Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – Grace Bay Resorts, the company behind the celebrated Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos, recently announced the addition of The Veranda Resort & Residences in Providenciales to their management portfolio under a separate division of the company. Scheduled to open in Fall 2009, Veranda will be the only five-star hotel to offer private beachfront residences in the region.“This new division of our brand was created to offer management services to independent luxury resorts wishing to retain their own name and identity, while also benefitting from proven management, marketing and operational expertise our expanding group provides,” says Mark Durliat, CEO of Grace Bay Resorts. “The Veranda is a unique property that has enormous potential and we are honored to be selected as the operator for this resort.”Guests of the new 10-acre resort on Providenciales will enjoy more than 800ft of beachfront along Grace Bay beach. Inspired by British Caribbean architecture, the highly anticipated resort will feature the Island’s only private beachfront homes, each enjoying their own private pool, as well as 126 beautifully appointed residential units available as studios, one, two and three bedroom condominium units.Guests and residents of The Veranda will enjoy a wide range of activities such as world-class golf, fishing, sailing, nature hikes, scuba diving and snorkeling.www.verandatci.com
FCPA Professor goes off-topic today to pay respect to Andrew Smith, a former Butler University basketball player who passed away of cancer yesterday at the age of 25. (For media coverage of Smith’s passing see here, here, here and here. For prior media coverage regarding Smith’s battle with cancer see here, here and here).I can’t claim to have know Smith very well.However, I did enjoy having him as a top student when I taught at Butler University (2009-2012) and was otherwise impressed with how he interacted with others (including my young boys) on campus during those exciting years when he was a key player on Butler’s basketball team which made back to-back national championship appearances (a feat which seems all the more amazing with each passing year). Butler is such a small place where everyone, it seemed, felt a connection to the student-athletes.My heart aches for those who did know Smith well, including his friends and family, particularly his wife who has moved and inspired many through her frequent blog posts on Andrew’s condition and their battle.Any kid who has picked up a basketball has dreamed of that “one shining moment” and a national championship game. However, what happened to Smith and his body in such a short time is the stuff of nightmares.Death of course is inevitable.But when a young person with a full and promising life ahead passes away in the manner that Smith did, it is heartbreaking and should cause us to pause and ponder our blessings for the things we often take for granted.The spouse we get to grow old with, the children we have and the opportunity to watch them grow before our eyes, the career we have and find meaning in, as well as the other seemingly mundane aspects of daily life.Life being what it is, we often view the above pleasures as rights. Yet the truth is, they are privileges – privileges not all get to experience.Here’s to you Andrew Smith – may you rest in peace. Thanks for the memories.