Meetings General Information

The Shock Conference 
The meeting will take place at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa located at 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from June 3 - 6.  Seven miles from airport and on the beach, the resort is situated on 16 acres of beachfront property.  Enjoy the waves, a tropical lagoon pool, or investigating the Everglades.

If shopping or pampering yourself is more your style, try the 22,000 square foot spa, nearby Las Olas Blvd., known for outstanding dining, shopping and entertainment options, or indulge at Sawgrass Mills, America’s largest outlet shopping area.

Those who enjoy the arts can take in the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District, with the Florida Grand Opera, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Discover and Science, the Museum of Art and more.

Hotel Reservations
A block of rooms has been secured at the Marriott Hotel for SHOCK attendees at the discounted rate of $199 per night, plus 11% tax (currently). Book your room by April 24, 2017.   

Visitor's Information
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is located at 101 NE Third Avenue, Suite 100, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.  For more information, visit their website and check out there live beach cams.
 
ADA Compliance
The Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel is barrier-free in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  While FASEB/Shock will make every effort to meet the needs of the physically challenged, accommodations cannot be guaranteed without prior notification.

Banking and Foreign Exchange
The official currency in the United States is US Dollars. The US Dollar ($) is divided into 100 cents; notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1. Banking hours in the United States are generally Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. A few banks are open on Saturdays as well. You can withdraw money from ATM bank machines using your credit card and make purchases in stores and restaurants. Signs display accepted credit cards or you can ask the retailer. Check with your local financial institution to verify if you are able to use your home bank card or credit card prior to travel.

ATM bank machine service is available at the Marriott Harbor Beach.  There are also International Currency Converters -  www.GoCurrency.com  or  www.Oanda.com

City Map
See the map of Ft. Lauderdale and learn fast facts about the city.
 
Climate
Fort Lauderdale’s June weather tends to be warm during the day, nice during the evening, but with the possibility of rain. The average high and low temperatures in June are 87.6 degrees Fahrenheit and 75.1 degrees Fahrenheit respectively, with ten inches of rain during the month. The average ocean temperature is 83 degrees Fahrenheit. 
 
CME Credits
Shock does not offer CME credits.  You can pick up a certificate of attendance from the onsite registration desk to keep track of your credits.  
 
Conference Attire
The dress code for the Conference is business casual (slacks, casual dress).  Meeting room temperatures will vary, so wear layered clothing to ensure your personal comfort.  We also recommend attendees wear comfortable shoes.
 
Dialing Codes
The USA country code is +001, while Ft. Lauderdale landlines start with a 754 and 954 area code, followed by a 7 digit number.  The International access code for the United States is 1. While in the United States, you can call the directory information service number 411 for assistance in finding a phone number. Calls to area codes 800, 877, and 866 are toll-free in the United States. To make an international call, dial 011 followed by the country code, city code, and telephone number.

Eating Out
According to a 2015 survey from Trulia.com, Fort Lauderdale is the 8th most diverse city in the United States for dining options. Seafood mixes with Irish pub grub, Indian, New York deli, Asian fusion and soul food, which barely scratch the surface.  There are also a plethora of restaurants, food truck and trailers, in addition to The Fort Lauderdale dining app (iPhone).
 
Electricity
Voltage in the United States is 120 voltage (60 HZ). Outlet sockets use either a Type A plug which is a class II ungrounded plug with two flat parallel prongs, or a Type B plug which is a class I plug with two flat parallel prongs and a grounding pin.

Emergency Services
In case of an emergency, police, ambulance and fire brigade can be contacted by dialing 911.
 
Language
The official language of the Conference is English. Translation service will not be provided.
 
Name Badge
The Shock Society Conference badge must be worn at all times for admission to all sessions and events.  It is recommended that you remove your badge when leaving the hotel.   
 
Public Transportation
There are several public transit options in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County. Broward City Transit offers bus lines with daily schedules, and Tri-Rail offers commuter trains. There are also the Trolleys. The yellow and red Sun Trolley can be accessed by waving down the trolley as it passes by, and the Riverwalk Water Trolley, which will carry you across New River at eight different stops. 

Smoking Policy
Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or partly enclosed public areas.
 
Tax
The state levies a sales tax of 6% on purchases and 5% on hotel rooms. 
 
Time Zone
Fort Lauderdale’s time zone is Eastern Time Zone (UTC-05:00).

Tipping
Restaurant prices do not generally include a service charge, unless dining with a large group. It is customary to leave a tip of 15-20%.

Transportation
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is only three miles from the heart of it all.  (FLL) serves on average 73,000 travelers with an average of 650 flights on 30 airlines. 

Getting to and from the airport is easy as most major rental car companies are available at (FLL). Other standard transportation options include taxis, shuttles, limousine services, Tri-Rail, Sun Trolley and more. Travelers can receive real-time traffic and travel information regarding traffic, construction, severe weather and emergency issues,  in both English and Spanish, on the 511 Traveler Information System.