FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Employees of Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach (Club Fortuna) Resort learned Friday that the popular vacation spot is expected to reopen its doors November 1.
Worries about the resort shutting down permanently, following its closure just prior to the passage of deadly Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago, were widespread.
However, an official letter distributed to employees, who met with management Friday, sought to dispel the permanent closure reports.
The document Freeport News obtained read: “We are thankful to be alive, even though the island sustained major damage during the passage of Hurricane Dorian.
“As we are all aware the resort closed on August 29, 2019 in preparation for the hurricane.
“We will try to do everything possible to reopen for business, tentatively, Friday, November 1, 2019.”
The letter was signed by the resort’s general manager, Diego Giribaldi.
Senior management at the resort declined to comment.
Back in 2016, after Hurricane Matthew devastated portions of Grand Bahama on October 6, then General Manager Claudio Natella announced that the all-inclusive beachfront hotel was in the process of a multi-million dollar renovation and was scheduled to reopen December 17 of that same year.
For those not employed during the process of renovation, management offered vacation time that included $80 a week to help during the period of unemployment.
Presently, the entire resort has been battened up and security personnel are stationed at the main entrance of the property to ensure “safety”.