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    Probably because the winds have changed again... a seemingly common thing in Aruba
    and the world of finance.
    After all, it is the windiest sandbar in the Caribbean!
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    I know not many will agree with me, however I am one that is against this. If I want to see these kind of hotels i will travel to Florida. Going to Aruba helps me remove myself from my every day life and to forget about the common things seen at home. Staring at a GIANT guitar and seeing the commercial name of HRC isn't helping me feel like I am on a Caribbean island. I truly understand this is good for there economy as well as other things for the island however I feel its bad for the tourist that is looking "to get away from it all" Commercialized is the word that is starting to come to mind when thinking about Aruba and I dont like that!!!!

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    Miky-I can totally understand your feelings and a giant guitar vs rusting containers is definitely a personal choice. I do wish that Aruba had stricter "zoning laws" to limit the size of signs and the Hard Rock guitar specifically.

    We couldn't believe that Aruba government allowed the Riu to build one of the most grotesque looking structures to ever hit the Caribbean, and I do fear that Aruba will start to resemble Las Vegas at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post

    Why is the Aruba Tourism Authority then, as per their February 2013 newsletter for Travel Agents, touting the fact that:


    "The Aruba government is finalizing an agreement for the former Bushiri complex to be transferred to the Southwest Group for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino project. The new project will generate additional income and room inventory needed during peak periods. It will also cater to a new young and affluent market, diversifying the Aruba product."
    They were finalizing the Melia Sol deal for three years too.

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    i heard about this some time back - i must say i am disappointed. I am glad something is going to done with the site and im all for creating new jobs BUT does it have to be a monster of a hotel. What is the point of distinguishing between high rise and low rise areas if you then allow high rises to be built in the low rise area???? confused!
    I also wonder how much disruption it will cause to the Tam during demolition and construction???
    I thought the Riu was the last of the monster hotels but i guess i was wrong.
    I think the Aruban government should get HRC to revise their plans to a lower structure, everything else i dont have a problem with. Just my opinion

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    Don't get me wrong when I say I don't mind seeing a giant guitar... I see them in my dreams on a regular basis, so seeing one next door (literally, considering we stay at the Tamarijn) wouldn't bother me.
    It's all that goes with it that I'm not too crazy about.
    I don't believe (and I'm not defending the project by any means) that the prospected building is a high rise, but it is supposed to be "elevated" by building up the ground it's on.
    Still, if it raises the general height of the area, as in low rise/high rise, there does seem to be the question of height restrictions. I guess it's something only the Aruban gov't can deal with... it's their island after all.
    Miky2884, I hear what you're saying and am in complete and total agreement with it.
    If I want North America I'll stay at home and save the flight charges...
    Besides, I can go to the Hard Rock downtown in Toronto if I really need to.
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    http://aruba-daily.com/newspaper/?p=36411

    "COCKTAILS AT WHITE. With the ATHA fund-raiser at White Modern Cuisine the restaurant was completely full....On the way out the door entrepreneur and businessman Rudy Croes stopped me and whispered in my ear: The Hard Rock Resort obtained its financing and is becoming a reality, soon."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    http://aruba-daily.com/newspaper/?p=36411

    "COCKTAILS AT WHITE. With the ATHA fund-raiser at White Modern Cuisine the restaurant was completely full....On the way out the door entrepreneur and businessman Rudy Croes stopped me and whispered in my ear: The Hard Rock Resort obtained its financing and is becoming a reality, soon."

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    Perfect for that spot in my opinion; trying to be a low-rise on that land has been tried and failed; more than once if my memory serves.

    Preserve the low-rise area by all means, but many of the youngsters that will be attached to the Hard Rock will also want fast, easy access to Downtown/Seaport too. Hence, that land is more a extension of the port area than the beginning of the low rise in my eyes.
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    Yes indeed jdoll. IMO that is not the low rise are but the area referred to as the eagle section.
    I know there is much to be said re overdevelopment , but a HR is better than the shell of the Bushiri.

    I look forward to see if it transpires.
    Quote Originally Posted by jdoll View Post
    Perfect for that spot in my opinion; trying to be a low-rise on that land has been tried and failed; more than once if my memory serves.

    Preserve the low-rise area by all means, but many of the youngsters that will be attached to the Hard Rock will also want fast, easy access to Downtown/Seaport too. Hence, that land is more a extension of the port area than the beginning of the low rise in my eyes.

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