The Horny Toad Guesthouse2 Vlaun Drive, Simpson Bay, St Maarten, DWI (No postal code needed)
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Hi to all,
We want to start by thanking everyone for all of their thoughts, offers of support and prayers.
Doug and I finally were able to get back to St. Maarten, via San Juan and Anguilla, on the evening of October 5th. The plane from San Juan was late so we missed the last ferry to SXM. Fortunately there were 9 people on that flight trying to get to SXM so they very nicely ran an extra trip for us. They brought us to the Dutch side bridge entering the lagoon. We were met there by two immigration officers who told us we were not allowed to come to SXM as the island was closed to tourists. Once I was able to prove my residency we were allowed to stay. We were unable to find a taxi so Doug and I walked with our luggage to the Toad. When we arrived we found that the alley to the Toad was completely blocked with debris. We had to go to the next alley and come through Las Arenas to get to the Toad. Our first night back was spent in the front office of the round house sleeping on the cushions from the couches in #7. Not our best nights sleep! Since then MaryLyn Bilow has very graciously allowed us to move over to her condo at Las Arenas so we are now very comfortable.
So, we have been back just over a week, and what a week it has been. The first few days were spent walking around the Toad and just taking it all in. On Saturday Mom arranged a rental car for us so we have been able to get around. Although we haven't had time to really look around the island yet. From the little we have seen most concrete structures did pretty well. It is the wooden or steel structures that suffered badly.
We found that the Toad had sustained much more damage than we originally thought. As I think everyone already knows the entire second story of the main house is gone. The parts of #5, #6, and #7 that weren't damaged by Irma's wind were damaged by the sea and rain. The round house fared a little bit better. The roof and most of the walls/windows are gone. But the structure itself is sound. Getting the roof back on the round house is priority #1. Hopefully it will be weather/rain proof by the end of next week.
We are in the process of cleaning up so we can start to rebuild the main house. Although we will be rebuilding in concrete, we will plan to keep true to as much of the Toad as possible. I think the best way to explain the damage is to say that if it wasn't made of concrete it is gone or will need to be taken down.
All of the office equipment has been damaged. As a result I am not able to access the guest registrations (e-mail address) at this time. Our plan is to move all existing reservations/deposits to the 2018/2019 season. If that is not what you would like us to do with your reservation/deposit please let us know and we will send you a refund.
We will be sending out updates as often as possible.
Thank you for all your love and support. It means a great deal to us.
Debbie & Doug
13 Oct 2017