Pam, Mike, and I are working very hard to put on a top notch SQL Saturday event in Tampa. We've had a couple of roadblocks but think we've worked them out.
First, the event will now be held on February 16, 2007. It was originally scheduled for 1/12, but the event venue neglected to mention a cheerleading tryouts that will be taking place that same day. We didn't want to compete with 300 screaming, pre-adolescent girls so we moved our event. Thought we had everything in line, and then the DoubleTree raised our rates for the day. That roadblock puts a serious dent in our budget, but I think we'll be OK. Yesterday I received a phone call from them stating that the hotel was almost full and we coulnd't get enough rooms for our party, so I was quite upset and had a good discussion with the manager there. Let's hope that everything else goes without a hitch.
The venue is really nice - if you come, you will have a good time. We're going to hold 5 concurrent sessions at 75 minutes each, giving more time for content. The day should be a relaxing day of knowledge attainment.
I'm also finalizing details for a Friday event put on by Durable Impact for SQL Server professionals. I'll have more to say about that soon - but I'm not ready to spill the beans.
Rest assured that SQL Saturday is going to be a great event - it's been a lot more work just getting it going than I thought it would be, but we have a dedicated team who will get the job done.