Fwd: Scrub Island update: British Virgin Islands.
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> From: "Judith Ann Towle" <jtowle@...>[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> Date: March 11, 2010 7:51:59 PM EST
> To: "Bruce Potter" <bpotter@...>, "Jean-Pierre Bacle" <dcbacle@...
> Subject: Scrub Island update
> Scrub starts hosting guests
> Written by BVI Beacon Webmaster
> Wednesday, 10 March 2010
> �It�s all the little details, lots of little details,� said James
> Talton, rushing from room to room of the nearly completed Scrub
> Island Resort on a recent Friday afternoon. Bright halogen bulbs
> hung from one wall, with missing fixtures. Rough unpainted patches
> dotted another. As Mr. Talton spoke, buzz saws whined in the
> background and hammering erupted in periodic bursts.
> Last month, Scrub Island opened its doors to owners, and visitors
> took advantage of a reduced soft opening nightly rate of $399 � even
> as construction workers put the final touches on the resort.
> Additions like an $80,000 bar made of petrified wood, flaming
> ceramic bowls and a waterfall that cascades down a glass staircase
> are finally being set into place, touches developers hope will set
> their five-star property apart from others in the territory.
> As the senior vice president of the Mainsail Development Group, Mr.
> Talton has overseen construction through the project�s controversial
> In 2007, work stalled after government issued a compliance letter,
> requiring developers to ramp up environmental protections. The
> following year, the global economic crisis delayed a $99 million
> refinancing package. Workers were left unpaid for months, labour
> disputes erupted and the site was temporarily abandoned.
> These days, most of the construction challenges are over. Mainsail
> downgraded some of its features in 2008, in part to cut costs. The
> sloping �beach� entrance to the pool, the swim-up bar and
> overhanging waterfalls were kept. An expensive grotto feature was not.
> �We are keeping the amenities that people are looking for,� Mr.
> Talton said, as he walked past a bubbling hot tub.
> The full article appears in the March 11, 2010 issue.
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