General Manager, Gary Rumberger posted the following on the Hawks Nest website this morning, and he as given me permission to repost it here:
Just a quick update on the progress of the Hawks nest. Servpro has finished their work of removing the damaged drywall and carpeting. They have dried out the building using industrial heater/dehumidifiers and have stabilized the units. They had to remove a substantial amount of drywall from the building. It is going to take 220 4×12 sheets of drywall to replace what has been removed. The roof areas have been repaired with new wood and also been waterproofed back in to protect from further damage. Now for the bad news. Gary Tucker had a conversation yesterday with our public insurance adjuster and he was informed we can’t begin the repairs on these areas until they give us the go ahead. They also told him the insurance company as long as 60 days to come and reinspect the building now that much more areas have been exposed.Gary then asked them to send us a letter that we can show to the owners to outline the steps and the timeline that we need to follow. I will post it here when we we receive it. We are still getting bids on the repairs that we need so that when they give us the go ahead we can pull the trigger on getting this place back up and running. There is no possible way we are going to be open by February first. I think it is a safe bet to say that I would not make any plans through at least April. I wish I could give you a definitive date, but at this time that is not possible. We lost the phone system during the hurricane and are working on getting a new one. Email is the best way to contact us. It may take a day or two to hear back because of the constant interruptions of service. Comcast was here yesterday and told us to expect that for probably six more months while they replace the enormous amount of damaged equipment.
Most of this is not good news, but it isn’t entirely unexpected either. Gary Tucker warned us in his last update a month ago today that we were going to be held up until inspections were completed by the insurance company.
I also spoke with Gary R. this morning before I had seen his post, and he told me all of that and more.
Work has been carried out inside and outside. I have attached some photos that were sent to me by an owner that she took last Saturday, the 4th of November. They don’t show a lot of progress outside, but do show some cleaning up of rubble, etc., but the pool, hot tub and docks are still trashed. Not visible is work done on the roofs over the balconies.
Much more has been done inside, mainly drying everything out, and removal of damaged and moldy drywall and/or carpeting. Also, very importantly, the erosion behind the seawall has been backfilled.
Gary also told me that progress is being made in replacing the fire pump. Without that, the Hawks Nest cannot reopen regardless of the condition of the rest of the building.
We need to be on the phone with the insurance company every day if necessary hounding them to get our inspections done so we can get moving in earnest. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.