As hurricane season ends, Caymans, Grenada provide updates

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Good riddance to the 2004 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which officially ended its six-month run on Nov. 30. The season began with Alex in August but will forever be remembered for Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.

From Grand Cayman comes news that the Caribbean Utility Commission hopes to complete restoration of customer service this week. The island-wide curfew, while still in effect, now runs from midnight to 5 a.m.

The new reopening for the 365-room Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is October, while the 69 luxury Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, adjacent to the main hotel, will open in June. The resort was originally scheduled to open this month; although it had no structural damage from Hurricane Ivan, resort officials wanted to ensure that the $400 million resort had not been compromised.

The Western Casuarina Resort & Spa reopened 300 of its 340 rooms for Thanksgiving as well as its restaurants, spa, pool, beach and Red Sail Sports operation; the remaining guest rooms will open by Dec. 15.

Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman also resumed operations at the Courtyard by Marriott and will reopen at the Hyatt Beach Suites in mid-December, at Rum Point later this month and at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort in late February.

For information on island renovations and post-hurricane progress, visit www.caymanislands.ky.

Meanwhile, Grenadas post-Hurricane Ivan recovery efforts include restoration of electricity to more than half the island; projections call for full service by the end of February.

Point Salines International Airport is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. with service on BWIA and Air Jamaica from U.S. gateways and on LIAT and Caribbean Star from various Caribbean islands. American Eagles daily flight from San Juan departs at 6:20 p.m., effective Dec. 2, and arrives in Grenada at 8:50 p.m.

Cruise calls resumed last month; for November and December, a total of 78 calls are expected.

The Calabash Hotel reopened with all of its 30 rooms and 60% of its staff. The resort had been closed for remodeling and suffered only minimal damage from the hurricane. Meanwhile, Laluna and the Flamboyant Hotel plan to reopen by the end of the year, Blue Horizons will reopen in January and Coyaba Beach Resort next October.

For information on island renovations and post-hurricane progress, visit www.grenadaemergency.com.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at gmyers[email protected].

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