Several years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Martha Beachem in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
She's been running cruises there at Las Olas Gondola for some time now.
The other day she shared the news with me that she has now taken over as owner of the boat and the whole servizio.
Here's a press release:
The torch has been passed at Las Olas Gondola in Fort Lauderdale to longtime Florida Operations Manager Martha Beachem. In July 2018 the contract was finalized and signed for Gondolier Martha to take over as owner/operator of the business after the purchase from Mike Novack. She will maintain the excellent quality of your gondola experience as always and looks forward to continued success on the One and Only Venetian Gondola in the "Venice of America"!
There's no place anywhere quite like the waterway there in Las Olas,
and not surprisingly - there's no other gondola quite like
the one they operate there.
She's uniquely suited to face the challenges there, and do it in style.
Big congrats to you, Martha.
I couldn't think of a better gondolier to pilot that boat and carry the torch!