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News from the Florida Keys: Cheeca Lodge Closes After New Year’s Eve Fire

January 6, 2009 By:Mary Winston Nicklin

Cheeca Lodge and SpaThe historic Cheeca Lodge, the luxurious Caribbean-style resort in Islamorada, is closed indefinitely after a New Year's Eve fire, "the biggest blaze in the Keys in 20 years" according to the Miami Herald.

Jeff and Katie Davison of England had a wedding they will never forget: a beautiful ceremony at Spa Island, a sunset cruise and dinner -- with a raging fire causing significant damage at their hotel. As they finished dinner on New Year's Eve, the main building of the prestigious Cheeca Lodge & Spa caught fire and sent guests and staff running for their lives. After hearing the words ''Fire, fire'' at their wedding dinner, the newlyweds gathered their 13 guests and fled.

Thankfully there were no casualties. But the well-loved resort suffered a lot of damage just after finishing some big renovations. Sadly, Cheeca Lodge will be closed indefinitely for repairs.


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