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REAL ESTATE
May 5, 1985
Grading has begun on the 80-acre, 1,036-lot Rancho Casa Blanca recreational-vehicle development at 44th Avenue and Indio Center Drive in Indio. The first phase of the development by the Estes Co., Tucson, is scheduled to open in October with 250 individually-owned lots, an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse and recreational amenities, according to Robert E. Hartley Jr., managing partner.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2000
Commercial nurseries operator Hines Horticulture Inc. in Irvine said Tuesday that it has completed the acquisition of an Arizona producer of quality bedding and holiday plants in the Southwestern United States. Terms of the purchase of Willow Creek Greenhouses Inc. in Chino Valley were not disclosed. Willow Creek has become the primary supplier of bedding plants to the Arizona marketplace.
TRAVEL
January 27, 2002
Florida goes Vegas this week with the opening of two behemoth hotels linked to convention centers and replete with lagoons and fantasy landscapes. The $450-million Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center sprawls across 63 acres in Kissimmee, south of Orlando and about five minutes from Walt Disney World Resort. It has more than 1,400 guest rooms.
TRAVEL
December 15, 2002 | Jane Engle
Buying airline tickets free on the Web is becoming a thing of the past. Internet travel seller Expedia recently began charging a $5 booking fee for airline tickets. Rival Travelocity plans to match the move next year. The airline-owned Orbitz site first imposed a fee in December 2001. The fee for Expedia, www.expedia.com, is designed to help the site "maintain the high quality of service" despite reductions in airline commissions, a spokeswoman said.
SPORTS
June 10, 1990 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Waiters in white jackets moved quickly through the stands offering bowls of strawberries and cream to ladies in straw hats and pretty dresses. "Aren't the strawberries lovely, darling," said one woman to her companion. This wasn't a scene out of the Great Gatsby, nor was it an afternoon at Wimbledon, where snacks of strawberries and cream are as traditional as its rules of white-only tennis attire.
TRAVEL
February 22, 2004 | Kathleen Doheny, Special to The Times
If you think dinner aboard a cruise ship always starts with a martini, sails along with a meaty main dish swimming in heavy sauce and ends with death-by-chocolate cake for dessert, you may not know what you're missing. Light, low-calorie cuisine is increasingly appearing on ships. Sure, most major lines still serve all the decadent fare a person could want, and many passengers prefer to indulge at sea and worry about the consequences later.
TRAVEL
June 10, 2001 | LAURA BLY
The woman behind the checkout desk at Honolulu's Hilton Hawaiian Village leaned forward and asked in amazement, "How did you get that price?" My secret: Booking with Priceline (http://www.priceline.com), I'd paid just $75 per night, plus tax and the $5.95 Priceline fee, for a room Hilton listed at $179. Granted, that spring bargain carried limitations. I could specify the quality I wanted (one to four stars), but I had to name a price without knowing where in Honolulu I'd wind up.
TRAVEL
November 5, 1989 | BILL HUGHES, Hughes is a 30-year veteran travel writer living in Sherman Oaks
Vacationers to the Phoenix area looking for a good deal in luxury accommodations might want to get right to the Pointe--get to one of three Pointe resorts in Arizona's Valley of the Sun. The three all-suite Pointe Resorts are offering a new "prime-time" package year-round to those 50 and over.
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