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Posted - 09/07/2017 :  19:40:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just received this from one of the owners of the units at Club O.

Dear Shareholders,

It's ugly!

Steve and Bert just returned to GCBC from a visit to Club Orient.
Their findings include the following:

All wood units are gone. Presumably the slabs are left, but the buildings are gone.

Gatehouse is gone. In its place is a huge pile of debris that landed there from the winds.

Pedro concrete wall ? gone

Concrete buildings survived. Roofs gone or damaged.

Except for the waterfront chalets 46-52 ? They are gone. No sign of where they went.

The new beach goes from the water's edge back to where the studios used to be. It's about 200 feet.

Hurricane shutters on units left are gone as well as the contents of all the houses ? presumably sucked out by the wind ? no sign of where the furniture, cabinets, appliances, etc., went.

The units' contents have been stripped by the hurricane.

The villa is standing ? no further detail.

Papagayo is standing but may not be sound structurally. All the contents are gone.

The utility plant is covered with debris so Bert and Steve could not get a close look at the generators, switch panel, etc. It looks like there was about 5' of water in that area, which means salvaging the electric plant is in doubt.

The reception building is still standing. The front desk and other furnishings are gone.

The tennis courts are gone.

Steve and Bert drove through Orient Village where most of the buildings are standing but the contents of the first floors that they could see into are gone.

Looters beat Steve and Bert to the resort. They were clearing out the Boutique. We let them take the contents because presumably they need the stuff worse than we do!

I will continue to keep you updated as new information comes in.
Steve took about 100 pictures but has no way to transmit them until Internet service is restored.

According to Fr?d?ric Lecomte, our Paris attorney, the French media are reporting that 95% of the island is destroyed.

We have a huge job in front of us. We will need a lot of out-of-the-box thinking to reinvent Club Orient ? better than ever.


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Posted - 09/07/2017 :  21:51:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am so sorry to hear... We have so many beautiful memories of Club O and the rest of the island. Our sadness is beyond words.

Thank you for sharing.
Popeye & Olive
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Posted - 09/08/2017 :  07:00:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Words escape me. I can't imagine what the survivors, residents, property owners and businesses are going through. For selfish reasons we hope all of Saint Martin will recover as it is our favorite island, but the people that call it home and make their living there we hope it is a speedy recovery so that life can return to some normalcy soon.
We are ready to return to Club O when they reopen and do our part to support the economy.
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Posted - 09/08/2017 :  11:58:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This report shows the true power of Irma...Thank you for posting. Looks like my October visit is hereby canceled. If/when help is needed to rebuild, I offer assistance in the form of telecommunications.
So, so, very sorry to hear of this. St Martin is, indeed, The Friendly Island. Islanders will need beaucoup help and lots of muscle to get them back on their feet, and they deserve every last little bit of help we can give them.
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Posted - 09/08/2017 :  20:07:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We were scheduled for 2weeks in late November so same here. We always stayed in the wooden units and those are just gone according to the reports. I'm sure the Perch is history too. Hope they will rebuild and especially hope the reports are accurate that all the staff survived.

Kentucky Couple
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Posted - 09/18/2017 :  10:25:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is Club O accepting volunteer labor?
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