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Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Hotel Says Goodbye to Starwood

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Mark your calendars, people. According to the Sheraton website, "The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel will be leaving the Starwood system on December 2, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Reservations for dates on or after December 3, 2014, will not be eligible for Starwood Preferred Guest membership benefits, award redemption or accrual."

No points for you.

The hotel formerly known as the Sheraton Yankee Clipper has a colorful history. Opened in 1956 by George "Bob" Gill Jr., who became known as Broward's father of hospitality, it was originally intended to look like a cruise ship.

When it opened, it boasted the latest in technology: air-conditioning. Ah, the big chill arrived in Miami.

The location is no slouch in the glamorous circles, either: the Wreck Bar resembling an underwater shipwreck, was featured in the 1960s film "Where the Boys Are" and in the 1999 movie "Analyze This," starring Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal.

And if you're itching for entertainment, there's an option that's packed to the gills: a live mermaid show plays weekly. No, really.

In 2009, the Gill family sold it, and it became a Westin. It reopened in 2010 as the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel.

What's next for this storied property? Based on its past, something exciting, for sure.

It may even include mermaids.

· Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel 'leaving' owner Starwood [Sun Sentinel]