HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE
Information will be
updated as conditions change.
||Bird Key YC
BKYC came thru the passing of Hurricane Irma with minor wind
damage. Some damage to landscaping occurred and there was lots
of debris. The marina did well with some minor bumps and scrapes
to boats. The tennis courts and fencing were blown around by the
high winds. The Club is open, full service to members, and
Rob Harlan, FCYC Director
||Captiva Island YC
The Captiva Island Yacht Club is, as scheduled, closed for the
month of September.
We had some slight damage to our docks as a result of the storm,
so please contact the club if you planning a trip our way.
We are busy dressing up our front parking lot with pavers
and have a slight delay to planned completion due to Irma. The
office will be open for information beginning Thursday,
through the end of the month.
Overall Sanibel and Captiva fared far better that forecast, with
sustained winds of approx 57mph and 1-2’ of storm surge.
Very little property damage to structures on both
Tom Otoole, Director Captiva Island Yacht Club
Our Club sustained no structural damage due to the storm. The
tennis fence was displaced and there was substantial tree
debris. We suffered no water damage, and the roof is intact. The
tennis courts are closed for resurfacing, and the large pool
will reopen this weekend. The small pool was unaffected and
remains open. We opened with regular hours this past Wednesday,
and we are very thankful to have weathered the storm so well.
Scarlett Fritz, Membership and Marketing Director
||Charlotte Harbor YC
Charlotte County Sea Walls—site visit 9/14. They will provide
estimates for: Replacing the entire dock (except pilings) at
Slip #1. Replacing the entire center dock except pilings—new
stringers, decking, all with stainless steel fasteners
Replacing center dock decking only, with SS fasteners
Replacing 4 Slide Moors to attach floating dock to fixed dock.
Bridges Electric - site visit 9/15
Provide estimate for
replacing all electric power posts throughout marina, broken
down as follows:
West side posts, center dock, east side
posts. It is certain that the bottom of every power post on the
center dock was at least a foot under water. Most likely all the
remaining posts were under several inches of water, and could
lead to problems soon.
FHS Cranes & Hoists-site visit 9/15
Vendor performed regular OSHA inspection on hoist to ensure
safety of the sailboat lift. We will receive
a report with items of concern with repair and replacement
Elevator in dock master building is not working, most likely
from storm damage. We are contacting a company to look at the
elevator and offer repair/replacement options
A & E Alarms—site visit 9/12. Master
board on fire alarm panel in Dock Master Bldg. is not working
properly. Vendor will provide estimate for replacement.
Removed most of the debris that floated into the marina during
the storm, but pieces continue to wash in with the tide and will
be removed accordingly.
Valves are now open from fuel storage tanks to dispensers. No
apparent issues with fuel lines now, but the valves were off
since the Thursday before the hurricane and it may take some
time for the lines to be under pressure before any problems (if
The sunbrella cover for the fuel dispensers on the fuel dock was
damaged by the wind.
We lost several cleats that secured boats to the docks or
pilings, some of our throw ring life preservers and safety
lines, and one fire extinguisher cabinet.
We will be moving the small sailboats back to their regular
storage areas in the marina, but will do another thorough
cleanup/weed removal in the marina before the boats return. This
could take up to two weeks.
We have a Water leak on the Ships wheel room.
We lost the
front water gutter.
No major damage occurred inside the club.
We lost power to one of our refrigerators, so
all of the food was lost.
Javier Albarran, Vice Commodore
We dodged a bullet – only lost a
few roof tiles, had the Tiki awning damaged, and some pilings
pulled loose. We were closed from Friday the 8th and just
Consider ourselves lucky!
||Coral Reef YC
||Coral Ridge YC
CRYC is up and running 100%
Jay Wallace, General Manager
Davis Island YC
Davis Island Yacht Club faired very well, with little
damage to the club and grounds, and negligible damage any boats.
boat damages were due to the extremely low tide.
||Eau Gallie YC
Eau Gallie Yacht Club resumed operations today. Limited menu for
a few days as staff and supplies are replenished. We only had
minor issues. Feel very lucky.
Dude Braselton, Commodore
||The Field Club
The Field Club weathered the storm with minor damage to
our grounds. We lost 20 trees. Our club is officially
closed for our yearly shut down until October 2nd but the marina
and our fuel dock will remain open during the shut down period.
Pat McArdle, Director
||The Florida YC
The Florida Yacht Club sustained significant damage to
its Clubhouse and River-side Marina; lesser damage to its tennis
Courts, fitness center and croquet courts. The entire bottom
floor of the Clubhouse sustained major flood damage and major
restoration is needed in all traditional Bar and Dining areas.
Repairs and cleanup are underway and we are making great
progress. Until further notice the Clubhouse is completely
closed as repairs and restoration are ongoing. The river-side
marina lost its south attenuator wall and repairs are needed to
portions of its A-Dock, including power restoration. B-Dock was
totally lost during the storm and C-Dock sustained minor damage
to a portion of its lifts. Tennis complex sustained structural
damage to some of its fencing from fallen trees. Many of its
courts and ProShop were undamaged and have commenced operations
as usual. Both the fitness center and croquet courts sustained
minor damage due to flooding but nothing major. The Fleet and
Sailing Center along with the Cove Marina survived unscathed and
are operating as usual. We expect to completely repair and
restore all affected areas in the coming weeks.
Carol Edell, General Manager
||Fort Walton YC
FWYC was so far to the west of IRMA that we got winds of 25 - 35
with gusts to 45 kts.and some rain No damage to the club, no
damage to the docks. In fact, boats remained at the dock
Tom Reynolds, Director
||Halifax River YC
||Harbour Ridge Y&CC
Harbour Ridge was very fortunate and received no major damage.
For the remainder of this week we are operating on a reduced
basis, while cleanup is in progress. Hope to fully return to
"normal" next week. Note that our Clubhouse is undergoing
renovations and is closed until November 2nd.
Richard Erth, Director
Irma happened during our scheduled shut down August 28th
through September 12th. Isles Yacht Club had no structural
damage. The Marina was also spared from damage to members boats.
Landscaping took a beating. We lost several big trees on the
property and landscaping that will have to be replaced. Our
contractors working on our refurbishment have not showed up as
scheduled so it will cause us to delay our opening to September
20th. Punta Gorda was spared the damages reported in Naples and
Marco Island. Our prayers go out to the Marathon Yacht Club and
it's members. The pictures reported on television are
Art Armstrong, IYC Commodore
||Key Biscayne YC
||Lake Beresford YC
Lake Beresford was extremely fortunate not to have
suffered major damage. The Clubhouse itself sustained none but
the pool screen enclosure
a few panels of screen missing. Unfortunately, we do not have a
backup generator and did lose quite a bit of food in the coolers
and freezer. I’m writing this on Saturday, the 16th and we still
do not have power to the club or the docks. Hopefully, Duke
Energy’s statement that all will have power by midnight tomorrow
night is reliable. Our reopen date will depend on when we get
our power restored. We have sustained some dock problems but
can’t really judge the extent of the damage until the St. Johns
River decides to stop rising. Our Clubhouse is high and dry so
flooding of the building will not be a concern. Some areas of
the docks are under water now. As we get back on a power grid
and the St. Johns recedes, I will update our progress.
Just got internet back. Lauderdale Yacht Club is up
and fully functional. Some landscape damage and without power in
the club house for a week but back to normal operation now.
Ray Williams, Director
Marathon Yacht Club will reopen this Saturday night 9/23 with a
limited menu. We will be ramping up our schedule during the next
few weeks. Please call to check on our hours during this
transition period. Our marina is fully functional with power and
water and we have slips available.
||Marco Island YC
Irma Came to Town!
When you come over the Bridge to the island, the
city has posted a flashing sign that says “Recovery
Underway – Power and Water Being Restored.” That sign
went up on Tuesday, and I think it says it all. The
positive spirit of the people here in Southwest Florida
is in full display and everyone is looking forward.
So, let me give you a little bit of my perspective
on what happened. First of all, the Club, and most of
the island, fared better than any of us expected. When I
drove in the parking lot on Monday, the first thing I
saw was the Tiki Hut – roof and all in place - and
appearing to be in good shape. We lost several trees
including the two large palms that framed the Club
We did not have a lot of damage around the
Clubhouse. There was a lot of rainwater blown in under
doors in the Dockside Lounge. The carpet there is wet
and the parquet floor is buckling (again!). There was
very little water incursion in the Harbor Room but there
were some leaks around windows, etc. There are a couple
of glass skylights broken on the upper lanai area, and a
window that looks like something hit it, but did not
come through upstairs. We are missing one of the herons
from the fountain. We have not yet had anybody on the
roof – but from the ground you can see one small section
near the front riverside that was blown off.
Power came back on at the Club and in the Marina
about 5:30 pm on Wednesday. The air conditioning is up
and running which will help pull moisture out. We have
staff members at the Club today beginning to clean up
and we continue to document any damage discovered.
However, the real story of Irma’s visit is with
the people. And I would be remiss if I did not
acknowledge some extraordinary support we received from
our staff and some of our membership before and after
the storm. First, Chef Bob, Bob Jr. aka Robert, Pam,
Kathy, and Maritza and Zach…working with Bob DeFeo did
an absolutely fantastic job getting the Club ready to
welcome Irma. They pulled all furniture inside, removed
all remaining roll down curtains, and picked up anything
that looked like it could blow away. Without a doubt,
the aftermath is much less than it would have been
without their help and preparation support.
Bob DeFeo, our new Operations and HR Chair, has
spent numerous hours before the storm and since working
with the staff. He arranged for Pam, Maritza and Zach to
be back this week to begin ‘picking up the pieces.’ Tary
Kettle, our MasterLinc support person came by on
Wednesday to connect with Pam so we can make sure our
employees get paid for their time worked before and
during the recovery. Even Carlota came in on Thursday to
keep our account records, billing and payment processes
Please – when you see any of them – thank them for
their support, their help and their commitment to the
Club. We are very fortunate to have had all of them
working together before – and after the storm.
Meanwhile, we had some
unbelievable efforts by members to help in Irma’s
aftermath. Joey Waves and Erin Milchman have been
working tirelessly with Marco Patriots, a group of
volunteers who helped in preparation, rescue and
recovery from the storm. Joey provided invaluable
real-time videos, Erin created a Facebook page for Marco
Patriots where over 8,000 Marco residents have been
getting and sharing information, and both have been
delivering supplies to storm victims, particularly in
hard-hit Goodland. They also set up a GoFundMe page to
help raise money for those in need. You can contribute
Allen Richardson and Rich Granville made
arrangements to get the down trees cut up and hauled to
the curb. Chip and Melissa Pittman have been helping
Club members and other individuals check on unoccupied
homes and make arrangements for repair. Gillian Hamer
and Ray Rosenberg and Jon Holt have been forwarding
messages posted by governmental and other organizations
both before and after the storm.
Each person I meet has a personal story of Irma
and how she affected him or her. I have been struck by
the willingness of individuals to pitch in to help. I
continue to be thankful that Irma chose to leave a
little of our island paradise in place and I know we
will now appreciate it more than ever.
Dave Everitt, Chairman, Board of
||Moorings Y& CC
The Moorings club is open and the mess is limited to our golf
courses. Docks not fully inspected yet but considered to be in
good condition. Club reopened Thursday.
17 Sept 2017 - an update from The
Moorings Yacht & Country Club. The Moorings Yacht & Country Club
fared well during Hurricane Irma. The docks were complete
replaced after Hurricane Matthew so they held up well during
Irma. The river is however still full of debris and caution is
advised. Additionally, the channel markers and directional signs
were lost during the storm, and it will be a few months before
they are fully replaced. FCYC Members wishing to reciprocate
with the Club must call 3 business days in advance of their
arrival so that we may adequately prepare dockage agreements.
Ursula A. Gunter
Director of Membership & Marketing
||Naples Sailing & YC
Overall we were
very lucky. We sustained minimal damage to clubhouse and docks.
We observed no visible damage to boats in the basin. As of 9/17
we still have no power, with no specific target for restoration.
We will be closed for approximately 2 weeks once power is
restored. Staff okay and eager to get back to work. Commodore
Larry Pirnak and GM Manny Blanco have done a heroic job managing
our club through this challenging time. Naples itself sustained
huge landscape damage but little or no structural damage to
homes and businesses. Thank goodness the feared 15 foot storm
surge did not materialize!
Bill Martin, Director
We were very
fortunate at NSYC. We suffered some tree and landscaping loss
and a couple of awnings off the building. No damage to any of
the floating docks or boats moored during the storm.
re-open on Wednesday September 27th.
Blanco, General Manager
||Pelican Isle YC
Pelican Isle Yacht Club was extremely fortunate. We
are currently closed for Renovations, and with a very small team
working with our Construction counterparts, we secured the
Clubhouse, Marina, and Construction site as much as possible.
Outside of minor flooding to the basement area and negligible
wind damage to the structure and landscape, we came out in great
shape. We are working to return to normal operations with
intermittent phone and internet and to resume construction and
evaluate our timeline for reopening.
As for our local waterways,
Collier County is working to
identify and clear any debris and restore 3 missing channel
Our thoughts are with our friends and neighbors who suffered
more severe damage. Ali Feezor, GM
||Royal Palm Y&CC
I am very happy to report that our marina and clubhouse
sustained NO damage and no boats sustained any major damage with
the exception of a few boats with minor scratches. I'm also
happy to report there was no incident of physical harm. We did
have a 3 1/2 foot storm surge which we weathered extremely well.
Our clubhouse remains perfectly intact.
The surrounding golf course and adjacent neighborhoods were more
affected with many downed trees and uprooted mature foliage.
Several roads were blocked inside the Royal Palm community due
to downed trees.
Personally, we live inside Royal Palm and we never lost
electricity and sustained minimal damage with no physical harm.
I credit our dockmaster Bob Garey, our General Manager Robin
Blankhorst and all Clubhouse Managers and the entire personnel
of Royal Palm for meticulously following hurricane preparedness
Our amazing golf staff and grounds keepers are swiftly doing
their best to restore Royal Palm to its pristine condition.
I am so grateful and thankful for these superior human beings
that are committed to doing their best and I am sincerely proud
to be a part of this community.
The city of Boca is working tirelessly to restore order and
expedite clean up as well.
I wish our sister FCYC clubs the best of luck with cleanup and
restoration post Irma.
I know how proud I am of Royal Palm, and I know my fellow
Directors share the same sentiment. Wishing all of our sister
FCYC Clubs the best.
Lisa Addeo-Colen, Fleet Captain
Sarasota Yacht club was closed for it normal yearly upkeep
when Irma came through so we were able to close every thing down
very well. We had no structural damage. Even the marina faired
very well, with no damage. The Marina is open now and the club
will reopen September 20, 2017.
Alice Petrat, Director
We took quite a blow from Hurricane Irma. We sustained severe
damage to our outer docks and had water intrusion at our Tiki
Bar. We also had about a foot of water in main clubhouse.
With the damage to our outer docks, we will not be able to
accommodate transient vessels at the present time. In addition,
the Club is currently closed and we do not have a reopening
date. We expect it will take several weeks to compete the
cleanup and make the necessary repairs.
I will keep you updated on our status.
26 Sept 2017 - As a follow-up to
my previous e-mail, we are going to open for business today,
September 26, at least on a limited basis.
Also, our Board of Governors has suspended the monthly
minimum for September, although many of our members said they
wanted to pay it anyway.
Lastly, another thing I wanted to point out with regard to
reopening as soon as possible is the impact being closed has on
our staff. They depend on the income from working at the
Club, and the longer you stay closed, the more likely they are
to seek other employment. Even if you do reopen, they may not
25 Sept 2017 - As we discussed, we had a
lot of damage from the Hurricane. Our outer docks were
destroyed, and we had a foot of water in our Clubhouse. Our Tiki
Bar also sustained a lot of damage. Cleanup is underway, and we
hope to reopen on a limited basis on Tuesday, October 3.
However, It will take at least six months to rebuild our outer
Reopening the Club, even on a limited
basis, is critical to our continued success. The more time the
Club is closed, the more likely members will seek other venues
for entertainment and dining. It will make it more difficult to
get those members back to the Club the longer you remain closed.
While we will only be opened on a limited basis with a limited
menu, it is still important that we are open for business. We
will provide a venue for our members to gather and explain to
them what we are doing to restore the Clubhouse and to make
improvements to the facility. Our card players will also have a
place to gather as they did before the hurricane. It is so
important to return to normalcy after such a devastating event
and reopening our Club will help to do that.
||St. Andrews Bay YC
We had no damage and are up and running at a normal
Patrick Lee, General Manager
||St. Charles YC
St. Charles Yacht Club essentially escaped hurricane Irma
unscathed. We had roughly 95 mile an hour winds and about a 4-5
foot storm surge. The clubhouse and harbor house appeared to be
structurally intact. The dock system was undamaged. None of the
boats in the harbor were damaged. We owe much of this good luck
to the fact that our harbor rests in a natural hurricane hole.
We never suffered any damage with Charlie, Wilma, or now Irma.
The only problem is that the yacht club is without power and we
are told not to expect any power to the yacht club until
sometime after September 22. Our only disruption at this point
appears to be to our food and beverage department because of the
prolonged power loss.
Irma hit the day we were preparing to begin the demolition of
our Marina for our new floating docks. Any visiting boaters
should be sure to contact our yacht club dockmaster for slip
availability and fuel, which will be sporadic during our
construction phase until at least around Christmas.
Schultz, Director & Commodore
17 Sept 2017 - St. Charles
just got our power back yesterday evening. Please edit my
previous comments to reflect that we now have power.Also, should
probably adjust our storm surge to 3 to 4 feet instead of what I
This is an excellent idea you had for people to send you their
updates, and you distribute them to all other club members! I
sure feel bad about Smyrna yacht club.
Carl Schultz, Director
||St. Petersburg YC
The St Petersburg Yacht Club sustained no substantial
damage from Hurricane Irma’s impact Sunday evening into Monday
and resumed limited food and beverage operations on Tuesday at
noon and returned to full normal service operations on Wednesday
thanks to good planning , timely preparation, and flawless
execution by the Staff Management and dedicated employees.
Robert Hale Birkenstock, Commodore
St Petersburg Yacht Club
is fully operational at the downtown and at Pass A Grille
The sailing center will resume full operation next week
Marc Reydams, General Manager
The Tampa Yacht & Country Club was spared the wrath of Hurricane
Irma, experiencing only a spiritual pruning of the numerous
Grand Oaks throughout the campus. The Club was closed Saturday
thru Monday due to the mandatory evacuation of Zone A in
Hillsborough County, but resumed normal operations on Tuesday
morning and was able to provide a respite to members still
without power the entire week, recording record numbers in the
dining rooms. The Clubhouses and ancillary buildings came out
unscathed. Instead of the anticipated 6 ft
tidal surge, we actually saw Hillsborough Bay at a level 4ft
below normal tides. We are very pleased with
the way that our new docks performed.
Fairbairn, General Manager
||Tarpon Springs YC
The Tarpon Springs Yacht Club was quite lucky and had minimal
damage. Our staff and members are all safe and also had only
minimal damage to deal with (Thank goodness). The club is
reopening today at 4pm and will continue regular operations
Wed - Saturday 11:30am – 10pm
10am - 4pm
David Rudd , Commodore
VYC will be closed until Sept 29th. We had minor damages to the
TiKi bar. The Marina will be open for business, however, please
call before making plans to visit our Marina.
Hemseri, Director FCYC
||Vero Beach YC
First, I trust you and yours fared well during Hurricane Irma.
The Vero Beach Yacht Club fortunately experienced minimal
damage. The usual extensive tree and plant debris and some
decorative fencing was damaged. Our waterside Tiki Bar
experienced some minor damage of wind screens. The Club lost
power and has just been restored. Normal food & beverage will
commence tonight Thursday September 14th at 4PM.
One of our finger piers has been damaged affecting two members.
Pending the pier repair and the temporary relocation of these
member boats, may restrict our ability to accept visiting FCYC
member dockage. I will keep you informed of our progress.
Best Regards, Shawn P. Witmer, General Manager/COO