Paradise lost: Florida resort files for bankruptcy


Like many other luxury resorts around the world, Amelia Island Plantation is feeling the effects of the recession. Last week, the 1,350-acre luxury enclave overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in northeast Florida filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The resort is very dependent on its group business, which has dropped precipitously over the past year, according to Richard Goldman, its chief marketing officer. "More than half of our business is from corporate groups that hold conferences here," says Goldman. "The AIG effect has basically scared off folks -- even businesses that could afford to have meetings -- who are afraid to hold conferences at resorts." The "AIG effect" refers to businesses that have toned down lavish corporate events after the insurance giant was widely criticized for holding a conference at a luxury resort days after it received a cash infusion from Congress in 2008.