We have had an extremely busy and productive week. We started taking in our first guests on Sunday, the 1st, and have been able to welcome many others this week as soon as we get a room available. Everyone staying at Parmer's right now are those that can not go back to their houses. We have people that were staying at the Sugarloaf School Shelter, in tents, in their cars, at friends or just now returning to see what they have left. Some of the stories are heart breaking, some are very hopeful and some are just riveting. Amazing stories of riding out the storm, the adventures while evacuating and the strange discoveries in everyone's yards and houses have kept us captivated.
As of today, we have 24 rooms up and running. For those that are wondering about their specific room, we have Flamingo, Marlin, Kingfish, Wahoo, Pompano, Tuna, Pelican, Tern, Lily, Ixora, Mackeral, Trout, Eagle, Grunt, Hawk, Yellowtail, Jewfish, Mullet, Rose, Gull, Grouper, Osprey, Lobster and Stonecrab. Still no internet and phones or television. Comcast moved our date from October 4 to October 18. We do have a date of October 12 to get internet from AT&T and hope that they can keep it. We have had an initial assessment of our wireless internet antennas. We have lost four altogether and can check the status of the remaining antennas once the internet is restored. Strangely, once in a while some rooms get tv service that comes and goes. For a little normalcy, we went to Boondocks for dinner the other night and it was like the storm never happened. Great food, great music and the place looks wonderful.
Our plan for the week: mow the lawn (it is getting really high), keep working on the rooms, work on the pool, and just keep working. If you call us and get the answering machine, please be patient, we are working off of one phone line on a cell phone. We do have the desk staffed from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. We are trying to respond to emails and Facebook messages as soon as possible but again are relying upon on cellphone mobile hotspot for internet. The property looks really good compared to just a week ago but be prepared coming through the Keys. Hurricane debris is piled on the sides of every street and highway. Refrigerator mountains, boats and trailers lined up, trees and brush are getting hauled away but there is still quite a bit to go.