Developer of $70 million apartments at Weston Hills Country Club unveils plans

The Logeta Group unveiled plans on Thursday to invest about $10 million on the renovation of the Weston Hills Country Club, as part of the construction of a $70 million residential community.

The developer also released the Adache Group Architects’ renderings for the adjacent Lodge at Weston Hills apartment complex. Weston officials had a site plan and an application for rezoning to build the 274 apartment units and renovate the club, according to the developers.

“If we can modernize the facilities and boost membership, then property values will rise and everyone benefits,” Lon Tabatnick, the developer, said in a statement.  

Tabatchnick is planning to make improvements to the 36-hole golf course and 50,000-square-foot clubhouse at 2600 Country Club Way. His plan also includes building a new pool with a bar and restaurant, five new tennis courts and a fitness center.

“We have seen too many examples in South Florida of once-prominent golf clubs that have been neglected and fallen into disrepair only to create eyesores for neighbors,” Tabatchnick said. 

In 2014, CF Weston Hills Arcis, an affiliate of the Fortune Investment Group, bought the country club for $14 million, records show. They sold it to Weston Hills Resort Group LLC, an affiliate of the Hollywood-based Lojeta Group of Florida.  

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Fatal crash shuts down southbound lanes of U.S. 27 in Weston

A fatal crash shut down southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 27 Thursday morning in Weston.

Sky 10 was above U.S. 27, south of Interstate 75 about 8:15 a.m. and saw a blue minivan with extensive damage. A yellow tarp was on the ground next to the vehicle.

Southbound traffic was being diverted in the area.

A Broward Sheriff’s Office representative said the minivan rolled over during the crash. An older man, who was the only person inside the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

BSO traffic homicide detectives are investigating the cause of the crash.

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Thief steals Louis Vuitton purse, cash from vehicle at Weston gas station

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is searching for a thief who stole a Louis Vuitton purse and cash from a vehicle earlier this month at a gas station in Weston.

The theft was captured on surveillance video on the morning of March 9 at the Mobil gas station at 1108 Weston Road.

Deputies said the man paid for his gas and then walked to the victim’s car, where he stole a Louis Vuitton purse and wallet, some cash, several credit cards and a cellphone.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Detective Michael Kravecz at 954-659-3531, or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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Man steals about $151 worth of steaks from Weston Publix

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for a man who stole about $151 worth of steaks from a Publix in Weston.

The theft was caught on surveillance video Feb. 5 at the Publix on Weston Road.

In the surveillance video, released Friday, the man can be seen walking with his shopping cart to the meat department, where he selects skirt steaks and tenderloins.

BSO spokeswoman Joy Oglesby said the man bagged his groceries, bypassed the cashier and walked out of the store without paying.

The manager told deputies that the man is known to steal meat from several Publix stores.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the BSO at 954-389-2010 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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2 FSU students from Weston killed in chain-reaction crash on Turnpike

Two Florida State University students from South Florida were killed over the weekend in a crash on Florida’s Turnpike.

On her YouTube channel, Valentina Martinez, 19, shared a passion with viewers, offering make-up tutorials in her spare time.

But the 20-year-old was also a hard-working full-time student at Florida State University.

She was likely on her way home Sunday to Weston during spring break when she was killed in a chain-reaction crash on the Turnpike right outside of Orlando.

“She was a dear person to us, with me especially because when I first came here she helped me a lot,” Martinez’s former manager, Abel Garcia, said.

Garcia was Martinez’s former boss at the Hungry Howie’s restaurant in Weston, where she worked for two years before the move to college.

Garcia is now setting up a memorial fund in Martinez’s memory.

“Valentina was a real nice girl,” Garcia said. “She had a lot of hopes (and) aspirations. She wanted to be a doctor. When she was here, she was a very good worker. She was always happy, always had a smile on her face.”

Authorities said seven cars were involved in Sunday’s pile-up wreck.

Police said a pickup truck slammed into the back of the vehicle Martinez was in, killing her and Antonio Mesa, 18, also of Weston and a fellow FSU student.

GoFundMe pages have been set up for the families of both of the victims as well as for Aztli Jimenez and Maria Cardenas, who were severely injured in the wreck.

“Anything should help in this situation, so we’re just chipping in a little bit,” Garcia said.

The money raised on the GoFundMe pages will go toward funeral expenses for Martinez and Mesa and for medical expenses for the survivors.

 Click here to donate to Martinez’s GoFundMe page and click here to donate to Mesa’s GoFundMe page.

The GoFundMe page for the survivors can be found by clicking here.

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