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Cavalier welcomes VSB

The future of The Cavalier Hotel may be a matter of developers’ vision and municipal generosity, but the present reality is comfortably familiar.

The Virginia State Bar is checking in for its 2013 Annual Meeting with 566 participants registered and more expected at the door, according to VSB assistant executive director Elizabeth Keller.

Keller said services and accommodations have not suffered, despite the recent turmoil over ownership and preservation of the historic oceanfront hotel complex. Cavalier officials have been busy, with representatives of a court-appointed receiver on site, Keller said.

The 50-year ownership of the hotel by a closely held family corporation is coming to an end amid settlement of a long-standing family squabble. Meanwhile, the soon-to-be new owner offers a radiant vision for the future, as long as city leaders chip in millions to make renovation feasible.

Reconstruction could displace the VSB from The Cavalier next year, but all appears to be business – and summer pleasures – as usual for 2013.

Another relocation is pending for the VSB. Facing non-renewal of its downtown Richmond office lease, the VSB has been scouting new headquarters locations.

Executive director Karen Gould reports three buildings are under consideration, but she declined to identify the prospects. A broker is expected to negotiate for a new lease once a choice is made, Gould said.

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