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whitesands
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Realistic time frame to return
      #1745512 - 09/12/17 08:01 PM (97.92.5.99)

My heart aches for our paradise. When are you planning on returning to the island, Either as and owner or not, 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? or more? I understand they are dependent on our tourism income, but when , realistically, will the be ready.

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GaKaye
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Re: Realistic time frame to return [Re: whitesands]
      #1745516 - 09/12/17 08:26 PM (174.194.11.22)

It's not a difficult decision for us, as we own three fixed weeks at La Vista Beach...47, 48, and 49. No way the island will be ready for us this year, but we'll definitely return in November, 2018.

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sxmParrotfish
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Re: Realistic time frame to return [Re: whitesands]
      #1745518 - 09/12/17 08:33 PM (98.4.208.192)

The past several years I have been visiting SXM in May and November. I haven't rescheduled November yet, but am fully expecting that I will have to. None of us know at this point when SXM will be ready for visitors again. I am currently planning that the next time I go, it will be primarily with the purpose of helping the cleanup / rebuild in some way. It's just too early to contact anyone on the island about doing so at this time. I know that I cannot abandon the island that I love, and therefore will return as soon as possible.

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foreversxm
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Re: Realistic time frame to return [Re: sxmParrotfish]
      #1745537 - 09/12/17 09:38 PM (209.44.132.182)

We go for the friendly people, the wonderful beaches, the warm sun and the great food. All of that is still there now and every day things will get better and better. I have heard from friends on the Island and they are working hard. To me 60 days and you will see a function Island. This is wait and see....don't bail out on them to soon. The hotels and restaurants that are open by high season will be busy!

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Brubovol
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Re: Realistic time frame to return [Re: foreversxm]
      #1745543 - 09/12/17 10:11 PM (73.120.65.183)

Are you delusional??!!! The damage on the island and the infrastructure is catastrophic!! Years before rebuild!!!!!!

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sxmParrotfish
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Re: Realistic time frame to return [Re: foreversxm]
      #1745547 - 09/12/17 10:19 PM (98.4.208.192)

The topic said realistic, and in response to forevers post I don't believe the 2017 season is realistic at all . If the airport was functioning in 60 days that would be good progress. While it appears rebuild plans are in place, the governments primary focus on both sides is ( as it should be) aid to its citizens. Infrastructure must be repaired and rebuilt, and this will take time. Returning to the island as a visitor in 2017 just isn't going to be reality.

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foreversxm
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Re: Realistic time frame to return [Re: Brubovol]
      #1745548 - 09/12/17 10:26 PM (209.44.132.182)

lol NO Sure its bad but I am not saying rebuild it ALL! I am saying enough business back on the way and open by high season. They have to eat you know. I am not part of the doomsday crowd and I have seen how they rebuilt from Hurricane Luis in 1995. Lots of died hard types out there and Yes, the few ones that get open will be busy come January.

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SXMScubaman
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Re: Realistic time frame to return [Re: foreversxm]
      #1745552 - 09/12/17 10:41 PM (24.22.151.53)

I look for high season, resorts to be about 50% ready and maybe 10-20% of the restaurants to be operational. %50-70% of Front St businesses might be ready but the infrastructure will take a long time to put back together before this can happen. This can not happen by High season by any means. Heck before any repairs can take place you have to have materials, work force and electricity for the workers tools to operate.
Resorts might be able to get things done quicker than businesses that have the insurance and means but St Maarten will take years to be fully recovered.
We are still planning on being there this May but don't expect to much.


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Cathyg
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Re: Realistic time frame to return [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1745555 - 09/12/17 10:57 PM (97.73.80.136)

we are hoping for April 2019

is it realistic? God i hope so


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Ted_n_Jan
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Re: Realistic time frame to return [Re: Cathyg]
      #1745560 - 09/12/17 11:27 PM (66.30.194.11)

We stay on the French side, at LaPlaya, right on Orient.

Just getting the roads cleared, the debris removed and the telephone/electrical poles back up will be a major undertaking.

A lot will depend on things like how much money France is willing to sink into the island, how much insurance, if any, the business owners have etc.

Since we particularly like smaller restaurants, there is good chance that many of our favorites simply have won't have the funds.

My guess is late 2018 or early 2019 before things are passably functional. (We have been visiting for over 20 years and have reached the age where our definition of "passably functional" is somewhat higher than it once was. )

I would be thrilled to be wrong on my time frame.


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