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CIEDA announces opening of Flamingo Crossings in Orlando

Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA), the Poarch Creek Indians‘ economic development arm, announced Feb. 16 the opening of Flamingo Crossings in Orlando, Fla.

Through CIEDA, PCI entered into a Limited Partnership called the “Doradus Fund” with six other Indian Tribes to provide equity for developing a collection of hotel development projects throughout the southeast, according to a release.

The Doradus Fund, a multi-tribe off-reservation business model, has been considered a one-of-its-kind for Indian Country. Yedla Management Group manages the Doradus Fund properties. The Doradus Fund partnership has completed three successful hotel development projects in southern cities: Huntsville, Foley and Charlotte, N.C.

The latest Doradus project to be near completion is Flamingo Crossings. Flamingo Crossings Town Center is a $209 Million development project located at Walt Disney World Resort’s western entrance.

The development consists of four seven-story hotels that cover an expanse of 18-acres and boasts a 272-room Home2 Suites by Hilton (opened December 2020), 229-room Homewood Suites by Hilton (opening February 2021), 273-room Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott (opening second quarter of 2021), and a 223-room Residence Inn by Marriott (opening third quarter of 2021).

The property development includes a multi-level parking structure, luxurious resort-style pools, and other amenities. One notable luxury amenity is a state-of-the-art Sports Court featuring a mini soccer field with turf, batting cages, and a basketball court at the Fairfield Inn and Suites.