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Old Friday, November 24th, 2006, 07:29 PM
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Just got back last night and luckily ran into some of the former employees of the Grand. I hope I remember it all, if anyone else was there week 44/45/46 maybe you have info too.

Raquel is at La Cabana along with Helen and one other women who's name I forgot. Clemmons from the bar is at the Marriot. Auriello from the beach is at Playa Linda. Carmen from the towel hut is at Divi. There is also another guy from the front desk at the divi, not Richard though.
Saw one of the doorman/bellman quickly passing by in one of those golf carts near the Holiday Inn, but unfortunately was not able to stop and chat. It really was nice to be remembered by all of our "family" from the Grand. Told them all how much we will miss them. If they want to return they will have to submit an application for positions when Riu opens.

The construction is moving very quickly. Both new towers are up and look to be at full height. They are still in the cinderblock stage. The original building has some new facing with the "castle topping" in place to match the new towers. The beach side of the building near the Wyndham seems to be at the same position as the lanai's were, not taking up any more beach space. Nothing has changed on the beach, all huts are still there. Looks like chairs are being rented by the tent in front of the pier. I was amazed to see the progress since John's pictures in July. I should have some to post soon. If they keep at this rate I think there is a possibility for an Oct/Nov opening.

Raquel and others have mentioned that under Dutch law the Riu has to honor our contracts. Of course there is no way of knowing about the control of maintenance fees. I guess we all have to wait that one out.
We were also told by a rep of bluegreen (LaCabana timeshare sales) that Riu is a very well known and reputable company.

I did tell Raquel about our section here on the site, I hope she chooses to post.

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