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- Hotel L'Esplanade, Grand Case
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 10:37:13 -0500 (EST)

Received the following fax from L'Esplanade:


The hotel is fine except the vegetation which suffered all over the
island.  The pool has to be fixed and should be done in a few days.  Some
of the restaurants, grocery stores and boutiques are already opened.  The
hotel association wants the island to be ready for the first week of
December, so everybody is working so hard for it.


*** Gert van Dijken ( gert AT vandijken.com )
**** The Caribbean Hurricane Page - http://www2.gobeach.com/hurr.htm

- St Tropez, Orient (fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 10:28:18 -0500 (EST)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 08:57:39 -0500
From: "Howard, Dennis D" <Dennis_Howard AT lord.com>
Subject: St Tropez, Orient

We received the following commmunication from St Tropez Hotel today:

Hello from St Tropez hotel.
Everything is alright here.
We are in process of making some repairs in painting, telephone system and
swimming pool.
Only vegetation has been very damaged on the french side. 
Electricity, water, phone are working
TV will be ok in few days.
Beach restaurants are opened.
Be reassured.
Waiting for the pleasure to welcome you on November 30.


- Towers at Mullet Bay
  • From: "Jerry R. Harke" <HARKE AT EMAIL.MSN.COM>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 08:36:40 -0800
I spoke at 8:30 a.m. (EST) with the front desk at the Towers at Mullet Bay
and was told that the Towers are in full operation and sustained very minor
damage.  I was also informed that the major damage to the island has
occurred in the low-lying residential areas.  I was assured by the clerk at
the front desk that all is well at the Towers and those who have
reservations in December should not hesitate about coming to the island.
Generally, I would have to say, that I tend to believe what I'm told by the
Towers in this regard because the building was built like a fortress and has
weathered previous hurricanes with little or no difficulty.  I personally
observed the building when under construction around ten years ago and
remember thinking at that time that the architect intended it to be
hurricane-proof.  I hope this helps those who are planning to visit the
Towers in the near future.

Jerry R. Harke

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  • - Divi Little Bay - NO GO!
    • From: "Gail Press" <gpress AT wrldpub.com>
    • Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 23:20:31 -0800
    Dear Gert,
    First of all I want to thank all of you who have provided the only
    information available anywhere on the condition of our beloved island. After
    many, many calls to Divi Corporate in North Carolina, I'm sad to report that
    they definitely will not be ready to open any time in December.  A note of
    advise to time share owners at Dive - they will try to tell you that your
    time and maintenance fee is lost unless you rebook with RCI... don't stand
    for it!!!  Insist on a credit towards next years time.  I fought with them
    all afternoon today and only when I threatened a lawsuit did they agree to
    credit my weeks and maintenance to next year. If you have non-refundable
    airline tickets and still want to go to St. Maarten, there are many rentals
    available on the island - check out search engines as I did. There's no
    better place in the world to usher in the new millennium!

    - yacht charter
    • From: JENT18 AT aol.com
    • Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 20:38:29 EST
    Agents in U.S.A. are telling charterers  that operations will be closed at 
    Capt. Oliver's until Dec. 4th.  Regular chartering will begin on that date. 

    - Update
    • From: "Jonathan Silverman" <jonathan_silverman AT ibm.net>
    • Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 19:15:59 -0600
    There are a number of interesting (real audio clips of) BBC radio programs
    which include segments on St. Maarten at
    S Jonathan Silverman
    jonathan_silverman AT ibm.net
    jonathan_silverman AT kirkland.com

    - St. Maarten Update 11/23 1:30 PM EST
    • From: CRibakoff AT aol.com
    • Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 15:09:01 EST
    Spoke with friends on the Dutch side late this morning who report:
    1.  International phones working on French side, Dutch side still down.
    2.  Banks still closed on Dutch side.
    3.  150' tug is sunk just off end of Juliana Airport runway, which is 
    interfering with jumbo jet activity -- salvage tugs hope to have it moved 
    4.  Still a lot of standing water in streets.
    5.  Clean-up progressing with all deliberate speed for a small island-- they 
    know it's tourist season, too, and are eager to welcome us all back as soon 
    as possible.
    6.  As I reported earlier, there is substantial damage to the yachting fleet 
    on both French and Dutch sides, with many 100' + boats sunk.
    It seems the worst is over.
    Thank you for all you've done maintaining these boards.
    All best,
    Charles Ribakoff
    Boston, MA

    - Sapphire Beach Club
    • From: Gomer36 AT aol.com
    • Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 13:32:35 EST
    I just spoke to the reservations folks at the Sapphire..finally got through 
    on AT&T.  The chap informed me that they are cleaning the property and will 
    not be accepting guests till December 4th. (week 49).  He originally stated 
    not till the 6th.  I explained that the date was a Monday, and he checked and 
    said the 4th. would be OK.  I intend to check back with the Sapphire before I 
    leave on the 4th.

    - Towers at Mullet Bay
    • From: Jerry Harke <jharke AT asid.org>
    • Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 12:22:54 -0500
    I spoke by telephone with the front desk at the Towers this morning (Nov
    23). I was told that they are assessing the damage right now, which seems to
    be confined to a few glass doors or windows that were broken on one side of
    the building. They asked that people wanting to know more about the Towers
    should call back next week (week of November 29) to get the official word

    - Belair Beach Hotel
    • From: John Schlichting <johnschl AT home.com>
    • Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 10:38:36 -0600
      I just spoke with the folks at the Belair.  They have hade "some
    damage" and will not be taking guests until the week of December 17th,
    at the earliest.  I was due to arrive the week of December 4th, so
    unless they are able to reschedule my week (I'm a timeshare owner) I
    guess I'll not be visiting SXM this year :-(.

    - French Side
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 10:44:39 -0500 (EST)
    Grand Case restaurants are open again.
    Marigot is also up and running as if nothing has happened.
    Looking good!
    *** Gert van Dijken ( gert AT vandijken.com )
    **** The Caribbean Hurricane Page - http://www2.gobeach.com/hurr.htm

    - RE: St. Maarten News (fwd)
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 10:37:06 -0500 (EST)
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 08:19:23 -0500
    From: Karen Buttiglieri <buttiglk AT ebnhc.org>
    Subject: RE: St. Maarten News
    Hi Gert,
    This an update from the Flamingo Resort and the Royal Islander Resort.
    I was expected to leave Boston on 11/27 and go the Flamingo Resort.  I was
    told by their Florida Office that they will not except any guests for at
    least the next two weeks.  Also the Royal Islander is closed indefinitely.
    They are sending out letters this week.  
    A friend of ours owns a villa in Cupecoy.  They drove over to the Royal
    Islander yesterday and was told this.  Cupecoy is in good shape.  Only a
    couple of roofs were damaged.  As of late yesterday, they did not have any
    running water but expect to soon.  
    They were told that Philipsburg is up and running and is very clean.  
    They ate breakfast in Marigot yesterday and they didn't have any damage

    - Ric's Place Roof
    • From: tbailey AT oneworks.com (Terry Bailey)
    • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 18:45:55 -0600
    Upon hearing from an earlier post of Ric's roof collapsing, I sent him an e-mail wishing him luck.  He said that the roof did NOT collapse, but they did suffer water damage.  His quote:
        Roof did not collapse.  Some pretty heavy water
        damage but will be back in a couple of weeks.
        Takes time to get equipment from States.
    Terry Bailey

    • From: "John Dovale" <jlrdovale AT hotmail.com>
    • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 20:42:09 GMT
    Just got word from our technical team at NetworkIDL
    They have the ISP network up and running so local user can get access and 
    get messages out
    If you are looking for official reports on whats happening in St. Maarten 
    (and possibly Saba and Statia)I understand that the
    St.Maarten Hostpitality and Trade Association, in conjunction with the 
    Government and the assistance of IDL (only ISP on at this time) and NTG 
    Communications IT consultants are going to be posting information on the 
    following sites
    http://www.shta.com and also via http://www.megatropic.com
    Take a look there for more information
    Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com

    - Telephone calles to Dutch side
    • From: "evrochford" <evrochford AT prodigy.net>
    • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 13:37:36 -0500
    Dear Gert,
    I have two telephone lines in my house, one has ATT long distance and the other MCI. Every time I tried to call friends in St. Maarten (number beginning with a 5) using AT&T I kept getting a message saying "All circuits are busy. Please try you call again later." When I use the other phone with MCI, I am able to complete the call. I do not know how this happens because they probably all use the same lines, but for the past two days I always get through on MCI  but not AT&T. Anyone trying to call SXM might consider this.

    • From: Jeff Berger <jeff AT jmbcommunications.com>
    • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 13:26:42 -0500
    I just heard from Deepu Budhrani, one of the group that owns Zhaveri 
    Jewelry on Front Street. The bottom line is that most Front Street 
    merchants are in VERY GOOD shape, just cleaning up from the water which was 
    the main problem with the storm. Some opened yesterday and more will open 
    tomorrow. Most restaurants are already open.
    He said that DIVI and BelAir (from what he could tell when he drive by 
    both) were in good shape, as was Maho and Royal Islander. He said Great Bay 
    had quite a bit of damage and the A. C. Wathey Pier (freight) was washed 
    away, but the downtown pier used by tourists was/is FINE.
    He said Caravanserai was heavily damaged but their Dolphin Casino was fine.
    The phones and electricity are coming back QUICKLY and damage repair is in 
    high gear. Looks like it will be a QUICK recovery for most places.
    The roof of the building where Ric's Place is located apparently collapsed 
    from water and damaged Ric's kitchen. His outside patio is fine. He hopes 
    to reopen somewhere close to the end of 1999.
    The French side is nearly normal. The Dutch side curfew is still on 
    temporarily from 8pm until about 6am.
    Jeff Berger
    I operate the ST. MAARTEN / ST. MARTIN  WEBSITE!
    See my constantly updated 7,000+-word St. Martin / St. Maarten website at 
    www.jmbcommunications.com. Click on "St. Martin Website" at the top of the 
    page and you'll find a quick link to the MOST info on the Web concerning 
    SXM beaches, restaurants, shopping, accommodations, things to do, and more 
    -- with lots of links!
    Please keep JMB Communications in mind when you need effective business 
    communications services worldwide or locally!
    Jeff Berger, CEO
    JMB Communications

    - Press Release
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 12:19:56 -0500 (EST)
    I just received the following press release issued by the St.Maarten
    Island Government via the St.Maarten Tourist Board.  Note that it is dated
    Saturday, November 20.  Two days ago.
    Eilandgebied St.Maarten
    Nederlandse Antillen
    For Immediate Release
    (Philipsburg  November 20, 1999) Hurricane Lenny, a dangerous category 4
    Hurricane, visited St.Maarten on November 18-19, 1999.  During the passing
    of Hurricane Lenny, St.Maarten also experienced locally over 20 inches of
    The island did not receive as much structural damage as was the case with
    Hurricane Luis in 1995.  Flooding remains a problem in the Philipsburg
    area as the Great Salt Pond crested her banks.  Frontstreet and Backstreet
    are being cleared of debris.  Water pumps are being flown in today to
    alleviate the flooding situation in Philipsburg said the Lt.Governor,
    Dennis Richardson.  Electricity and water will be restored in Philipsburg
    today.  Water will be restored to the entire Dutch side by Monday.  Other
    areas will take a little longer for electricity restoration.  Minor
    outages were reported by the telephone company.
    Princess Juliana International Airport reopened Friday afternoon for
    relief aid flights and 2:00pm Saturday for commercial flights.  Airlift
    evacuation for stranded visitors is being coordinated and visitors are
    being advised of these flights.  The seaport will open on Monday, November
    22, 1999.
    The Maho Beach Hotel, Caravanserai, the Royal Islander, Great Bay Beach
    Hotel, and Divi Little Bay Hotel sustained structural damages said
    Commissioner of Tourism, Theo Heyliger.  The availability of these hotels
    is pending assessments by insurance companies.  No data was available from
    French St.Martin hotels.
    Unfortunately, there were 3 fatalities during the passing of Hurricane
    Lenny.  No injuries were reported among the tourist population.
    *** Gert van Dijken ( gert AT vandijken.com )
    **** The Caribbean Hurricane Page - http://www2.gobeach.com/hurr.htm

    - Coral Shores
    • From: John Acton <acton AT northnet.org>
    • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 10:29:07 -0500
    I am a villa owner at Coral Shores on Pelican Key and have had
    conversations Sunday with a guest there and the manager.  Two villas next
    to the sea are gone.  The lovely gardens are severely damaged and the
    decking around the pool is in bad shape.  The pool itself can be repaired.
    A few other villas suffered some roof damage.  BUT, about half of the
    villas suffered very little damage.  Mine was cleaned up in 10 minutes
    (water thru the window louvres.)  Some trees are down or leaning against
    patio walls but we expect the pool to be up and running in 10 days to 2
    weeks and have the lightly damaged units ready for business as usual!
    John Acton

    - From the Bulletin Board
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 10:30:53 -0500 (EST)
    From the Bulletin Board ( http://www2.gobeach.com/help/ ):
    Name: leslie (ip56.new-orleans2.la.pub-ip.psi.net)
    Date: 11-22-99 09:45
    Spoke to Xavier this morning. Apparently most phones are now working. 70%
    of electricity restored, Clean up is happening quickly. Front Street has
    never been cleaner. Some of the beachfront hotels have quite a bit of
    water damage.A few beach front villas have damage. Most of the private
    villas are fine. The roads are clear. The airport is open. Clean up should
    be mostly complete in next 2 weeks. Beware of inaccurate devastation
    reports from the media. They tend to overdramatize. Some beaches have
    little sand right now. Nature usually repairs this phenomenon soon. Baie
    Rouge beach is still beautiful. Remeber that this island relies on
    tourists for its sustanance.Therefore the local government with the
    assistance of its supporting countries France and Holland are extremely
    motivated to make rapid and efficicient clean up. 
    *** Gert van Dijken ( gert AT vandijken.com )
    **** The Caribbean Hurricane Page - http://www2.gobeach.com/hurr.htm

    - Re: SXM updates
    • From: Brita & Ernest Rizzi <rizzi AT together.net>
    • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 09:14:35 -0500
    Hello Gert,
    Here some more news from SXM.
    Point Blance is still cut off as far as road traffic is concerned - the pond
    is still all over the roads. They tried to dig drenches in the road towards
    the sweet water pond by the traffic light (bridge) to drain it to the ocean,
    but my husband said the water level hasn't gone down yet.
    It might be a while until water comes back since there are a lot of broken
    The only way to get out of Philipsburg is over the new road by Divi Little
    If I have any more new I'll let you know.

    - Recovery in full swing
    • From: "Goswami Sunil" <expressions2 AT wanadoo.fr>
    • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 23:10:33 -0400
    Dear site visitors,
                    I am glad to let you'll know that our island of St.Maarteen/ St. Martin is recovering at a great speed . The recovery started as soon as the hurricane past us and we were still  feeling the tropical storm winds a little bit the hustle bustle  of the emergency vehicles everywhere could easily be noticed as the emergency vehicles stand out and a lot of debris that could be cleared quickly has been done and as i type this it is stell in progress , curfew has been issued by the Lt. Governor of dutch St. Maarteen from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to make it easier for the emergency vehicles to move freely , water supply and electricity  has been restored to most parts of the dutch and french side and in marigot we have telephone,water and electricity.
                    Tomorrow is a working day on the island and french side will be definately open for business tomorrow and the dutch side i believe the businesses will be open only for the cleaning purposes and then may be open for business another day depending on how much damage the individual business has suffered i live on the french side so i would rather not speculate what i am not sure about there are allready a lot of rumours going around over the internet. The island has suffered damage but some of the reports have exagerated the situation a little bit too much, the island is bouncing back at a great speed and will be back to normal sooner then people think so do not worry this is the island with a good attitude we even have radio station with the attitude laser 101.1fm all i can say is we'll be back in business sooner then people think thankyou for visiting the site .

    - Fwd: Club Orient (fwd)
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 18:32:48 -0500 (EST)
    News about Club O.
    *** Gert van Dijken ( gert AT vandijken.com )
    **** The Caribbean Hurricane Page - http://www2.gobeach.com/hurr.htm
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 15:16:27 -0800
    From: Anne-marie
    Subject: Fwd: Club Orient
    >From: "Reint Brink" <brink487 AT wxs.nl>
    >Subject: Club Orient
    >Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 22:41:21 +0100
    >Dear Friends,
    >Club Orient has sustained no structural damage from hurricane Lenny and we 
    >are back in business as usual. Phone and fax not working...
    >Greetings, Gina.

    - Beachside Villas (fwd)
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 18:00:50 -0500 (EST)
    News about Beachside Villas on Simpson Bay Beach, on the Beacon Hill side,
    one of the most affected areas on St.Maarten.
    *** Gert van Dijken ( gert AT vandijken.com )
    **** The Caribbean Hurricane Page - http://www2.gobeach.com/hurr.htm
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 17:26:54 EST
    From: GPYOL AT aol.com
    Subject: Beachside Villas
                               BEACHSIDE VILLAS at SIMPSON BAY
    Beachside Villa's (Simpson Bay) manager Betty and Ray Davis along with guests 
    who were on the property during Hurricane Lenny are doing well.  We have had 
    two very short converstions, however not enough to ascertain the complete 
    damage to Beachside Villas.  Most of the beach fronts of the villas are 
    damaged.  We will be closed until the end of March 2000.  Thank you all for 
    your support and information over the internet and telephone during the past 
    week.  I will personally be in touch with everyone who is holding a 
    reservation at Beachside during this period.
    Beachside Villas

    - Pictures
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 15:23:01 -0500 (EST)
    Someone forwarded me the following website which has pictures of St.Martin
    after Lenny.  It is quite slow though, so be patient...
    *** Gert van Dijken ( gert AT vandijken.com )
    **** The Caribbean Hurricane Page - http://www2.gobeach.com/hurr.htm

    • From: Elisa Cohen <bikinibeach AT wanadoo.fr>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 07:18:39 -0500
    Sorry to take so long to post again !
    No phone at midnight, the night of the storm. Scarey times to say the
    k=least. My home has no phone and still no electric because the cable
    came off of the tree !
    Palm Court Hotel and Bikini Beach are both fine with minimum of damage.
    The Dutch side faired worse. So far not alot of reports of deaths or
    injuries. We had a hell of a party last night at Bikini on Orient beach.
    Don't know what the Governor of the Dutch d=side will decide about
    letting tourists back on the island. Anyway, no swimming in the ocean
    for 10 days or so because of risk of contamination. Everyone is fine
    here and we are hopefull that our season will not be too badly hurt. The
    vegetation took a little beating, but nowhere near the devistation for
    Luis. Next time I need to fine a way to hook up by satelite via my
    laptop. Then I won't stop the updates. Thanks for all of the prayers and
    encouragement. It means alot.

    - Update as of Sunday November 21, 1999 13:55
    • From: "evrochford" <evrochford AT prodigy.net>
    • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 14:09:20 -0500
    Dear Gert,
    I just spoke to friends who live on on the water at Billy Folly Road and they gave me the following "first hand" information:
    The dutch government has an 8:00 PM curfew that they are strictly enforcing.
    Almost all roads are open but some are just barely passable.
    Electricity in the Pelican area came on this afternoon as did their telephone service.
    They estimate a 1,000 people or so at the airport trying to get out and people are being told 'first come, first served."
    Water service is back in the Pelican area.
    The Government has said that airlines are not allowed to bring in tourists, however I called American Airlines today and they said that starting tomorrow, Monday November 22, they will be flying tourists into SXM.   
    Rumors are everywhere on the island and there does not seem to be one central spot where people can get accurate, up-to-date information.

    - St.Martin
    • From: "Karij, Rosaire" <Rosaire.Karij AT ppfa.org>
    • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 12:50:00 -0500
         Spoke to a friend of mine last night who lives in Spring Concordia 
         near Marigot.Since the curfew was lifted, she had been able to drive 
         around a bit to assess the damage. In general, she felt that the roof 
         damage was less than Luis, but the damage to roads, particularly on 
         the Dutch side was pretty serious. The Cole Bay Hill road was closed 
         due to erosion - it appeared to be caving in at certain sections. She 
         was able to get to Cole Bay from Marigot, but armed soldiers (Dutch?) 
         prevented passage into the Simpson Bay area. You can't get from French 
         Quarter into Philipsburg due to road damage in Dutch Quarter and 
         Sucker Garden.Radio reports are saying that Front Street is a mess 
         from the flooding - some of the beachside restaurants and bars washed 
         On the French side, people had begun cleaning up early Friday morning 
         - everyone was pitching in to help - government and residents alike.A 
         friend of hers had  lost a roof and by late Friday afternoon had 
         already replaced it,using materials provided by the government. Many 
         people on the French side have phone and electricity, but this is 
         spotty. My husband lives in French Quarter and I have been unable to 
         reach him since the storm started.
         The Dutch side seems to be a different story. She couldn't see any 
         evidence of clean-up efforts as yet. Phone and electric lines are 
         down, there's lots of debris in the roads etc. I've been trying to 
         reach my husband's family in Simpson Bay for days with no success.
         Thanks for your site - it has helped me a lot over the past week.     

    - Pelican Resort Not registering guests
    • From: "Robert D. Timberlake" <Bobtmbrlk AT aol.com>
    • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 10:49:04 -0500
    After several days of unsuccessful attempts, today, Sunday Nov. 21,  I
    have finally made contact with the Pelican Resort Manager.  She informed
    me that no guest registrations will be occurring this week due to the
    damage.  ISCO will rebook guest who had timeshares this week.  Our
    thoughts and prayers go out to those who have to face the clean-up on
    their beautiful island.
    R. Timberlake

    - American Airlines
    • From: Millinel AT aol.com
    • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 09:38:31 EST
    If you have a relative, friend, etc.. on St. Marteen, you need to book their 
    return flight for them.  There is nothing set up at the airport right now and 
    they are having a very difficult time getting through to AA and keeping a 
    Per AA, the airport is closed to all commercial jets.  The only planes 
    POSSIBLY leaving this afternoon are American Eagle type planes which . 
    wouldfly to Miami and San Juan. Right now all flights to New York (JFK) and 
    Newark are booked on Monday and Tuesday, however there is availabilities on 
    Hope this proves helpful.
    A side note, the french side is in great shape,  superettes and restaurants 
    are starting to open. It's a beautiful day!

    - SXM updates (fwd)
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 14:24:54 -0500 (EST)
    More news from St.Maarten/St.Martin
    *** Gert van Dijken ( gert AT vandijken.com )
    **** The Caribbean Hurricane Page - http://www2.gobeach.com/hurr.htm
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 09:31:00 -0500
    From: Brita & Ernest Rizzi <rizzi AT together.net>
    Subject: SXM updates
    Hi Gert,
    I posted a lot of messages on your board. Just talked to my husband
    yesterday - we live in Philipsburg next to Town House Villas. He has one
    phone out of our 8 apartments which is working.
    Here the latest:
    2 of our oceanfront apartments are totally destroyed. My husband said
    they definitely had 25 / 30 foot waves rolling into Philipsburg. They
    actually went over our 2 storey building (and he is not somebody who
    exaggerates - he usually downplays things). He's been in hurricanes in
    the Bahamas, Bermuda etc. but said he's never seen anything like this
    sitting there for 36 hours.
    Philipsburg was almost back in operation. He said most of them already
    had electricity (he wasn't sure if it was only partial and will be shut
    of again). They must have worked over night and cleaned it up nicely.
    The Queen from Holland came in with a helicopter from Curacao so they
    really took an effort to make part of the islands look decent.
    Great Bay lost its roof and the offices are destroyed. Food Center was
    open from 2 - 6 yesterday for shopping. AA resumes some flights today
    (Flight out of MIA will start today).
    I think they will really try to get it cleaned up and be ready for the
    Thanks again.

    - Tradewinds at Cupecoy
    • From: Rgnoel12 AT aol.com
    • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 08:13:54 EST
    We heard from our friends at Tradewinds last night (Sat) and everyone there 
    is OK.  All residents are helping with cleanup.  Lots and lots of water from 
    the torrents of rain.  No water or electric yet.

    - Orient Beach
    • From: James Weller <gerrynsam AT worldnet.att.net>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 21:51:14 -0800
    Just spoke with my son at The Palm Court at Orient Beach. No damage to
    the facility. They have phone restored as well as water and electricity.
    They have food and water - some restaurants are open and serving, using
    gas grills or generators. Everyone at Palm Court is doing very well.
    Our thoughts are with other sections of the island that did not fare as
    "Sam" Weller

    - Continental 789
    • From: "Larry Martin" <agoceo AT webspan.net>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 21:45:50 -0500
    CO 789 will be flying from Newark tomorrow Sunday 11/21 - residents only.
    We'll be on the flight.  Our parents (Parc de la Baie Orientale) say things
    are fine.  Elec & water is fine. Spoke to the proprietor of Tropical Wave
    (Chez' Pat in Le Galleon) His place is in okay shape.  Neither needed
    anything from US.  Much different than the aftermath of Luis where the
    residents needed much.

    - St. Martin
    • From: Sheila Harlow <sharlow AT mediaone.net>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 18:03:25 -0500
    I just spoke with an employee of Club Orient. Everything is fine!!! They
    have their own water system there so whereas the French Quarter and
    Grand Case unfortunately has no water...the Club does. There was no
    damage to any units. The Papagayo restaurant will be open tomorrow!
    However, they still have no electricity but expect it shortly. And they
    do have sun! And a beach full of people today! Good news amongst all the

    - (St. Martin update
    • From: michael fair <mvfvrb AT mediaone.net>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 15:44:54 -0500
    Title: Al update

    It's 3:45 EST and I have just gotten off the phone with a friend on St. Martin. He says the curfew is lifted. he has been at Maho beach Hotel through the storm. The Hotel's beach is gone and is now all rocks. There is alot of damage to windows and the roof. Pelican and Royal Islander also sustained lots of window/wind/roof damage. The pool at the Pelican is fine. The pool at Royal Islander is dirty and needs work. The roadway leading to the new Dolphin Casino is washed away. The front of the Casino Royale is pretty much gone. It was under construction when the storm hit. Cheri's is a mess. The tent is gone and everything is pretty much wind-swept. But he says the Princess Julianna Airport is up and running and that some charter flights are leaving today. Representatives of the airlines ( Continental, anyway) are starting to arrive at some of the hotels to help people out. He says American will have someone at the airport tomorrow morning ( Sunday) at 9A.M. island time. He says he  still sees plenty of foliage on the trees so that's good news.  It is fairly cloudy there right now and he says few people are swimming. They are afraid of water pollution from the storm. He will drive around the island tomorrow and update me so I hope to have more information for you then.

    - simpson bay/lagoon
    • From: Frans Lavell <frlavell AT worldonline.nl>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 19:56:06 +0100
    heard from my sister in the simpson bay (by phone). many boats are damaged
    and some have sunk. her boat however (calliope of arne) has survived. have
    been harrowing days but the sun's out now. all the best to everyone over
    there and thanks for information.

    - Some more news.
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 14:04:11 -0500 (EST)
    We just received a fax (!) from Green Cay Village (sent from Hotel Le
    Patio in Marigot) and we spoke to the people at Le Patio.
    Everyone at Green Cay Village is fine.  The property sustained some damage
    (like windows blown out, etc.).  Two units are still in good shape.  They
    have no power/phone/water in the Orient Bay area yet.  They cannot accept
    guests for at least 15 days as it looks right now.
    Regarding the Le Patio phone conversation:
    Marigot seems to be in ok shape. Electricity and phones are up.  Three
    boats sunk in Marigot Harbor (the people are now staying at Le Patio).
    Everyone is working really hard to clean up the big mess.  But everyone
    with reservations for anywhere on St.Maarten/St.Martin for the next two
    weeks should try to reschedule.  It is not a 'fun' place to go right now.
    We have had many questions about Club Orient.  We still have no news, the
    lady of Green Cay didn't know either.  But I am sure, if it was really
    bad she would have known.
    *** Gert van Dijken ( gert AT vandijken.com )
    **** The Caribbean Hurricane Page - http://www2.gobeach.com/hurr.htm

    - Re: Arbor Estates, St Maarten (fwd)
    • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 12:02:58 -0500 (EST)
    More on Arbor Estates, Cupecoy Beach area.
    *** Gert van Dijken ( gert AT vandijken.com )
    **** The Caribbean Hurricane Page - http://www2.gobeach.com/hurr.htm
    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    -----Original Message-----
    To: Pat Nelson <cameo-homes AT mindspring.com>
    Date: Friday, November 19, 1999 6:48 PM
    Subject: Re: Arbor Estates, St Maarten
    Re Arbor Estates--No power or water at this time.  Expect ed  back on in 4
    or 5 days.  Units on South side of street had more damage than those on the
    North.  (opposite of Luis).  As far as I know, there were enough undamaged
    units to accommodate the guests there at the time and they have been
    shuffled around and all are okay.  no phones in the area but somehow our
    friend down there has been able to get email out periodically.  Will keep
    you posted.

    - problem
    • From: Philip Ulzheimer <faithphil AT worldnet.att.net>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 09:34:18 -0500
    I am having trouble connecting with the hepl bulletin board.  I wanted
    to say that I heard from Club Orient this morning and all is OK but Kon
    Tiki is not (as reported in another e mail).  It suffered fairly
    extensive damage.
    Phil Ulzheimer

    - Information on St. Maarten
    • From: Omberrose AT aol.com
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 09:20:23 EST
    I have spoken to friends in the Front St. area...they said there was a lot of 
    flooding and debries all over from what they could see. At that time the 
    curfew was still in effect and they could not go out.  I would like some 
    information on the Beacon Hill area.  I also have friends in that area and 
    have not been able to make contact with them.  They are pretty close to Beach 
    Side Villas.  Was that area badly damaged? Any information would be 
    appreciated.  Thank you

    - St Martin, Grand Case
    • From: David N Harder <dhard AT ptd.net>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 08:31:15 -0500
    Spoke with folks at Grand Case Beach Club, Grand Case St martin on
    French Side. The Club is intact and they are back in apartment. Everyone
    is Ok. The sun is out! Thankyou for your help.

    - INFO on SXM
    • From: "Robert Harper" <starcom1 AT gte.net>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 01:40:23 -0500
    At about 6:00PMEST I spoke to Alain Haillant, GM of Dauphine Telecom on the French side. His preliminary assessment was that the wind damage was slightly worse than George but much less than Louis. Power was back on in Marigot and some parts of Grand Case though there were a large number of areas without power. His phone compaany was able to restore service this morning after the winds subsided.
    He said that he was able to drive to Simmpson Bay. The hotels looked like they were in good shape. The roads were also passable. He said the Maho Beach Hotel took a beating up on the point on the property.
    I am to contact him again tomorrow moring and will revert to you.
    All the best
    Bob Harper

    - Coral Shores
    • From: SFin1000 AT aol.com
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 01:25:59 EST
    Hi --
    We had a phone call from our mgr. at Coral Shores today.  She says there is 
    some window damage (In one house, storm shutters did not protect glass window 
    wall on second floor, it blew in --).  She, dogs, and personnel seem to be 
    She says the grounds and gardens are in bad shape, but the pool is OK.  
    Hope this is of some assistance.  Your website is terrific!  Thanks.

    - American Airline flight info.
    • From: "evrochford" <evrochford AT prodigy.net>
    • Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 00:06:16 -0500
    Hi Gert,       
    I spoke to American Airlines and they said the earliest they would resume flights to SXM MIGHT be on Monday November 22. They emphasized the word MIGHT. They will know more Saturday night.
    Ed Rochford
    evrochford AT prodigy.net

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