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Western USA: March 24, 2012

CALIFORNIA:

INDIO: On February 28, 2012 Palm Springs real estate attorney Mitchell Reed Sussman filed a lawsuit against Wyndham Worldwide Operations, Inc., Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc. and DOES 1-10, inclusive on behalf of 13 named plaintiffs in Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, Indio Branch. The complaint accuses the defendants of:

  • Accounting Fraud
  • Intentional Concealment
  • Breach of Contract
  • Violation of the Vacation Ownerhip and Time-Share Act of 2004, (Bus. & Prof. Code 11210 et. deq.)
  • Unfair Competition Law (Bus. & Prof. Code 17200)
  • Consumers Legal Remedies Act (Civil Code 1750 et. seq.)
  • Rescission(?)
  • Rosenthal Violations (Fair Debt Collection Practices
  • Intentional Infliction of Mental Distress

That’s quite a potpourri of charges, don’t you think? Sussman’s firm, among other things, specializes in helping timeshare owners get out of their contracts. I guess when he says “We don’t just write letters, we take legal action!” he means it. Learn more…

COLORADO:

GRANBY: Is Wyndham resuming work on its 44-unit timeshare and lodge building in the Grand Elk subdivision?

Work on the WorldMark Grand Elk resort stopped about three years ago, waiting for the economy to improve. But word on the street says that construction is well underway on what looks to be a condo building, and recently Wyndham Resort Development Corp. picked up a building permit through the Winter Park/Fraser/Granby Building Department for “interior build-out” of the structure.

Originally slated to open in 2009, the property was at one point listed for sale with the following description:

Luxury Condominium Hotel (platted for time share) and 3.435 acres of land approved for development of 15 casitas. The hotel is designed and constructed by Worldmark by Wyndham. The building exterior and 2.144 acres of parking and landscape are complete and there are a finished swimming pool and hot therapy pool. The interior of the hotel is framed and roughed in but unfinished. It is designed as 1- and 2-bedroom condo units. The associated lot has one completed, fully furnished, 2-bedroom casita and 3.435 acres of vacant land.

One and ½ hours from Denver in the town of Granby. The property is adjacent to the Grand Elk Golf Course & Club and is minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Lake and Lake Granby. It is within 10 minutes of the family-friendly SolVista Ski Area and 17 miles north of Winter Park Ski Area.

But that listing currently shows as being “Off Market”, which I’d say is good news for WorldMark owners who were really looking forward to this resort! AND it should mean more work for us schleps…

Here’s the property photo from that listing (click on it to see it bigger):
WorldMark Grand Elk

NEVADA:

LAS VEGAS: So what’s the deal with Exotic Escapes Resorts? With an “contact” address in Altamonte Springs, FL, they’re running a big promotion in Vegas but there’s precious little solid information available about the company. I couldn’t find them as a registered corporation in Florida under that name so I looked in Nevada and discovered it was registered there as a Domestic Corporation on Feb. 27, 2012. Brand spanking new.

The president of the corporation is Blake Plumlee, and its address is 1 Main St., Third Floor, Las Vegas.

Well, they appear to be selling something in or from The Plaza Hotel and Casino, which is located on Main St. in downtown Vegas, but what that something is remains vague. Timeshare? Vacation/Travel Club? Other? The info on their website is sparse, to put it kindly.

What’s the lowdown?

UPDATE March 27: The lowdown is that Exotic Escapes has leased a small office space at the Plaza and their goal is to sell a Costa Rica timeshare resort from the space there. While they have begun promotions to bring in unhooked guests right now, they are still completing the legal requirements to sell the Costa Rica property from Vegas.

The plan is to do no more than 20 to 30 tours 5 days a week, M thru F at the Plaza once they’re fully open. More details to follow. Stay tuned.




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2 comments

  1. Paul

    I thought old Plumlee left the biz years ago!

    Must be homesick!




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    1. Blake

      Paul – How could anyone ever leave this business and not get homesick.




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