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 Palm Beach County Commissioners Sign $100 million-plus Contract with Ocean
Properties Ltd. to Build a 400 room Westin Hotel Adjacent to the
Palm Beach County Convention Center
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Palm Beach County, Fla. – April 23, 2007 – The Palm Beach County Commissioners unanimously awarded a $100 million-plus development agreement to Delray Beach-based hotel developer Ocean Properties Ltd. Hotels and Resorts. Palm Beach County is proud to have the Westin brand join their hospitality industry whose strong traditions in style and service mirrors the destination. The hotel is an upscale 400-room 25-story Westin Hotel, which is designed to be connected to the Palm Beach County Convention Center by an enclosed walkway. Also part of the project is a 104-unit 20-story condominium tower and a valet drop-off with parking tunnel connected to a 1,809-space parking garage. The entire development is located on the convention center site in the City of West Palm Beach.  
            
“The Westin Hotel and Resort brand is known world-wide as a top property of choice for the business traveler who appreciates a higher standard.  We see a perfect fit with Westin’s global branding and the Palm Beach County Convention Center,” said Convention and Visitors Bureau Interim Administrator Jim Stuber.  “We all look forward to the ground-breaking in April of 2008; however, I can promise you our convention center staff has already started selling for the anticipated grand-opening in 2010,” Mr. Stuber added.       
            
The sales, meeting and convention team at the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau offers seamless meeting planner services at no charge.  The “With Our Compliments” program enhances the complete business and meeting experience by offering well-trained meetings staff that provide a full range of destination services for a flawless meetings experience. Call 1.800.833.5733 to book your next convention or meeting in Palm Beach County, Florida.
            
The architecturally inspired Palm Beach County Convention Center ushered in a new level of business/convention travel in the destination when it opened in January of 2004.  The Convention Center is located on 19-acres in the heart of West Palm Beach.  

Ocean Properties, Ltd. Hotels and Resorts is one of the largest privately held hotel management companies in North America and the Caribbean.

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Contact:

Enid Atwater
Palm Beach County CVB
561-233-3000
enid@palmbeachfl.com

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Also See: CityPlace Partners Files Suit Against Palm Beach County Commissioners for Picking Another Hotel Developer to Build Convention Center Hotel / July 2004
The Palm Beach County Commission Rejects Four Proposals for a 400 room Convention Center Hotel / April 2004
Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau - 'A Train Wreck of Great Magnitude' / December 2006
Ocean Properties Ltd. Receives Nod to Build a 400-room Hotel and Condo Next to Palm Beach County Convention Center; Taxpayers to Front Subsidy of Approximately $14.5 million / June 2004
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