Travel Weekly's Florida E-Letter: June 5, 2002

CELADON BEACH Condominiums, a 193-unit luxury property in Panama City, is to break ground this summer, with completion set for May 2004. Abbott Resorts, a division of Memphis-based ResortQuest Int'l, was tapped to handle management and vacation rentals for the 22-story, gulf-front complex.

CYPRESS GARDENS is following up its Oktoberfest, successfully run the past five years, with an expanded event called World Fest, a salute to music and food around the globe. The dates are Nov. 2 to 11. For information, call (800) 282-2123 or check the Web site, www.cypressgardens.com

THE FLORIDA KEYS' fifth national wildlife refuge, the 25-acre Ohio Key, opened at mile marker 39 on U.S. Route 1. It is an important bird habitat, and is administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

PARKING RATES for the Universal Orlando theme parks increased from $7 to $8. Nearly all of Universal's public parking is covered. Parking fees for the open lots at SeaWorld Orlando cost $7; at Walt Disney World, $6.

AIR SERVICE UPDATE
• Vanguard Airlines added a second daily nonstop on its Kansas City-Orlando route. For information, call the agent hotline, (800) 737-4252
• AirTran will inaugurate Milwaukee-Orlando service June 19. For information, call (800) AIR-TRAN.
• Pan Am begins daily, nonstop flights June 28 between Orlando Sanford Airport and Newark and between Orlando Sanford and Miami. For information, call (800) 359-7262.

HOTEL DEALS
• Oceans Resorts' Best Western La Playa Resort, Daytona Beach, introduced a Play, Stay and Eat Free package applicable to Sunday through Thursday stays completed by Aug. 29. For $99 per room per night, clients qualify for one free night when paying for two, as well as a free breakfast for children ages 12 and younger dining with a paying adult. Also, there is a free upgrade to an oceanfront room; free golf fees at participating Daytona Beach courses when paying for a cart rental (tee times after noon), and the summer recreation program for kids. When booking, agents should request rate code OSFR. The Web site is www.staydaytona.com.
• South Seas Resort, Captiva Island, introduced a three-night Family Fun package covering two adults and two children. Valid on stays through Dec. 23, the plan's rates are from $912 for a one-bedroom unit; $1,110 for a two-bedroom. Included are room, daily breakfast, one dinner in Chadwick's, one dinner in Cap'n Al's Dockside Grill, two pizzas and soda, a daily child and teen activity and other features. For information, call (800) 572-5998 or check the Web site, www.south-seas-resort.com.
• Turnberry Isle, Aventura, introduced the four-night All the Best package, priced at $657 per room and valid on stays through Sept. 30.The plan includes a free fourth night, the room, fruit basket, daily breakfast buffet, unlimited spa and Ocean Club admissions, valet parking, taxes and service charges. There is a $50 credit per room for each night spent. which can be used on meals, golf, tennis, spa treatments or merchandise. For information, call (800) 327-7028 or check the Web site, www.turnberryisle.com.

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