile Bay, the Mobile-Tensaw Delta Swamp (largest freshwater delta in North America), the Gulf coast, offshore islands, Weeks Bay Estuarine Reserve, Dauphin Island Estuarine Research facilities and Estuarium, and two botanical gardens (Mobile, Bellingrath) combine for a botanically-rich and biologically- interesting venue. Local support is limited but adequate. Lots of interesting fieldtrips are possible, particularly for Gulf coastal plain and wetland habitats. This is a good meeting for a wetlands theme. 5) Outstanding potential to interface with additional societies such as PSA, AABGA, and/or the Society of Wetland Scientists. There are two phycologists in the area, two botanical gardens, and a diversity of wetland and aquatic habitats. Meeting times are one week prior to the ESA conference in Savannah, GA, which facilitates recruitment of exhibitors and others visiting the southeast for meetings. 6) Interesting history, cuisine, and attractions within walking distance of convention. The revitalized downtown is convenient to conventioneers with good restaurants and entertainment within a short walking distance. Mobile is sprucing up for its 300 th anniversary in 2002. Ante-bellum homes, large live oaks with Spanish moss, old forts, and a distinctly ‘Old South’ atmosphere give Mobile a unique ‘character’, which offsets high temperature/humidity conditions. VI. BOTANY 2004 MEETING Sites under consideration -- St. Paul, MN (good facilities and local support); Spokane, WA; Salt Lake City, UT; Reno, NV. Site visits have been conducted to St. Paul and Reno.
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