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Old 07-19-2005   #46 (permalink)
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We are all fine!

Hello all! I am at Posada Freud using their computer, as both the Playa.info office and my home are still without utilities. The rest of Playa is pretty much back to normal. Some areas of Playacar are still without power, too. Took a drive today south down 307. Puerto Aventuras and Akumal seemed to have sustained the most damage. It was a strange landscape, to see all of the downed trees and the trees that didnīt fall completely stripped of their leaves. Lots of downed electric and phone lines. There was a huge cell tower crumpled in half.

Playa was really lucky and dodged a bullet. We are in the process of cleaning up the trees and trying to get back to business as usual. Our tour guide, Mitch, will be doing some recon this week, visiting all of the sites we visit on our tours to ensure they are still ok to visit. Tours should be up and running next week without a hitch.

If I get electric and internet tomorrow, I will hook up one computer really quick so I can get some work done. If you've got something scheduled and you haven't heard from me, itīs just because I canīt reach you. Send me a PM if itī's urgent, I will check it and respond as soon as I can.

Thanks for your patience, and thank you for all of your good wishes. I think thatīs what helped us survive Emily. Nice try, bitch, but Playa wins.
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Also, I will have plenty of photos to post as soon as I can. Stacy and I did some roving reporting work. I'd tell you more, but this keyboard is not mine and boy does it suck.
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Old 07-19-2005   #48 (permalink)
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That it was!
Well 100% is open for business again tonight with a little less shade.

Look on the bright side - they'll be less insects falling down into your food.
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Old 07-19-2005   #49 (permalink)
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I just got back from staying at Allegro and Royal Hideaway in Playacar during the hurricane. I posted the photos in the member gallery.
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Old 07-20-2005   #50 (permalink)
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The Iberostar Tucan & Iberostar Quetzal will stay closed until next Friday (July 29, 2005)
The beach has a lot of debris. They will have to replace many of the palm trees and huts. Even in one week it will not be in the best shape.
The pools might or might not to be operational by next Friday.

Some conflicting informations about this hotel no ??

Same for Palladium with that :
http://groups.msn.com/PalladiumAddic...ID_Message=855

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Old 07-20-2005   #51 (permalink)
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Hi everybody, Im alive, were all alive but we have been pretty devistated. We have no water or electricity, and I only found out today by reading my e mails that the eye of the storm hit Puerto Aventuras. ( Im just outside Playa right now looking for Ice and found a sign that said "have internet" So this is my message to let you know we are alright. For those of you who have visited Puerto and xpu-ha are like war zones (but no dead people thank god) It took 5 hours to dig my car out and I only had a cracked windshield (yeah!!) I have friends who still 3 days later their cars are under huge trees the marina is in a state of emergency, the army, everyone is there. the worst part is its july, the hottest time of the year, and we have no water, fans, a.c., flushable toilets or swimming pools.some people who boarded up the wood just pulled right out of the nails, we even had some people with hurricaine shutters blow right off its foundation.
the marina is nothing more than a jungle of trees,glass and the contents of peoples homes.,
We have been taking pictures but Without electricity it will take a few more days. I will send shots as soon as I can.

The hotel is not in good shape, we will be closed 2 weeks to a month, but considering some hotels wont be open for many months we are not that bad. my shop survived.. all that glass, all those trees, I couldnt get to the shop but once we climbed our way through I only had a broken front door, and no water damage, on the plus point..our beach is even more wider than before, when we are cleaned up the beach will be fabulous.
The storm ended up being more wind than rain, It ended up coming from inland, which no one expected, we expected water surges and flooding, so we were totally unprepared for it to come from the back,.
for those of you that wrote and asked about my friends... M=-=-=-=-= is fine, he stayed with me. and played the ultimate macho male, taking care of everything, he never slept, I think I slept for about an hour, but we had the bathroom and front door tied down and the big bottles of water in front of it,. unfortunatly he lost some of the roof of his house. he brought the important stuff to my house but everything is soaked. L-=-=-= lost his bedroom window, and ended up leaning into his front door for 3 hours with another guy because the front door was buckeling, and next door to him (for those of you that have stayed there) the wind blew off the front door traveled up two flights of stairs and blew all the glass and hurricane shutters into the marina. G -=-=- (the jungle girl and her boyfriend and animals were in the room down stairs right near the door but nothing happed. As for their houses on the beach everything is still standing.trees and debree are everywhere it will take days to put the places together, but everything is still standing. Paul and Vickie are fine in the jungle, except P-=-=-= says its not a jungle anymore, they now have a view to Puerto Aventuras.
I hope this is enough info for the moment. there is a long line for this computer and people are waiting for me to bring them ice. we are so melting.-.----Playa should be hooked up in the next few days, but we will still be a few weeks. I may have to move in with S-=-=- or F-=-=- or M-=-=-= in Playa but so far the nights are not too hot, I sleeping with the front door open. I will check my e mails as soon as I can, take care everyone....A-=-=-=

Email recieved from friend. Long time resident.
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I posted a photo link in the thread Michael started about my experience and Paamul.
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I heard from the owners of Nueva Vida in Tulum, they had some damages, not severe and will reopen tommorrow on Friday, they are about 1 1/2 miles south of Ana Y Jose. Evidently the road must be open along the Tulum coast if the resorts are begining to open.
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Playa.info status update

Tour guide Mitch has visited the places we go on our Tulum and Coba tours and has reported we can begin tours again right away. The only change is that Playa Selva, the beach we visit on the Tulum tour is going to need a little more time for cleanup, so we will be visiting another beach. Also, one of the cenotes had some trees, etc. fall in and will need a little extra time, so we will visit another cenote. Gran cenote is fine and the ruins didn't suffer any damage.

We have a computer up and running in the Playa.info batcave, so we're back to work with a fury. FatCat trips resumed today, ATV tours will resume shortly, and airport transfers are all on track again.

If you're waiting on a response for us, please continue to be patient. We've got a lot of mail to slog through and are still un-hurricaning the office.
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I have been informed that our hotel of choice has their beach open, but that the ocean is unswimmable due to seaweed and jellyfish. Anyone there able to confirm or deny these reports? I really can't believe that all the seaweed and all the jellyfish are just hanging around our resort. I could see if our resort was on a bay, but it is in Playacar and I don't remember any bays along that part of Playa. Has Playa ever had jellyfish problems before? I 'm sure they just got blown in with the hurricane, but if they are in fact there, how long would you expect them to be around? Is there enough of a tidal surge to pull them back out to sea?
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Photos of Puerto Aventuras with cleanup underway -- follow this link:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/ellenb...bum?.dir=/76e6
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Finally...just got off the phone with our Property Manager (Los Lirios), Playacar Phase 2. He informed me that they had plenty of time to board up, so our Condo came through unscathed.
Well, another call today, and it seems that both of our satellite dishes are severly damaged. Could have always been worse.
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Old 07-25-2005   #59 (permalink)
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Thanks for the great picture link!



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Photos of Puerto Aventuras with cleanup underway -- follow this link:
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Which hotel are you talking about?



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I have been informed that our hotel of choice has their beach open, but that the ocean is unswimmable due to seaweed and jellyfish. Anyone there able to confirm or deny these reports? I really can't believe that all the seaweed and all the jellyfish are just hanging around our resort. I could see if our resort was on a bay, but it is in Playacar and I don't remember any bays along that part of Playa. Has Playa ever had jellyfish problems before? I 'm sure they just got blown in with the hurricane, but if they are in fact there, how long would you expect them to be around? Is there enough of a tidal surge to pull them back out to sea?
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