Sep 8, 2019
Thanks to our contractors and our committed wonderful staff we have gotten Atalaya Towers open for business except for one elevator for which parts are scheduled to arrive next week due to the storm. Out of 35 air moving fans and 29 dehumidifiers installed yesterday as FSA was here first thing in the morning we have 6 fans and 5 dehumidifiers in 5 units. Those units are 202, 1603, 1604, 1606, and 1706. The plan is to have FSA back tomorrow to monitor those units for moisture levels in hopes of moving equipment out. We have advised off property agencies of units with equipment in them.
Thank you for your thoughts and patience,
Staff of Atalaya Towers
Sep 6, 2019
As of 5am remnants of Dorians winds are slowly leaving our area. We will begin damage assessments this morning with our restoration contractors. While they are going through each and every unit we will be walking the property from roof to grounds assessing any damage. From the cameras it appears that the removal of the storefront windows at the indoor pool area did their job helping the wind go through without stressing the glass, and possibly breaking them. Also the surge was on our side with no sea water in the pools. They will obviously need to be drained and cleaned from debris. Hopefully the water intrusion to the units will be light. We will not know the arrival conditions for the resort until at least mid to late afternoon. We have a lot to clean up around the grounds, but thankfully it does not look as bad as Mathew or Florence. We have had the elevators shut down, and we will be inspecting, and testing them today. We don't mean to be vague, but quite honestly until we get into the post storm protocols we won't know anything for sure. The Governor mandatory evacuation has not been lifted yet as well so please refer to this website for updates. We will have another no later than this afternoon, as far as when Atalaya will be ready for occupancy.
We dodged a big bullet so please give us the opportunity to get Atalaya back in running shape as you know it, so give us the time to do it.
Atalaya Towers Staff
Sep 6, 2019
We have made great strides in the recovery of Atalaya today. We were very lucky with the results of this storm, and after FSA went through the units we have found minor water intrusions in approximately 25% of the units. We were able to get all equipment needed in the units, and with any luck will be completely pulled by late Sunday afternoon. We are in the process of cleaning both pools and spa with general clean up on the ground level. We still need to get things that we placed out of harms way in the corridors of the building as well as get office back together to welcome owners and guests. We also have units to clean up from guests that were forced too from evacuation on Monday.
With us being in recovery mode at this time the office may not be open Saturday or Sunday to check in guests, hand out parking passes or answer phones. All of our staff will be tied up getting the building ready for Monday arrivals. Our goal is to make your time at Atalaya the best we can being that we just went through a hurricane. We will still be updating website daily.
Atalaya Towers Staff
Sep 5, 2019
Yesterday we made final preparations walking the property to review our checklist of items needed to be done. We filled additional sand bags and placed around our indoor pool and spa heaters to protect from surge. We are expecting 5-8 foot surge today. Relative to hurricane Mathew which was 3-5 foot surge we will have cleanup issues for sure. High tide today is scheduled for 1:30pm today and Dorian will be uncomfortably close to our coast at that time. We have removed the indoor pool windows to prepare for water flowing through the pool/spa and out the doors leading to the parking lot. Still refer to this website as well as www.wpde.com for live coverage along storm tracking through National Weather Service. We are far from over, so please stay away until we can see how we are after the storm. We will checking the property through out the day.
As soon as winds die down more than likely tomorrow morning we will begin our post storm inspections. Next post will be tomorrow, which we will report obvious damage. Our restoration company will be here first thing in the morning for interior inspections of every unit. We hope to have overall inspections report of interior by the end of day tomorrow. Anything worst that normal water intrusion like in the past through sliders we will notify individual unit owners. Keep a prayerful thought.
Atalaya Towers Staff
Sep 4, 2019
Yesterday we continued to move items off the ground floor and into a safe unit out of harms way. We met with FSA for a strategy meeting for the post storm inspections, and their plan is to be here as soon as winds die down on Friday. We also had our waterproofing company drop off beams and weights on the roof while the elevators were still running in the event that when we turn elevators back on they don't respond we will have the swing stage brought in to get FSA equipment up into the building. Jason and I made one last walk through each unit to make sure nothing was forgotten to turn off. It has been recommended by FSA to keep a/c units set at 73 degrees, because in the event of water intrusion the air movement from the a/c units will help prevent mold growth. We topped of our generator with fuel, and have extra on hand in the event of an extended power outage. Our generators fuel consumption is 1 gallon per hour, and we have 50 gallons. We will have our storefront windows at the indoor pool area removed today as well as two panels in the awning area. The idea is to let water in and out into the parking lot and our new drainage system.
Debbie will be operating office operations from her house inland, because the office is closed and we don't know if we'll even have an office after the storm. None is 100% sure yet of the actual track. If Dorian takes a tiny jog to the west it would be worst that Mathew due to high tides coordinating with the storm surge so PLEASE we beg that everyone stay away until after the storm. Let's not forget we are still under mandatory evacuation, and you may not be able to get in anyhow.
WPDE local news stations will have live coverage from Atalaya so link to www.wpde.com if you want to see coverage, and you can view some of the property as they cover the storm. As long as we have power and internet these posts will continue.
As of 5pm yesterday we are locked down meaning elevators are locked down at the top of the building and will not be operated until post storm after inspections.