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Transportation to Weston

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Transportation to Weston

I;m arriving at the airport on Jan 8.What is the most economical way to get to Weston,we are staying at Vacation Village Thanks Emie

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1. Re: Transportation to Weston

Probably best to rent a car ... you will need one while at the Resort.

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Call them immediately. There was a small fire yesterday, but Sun Sentinel said tons of water damage.

If on a T/S exchange, also call RCI or II and check www.dailymanagementresorts.com

When you find out everything is OK...(hopefully)....could you post here to let us know.

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Here's the story from the Sun Sentinel- the fire only affected one building of the many there and apparently folks were relocated to other condos. I think all should be ok! The e-mail of the reporter covering it is given if you should wish to contact her.

Dozens of holiday vacationers evacuated after fire at Weston's Vacation Village

By Tonya Alanez

Staff Writer

Posted December 27 2005

WESTON -- Dave and Jean Parker hadn't yet unpacked their luggage when a fire interrupted their holiday vacation Monday afternoon.

"We'd only been booked an hour," said Jean Parker, 50, of Scunthorpe, England. "We just dumped our luggage, came out by the pool and saw the smoke."

The Parkers were among dozens of holiday vacationers relocated from Vacation Village time-share rentals in Weston after a fire broke out in an elevator Sunday. The fire wasn't serious, but about 90 units at 16700 Blatt Blvd. had to be evacuated.

Berkley Vacation Resorts Inc. owns the 11-building complex.

The Parkers, who had docked in Miami earlier in the day, said they were so happy to see the sunshine after spending the last day of their Bahamian cruise in the rain that they only took time to unpack their flip-flops before dashing out to the pool.

They said they didn't see the black smoke coming from the top of the seven-story building until fire trucks started to arrive.

Evacuation was under way when firefighters arrived about 2:30 p.m., said Battalion Chief Dominick Lanza of the Broward Sheriff's Fire Rescue.

The sprinkler system extinguished the fire, and nobody was hurt, he said, adding that because of the heavy smoke it took firefighters a half-hour to find the origin of the fire in an elevator between the fourth and fifth floors. The cause is under investigation, he said.

Lanza said the building sustained a fair amount of water damage, and the elevator was destroyed. He declined to estimate the value of the damage.

Karen Schremp, 57, of Chicago, arrived at Vacation Village on Friday for a one-week stay with her 27-year-old son, John.

She said they were just finishing lunch in their fifth-floor unit when she heard the voice on the PA system telling them to evacuate. Schremp said they quickly grabbed their passports and got out.

"At least nobody's hurt and it's not raining," she said as she waited in the parking lot amid the acrid smell of smoke for an update from the management.

Director of Operations Craig Olson apologized to vacationers for the inconvenience before allowing them to return to the building one floor at a time to retrieve their belongings.

Olson declined to comment about the fire, other than to say occupants of 90 units of the building were being relocated. Because fire crews had to leave the elevator shafts open, it was considered enough of a safety hazard to require evacuation of the building.

Sharon Landon, 40, of Lansing, Mich., said she was returning from an outing with her boyfriend when they saw fire trucks descending on the property.

The high school athletic director said she panicked at first.

"I was thinking maybe we should have just turned around and gone home and this all was just a nightmare," said Landon, who is booked to stay at the time-share until she departs for a Caribbean cruise on Saturday.

But as she transferred her belongings from one bright yellow building to another across the parking lot, she took it all in stride.

"We got lucky," she said. "And we got a better unit, too."

Ralph Hornbuckle, 72, of Sonoma County, Calif., was on his first visit to Florida since 1955 with his wife, daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

They weren't feeling quite so fortunate as they struggled to cram their luggage into their overflowing car. They hadn't yet been told where they were going.

"We're not happy campers," said Hornbuckle's daughter, Leslie Merolle, of New York.

"Maybe we'll get lucky and they'll put us up in Disney World," said Leslie's husband, Michael Merolle.

The British Parkers, meanwhile, worried about making it on time to pick up their two sons, 20 and 24, in Kissimmee later in the evening.

"We're not best for time keeping," said Dave Parker, 52. "We're always late, so they won't believe us when we say the place caught fire."

Tonya Alanez can be reached at tealanez@sunsentinel.com or 954-356-4542.

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4. Re: Transportation to Weston

Thanks for info on the fire.I called this am and was told no promblem they will give us a unit in one of the remaining buildings as well there was little fire damage and water is not bad as thought Thanks Emie