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Coconut Plantation and Ian - updates

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We arrived on Saturday, and have been really surprised, and happy, with the restoration progress. The road into the resort - along the golf course - has been all cleaned up, as have areas around the clubhouse, and in front and back of the units. Work still remains of course, but I guess we expected devastation, and that is not the case. You do see broken trees, especially along the road at the back, and some loss of fronds on the palm trees. But some flowers survived, and others have been planted.

As others have pointed out, the Veranda pool is open, and has been busy. The other pools, as well as all the electrical in the lower pool area, including 27 pumps, were under water for 6-12 hours, so major work has been underway. The pool closest to the fire pit was filled, and the new pump has been running, but they found they were losing water, so 2 steps forward, and one backward. Turned out it was a pressure valve (I think), so theoretically easier to fix. Rey (general manager) hopes he will be able to open that pool by the end of next week, pending Dept of Health approval. For the other lower pool, they initially received the wrong pump, but now the correct pump has arrived, so he is hopeful that that pool will soon be open (No water in that pool yet). Just in case only one of the lower pools can be opened initially , they have ordered fencing so they can block off closed areas temporarily while opening part of the lower deck. Nice move!

Lazy river will be 3-6 months.

WiFi is good, as is the TV, although there was a brief glitch Sunday just before the football game. ”Signal lost, check your cable connection”. Signal came back pretty quickly and no problems with TV since.

The new grills behind buildings 3&4 were under water, so temporarily out of order, but they put two portable propane grills there, so you can still grill if you want.

Elevators in buildings 3&4 are working perfectly.

Buildings 1&2 are still closed to guests (some contractors staying in at least one of the buildings), but elevators not working. Soon they will allow owners to stay in buildings 1 or 2 (not sure which one, maybe both), but will have to sign a waiver if no elevator service. Apparently the surge water went up into the elevator shaft. Not good! I don’t know whether that was the case in all buildings - I think 1,2,3, but 4 OK. Waiting for parts for elevators not yet in service.

This week 35% occupancy; next week 50%.

Sales building will be closed some time in future and given back to developer. New building for sales will be at back somewhere.

Hickory Island had 14-20 feet of water, but they (not sure who they is) say best case scenario is to open that beach by end of January 2023. (probably would have to drive there). All Lee County beaches officially closed now, but can sit on the sand on some. Too dangerous to go in water because of debris and bacteria.

When arriving, we were surprised to see the new road which will lead to the Ritz Carlton residences. That road (short so far) goes straight where we turn right to enter the drive along the golf course into HRC.

Nearby Hyatt hotel opened this week. We walked there, but you can park free since their parking “machines” were damaged. Several new palm trees have been planted along the hotel driveway, and they look good. Still have rope around the fronds on top. About 7 new palm trees are lying on the sidewalk in front of the hotel, waiting to be planted. Behind the hotel, most of the landscaping was devastated. The beautiful elegant tall palms are still standing, albeit with some loss of fronds. However, as you look to the back and to the right, many new and fairly tall palms have been planted. All the landscaping along the back steps leading to the pool was lost, but the area has been completely replanted, and looks good. Needs to grow a bit more, but that will happen quickly in Florida climate. Lots of new flowers, so looks great.

One sad thing: When turning onto Coconut Rd from Tamiami, there is a huge debris pile - furniture, mattresses, pieces of homes.

Most of information above is from owner update meeting today. We will be here for 3 weeks, so I will report any more news.
Thank your for the detailed report. This is one of our favorite “staycation” resorts.
 

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I was also at the owners meeting on 11/14. Rey said that definitely there will be no more buildings added - A new pool would have been needed to accommodate more guests, and that's not in the plans. He is not sure why the sales team is telling prospective buyers that more buildings are planned. The developer of the new Ritz property owns all that land and is very limited as to what they can do there. There will be a new 9 hole Executive golf course adjacent to the existing Raptor Bay course. Rey told us that the Penthouses in the new Ritz community have already been sold.

We were very pleased by how good the property looks, considering all the devastation in the surrounding areas. They are really working hard to get everything up and running as quickly as possible.
Sadly, the nearby beaches will not be open for swimming by the upcoming holiday and winter season. There is still debris the beach and the water is toxic from the storm and increasing red tide. Walking is allowed on Naples Beach, but no one in the water...
We drove to Bonita Beach - Coconut Jacks and Docs were severely damaged, but we saw lots of work going on at both places.

We have relatives who live at Pelican Landing. They are quite sure that beach access to Hickory will be done as soon as possible, as that is an amenity that those owners expect. The pavilion is standing, but decking and stairs were destroyed, as were both marinas.

The saddest thing, other than the homes that were lost, was the destruction of the mangroves along the Bonita canals. News reports on TV said it will take 2-4 years to clean and restore those; a real blow to the environment of the Bay.

Finally, there was a 5' alligator in the middle of the lagoon. Presumably he wandered there from the golf course and a trapper was going to come and relocate him.
 

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Did they open any additional buildings yet or are there still only 2 in operation?
I think only two buildings are opened to guests. Buildings 1 and 2 are very quiet, with no or only 1 or 2 cars (workers?). Buildings 3 and 4 have many cars and guests. Much busier than last week.
 

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Thank your for the detailed report. This is one of our favorite “staycation” resorts.

@LMD , I hope your home in Naples did not sustain any water damage or destruction from Ian... I also love this resort and can not wait till my trip this coming March...The TS we stay at in Naples had a lot of damage and currently they are stating that the resort will be closed until at least December 10th and possibly beyond, so we rented a 1 bedroom condo for two weeks on Marco Island. It will be a squeeze but we will make it work to fit all 4 of us in there...
 

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@LMD , I hope your home in Naples did not sustain any water damage or destruction from Ian... I also love this resort and can not wait till my trip this coming March...The TS we stay at in Naples had a lot of damage and currently they are stating that the resort will be closed until at least December 10th and possibly beyond, so we rented a 1 bedroom condo for two weeks on Marco Island. It will be a squeeze but we will make it work to fit all 4 of us in there...
Thank you! We were very lucky. 4 miles from the beach and no damage…in fact we did not even lose power. Counting our blessings because so many others not as fortunate. Good news- I just heard on the news that the Gulf water off of Marco tested negative for fecal bacteria for the first time since Ian. Hopefully it will be safe for you to enter the water when you get here.
 

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Thank you! We were very lucky. 4 miles from the beach and no damage…in fact we did not even lose power. Counting our blessings because so many others not as fortunate. Good news- I just heard on the news that the Gulf water off of Marco tested negative for fecal bacteria for the first time since Ian. Hopefully it will be safe for you to enter the water when you get here.

@LMD , thank you for that good news, on this trip down and the one in March we will be looking to purchase a condo in Naples, I'm now going to go with 4+ miles from the beach (so happy you had no damage) to ensure we have no damage and our realtor suggested that we look at condos built after 2001 have stricter building codes and he told us to stay away from high rises built in the 70"s, 80's and 90"s as we might sustain a large assessment...

We were ready to buy in early 2020 and then hubby had some health issues that we needed to determine if that would prevent us from buying a small condo in North Naples, so now we are ready and will look to see what we can find...
 

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LMD. Are you in north Naples?
 

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@LMD , thank you for that good news, on this trip down and the one in March we will be looking to purchase a condo in Naples, I'm now going to go with 4+ miles from the beach (so happy you had no damage) to ensure we have no damage and our realtor suggested that we look at condos built after 2001 have stricter building codes and he told us to stay away from high rises built in the 70"s, 80's and 90"s as we might sustain a large assessment...

We were ready to buy in early 2020 and then hubby had some health issues that we needed to determine if that would prevent us from buying a small condo in North Naples, so now we are ready and will look to see what we can find...
Thank you :) It definitely makes you rethink location for sure! Good luck with your search. Here is a handy link
 

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Unintended consequences. They are rebuilding the raptor bay golf course. The subdivision near it is now overrun with wild boars. They are tearing up the yards the golf course has encroached on their natural area so moving into this older community
 

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Unintended consequences. They are rebuilding the raptor bay golf course. The subdivision near it is now overrun with wild boars. They are tearing up the yards the golf course has encroached on their natural area so moving into this older community

We have seen them before when walking or driving thru. I believe that they can be dangerous. A bit scary.
 

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Has there been any new updates on the resort buildings and pools?
Are there still only 2 of the 4 buildings being used for guests and the river pool still closed with an open date of a couple months?
 
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