Oyster Bay construction renewed after setback

OYSTER POND, St. Maarten -- Construction has resumed on the expansion of the Oyster Bay Beach Resort here.

Work had been halted for two months, Oyster Bay general manager Jan Broosje said, because the construction company contracted to perform the expansion went bankrupt. Oyster Bay has taken over the construction, he said.

The project, originally slated for completion in June 1999, now is due to be finished in August 1999. Plans for the $20 million project remain the same, Broosje said.

Phase one will add 18 two-bedroom units to the 40-unit resort. Due to the construction delays, the opening for the first of the new units was delayed from June 18 to Oct. 15. The remaining two phases will bring the resort to a total of 43 studios, 43 one-bedroom suites and 44 two-bedroom suites.

Also in the works are the conversion of the existing pool into a multilevel swim area, a new children's pool and a Jacuzzi. Marina retail shops, a fitness center and a beauty salon will be completed, as well.

The property, owned by American Resorts International, is a mixed-use time-share property that hosts hotel guests in unsold inventory. Low-season nightly rates are from $120 to $400, and high-season nightly rates are from $200 to $600.

Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Phone: (877) 4 SUN NOW (478-6669)v

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