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  1. #1
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    Jun 2005

    Cheeca Lodge catches fire New Years Eve........

    Fire damages Fla. Keys luxury hotel
    ISLAMORADA, Fla. A New Year's Eve fire has heavily damaged part of a landmark Florida Keys hotel but there were no reports of injuries.

    The fire happened at the Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada. The hotel was popular with President George H.W. Bush who visited on bonefishing trips.

    Monroe County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Becky Herrin says a caller reported seeing flames burning through the roof of the main lodge building just before 10 p.m. Wednesday and that the fire was under control before midnight.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it apparently started in palm thatching that was attched to the main building.

    The resort has nearly 200 guestrooms and was fully occupied. Some rooms during the winter start at around $269 a night. Damage to the hotel is still being assessed. Guests in the main building were relocated to other nearby hotels.

  2. #2
    Ed is offline
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    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Ft.Lauderdale, Fl.

    Thumbs up Cheeca

    Cheeca Lodge is as good as it gets in the keys. Been there many times over the years. Hope they get back up & running soon.

  3. #3
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    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Albany NY
    that sucks. I bet it was the lil Tiki bar that is attached out the back entrance.

  4. #4
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    Beautiful Fort Lauderdale
    Unreal that palm fron awning burned the whole building out ! Cool place gone for now!
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