Palm Springs’ Virgin Hotel ‘postponed’ due to COVID-19, could be replaced with condos, city says


A sketch of the proposed Virgin Hotel in downtown Palm Springs. (Photo: Submitted: Wessman Development Company)

Citing economic setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic, developers of the the proposed Virgin Hotel in downtown Palm Springs have “postponed” the project, city staff said during Thursday’s Palm Springs City Council meeting.

As a result, the hotel could be replaced with a 62-unit condominium complex, officials said.

“Grit Development and the Virgin Hotel developer have mutually agreed to postpone the project due to COVID-19 impacts on the national economy and on the hospitality industry specifically,” Assistant City Manager Marcus Fuller told council members. 

He added that they “have agreed to replace … existing hotel plans on that site with a residential project that will energize the downtown project.”  

The proposed 62-unit development was reviewed on Tuesday by the city’s Architectural Advisory Committee. It shares the same architect behind the Kimpton Rowan Palm

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New Berlin, Burghardt Sporting Goods partner to create city rec center

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The less-faded paint previously covered by the Walmart store sign reveals the previous occupant of the 107,000-square-foot building in the New Berlin City Center off National Avenue. The store, vacant since 2015, will get new life not only as a 80,000-square-foot Burghardt Sporting Goods facility but also a 25,000-square-foot recreation center owned by the city, under a partnership between New Berlin and Burghardt. (Photo: Jim Riccioli / Now News Group)

NEW BERLIN – With a decisively broad recreational plan, the old Walmart in the New Berlin City Center will house more than a popular regional sporting goods store.

New Berlin officials announced Tuesday that the city has officially entered into a partnership with Burghardt Sporting Goods, the longtime Milwaukee-area retailer who recently acquired Walmart’s former store, to open a public recreation center in the heart of the community.

The announcement represents the unveiling of a plan that

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Former Edmonton city councillor and recreation advocate Bryan Anderson dies at 78

a person standing in front of a sign: Former Edmonton city councillor Bryan Anderson at the unveiling of the new Bryan Anderson Athletic Grounds sign in June 2019.

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Former Edmonton city councillor Bryan Anderson at the unveiling of the new Bryan Anderson Athletic Grounds sign in June 2019.

Longtime Edmonton city councillor Bryan Anderson, who championed the growth of sports and recreation in the city, has died at 78.


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Anderson, a former Edmonton high school teacher and sports coach, served on city council for 19 years before his retirement in 2017. He won six consecutive elections between 1998 and 2013 as the councillor for Ward 5 and then Ward 9 in the city’s southwest.

Mayor Don Iveson, who served as a Ward 5 councillor with Anderson when he was first elected in 2007, announced Anderson’s passing in a news release Friday afternoon.

“Having co-represented southwest Edmonton with Bryan, I saw firsthand his dedication and commitment to the residents of Ward 5 following a storied career as a teacher and coach,” Iveson

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City Of Pasadena Calls For Responsible Recreation Over Upcoming Holiday Weekend

September 1, 2020

PASADENA, Calif.—Heading into Labor Day weekend, the Pasadena Public Health Department urges the public to celebrate responsibly to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

After recent holidays, including Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and the Fourth of July, Pasadena experienced significant increases in local laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19. Contact tracers were able to attribute the majority of new cases to parties, get-togethers, and gatherings. The most impactful change the community can make to slow the spread of COVID-19 during the upcoming holiday weekend is to avoid gathering with people who do not live in your household.

Pasadena residents are still subject to statewide and local stay-at-home orders. Public health officials are reminding everyone about the importance of staying close to home and continuing to physically distance, use face coverings, wash hands frequently, and clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

“We continue to see the consequences of parties

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City to help tourism bounce back

By Bulelwa Payi Time of article publishedAug 30, 2020

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AS the country gears itself for Tourism Month in September, the City of Cape Town has unveiled plans to help the sector bounce back from the Covid-19 lockdown repercussions.

The plans include a focus on domestic travel and the establishment of a dedicated team to re-imagine tourism and help the sector regain its market share in the highly competitive global market.

Mayco member for economic opportunities and tourism, James Vos, said during a webinar this week, a great effort was made to ensure domestic travel resumed within the set safety parameters.

“Our role is to make sure Cape Town remains a popular tourist destination, but also that we’re ready to deal with anything in these unprecedented times. “We need to save jobs,” Vos said.

An impact survey carried out after the start of the

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City of Lakewood, California – Recreation & Community Services

Lakewood’s online recreation class registration system makes it easier to find and register for classes.

Summer 2020 Recreation

The catalog will not be printed for the summer, to enable us to quickly respond to the changes in public health guidelines by updating these online catalogs only. 

You can browse the catalog of all virtual recreation classes offered for summer 2020 at 

You can view the entire summer catalog online at

How to Register

Before you can register for classes, you will need to create a new user account. The process is quick and easy.

To set up a new account prior to registering for a class, click

If you already have set up an account on the new system, just click to register. Then enter a keyword or the number for the course or activity you want to sign up for in the search box.


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