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Developer unveils its plans for beachfront condo-hotel

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By CHRISTINA K. COSDON Published February 5, 2006

CLEARWATER – Where now there is open beachfront on the site of the former Adam’s Mark Resort, construction is to begin this fall on twin tower luxury condominiums. The West Indies style Indigo Beach Residences are to feature a 112-unit private residence tower and a 78-unit condominium/hotel tower. The 100- and 150-feet tall towers will be built over three decks of parking. Designed by the architectural firm of Curts, Gaines, Hall, Jones of Tampa, the two- and three-bedroom residences will range in size from 2,000 square feet to more than 3,300 square feet and carry a price tag of $1-million to $2.5-million. There will be swimming pools and landscaping at the towers’ entry levels.

A clubhouse, library and fitness center will be inside the tower. The one- and two-bedroom condominium hotel suites will start in the mid $300,000 range, said Bob Glantz, vice president of sales and marketing of developer Taylor Woodrow. Amenities will include a restaurant and bar, fitness facilities and meeting rooms. A contractor has not yet been selected, Glantz said. Taylor Woodrow, a British housing and development company established 85 years ago, develops communities, high-rise residences and homes in Arizona, California, Florida, Texas, Canada and Spain. It paid $31.5-million for the 2.45-acre gulffront property.

Hotel promotes staffer

Kendra Werda has been promoted to assistant general manager of Fairfield Inn & Suites at 3070 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. She joined the hotel in 2004 in a guest service position and soon after moved into the sales coordinator position. The 127-room hotel is owned and operated by Buffalo Lodging Associates, in partnership with Benderson Properties LLC real estate development corporation. Buffalo owns and operates hotels in nine states and Canada.

Ad, design studio opens

Paul Orlando, a veteran of the advertising market, has opened Paul Orlando Advertising & Design in Safety Harbor. The studio also will offer illustration as a service to publishers. During his 20-year advertising career in the Tampa Bay area, he has won more than 30 ADDY awards, the advertising industry’s largest competition recognizing creative excellence and top advertising worldwide.

Firm earns safety award

Melitta USA has received an Outstanding Safety Performance Awards from Liberty Mutual by achieving 365 consecutive days without lost-time accidents at its facilities in Clearwater and Cherry Hill, N.J. A lost-time accident is an accident in which a worker is unable to return to normal work duties for more than a day. “Our employees are our most valuable asset and we are dedicated to providing the safest work environment possible to ensure their health and safety,” said Marty Miller, chief executive officer of Melitta USA, based in Clearwater. The company is responsible for the sales and marketing of Melitta brand filter paper, coffee and non-electric coffee systems in the USA. Coffee roasting and packaging is done in Cherry Hill and filter paper and non-electric coffeemaking systems are manufactured in Clearwater. Melitta USA is part of the privately held Melitta Group of Minden, Germany, established in 1908.

Store serves tennis needs

Nathan Walker has opened Yellowball Tennis Equipment and Apparel at 36037 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. The store has a broad selection of racquets, shoes, clothing and accessories for the tennis enthusiast. The business also a racquet stringing service and its gift line includes tennis cards, hand-painted stemware, embroidered towels, mouse pads and jewelry. Visit the store’s Web site at Window business moves Robert Pichman has moved his Simply Great Windows business from Palm Harbor to 1490 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. The fax and phone numbers are unchanged. The move was made to centralize the business. News of businesses and business people can be faxed to the Business Digest at 445-4119, e-mailed to or mailed to Business Digest, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. We are interested in new and unusual businesses, promotions, expansions and major new contracts. Photos can be sent, but not all will be used and they cannot be returned. Source:

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