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Oyster Bay Beach Resort Restoration on Schedule

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OBBR is making great progress on its plan to reopen the entire resort by January 15. The first phase reopening — completed June 1, 2018 — is doing well and is reporting a high occupancy as owners and other fans flock to the new digs. 

Oyster Bay Beach Resort General Manager Ricardo Perez is pleased to confirm the resort restoration is on schedule. The current plan is for the completion of the 48 units in Phase II by November 15 and 54 units in Phase III (the balance of the restoration) by January 15, 2019. Reservations are already being booked for these new units opening soon. 

Perez noted that the first phase of the resort, completed and opened June 1, 2018 included all of the Resort amenities. This included the Infinity Restaurant and Bar, Infinity swimming pool (reconstructed and redesigned), Nectar Wellness Spa, Shipwreck Shop, gym (all newly equipped), and the Bodega (our own grocery store). The Infinity Restaurant and Bar, under the direction of Spartaco Sargentoni, has greatly increased the quality of its offerings and service and is hand’s down among the best restaurants on St. Maarten.

With the completion of Phases II and III, the resort will be completely restored except for Beau Beau’s. However, rest assured something attractive and useful will be done with Beau Beau’s uniquely beautiful space after the OBBR restoration is completed. 

Perez said that demand for accommodations at OBBR has been brisk and the reservations department is working hard to ensure that all requests of occupancy are fulfilled. He said that owners were being accommodated and that even though the occupancy is projected to be high, he thinks that accommodations will be available during the high season for anyone making a reservation now or in the next month.

Paolo Lo Castro, Director of Sales, was pleased to open sales on June 1, 2018. The sales staff met with guests and owners, updating them on the latest developments at the Resort and discussing the renovation in more detail. They also presented an array of purchase options that were specially priced as construction is still on-going. Lo Castro said that sales since the opening have been steady and he and his staff are very pleased with the level of interest and excitement shown by guests and visitors. He said that sales of timeshare at our new luxury sister resort, Coral Beach Club, have also been going well and there are many new owners of that resort — even while it undergoes renovation. He said that he expects sales at Coral Beach Club to be very good even before it’s fully restored.

Construction for the Coral Beach Club restoration started in July. The contractor is making good progress and expects to be finished by the spring of 2019. Some units will likely be in use before the completion date. The Club will be restored to its former luxury status and elegance.

The Island of St. Maarten is making remarkable progress. New and attractive buildings and restaurants are springing up as the established, favorite hangouts and restaurants are coming back to life. 

The life’s blood of St. Maarten, the Princess Juliana International Airport, is being quickly restored. The official news releases from the government report that the first floor of the ultra-modern building will be ready for flights in November 2018. The entire facility is projected to be completed in the spring of 2019. Plus, we just learned the airport plans to have U.S. Customs/Immigrations pre-clearance by the end of 2020. This will significantly enhance the travel experience when returning from SXM and eliminate the need to “clear customs” at local points of entry in the United States. The return of the airport is important to the safety and comfort of travelers to St. Maarten and the new Customs and Immigration capability at PJIA will greatly enhance the travel experience to and from St. Maarten when in place.

The future is bright for St. Maarten. This Caribbean island paradise is rapidly returning to life, ready and waiting for the flow of fans and friends to return to this friendly island. Happily, many old friends and fans are already returning as hotel occupancy continues to climb.

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Get-A-Way Sweepstakes With Just 1 Click You Can Win a Free Week Stay at Oyster Bay Beach Resort

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Oyster Bay Beach Resort is happy to announce our new Get-A-Way Sweepstakes. Entering is unbelievably easy… all you have to do is click “like” on our new Facebook page HERE!

(If you’re already a follower on our Facebook page, you’ll be automatically enrolled in this sweepstakes.)

You have nothing to lose and everything to win. But hurry: The deadline to enter is Nov. 11, 2018. Winners will be announced on Nov. 15.

 

Check out these great prizes:

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Grand Prize

A one-week stay at Oyster Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten.

Dinner for two at the very popular Infinity Restaurant. This is one of the Caribbean’s finest and most delectable international gourmet cuisines — and it’ll be just steps away from your room. You’ll love the ocean views, outdoor dining on our elegant terrace, and impeccable service.

 

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Second Prize (3 Winners!)

A three-night stay at Oyster Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten.

A spa treatment for two at the onsite Nectar Wellness Spa. It’s the ultimate rest, relaxation and renewal you deserve.

 

 

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Third Prize (3 Winners!)

A free, Three Island snorkeling trip for two with the famous Captain Alan. You’ve not seen the Caribbean until you’ve experienced the beauty under the beautiful bays, coves and just off the beaches.

 

 

This is a fantastic opportunity to visit one of the world’s premier resorts and enjoy this “Pearl of the Caribbean.” Come join us as we continue to celebrate our reopening. As one blogger wrote, OBBR “looks fresh and wonderful.” And you’ll be showered with the wonderful welcoming warmth of our caring staff.

Good luck and we hope to see you soon at Oyster Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten! Remember to “Like” us on Facebook TODAY! Your next vacation memories are waiting to be made.

 


OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING.

  1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who “Like” the new Oyster Bay Beach Resort Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OysterBayStMaarten/ and who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. The Campaign is open to legal residents of the United States and Puerto Rico, and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of Pearl Development N.V. and Iron Shore Management N.V., their, shareholders, officers, directors, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
  2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of Iron Shore Management N.V. as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.
  3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on August 10, 2018, at 12:00am EDT and ending November 11, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. All online entries must be received by November 11, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.
  4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting an entry by “Liking” the official Oyster Bay Beach Resort Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OysterBayStMaarten/. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Iron Shore Management N.V. You may enter only once. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Iron Shore Management N.V.
  5. Prizes: The Winners of the Campaign will receive one of the following: Grand Prize: Six (6) nights and seven (7) days stay at Oyster Bay Beach Resort with occupancy on a space-available-basis any time between May 1, 2019 through December 15, 2019 and dinner for two (2) at the Infinity Restaurant, approximate retail value $1,500; Second Prize: Three nights stay at Oyster Bay Beach Resort with occupancy on a space-available-basis any time between May 1, 2019 through December 15, 2019 and spa treatment at St. Maarten Nectar Wellness Spa for two (2), approximate retail value $800; or Third Prize: Three Island Tour for two (2) with Captain Alan, approximate retail value $150. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by Iron Shore Management N.V. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at Iron Shore Management N.V.’s discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, including any TOT, hotel, timeshare or other occupancy tax shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Iron Shore Management N.V. to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
  6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  7. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by a random drawing under the supervision of Iron Shore Management N.V. Winner will be notified by an announcement on the Oyster Bay Beach Resort Facebook page and a private Facebook Messenger message within five (5) days following selection of the Winner. Iron Shore Management N.V. shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 10 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT Iron Shore Management N.V.‘s SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.
  8. Rights Granted by You: By entering, You understand and agree that Pearl Development N.V. and Iron Shore Management N.V., anyone acting on behalf of Pearl Development N.V. and Iron Shore Management N.V., and Pearl Development N.V. and Iron Shore Management N.V.’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes. without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent.
  9. Terms & Conditions: Iron Shore Management N.V. reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond Iron Shore Management N.V.’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, Iron Shore Management N.V. may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after the action taken by Iron Shore Management N.V. Iron Shore Management N.V. reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. Iron Shore Management N.V. has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Campaign rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, Iron Shore Management N.V. reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  10. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless Pearl Development N,V. and Iron Shore Management N.V. and their shareholders,  subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.
  11. Disputes: THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF St. Maarten, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in St. Maarten having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
  12. Privacy Policy: Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the Iron Shore Management N.V. website. To read the Privacy Policy, click here http://www.oysterbaybeachresort.com/policy-and-terms/.
  13. Winners List: To obtain a copy of the Winner’s name or a copy of these Official Rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Iron Shore Management N.V., Emerald Merit Road #10, Oyster Pond, St. Maarten. Requests must be received no later than November 11, 2018, at 11:59pm EST.
  14. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Campaign is Iron Shore Management N.V., Emerald Merit Road #10, Oyster Pond, St. Maarten.
  15. Facebook: The Campaign hosted by Iron Shore Management N.V. is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.
  16. By entering the sweepstakes, You, the Contestant, have affirmatively reviewed, accepted, and agreed to all of the Official Rules.
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Owners Appreciation Month 2018 September 2018 - The Roaring Twenties - Back by Popular Demand!

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It’s that time of year when Oyster Bay Beach Resort shows our love and appreciation for you, our owners, with four-week long celebrations!

Join us for a week of festivities, fun and prizes! This year’s revelry features Flapper’s, Gangsters, The Great Gatsby Gala and all that Jazz! You’ll enjoy free beach trip, prizes, entertainment, special prices on rentals… and of course, parties!

We have an inventory of costumes and accessories to share, but please bring along your outfits, boas and bling!

Book your week today!

  • 1st week – September 1-8, 2018
  • 2nd week – September 8-15, 2018
  • 3rd week – September 15-22, 2018
  • 4th week – September 22-29, 2018

 

Check out this incredible line-up of activities we have in store for you:

Saturday

Arrivals – Live music with welcome champagne & choice of hors-d’oeuvres

Members receive a Goody Bag to include T-shirts & Jugs

Sunday

10:00 AM  Orientation

11:30 AM-4:30 PM  Friends and Family Beach Day – Complimentary Transportation offered

Crab race, bean bag toss, Limbo competition

Members – OBBR T-shirt a must to be recognized!

Monday

5:30 PM  Welcome Party – Flappers and Gangster style

7:00 PM  Caribbean Buffet @ Infinity Restaurant. $22.95 p/person

7:00 PM  Karaoke rehearsal for Wednesday’s competition

Tuesday

5:00 PM  Marketplace at the Courtyard & Free Guavaberry Tasting

2:00-4:00 PM  Gambling games at the “Speak Easy” Bar

5:00-7:00 PM  Happy hour with Ali Montero

Wednesday

7:00-9:30 PM  Battle of the OBBR Stars!  Showtime with Karaoke and Radio host, Sagan.  The competition is on!

Attire:  Dress like your favorite recording artist.  Great prizes for winners

Highlight – Staff vs. Guests performances

Thursday

9:30 AM-4:00 PM  Beach Bash at Rainbow Restaurant – Grand Case (friends & family pricing) with an After Party by the Infinity Bar

5:00 PM  Marketplace at the Courtyard

Friday

6:00 PM  All that Jazz and The Great Gatsby Gala!  The highlight of the week – The Gala Affair!

Red Carpet Roaring 20’s Style.  The elegant affair – Dress to Impress!

Live Jazz band with Frankie and Cabaret Dancers – “The Dazzling Divas”

During Cocktail hour – Complimentary Champagne, Wine & Snacks

Raffle/Prizes to include a Free Week and so much more

Awards Ceremony to recognize “Special Members” followed by buffet-style dinner at Infinity Restaurant – Caribbean, Italian & Chinese specialties. $22.95 p/person

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Oyster Bay Beach Resort Reopens – Make Your Reservations Now Welcome back to your restored vacation home!

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June 1 was a momentous day for Oyster Bay Beach Resort‘s (OBBR) timeshare owners and employees. After 9 months of reconstruction and remodeling, we officially reopened. Hurricane Irma’s unwelcomed visit last September forced many businesses on St. Maarten to temporarily close, including us.

“Looks fresh and wonderful — and they are open!” posted a blogger from Magic of the Caribbean on Instagram.

Close to half of the accommodations and all of the amenities at OBBR are open for business. The rooms look absolutely fantastic. The remainder of our beautiful resort is expected to be completed by year’s end. As rooms are completed, they’ll be available to you.

Jim and Barb Goss of Hinsdale, Illinois, were part of the first group to stay at OBBR after our reopening. They said:

“We’ve been coming to Oyster Bay for 21 consecutive years of annual visits and are honored to be among the group of 40 units in the relaunch of our prized resort. We’ve experienced a tremendous transformation of Oyster Bay — from the junior suites and small rectangular pool to the luxurious resort it has become. Efforts over the past nine months to recapture the magic created over all those years have been heroic and a testament to the resilience of the people and our resort’s leadership. The Dutch colonial multi-colored exterior paint scheme is a noticeable and striking visual change. While the process of restoring the rest of the units remains ongoing, the main constant is the warmth we’ve been shown by our Oyster Bay family from the moment we arrived and continuing throughout our fun and fabulous stay.”

 

Rooms Available for Upcoming Months

The resort had been taking reservations since February 22. Most of the more than 80 available rooms were filled upon opening — mostly by timeshare owners and Interval International members. There’s still availability for the next several months. However, the summer and fall season is filling up quickly and the resort advises future guests and owners to make reservations early. Many owners have already booked their stays for the next year and are anticipating coming back to their restored vacation home.

“In most cases, there’s completely new furniture, bedding, and drapes, artwork, and appliances,” said OBBR General Manager Ricardo Perez. “The rooms have also been fitted with new, upgraded windows and doors throughout. The rooms are looking great and the facilities feature striking new colors — which have attracted a lot of positive energy from our owners and guests.”

All of the enviable amenities of the resort have been re-constructed (and in many cases improved), including the resort’s signature oceanfront Infinity Pool. The pool has been upgraded with a new deck and water features. There’s also a completely redesigned and refurbished lobby, gym (with new fitness equipment), guest laundry (with new washers and dryers), Bodega and spa. The spa has been renamed “The St. Maarten Nectar Wellness Spa at Oyster Bay Beach Resort.”

The first rooms renovated were in the oceanfront, ultra-sheik and modern Mainsail building, in several ocean-front buildings, and in buildings located along the Oyster Bay Marina. All available rooms have either ocean or Marina views. The Mainsail penthouses are also open.

 

Spirits Uplifted

“The sight of our rebuilt and renewed resort is lifting everyone’s spirits,” said Perez. “Seeing everyone’s joy at reopening and having employees return to their jobs and their pre-storm lives — and be reunited with their co-workers — was an awesome sight to behold.”

The OBBR staff provided a special welcome in the newly renovated lobby as the first guests checked in. They received a welcome gift, hugs, and kisses from almost everyone. It was immediately clear the owners checking in were delighted with the new look and just happy to be back home.

“Our staff — including Ricardo Perez, Mientje Brown, Lorenzo Bryan, Anju Snow, Mitch Mardenborough, Adil Benjamin, Ursula Illis and Cindy Clarke, as well as many of the contractors — worked day and night for this opening. They’re all heroes to us,” said Pearl Development Managing Director Mike Dolente. “There was a great feeling of satisfaction at our corporate headquarters to finally have our owners and guests enjoying the resort again.” Pearl Development is the developer of OBBR and is located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.

 

Plan to Attend the Grand Reopening Celebration

The resort is planning a grand reopening celebration later this year, once most of the construction is completed and when more of the owners can attend. Almost all of the construction work and finishings were performed by highly skilled island contractors. Dolente said his company was especially pleased with contractors Simon and Skeith Warrington, Remy Bernard, Bert Lamerigts of Electec, and Windward Roads.

The Infinity Restaurant is open daily 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Infinity Bar is open from 10 a.m. to midnight. The Infinity Restaurant is also available for weddings, parties, meetings or other gatherings. To make a reservation or for more information, call 721-543-6040 or visit: www.oysterbaybeachresort.com

 

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RE:JOICE! Oyster Bay is back and ready for you.

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Phase 1 of our extensive reconstruction will be open to members and guests as planned beginning June 1st.

RE: FRESH
Be the first to see our exciting renovations including the new Infinity Pool, Infinity Restaurant and Bar, Lobby and Courtyard plus 85 beautifully remodeled rooms.

RE: CREATE
We all need some time to ourselves and resorts are no exception. After an extensive remodel, Oyster Bay Beach Resort is back and better than ever. Be the first to see our new look.

RE: VITALIZE
Everyone needs a vacation to recharge, relax and refresh. Resorts are the same. After taking the past eight months to remodel and restore our resort, Oyster Bay is back and ready for action.

RE: KINDLE
Life is about relationships and we’ve missed you the past eight months. That’s why we’re offering an extra special rate to the owners who have been the lifeblood of our resort.

RE: DEEM
Book between June 1st and September 1st and receive 25% off upgrades and additional rooms. Plus, enjoy two beach trips and two cocktail parties each week.

Book Now! 

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New Year, 2018, Progress Report

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As the year of 2017 comes to a close, we look back on the disaster that was Irma three months ago and are encouraged and excited with the great strides we’ve made as a resort, an Island, and a people. The Island is continuing to accelerate its return to normalcy. Every day sees the reopening of restaurants, shops, and activity centers. Grand Case recently opened four of its most famous restaurants, and Main Street Case is taking shape. The Boardwalk is open in Phillipsburg as are many of the shops and bars. The casinos, hospital, banks, schools, social services, and many other institutions are open again. Through Christmas weekend and until Boxing Day (December 26th) there were five cruise ships in port with 10,000 passengers. Travel to the Island is getting easier, the airport is open, and the terminal is being repaired.

The Oyster Bay Marina, which suffered moderate damage, is under repair. It is operational now with Captain Alan ready to resume his snorkeling trips to serve the already blossoming tourist industry. Many other water sports activities, a mainstay of St. Maarten’s tourist industry, are being restored. The Heineken Regatta is scheduled in St. Maarten for early March, rhino rides and scuba diving trips are being booked, and the demand for Mega- Yacht slips is strong.

Reconstruction and restoration of the Resort continues at full speed. There are currently four construction trades working to complete the 68 units in phase I by June 1, 2018, consisting of all of the Mainsail units, Marina Front buildings 15-18, buildings 31 and 32, as well as the Lobby/ Check-in, the spa, gym, laundry, and shipwreck shop. The contractors have repaired more than half the rooms in phase I, and we are ahead of schedule. The roofing contractor has completed the Lobby/Check-in building and is about to start work on the Mainsail roof and other roofs in phase I.

We have ordered, where needed, new air conditioners, sliding glass doors and windows, new balcony and stairwell railings, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, furniture, appliances, elevators for the Mainsail building, a new back-up generator system and lighting and plumbing fixtures. In addition, we are repairing the infinity pool and jacuzzi which will have a more modern, luxurious and comfortable feel with an updated pool deck and rock wall feature. We are also taking this opportunity to improve the Resort by replacing all of the sliding glass doors, frames, and windows in the older buildings to match the strength of the Mainsail windows and doors. These higher grade windows and doors are engineered to withstand much more storm force than the older windows and doors. We have started to reconstruct the pool deck and should be completed in January. The pool was undamaged but is getting a resurfacing and new coping stones and tile. The concrete deck is being replaced with non-slip shell stone/brick pavers.

We are on schedule for Phase II and III. We have selected the prime contractor after obtaining numerous bids from other contractors. We plan to start construction on Phase II by February and Phase III by April. All work should be fully completed by December 1, 2018.

Our reservation and customer service department are continuing to assist owners with both their banking and Interval International exchange requests Many owners are banking their weeks for future stays at the new Oyster Bay Beach Resort, while others are exchanging their usage to other great resorts in the Interval International exchange system.

We‘re continuing to work with our insurance company to settle the claim from Hurricane Irma. We received some advance payments on the claim, with the balance of our policy still needing to be paid. With the sheer volume of the claims being handled on island, the insurance companies are needing to work overtime to keep up with the demand on their insureds. We are hopeful that the claims will be settled very shortly. We will provide more details of the insurance matters in the next report.

The management and employees all appreciate the owners’ help and the care they showed over social media for their well-being directly after the storm. They look forward to the opening when they can show their appreciation to the owners for the tremendous support and generosity they’ve received. We are confident that Oyster Bay Beach Resort will be even better than before the storm and a closer bond between the owners, management, and employees will be formed and make our resort even more appealing.

We look forward to the New Year and to telling you about our exciting progress to opening day. Look for our next post in January 2018.

Happy New Year.

Michael Dolente
Josh Gold

 

 

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Looking Forward Report to the Owners of Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Year End 2017

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As most everyone knows this has been a challenging year for Oyster Bay Beach Resort (OBBR) and the many individuals who make the resort a special destination. The following is a comprehensive report of the current status of OBBR and describes Iron Shore Management’s plans to restore the resort to a world-class property.

Personal Inspection

On October 10, 2017, Josh, Mike and the resort’s architect, Joe Sistler, flew to St. Maarten on the first commercial flight to find the terminal had been heavily damaged during the storm. Reports state that Princess Juliana International Airport will be fully restored in nine months. Currently, Delta and American have reestablished daily service to St. Maarten. Also, Jet Blue is offering flights directly from New York twice a week. Islanders had organized an impromptu welcome for passengers and the Island remains hungry for visitors.

The destructive effects of Irma were evident on our ride to OBBR. However, there is a great deal of activity as people repair their homes, and government and private contractors clear the debris from the roads. Stores are opening in Phillipsburg and Simpson Bay and banks are open with functioning ATMs. Several restaurants have reopened, with more on the way, including our own Infinity Restaurant, Lounge and Bar. We reopened for business on November 1, and are keeping weekend hours, which has been a great morale boost for the Island as well as employees. There is an unquestionable commitment in St. Maarten, and among its citizens, to be a great Caribbean vacation destination once again. Restoring St. Maarten to its pre-hurricane luster is everyone’s goal.

Our on-site management staff, along with Josh, Mike, and Joe, as well as insurance adjusters, contractors, and architects, has inspected the resort. Each unit was assessed to fully understand the extent and scope of the damage. This has allowed us to formulate a plan for opening the resort as soon as possible. It was decided that the best approach to reconstruction was to divide the work into phases with the least affected areas of the resort getting first attention. Thankfully, the lesser-affected portion includes the reception building, Mainsail, and the Marina front units 15-18.

Plan for the Future: 2018

Our schedule calls for opening the first renovated 64 units to owners and guests by June 1, however that schedule is subject to change. Phase I of the reconstruction will consist of opening 40 units in the Mainsail building, 15 units in buildings 15-18, 9 units in the Pool Front buildings 31 and 32, the Infinity Restaurant (which is already operating), resurfacing the swimming pool and renovating the check-in lobby.

Phase II will include the 48 units in the oceanfront buildings (20 through 30). Phase III will consist of the 54 units of the garden/marina view buildings (33 through 41). We are working with architects and contractors to accurately determine the cost and schedule to repair the entire resort. We hope to complete phase II and III by the end of 2018. However, the timeline is subject to change based on the availability of labor, material, and equipment.

Additionally, we are working with the adjusters to mutually determine the amount of the insurance claim and obtain an interim advance so that work may proceed as quickly as possible. We are under contract for much of phase I work and plan to operate as a boutique resort as further work continues to allow owners to once again enjoy the best of the property. We don’t expect work on phase II or III to impact visitors or their enjoyment of the resort.

Employee Fundraising Effort

The GoFundMe (GFM) web page facilitated by management raised a total of $165,491. In addition, $12,500 was received from two private donors, for a total of $177,991 raised for employees to rebuild their lives here on St. Maarten. The donated monies were distributed to 151employees on a needs basis determined by the on-island management staff.

The employees are very grateful and are putting the money to work immediately. We were all very thankful for the support and sentiments expressed by our owners and others. A second GFM was established by a grateful Colorado couple who spent the night of Irma with us. They raised an additional $14,500, which was also distributed to the employees.

Reservations

The reservations department has been reestablished on Island and is taking most of the calls from Owners. They report that many owners want to bank their week with OBBR to be used in the future when the resort reopens. Others have opted to vacation elsewhere and are seamlessly exchanging their weeks, through Interval International, to any comparable resort through the world. As we get closer to completing phase I, we will open reservations for those units and hope to be able to give three months notice for reservations. We are all committed to reopening the restored resort to serve our owners.

We thank the owners who are overwhelmingly, continuing to support Oyster Bay Beach Resort and we’re confident that your patience will be rewarded with an exceptional restoration of the great vacation destination we all know and love.

Please continue to check our website for future progress reports.

Michael Dolente
Josh Gold

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Progress Report, October 23, 2017

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Personal Inspection

On October 10, 2017, Josh, Mike and the resort’s architect, Joe Sistler, flew to St. Maarten on the first commercial flight to Princess Juliana International Airport. The terminal had been heavily damaged during the storm. Arrivals and departures were conducted under large tents on both sides of the airport building. It was well set up with the capacity to handle much more traffic than was present when we arrived. Reports are that the airport will be fully restored in nine months. Currently, Delta and American have reestablished daily service to St. Maarten. Also, Jet Blue is offering flights directly from New York twice a week. Islanders had organized an impromptu welcome with drinks and costumed Carnival dancers for passengers passing through the temporary facility. The Island is progressing and hungry for visitors.

The ride from the airport to the resort showed the destructive effects of Irma. However, there was a great deal of activity. People were repairing their houses and roofs, government and private contractors were clearing the roads, debris from the storm was neatly deposited in dump areas to be removed to a larger dump each evening by government contractors. Stores were starting to open in Phillipsburg and Simpson Bay. Banks were open and ATM machines were functional. Several restaurants have reopened and many more are preparing to open, including our own Infinity Restaurant. The first cruise ship is expected on November 11 with store owners and other businesses anxiously awaiting their arrival There is an overall urgency in St. Maarten and among its citizens to get back to being a great Caribbean vacation destination. Restoring St. Maarten to its pre-hurricane luster is everyone’s primary goal.

The resort was physically inspected by our on-site management staff along with, Josh, Mike, and Joe. We toured the property with insurance adjusters, contractors, and architects as each unit was entered and assessed. Personal inspection allowed the team to more clearly formulate a plan for opening the resort as soon as possible. It was decided that the best way to approach the reconstruction was to divide the work into phases as some resort areas were spared the full destructiveness of the storm while other areas need a more prolonged reconstruction effort.

Phase I of the reconstruction will consist of the infinity swimming pool, the reception and Mainsail buildings, the Marina buildings (15 through 18) and the poolside buildings (31 and 32). Phase II will include the oceanfront buildings (20 through 30). Phase III will consist of the garden view buildings (33 through 41).

We are working with architects and contractors for bids so we can more accurately determine the cost to repair the entire resort. While some prices are being received now, all of the prices probably won’t be available for several weeks.

The work to repair the roof of the administrative/check in building is already underway. It is the first order of business, so we will be able to reopen Infinity Restaurant on November 1.

Plan for the Future: Phase 1 – Opening June 2018
An important factor in planning for the future is dealing with the insurance companies. We are preparing a claim based on our initial assessment of damage. The insurance company adjusters, who must agree on the amount of the claim, have visited the property and met with the management team. We will mutually determine the amount of the claim. Until we complete the entire bidding process on the reconstruction and refurbishment we will not be able to determine the budget or the exact amount of the claim. We hope to have a better projection in the next several weeks as we are expecting to receive bids from several contractors.

We are pushing the insurance company to provide an interim advance under the claim to pay for the Phase I reconstruction work as we have obtained favorable bids from contractors for its completion. In anticipation of receiving these advances, we have released the work to these contractors and have commenced construction of Phase I. We anticipate Phase I to be completed and open for occupancy by June as a boutique resort to allow the owners to once again enjoy the best of the resort. During the construction of Phase I, we also hope to have phase II and III under construction. Because of the separation of the buildings in the phases, we don’t expect the work on phase II or III to impact the enjoyment of our boutique resort. We hope to get phase II and III complete by October 2018. The timelines are subject to change as our schedule is dependent on the availability of labor, material, and equipment. There is exceptional pressure on all three right now. However, we do have a contractor under contract and working in order to get phase I open in June. More details will be forthcoming as we receive bids for phase II and III and work with the insurance company for a timely payout.

Infinity Restaurant and Bar
The Infinity Restaurant and Bar, which sustained very little damage (except for roof repairs), will be ready for the public in November as the contractor finishes the roof repair and touch-ups to the restaurant and bar which started this week. We have scheduled an opening on November 1, 2017. While there are several restaurants open on St. Maarten, Infinity will be one of the first fine dining resort restaurants, on the ocean, to be open. We expect it to be popular with the locals, especially from the Oyster Pond district that surrounds our resort. We also feel an early opening will help boost the morale of the Island as well offer full employment to our employees in our food and beverage department.

GoFundMe fundraising effort
The GFM page raised a total of $165,491. In addition, $12,500 was received from two private donors who gave directly, for a total of funds raised of $177,991. After GFM expenses of $13,723, the amount distributed to 151 employees was $164,723. The money was distributed on a needs basis determined by the on-island management staff. Some employees who were hardest hit received up to $5,000 to help reconstruct their destroyed homes. All employees received some amount of money in order to help them bring back their lives and property. The employees were very grateful and will put the money to work immediately. We were all very gratified by the success of the GFM effort as well as moved by the sentiments expressed by our owners and others on the GFM site. More detail is available on the GFM site which will stay up for about two weeks so everyone involved can review the results as well as the comments and kind wishes. Click the button below to visit the GFM site.  A second GFM was also established by a grateful Colorado couple who spent the night of Irma with us. They raised an additional $14,500 which was also distributed to the employees.

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Reservations
The reservations department has been reestablished on Island and is taking most of the calls from Owners. They report that many owners want to bank their week with OBBR to be used in the future when the resort reopens. Many owners have opted to vacation elsewhere and are seamlessly exchanging their weeks through Interval International to any comparable resort in the world. As we get closer to completing phase I, we will open reservations for those units. We would hope to be able to give three months’ notice for reservations. However, that still needs to be confirmed. Our only goal is to reopen the restored resort and serve our owners and employees.

Appreciation
We thank the ownership who are continuing to support our resort. We have confidence that your patience and support will pay off with the restoration of the great vacation destination that is Oyster Bay Beach Resort.

Michael Dolente
Josh Gold

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Progress Report, September 27, 2017

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The Island is making substantial progress in its recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma. Roads have been cleared of debris, and major clean-up efforts are underway Island-wide with the island looking much improved in a relatively short period of time. Supermarkets have reopened, and the food and water supply are back to pre-Hurricane level. Electric and water have been restored to most areas of St. Maarten including to our Resort. We have public water to all areas of the Resort that are capable of accepting the water through undamaged plumbing. GEBE has brought public power to our gates, and we will be able to resume public power after we make repairs to a few switches and electrical connections for us to safely accept the public electricity.

Our staff is working very hard to clean-up the Resort. After taking a substantial number of photographs and preparing written reports of the damage for insurance purposes, we have formed project work teams to tackle debris removal in various areas of the Resort. Our initial focus is to remove standing water from the units and common areas and dispose of furniture, fixtures, rugs and construction debris that is saturated with water and unusable. We are also trying to preserve the drywall by removing the bottom layer of sheetrock that was submerged in water to prevent mold. We are also pruning the trees, shrubs and flower beds with the hope that we can save much of the lush landscaping that we have enjoyed over the years.

Our architects and claim adjusters are aggressively moving forward with the damage assessment and claim preparation. We are also interviewing contractors and construction management firms to begin the reconstruction cost assessment and timeline for completion of the rebuilding of the Resort. We still have a long way to go but we are working hard to get the process started as our goal is to be one of the first Resorts to break ground on the rebuilding efforts

The initial damage reports indicate that about half of the units need to be fully reconstructed. The remaining units require something less than a full reconstruction with some needing relatively superficial repairs. Most need some if not all furniture replacement. We hope to divide the work so that the lighter work can be accomplished by our local contractors who have been renovating and rebuilding units for us for the last seven years and have done an excellent job. We think the partially damaged units can be fully repaired by these contractors. It would also give a head start to the schedule of when we can once again accept guests. We’re hoping to open the first units in 9 months, but that is a very preliminary estimate. Once we receive bids, we’ll be able to predict more accurately if that goal can be met. The more damaged units would be bid out to several larger contractors. We are preparing the documents, plans, and specifications necessary to put out a Request for Bids. We will be depending on the availability of skilled labor and materials which will be affected by the other areas struck by Hurricanes as they may be competing for the same resources. Once we receive bids for the more intensive work, we’ll be able to better estimate the schedule for full availability in a completely restored resort.

The GoFundMe page, seeking to raise money for the employees has been quite successful, reaching $107,000 as of this writing. We expect to receive more as donations are still coming in. We and the employees are more than grateful for the outpouring of sentiment, compliments, and prayers for the staff and resort as well as the generosity of the donors. We are all deeply moved and appreciative. The success of the fundraising effort and the comments being made spur us on to fully focus on the date when we can once again accept as guests the wonderfully generous people who donated on the page as well as all of our owners and fans.

Our senior management is compiling information on the employee’s situations to determine what portion of the fund should go to each. Criteria include; amount and urgency of need, wage earned by the employee, tenure and other factors to be determined, as we progress in the process. Full and complete disclosure will be made after the money has been distributed. To donate, please visit GoFundMe.com/OysterBay or click on the button below.

https://www.gofundme.com/oysterbay/
We have been taking many calls at our home office and at the resort (phones and electricity have been restored) from owners who want to find alternative accommodations during the reconstruction period or bank their usage with OBBR or Interval until we reopen. We have also worked out an arrangement with Interval International for our owner’s to use accommodations in the following Interval International Premier rated Resorts;

  1.  Sheraton Vistana Villages and Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando, Florida
  2.  Bliss Jungle and the Grand Bliss in Riviera Maya, Mexico
  3.  The Mayan Palace and Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta
  4.  The Grand Mayan in Puerto Penasco



We have been able to fill every request for a trade through Interval International. As you can see, Interval International has been very supportive through this process and assure us that they will continue to work with us to find alternative accommodations for our owners until we can re-open the Resort. They also made a substantial donation to the employee aid fund.

As we progress and have reliable information on our plan, we will update this site.

Thank you again for your generosity and patience,

Michael Dolente
Josh Gold
Managing Directors.

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The Rebuilding Process

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Temporarily Closed for Repairs

Due to Hurricane Irma, Oyster Bay Beach Resort and our sister property Coral Beach Club are currently closed. Thankfully, all of our resort guests and staff are safe. Unfortunately, the resort suffered major damage and will remain closed until repairs can be made. We plan to rebuild the resort as soon as possible. We are looking forward to the day when the resort will be restored to its original beauty and serenity. We can’t estimate when the resort will reopen at this time, but we will continue to update this page as progress is made.

Please donate to our Island Staff

On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma made a direct hit on the Island of St. Maarten. Oyster Bay Beach Resort was hosting 148 guests at the time. Several staff members remained at the resort to take care of guests and ensure their safety rather than attend to their own homes–many of which were severely damaged during the storm.

We have established a GoFundMe page to collect money to aid the resort staff to address their personal loses. The donations will be collected and distributed directly to the staff, in accordance with their needs, by the resort managing directors Josh Gold and Mike Dolente. The needs will be assessed by the Oyster Bay Beach Resort’s senior management team residing on St. Maarten. They will make recommendations as to the disbursement of the funds. The urgency of this funding cannot be overstated–the island is trying to emerge from the Hurricane damage, and many have little to restart their lives. There are many whose homes are so damaged they are seeking shelter from us at the resort. Please consider donating to these selfless individuals, many of whom you know so that they can restore safety and security to their homes.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Please visit GoFundMe.com/OysterBay or click on the button below.

https://www.gofundme.com/oysterbay/