Thoughts and Photos by UseppaGin
A normal island weekend! Something to never take for granted.
Happy Hour at the Collier on Friday, a birthday party on Saturday, lunch on the patio, swimming in the pool, golf carts driving along the beach, neighbors and friends being together on Useppa…two weeks ago we wondered if this would ever happen again.
Photographs and Thoughts by UseppaGin
In two weeks, we have gone from Island evacuation to return, recovery, and now to clean up. When the last boat left Useppa, Hurricane Irma threatened destruction of the entire island. We were lucky, and spared her wrath.
But on the first few days after the storm, there was no electricity and no water. Bit by bit recovery began. Machinery and manual hard labor began clearing the debris. Electricity came back on and then water. The amount of work that needed to be done was daunting. Buildings were structurally sound, but trees, branches, and thousands of coconuts littered the island.
Hard and thoughtful work by everyone – homeowners, management, and employees insured our recovery. Thanks to their efforts, we have moved from recovery to clean up.
Water Views and Smiles
Pictures from the boat ride around the island and faces of Useppa recovery are proof the Island is well on its road back. Not every house can be seen, but this overview should let everyone take a deep breath. The homes on Useppa and its people are in good shape.
Pictures and Thoughts by UseppaGin
Team Useppa doesn’t give up. Members only take breaks. Happy Hour at the Collier Inn on Friday, Tarpon Bar crew meals, and first lunches served at the Collier were the times we stepped back and relaxed a bit. Then the job of hurricane recovery continued.
Cleanup of two reclamation ponds, a carefully controlled burn of debris, home inspections and repairs are ongoing. Everyone is involved and giving more than asked. Faces of homeowners, employees, construction workers and management smile despite exhaustion.
Another hurricane, and Useppa’s winning record continues.
Useppa Cleans Up After Hurricane Irma
Photos and Thoughts by UseppaGin
Management, homeowners, and staff have spent the last few days working together to clean up debris left by Hurricane Irma. No one on the island ends the day with a clean shirt or clean hands.
These pictures show some of the mess we’ve had to contend with, but most of the homes are fine. Only a few minor problems. Water and electric are back on, but it’s not the time yet for everyone, pets and children to return. There are too many heavy vehicles on the roads and pathways. There will be a Happy Hour Friday night and limited food service Saturday, but that’s it. There is no internet.
Useppa is lucky to have the men and women working tirelessly on its recovery. We will post more pictures tomorrow.
Beastly Hot & Wickedly Wet
Photos and Thoughts By UseppaGin
Hot days and storms are all part of summer on Useppa, but so are family island reunions, croquet, landscaping, and lunch on the Collier patio. We said good-bye to Shane Felts, our Food and Beverage Manager and celebrated a new baby about to arrive in the lives of former Sous Chef Josh Wainwright and Meagan Nolan.
The rain will be gone by the weekend.
Come on out and join us for Labor Day.
Pig Roast Weekend
Pictures by UseppaGin
Old and new friends, family reunions, patio lunches, and poolside gatherings are all part of summer on Useppa. Once more the annual Pig Roast gave us a chance to celebrate Island life.
Island Summer Fun
Thoughts and pictures by UseppaGin
Familiar faces, patio lunches, a seaplane ride, sitting by the pool, watching birds wade by on the beach, and good friends of all ages equal summertime on Useppa. How lucky we are to spend these long, hot days together.
Cookies, Captains, Kids & Poolside Fun
4th of July and More on Useppa Part I
Words and Pictures by UseppaGin
Summer fun on Useppa included a 4th of July fun filled weekend and more. The Cookie Brigade delivered cookies to island employees to say thank you to the men and women who take such good care of us. They also shared cookies with Captains Daniel Andrews & Chris Whitman, founders of Captains for Clean Water. Lots of fun in and around the pool. Great music by Joe Harley and his band. A perfect summer weekend!