Cheeca Lodge Reopens!

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — A major Florida Keys luxury resort reopened Tuesday almost a year after a New Year’s Eve fire heavily damaged its main lodge.

Cheeca Lodge & Spa had been closed to the public since Jan. 1, while the shell of the main lodge was torn down and plans were developed for a replacement.

An intensive six-month major construction project features 62 concrete, pre-greened modular suites trucked to the Florida Keys from Ockeechobee and hoisted in place with cranes.

The 840-square-foot-suites have been delivered with fully-equipped bathrooms—incorporating marble tile floors, granite counter tops, bath fixtures, and marble and glass rain showers—and all electrical wiring and cabling throughout the suite. The modules are highly insulated, environmentally sustainable, energy efficient and can withstand a category 5 hurricane. The units are 30 percent fabricated from recycled materials.

Cheeca’s new four-story main lodge incorporates the original porte-cochere entrance and is built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Cheeca’s transformation also includes an expansive indoor-outdoor lobby lounge, meeting room with ocean-view floor-to-ceiling windows, two new restaurants and a club floor with sun deck.

More information on Cheeca Lodge can be found at

State Representative Ron Saunders to Hold Legislative Delegation Hearing

As required by the Florida State Constitution, State Representative Ron Saunders will hold a public hearing for the local bill he plans to file in Tallahassee for the upcoming legislative session in March.  The hearing will be January 7, 2010, 5:30pm, at the Murray Nelson Government & Cultural Center. The local bill provides requirements on the use of backup wells for disposal of treated wastewater in Monroe County. 

Students of the Week

Clayton Conley was selected as Student of the Week by Mrs. Martin.  Clayton is new to our school this year and has become an excellent example of Panther Pride.  His enthusiasm in the classroom is contagious and inspires other students to do well.  Clayton always does his best even when it might be challenging to do so.  You rock, Clayton!

Mrs. Olivera selected Carli Tejera for Student of the Week.  Carli is an enthusiastic, respectful and involved student.  She always does her best and is very caring to all students. She is an asset to Ms. Olivera’s class and all the students she helps daily. Way to go with all the PKS PRIDE Carli!

Students of the week

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