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Busy at Sunset Beach Bar #184662
02/19/2019 12:11 PM
02/19/2019 12:11 PM
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Sarasota, Florida
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I just saw that there are 3 large ships in port and the webcam at SSBB shows a lot of folks at the beach. It also seems that the weather has changed the sand over that lst couple of days and there is a shelf now causing them to have to reduce the number of rows of chairs. Hope these folks are buying some drinks and food too.

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Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #184669
02/19/2019 12:44 PM
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Nothing like having chairs inches apart. Not to my liking for a beach destination. But I do like to take first time guests there for lunch. Always had good service and food there.

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #184671
02/19/2019 12:51 PM
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Wow, that's REALLY busy!


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Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #184676
02/19/2019 01:24 PM
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Well, bet the beach cleared out, heavy rains just came through at Mary’s Boon. They had to close the “windows” in the dining area. Only lasted about 5 minutes.

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Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: mdldgl] #184679
02/19/2019 01:31 PM
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They'll be back. Momentary setback. Plenty of time left in day.

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #184681
02/19/2019 01:37 PM
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I don't think I've ever seen the sand do that. Usually, it's far more gradual. But, at least the sand is there! And, that is pretty busy for a Tuesday. Three ships aren't that many, unless a big one made port. Hopefully, there are folks packed around the Sunset Beach Bar enjoying some food and drink. Now, if I could only convince my wife that she could drink here for free ...

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: SammyM] #184688
02/19/2019 02:19 PM
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Haven't been there but is the sign that grants free drinks still there?



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Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: SammyM] #184690
02/19/2019 02:34 PM
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In past years I've seen that steep ridge before. Comes and goes.

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #184691
02/19/2019 02:41 PM
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The last time we were actually there -- about 22 months ago -- I did not see the sign. We were both 'parched' at the time and ordered our drinks, and just as I was wondering if the "ladies drink for free" promo still was in effect sure enough not five minutes later two couples probably in their early 40's came up to the bar on our left and the ladies sat on the bar stools while their husbands (or boyfriends) stood behind them. Off went their tops and 'on' started the drinks so that answered that. I turned to my wife and said "I can save $9 on that margarita if you join them" to which I got a firm stare and was reminded that we weren't on the beach anymore! We got done and went into the nearby casino for about an hour. When there was no more money left to lose, we went back for one last round and lo and behold the two couples hadn't moved. They had to be drinking a good hour and a half, so I left wondering just how much the bar lost on those two ladies! Another great St. Martin memory.

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: SammyM] #184694
02/19/2019 02:45 PM
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I imagine the boyfriends or husbands and observers drank and paid for their fair share so the bar probably made out OK.

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #184699
02/19/2019 03:00 PM
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Good call! They probably charged the guys double for their beers. Suddenly a $4 draft now became $8!

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #184702
02/19/2019 03:54 PM
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Someone mentioned before that on the website of sunsetsxm that you click on arrivals(top left?) and see when the planes are coming in. I don't see this?

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: Carol_Hill] #184716
02/19/2019 05:13 PM
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This was January 20th. Very busy then as well.

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Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: jeepers] #184761
02/19/2019 11:08 PM
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You can have that. Yuk

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #184778
02/20/2019 05:25 AM
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So tacky! Stay home!

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #184820
02/20/2019 11:54 AM
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Looks like with 4 ships in it's standing room only. Lots of chairs being rented out inches apart.

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: jeepers] #184840
02/20/2019 03:27 PM
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Definitely NOT my cup of tea!


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Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: jazzgal] #184860
02/20/2019 05:24 PM
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Mine either. I like well spaced out chairs and room to roam.

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #185596
02/27/2019 12:19 PM
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Yikes!!! 5 ships in today (2/27)and it's packed like sardines.



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Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #185600
02/27/2019 12:22 PM
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Holy cr*p. That's a lot of people.

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #185614
02/27/2019 02:41 PM
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Too bad most of them are not spending any money.

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: LBI2SXM] #185615
02/27/2019 02:49 PM
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I saw a lot of drinks being served and those chairs aren't free. Let alone the food and drinks probably being served in the bar/restaurant/pool area.

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #185621
02/27/2019 03:56 PM
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I am not sure what makes anyone thing that tourists will try and recover hurricane lost. these are people that wait all year long to take a vacation and should not be obligated to try and spend more than they would for any vacation. Yes for most of us that love the island, we want the money to flow in, but its not going to be for one time visitors. Folks do not go on vacation to support there destination. St.M. has to come back on its good business and good people that want to make it great again.no not tourists, not there job. and by the way I am here have been since dec.30th would not expect tourists ot try and get the Island back not there job.

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #185627
02/27/2019 04:32 PM
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I tend to think that the busy scene at SSBB is indicative to the island recovering. SXM has a tourism based economy and as such all of those people on the beach are, in fact, spending money. Be it $20 for chairs/umbrellas, drinks, souvenirs, food etc they are spending money. While it may not be the responsibility of the tourists to get the island back, it is the responsibility of the businesses to provide what the tourists need and/or want in order to keep them coming back. I agree with you sasa about tourists not providing for the losses of the hurricane however it is the tourist dollars that support the recovery.



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Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #185657
02/28/2019 07:46 AM
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The poor people that still have no roof or major damage that they have to live with will not feel the affects of tourists. Most tourists go out to eat, or perhaps buy stuff to bring back home or even jewlery. So for the most part! resturants and shops get the dollor. I feel for those that are living still with unbelievable loss... Not sure how tourists dollors help them, but to an extent perhaps bringing jobs back will..

Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: sasasal] #185659
02/28/2019 08:21 AM
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Not only do tourists bring back jobs, they bring $$, clothes, school supplies, and whatever else they can carry to help those in need every day. They volunteer all over the island, reading to kids, building gardens, whatever they can, they do. If it wasn't for local and tourist volunteers, this island would be in much worse shape, as the government is pretty much useless.


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Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: sasasal] #185666
02/28/2019 09:44 AM
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My post about the tourists helping out is not meant as a direct hands on help nut rather as an indirect help. As Elaine mentioned, there are many folks that do volunteer and assist in other ways but she also mentioned that the tourists bring in $$. What my post was geared toward was the fact that if we tourists spend money in any business on the island, that keeps that business in operation which in turn means that business to employ people who get compensated for their employment. That employment equals income which is then used to buy food and other necessities as well as supplies to make repairs or hire a contractor.



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Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #185667
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Looks like it will be another busy day. 6 ships in and at 0845 EST the webcam shows 3 rows of chairs set up waiting for the cruisers



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Re: Busy at Sunset Beach Bar [Re: deputydog1157] #185680
02/28/2019 11:49 AM
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And we must not forget that the locals that provide the transportation, tours busses-taxis-rental cars, bring in money to the island.


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