The Boca Raton Resort & Club, which opened in 1926 as a 100-room Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn, will lay off between 773-995 employees on February 6, 2021 because of tourism losses and government actions from of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, Michael Dell purchased the Resort and Club via his MSD Partners. The resort now includes 365 acres, three hotels, a marina, convention center, and sports over 1,000 rooms.
“The Hotel” as most longtime locals call it, has suffered from a massive decline of conventions and leisure tourism with no end in sight. Many large events are happening virtually rather than in-person via luxurious destinations such as Boca Raton. For example, Tony Robbins, who lives 25 minutes north of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, used to hold one of his more intimate events at the hotel, bringing in 4-5,000 participants. Robbins is holding most of his large events virtually now and having significant results, and no one knows if we will go back to the way things used to be, which involved spending thousands of dollars in travel and lodging.
On Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was in West Palm Beach and stated, “We’re standing with you 100%. We know that you’ve done, and we know what you’ve sacrificed. If a local leader wants to put them out of work, your damn right I’m going to hobble them from doing that. I don’t think government has a right to put people out of work.”