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Hotel Laguna’s refreshed restaurant, Larsen, is open for business

Mayor Bob Whalen used a pair of giant scissors to cut a ribbon at Hotel Laguna’s front doors on Oct. 12 alongside Laguna Beach Co. CEO Mohammad Honarkar, Councilmember Peter Blake, Orange County Sup. Lisa Bartlett, Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), and Rep. Michelle Steel (R-Seal Beach). Photo by Daniel Langhorne

Hotel Laguna’s restaurant and lobby reopened with a fresh look on Tuesday after being shuttered for nearly four years.

Mayor Bob Whalen used a pair of giant scissors to cut a ribbon at the hotel’s front doors alongside Laguna Beach Co. CEO Mohammad Honarkar. The Laguna Beach City Council

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Daytona, Florida hotel jobs remain open as summer tourism booms

DAYTONA BEACH — Jennifer Pickett was all smiles as she emerged from an interview at an open-house job fair this past week at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort.

Pickett, 45, who left her job as an assistant manager at a senior assisted living facility in Palm Coast in the wake of COVID-related stresses of 2020, was excited about the prospects of a hospitality career.

“I really think this whole area, Daytona Beach, is hopping again,” she said, following an interview that she hoped would lead to a job in reservations or customer service. “I think the Hilton

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Delray Beach hotel prepares to open this summer as demand soars

The Ray, slated to open this summer, will bring design-focused luxury to Delray Beach.

The boutique hotel is located on Northeast Second Avenue, a few blocks north of Atlantic Avenue in the Pineapple Grove neighborhood, just one mile from the ocean.

As more travelers set their sights on vacationing in South Florida, the demand for more hotel space in Delray Beach continues to climb.

Once complete, The Ray will add 141 rooms, suite, and spaces to the growing Delray Beach Market.

This is an artist's rendering of the exterior of The Ray, Delray Beach's newest luxury boutique...
This is an artist’s rendering of the exterior of The Ray, Delray Beach’s newest luxury boutique hotel opening
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Protogroup hotel open in Daytona Beach, but many amenities not ready

DAYTONA BEACH — After nearly a decade of waiting, the doors are open at Daytona Grande, part of the controversy-ridden, much-delayed $192 million Protogroup twin-tower hotel-condominium project.

Sort of.

The hotel, part of the biggest, most expensive development project in Daytona Beach history, was expected to welcome its first guests on Friday, according to front-desk staff.

Opinion:City should avoid more concessions in oft-delayed Daytona Beach hotel project

Although the long-awaited Protogroup hotel, Daytona Grande, had its soft opening this week, pedestrian beach access and other amenities aren't yet available. The hotel is part of the much-delayed $192 million Protogroup twin-tower hotel-condominium project, the bigesst most expensive development in Daytona Beach history.

But they will arrive at a 27-story 455-room hotel that doesn’t yet offer a functioning fitness room, pool, walkway to the beach or other amenities.

“We had a very soft opening this

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