Lathrop may cap number of hotels allowed at just 6

It’s a problem that Lathrop’s leaders don’t necessarily mind having – watching land develop so quickly that they must think about preserving it for specific uses moving forward.

Last week the Lathrop City Council gave staff direction to prepare an amendment to the zoning ordinance that will cap the number of hotels in the Mossdale and Central Lathrop Specific Plan areas to six – preserving some of the remaining developable land in the area for the sorts of businesses that residents of the growing community demand.

According to Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal, it’s a great problem to have.

“We want to bring the amenities that people want and need – sit-down restaurants, family entertainment, things like that,” Dhaliwal said. “If everything gets taken up by hotels, where are we going to put those?

“Especially since we changed the zoning north of Dos Reis Road to light industrial.”

There will be no hotel cap on the east side of I-5, where several hotels are already located, or within River Islands.

According to the staff report prepared for the council, there are already three hotels – a 97-room Fairfield Inn by Marriott on Manthey Road, a 97-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott on Golden Valley Parkway, and a 112-room Homewood Suites by Hilton on Golden Valley Parkway – that have already been approved, and a 93-room Home2Suites by Hilton is currently in the permit application process.

That means that if the fourth hotel is approved, there will be able to be two more constructed on the west side of I-5 between the city limits and River Islands.

In Central Lathrop – the land around Lathrop High School all the way to the Mossdale Development – hotels are permitted uses and do not require special approval from the city while hotels located within the

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Three Palm Beach hotels rated among Florida’s best

M.M. Cloutier

The White Elephant was named the No. 1 Best Resort in Florida by Travel + Leisure's readers.

Three Palm Beach hotels are among Florida’s best — and one of them, the White Elephant, is among the top hotels around the globe, according to Travel + Leisure’s annual awards announced Tuesday.

The White Elephant, The Colony and the Four Seasons earned honors in the New York-based magazine’s 2022 World’s Best Awards, which are based on the results of an annual readers’ survey covering such topics as hotels, cruise lines, and U.S. and global destinations.

Award-winners reflect “excellence in hospitality” at a time when “travel continues to rebound and people are looking for new trip ideas and inspiration,” Travel + Leisure Editor-in-Chief Jacqui Gifford said.

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The White Elephant, which debuted in November of 2020 with 32 rooms and suites, earned positions in three categories.

It took the No. 1 spot in “The 15 Best Resorts in Florida” and ranked No. 2 in “The 15 Best Resorts in the Continental U.S.” (just behind No. 1 Pickering House Inn in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire). And in “100 Best Hotels in the World,” the White Elephant earned the No. 19 spot.

The trio of wins “is a true testament to our amazing team at the property for providing such memorable guest experiences,” said Khaled Hashem, president of White Elephant Resorts, which also includes five hotel properties in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Opening a hotel in Palm Beach was a “first step into new markets (outside of Nantucket) and our focus was to ensure we introduced our time-honored traditions and service excellence,” Hashem said.

The Colony was ranked No. 4 among the Best Resorts in Florida by Travel + Leisure readers.

The Colony

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Parties with pools, cabanas and DJs make a perfect combination for those who love to spend their vacations in beach cities. If you love to soak up the sun at a beachside paradise unchanged by the modern world, is offering you a dream job as the “Retro Beach Motelier.”

The Retro Beach Motelier will receive a $10,000 stipend to spend the rest of summer traveling back in time to the best retro beach motels across the USA. The suggested itinerary includes cozy coastal gems dripping in nostalgia, like The Pearl Hotel in San Diego and Vagabond Hotel in Miami. The selected applicants will be allowed to invite a guest of their choice will join them in this dream job.

Instead of spending vacation scrolling their smartphone and listening to podcasts by the pool, the Motelier will indulge in offline activities, like documenting the trip “for future generations.” The photos will be taken with a classic polaroid camera (instant film and camera provided). The IRL photo album of the trip may even appear on

The Retro Beach Motelier will also be armed with old-school seaside accessories to help them unplug and unwind, including high SPF zinc, striped umbrellas, vintage sunnies, and a cooler for beachside beverages, and a solar-powered AM/FM radio. Plus, will award them a $5,000 “salary” to spend on beachside snacks their grandparents would approve of frozen custard, salt water taffy and snow cones.

“Travelers these days tend to search for all-inclusive hotels and resorts when planning their summer getaways, but our Retro Beach Motelier is out to prove that beach motels can be just as luxurious,” says Melissa Dohmen of in a press release. “These timeless motels are not only budget-friendly but will transport beachgoers – literally and figuratively – back

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Global Gentry: 50 Best Practices for the Refined and Well-Traveled – The Street

Nobody loves the penance of traveling, but you can make it go faster. Paul Theroux said, travel is only glamorous in retrospect.

1/ Never stay in a hotel for more than three days – even if you’re in the same city you should jump around — variety is the spice.

2/ If something bad happens to you with an airline – accept it. The information counter, the long hold time and the online form are a long dark hallway with a dead end.

3/ Double the valet fee and ask the driver to leave your car out front, as with all service people – introduce yourself, tell them stories, ask them about their lives and families. Getting the “welcome back” and extra service is always worth it.

4/ Amex is worth it, stop telling us about your Chase Sapphire, you’ll never be cool.

5/ Always book on Amex platinum – the hotels are better, you’ll get a late check out and not get ripped off by the scam that is American hotels check out by 11am and check in at 4pm. I can’t even have 22 hours?

6/ Make sure there’s an adult pool. Every kid pees in the pool, I did.

7/ Don’t be cheap, Clear, TSA pre and travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry” onclick=”return phoenixTrackClickEvent(this, event);”Global Entry are all your friends trying to prevent you from another sinus infection, oh and another note – stop touching your face.

8/ If you find a good tip or secret, don’t tell anyone – that’s how it goes away. I told everyone about the secret valet behind the restaurant – now I can’t get my car parked, and have to walk in the front door with everyone else. Nothing you tell one other person is a secret.

9/ Summer on

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