Cayman Devastation

Sep 13th, 2004, 02:42 PM
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Cayman Devastation

I just read that the Hyatt on 7 Mile Beach is GONE! Also, looting appears to be a major problem on SMB. Telephone pole & power lines from Kentucy Fried Chicken at the traffic light to the public beach are down. Cayman Club lost the tile on its roof. Beach Club is no more nor is the Cayman Islander. Beachcomber lost its roof.
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Sep 13th, 2004, 03:50 PM
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wow! how devastating. we were scheduled to go to the beach club oct 1st....they depend on tourism for so much...
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Sep 13th, 2004, 03:57 PM
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It's not gone! It had serious flooding on the first level, but that's it.
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Sep 13th, 2004, 04:19 PM
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Does anyone know how the Island is doing as a whole? Also, has any one been able to contact friends or family? Is anyone going to visit the island anytime soon? Please post first hand knowledge.
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Sep 13th, 2004, 04:36 PM
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Glad to here the Hyatt is still standing, I just love SMB....lots of postings about conditions etc. appearing on stormcarib.com I suppose all of it is not true though as I read in two locations the Hyatt was down. Read with caution!
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Sep 13th, 2004, 05:08 PM
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Robin, one thing I'm not certain of is whether the section that was right on the beach is still standing...but I can find out for certain.

The remainder had flooding on the entire first level. As much of the infrastructure...kitchens, coolers etc would be located there as well, it's a safe bet that they won't be up and running shortly.
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Sep 13th, 2004, 08:15 PM
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Airport is not doing commercial flights at this time.
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Sep 14th, 2004, 04:09 AM
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Has anyone heard how much damage the Westin on SMB has sustained?
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Sep 14th, 2004, 04:30 AM
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My heartfelt sympathies go out to all those in the Cayman's affected by Ivan, as well as those affected all over the Caribbean.
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Sep 14th, 2004, 05:55 AM
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They are reporting that the Westin on SMB in Grand Cayman has extensive damage, one side of the hotel being ripped open or off.

http://cayman-damage.andy.net/gcm.php#7mile
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Sep 14th, 2004, 06:09 AM
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thank you for those links. wow. how sad for all those islands.
 
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Hello, OO, thanks for the update that the Beach Club Colony is not "gone". i have been reading many sites and the devastation is awful. everplace i check i read the same type of posting. everyone feels awkward asking about a particular resort as if our inconvenience can compare to the suffering that is going on. i guess we do have to know whether or not we should come down to vacation or is it unreasonable to believe that the normalcy that was shattered will allow such trivial pursuits. i would rather come there n spend my $$ to help the damaged economy but is it going to be feasable to vacation on SMB in 2 weeks and is the beach club colony capable of taking visitors. again, an awkard post given the suffering but i guess travelers have to know. thanks for any info and the island and residents are in my prayers. i can also be emailed at [email protected]
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Sep 14th, 2004, 08:22 AM
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OO was talking about the Hyatt as "not gone", not the Beach Club.
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Sep 14th, 2004, 09:08 AM
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My heart reaches out to those on Cayman as they rebuild and deal with this terrible devastation.

- Sharon
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Sep 14th, 2004, 09:43 AM
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http://www.stormcarib.com/reports/2004/cayman.shtml


Has a lot of information, as well. You can read what others have written from reports from loved ones and friends still on the island.

It is very sad. I am now in a quandry as to what to do for our annual two week trip in April. Will they be ready for us by then? I mean, there are boats, still attached to pieces of dock in the streets...it's bad, and the photo's are horrible to see.

http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...p=Grand+Cayman [photo site]
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Sep 14th, 2004, 11:25 AM
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thank you Robin...does anyone know about the Beach Club Colony?
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Sep 14th, 2004, 11:42 AM
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Is anyone else having a problem getting caymannetnews.com? I keep getting an Apache notice. Thanks.
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Sep 14th, 2004, 11:47 AM
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To answer sleeplessknight's question,
Two weeks isn't even close for the amount of time that will be needed to get back to any kind of normal conditions down there. Just by the pictures that have been posted online, GC is most likely looking at several months to rebuild, if not a year or more. The place simply got hammered. Such a shame...
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Sep 14th, 2004, 05:22 PM
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More info on the Hyatt. They had 60 guests there at the time of the hurricane, and have now evacuated the last of them. The hotel was in good enough condition that until the last got out today, those remaining could stay in rooms in the mid level. That's encouraging. They are operating (minimally) on a generator, but it was sufficient to get Hemingways up and running. Interestingly, the main hotel suffered more damage than the section by the beach. Wind direction I assume.

For those who don't know me, my husband is a Hyatt GM...our F&B director just came to us from the Cayman Hyatt. He was in touch with them via phone leading up to the storm...giving them storm coordinates via cell phone all the night before it hit, and is my only source of info now. We've narrowly missed two ourselves since he's been here, but Cayman is hit after he leaves. I'm about to dub him St Xxx!
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