Have you ever had an uninvited "guest" show up and turn your life upside-down?
On September 10th, 2017, Hurricane Irma decided
to visit the Florida Keys...
Update - September 24th, 2017:
Shadow Point's property manager Dylan found his swim fins exactly where he left them when he came to inspect the grounds on September 13th after Hurricane Irma blew through on September 10th. While the gardens didn't fare as well, amazing family members, friends, and workers labored to clear brush and put things back together. Both the Main House and the Cottage came through fine, which is not too surprising considering the grounds have survived 22 hurricanes since 1917!
Good ol' Yankee ingenuity helps right a toppled seagrape!
A partially uprooted tree was no match for Merritt and his chain saw.
After Merritt, Sean, Mark, Joe, & Matt!
Irma's tidal surge relocated a 2000 pound deck that visitors use to get to the outdoor shower behind the Cottage. All is repaired and ready for the next guests. Even the pig soap-on-a-rope survived!
Three of Shadow Point's most loved and photographed icons made it through. Tawanda the Garden Nymph literally stood up to Irma's worst!
The Wedding Arch and the Wedding Tree were also unscathed.
As bad as Shadow Point caught it, many caught it much worse.
Cudjoe Key in the Lower Keys after Irma.
Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters
Irma spared the antique hurricane lamps but destroyed the shed where they were stored.
The lignum vitae took a beating but are already coming back! Shadow Point will soon have its shadows back.
our mangled gate with debris stuck to it
Picnic table in front yard after the blow
The pontoon boat was blown off trailer and into the fence
Tide still high on main dock
Something Irma can never change - gorgeous sunrises!
Our shed and most of the contents missing
This is the most awesome couple! They came down from Stuart and provided emotional support as well as brawn. Can't thank them. enough
At the end of a long, hot, hard work day, Mark grabs a nap. Another work day tomorrow.
Time to throw in a line and enjoy a cold one on Middle Dock after cutting down a few fallen trees.
Note: If you have a vacation or wedding booked at Shadow Point, fear not! We're making fantastic progress and will be back up and running shortly. We have been getting a lot of calls over the last two weeks from people whose Keys events were canceled by venues that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma. If you would like to check on the status of your reservation or talk about your new event or family vacation, please give us a call!
Spreading our new sand and gravel
Getting ready for our upcoming
New rock and sand were spread.
The green is returning to the trees! Lots of new growth already.
New gravel and new growth on our Lignum Vitae. The storm gave us the chance to clean up crowded undergrowth and freshen up the grounds. Lots of room for wedding celebrations!
Check back for more updates!
Our beach got a new makeover
Fixing the lighing that Irma destroyed
UPDATE OCTOBER 11, 2017
Mangroves are gone but will come back
From a tilted shed with steps and lattice blown away to a new makeover. Many thanks to Merritt and friends Chris, Tucker, and Shawn. They know how to work wonders!!