On-the Ground Reports and Updates
Email from Peter Island Resort, George Acquino, Director of Operations, 10/30/98: Hurricane Georges was not particularly kind to Peter Island during its recent run through the area. Fortunately, Peter Island Resort didn't get affected by any major structural damage to any of our buildings, but the heavy water surge that came over our seawall didn't spare our landscaping, dining facilities, kitchen equipments, electrical systems, air conditioning units and compressors, pool area and the seawall. The management of the resort decided to open the resort on April 1, 1999. We would never compromise the Classic Caribbean experience you have come to expect from the resort, by opening a moment too soon.
Email from Frenchman's Cay Resort,
Terry Kennedy, Owner, 10/15/98: Our road is being repaired. The sea surge from
"Georges" undermined a section of the approach road retaining wall as it ran
next to the sea and a section of road collapsed. We are in the process of replacing about
110 feet of retaining wall and 300 feet of road. Repairs are going well and we will be
open for business December 12th.
Email from Patouche II, Claudia, Owner, 10/14/98: We did fine. We always put the boat on land at the VG boatyard. By the way the islands look great. No one would know that a hurricane had come close.
Email from Necker Island, Emma Freeman, Marketing Manager, 10/13/98: Necker got away lightly through the winds of Hurricane Georges. A few broken windows and the tennis court looks like another beach but apart from the usual debris we were in pretty good shape once the hurricane had passed. We opened almost immediately.
Email from Villa Laguna, Lee
Dion, Owner, 10/10/98: We did very well. Some sceens got blown out, and lots of vegetation
Email from Virgin Gorda Villa Rentals, Tina, 10/8/98: We survived the hurricane very easily this time around, thank God! We have been open for business as usual since the day after the hurricane. Only a bit of landscape damage and a couple of broken windows [VGVR manages a large number of villas on Virgin Gorda].
Email from Arundel Villa, Peter Mendiha Willard, Owner, 10/8/98: "Cleaning" a lot of landscape damaged during the storm; could have been worst; very lucky this time. The landscape will grow back in six months. We just finished 500 sq.ft of New Deck space off the pool area.
Email from Limin' House, Susan Obert, Owner, 10/8/98: No problem [from hurricane]...the house is built solid. Landscaping needs some cleanup but nothing major. Yes, we are absolutely open for guests with good availability until Christmas.
Email from Pusser's at Marina Cay, Betty Goss, General Manager, 9/28/98: The enormous seas came at us from two directions and destroyed all docks and fuel house, etc. We have been working all week to get the beaches and other areas back together. The restaurant opened with a limited menu today and the company store/boutique is open as of today. There is temporary dockage for dinghies only. We anticipate new fuel dock in approx. 4 weeks. Hotel rooms will be available as of Friday (Oct 2).
Email from Long Bay Beach Resort, Nancy Brassem 9/28/98: Repairs began immediately at Long Bay. It remained fully operational, and the clean-up that was necessary, i.e. branches and debris, power restorations, some beach erosion, was taken care of. It is now 100% functional.
Email from Sandcastle & Jost Van Dyke, Debby Pearse and Bruce Donath, 9/27/98: Jost Van Dyke and Sandcastle made it through Hurricane Georges quite well. Been spending this past week digging all our plants out from under mounds of sand, but as of today (Sunday) we are just about back to where we started. Lost a couple of trees and several windows, but no serious damage. We will definitely be ready when our season opens on Thursday!
Wreck of the Rhone Report, Lynn McKamey (ScubaMom) 9/27/98: Divemaster/Instructor Randy Keil, manager of Dive BVI Peter Island was anxious to dive the Wreck of the Rhone as soon as the post-hurricane weather and seas allowed. He was excited to report that the sea bottom has shifted somewhat and exposed parts of the Rhone never before seen! The dive will now be better than ever! Randy also saw new fish species at the wreck and will be interested to know if they will stay. Otherwise, visibility is still a little low on the dive sites, but that should clear as soon as the post hurricane seas settle.
Email from Lynn McKamey, the ScubaMom, 9/23/98,Reports on the
Telephone Interview with Pat Faulkner at Pat's Pottery on Anegada 9/22/98: The sea was rough. We got mostly wind, not a lot of rain. It blew things around, "burned" the vegetation but things are still green outside. No roofs came off. Today I went to the village and as far as the bridge. Cars are on the road, stores open. Neptune's Treasure is ok--we call each other. They're cleaning up palm tree fronds, etc. We do better than the islands with mountains as it just blows over us [Anegada is a coral island whose highest point is 28']. We will be open tomorrow.
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