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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 45 A L A B A M A restaurant renovations planned. Among the properties on the beach with meeting space, Caribe Resort in Orange Beach is a true destination, with waterfront dining, a marina, 14,000 square feet of interior meeting space and plentiful outdoor space for recep- tions and parties. "In our three towers, guests enjoy covered parking, interior corridors, a gift shop, three fitness centers and three indoor pools. I am pretty confident you will not find all these amenities in any other one location in our market," said Stan Szapiel, general man- ager. The resort's outdoor event areas are a big attraction, Szapiel said. "Many meeting plan- ners plan outdoor functions either in our grassy areas on the bay or on our lazy river deck. We always have a backup plan if the weather does not cooperate, to hold the event inside for no extra charge. Also, we love for our groups to utilize our 50-passenger dolphin and dining cruise boat. This puts attendees out on the water to enjoy the fresh air while they watch dolphins or head to a waterfront restaurant." Condo units at Caribe are large, ranging from 1,400 to 2,380 square feet. "All units have bedrooms with separate adjoining baths for privacy and many groups find that sharing large condo units helps reduce meeting costs," Szapiel said. Additional Alabama Gulf Coast Meeting Space • Phoenix Condominiums - 2,000 guest rooms; 14 meeting rooms in 4,000 total square feet of event space • Kaiser Realty by Wyndham - more than 1,000 guest rooms; meeting capacity of up to 250 • The Beach Club - 310 guest rooms; 13,000 total square feet of event space • Kiva Dunes - 40 guest rooms; 900 square feet of meeting space; 18 holes of golf; pri- vate beach • Holiday Inn Express On the Beach - 119 guest rooms; meeting capacity of 75 • Hilton Garden Inn Beachfront - 137 guest rooms; banquet maximum of 110 • Erie H. Meyer Civic Center - seats up to 650 people, theater style n Dinner on the deck at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach Aerial View of Caribe Resort, Orange Beach