As a homeowner on Salt Cay, I can give you all an update on what is happening on our little island as of Oct. 7, 2008. I am not there, but have been involved in writing updates, helping with shipments, feeding the islanders, raising donations, and doing a lot of coordinating with others not yet ready to go down to fix their homes. We leave the end of Oct.
Salt Cay was hit very hard by Hanna, which softened things up, then Ike was more dry and ripped it up, out or off. Ike was also apparently loaded with twisters both on Salt Cay and Grand Turk. Those did hideious damage to homes, boats and businesses on both islands.
Salt Cay businesses such as Salt Cay Divers did fine and just await power; the restaurants survived but for the Green Flash. Tradewinds Guest Suites is getting their roof repaired and freshening the rooms. Debbie reports the reef is healthy after snorkeling and going diving this weekend. Some fans were down, but overall she is happy with how the reef survived.
TCU (the power company) is on island and all the new poles are in. Line crews are next. they hope to have power restored to the island by the end of October. Homes and businesses must have their boxex and weatherheads checked if pulled away from the house before power can be individually restored.
Many of the guest houses are in great shape and will be rentable as soon as power is restored. Compass Rose, Vistas, Hyacinth House, Frangipani, Pirates Hideaway are all fine.
The whales will be back as usual and it will not be a season to be missed.
I encourage anyone to come to see Salt Cay, relax, revitalize on the island time forgot. It is still the Old Caribbean here.
That said, please do consider donating to Friends of Salt Cay as listed above by Doc Vikingo....it is a good a just cause.