Dear Gulfview Owners:
We received our first load of lumber by way of Sunshine State Windows (along with some original sliding doors they had removed from the Gulfview this summer) and will be receiving additional plywood today. The plywood comes to us from Massachusetts, with the help of Alec Rich (2103).
Today we begin the process of closing up all of the windows or sliders that have been compromised during the storm.
- Omega Contracting and Sunshine State Windows will be lending their licensed and insured manpower and expertise in securing the units.
- We plan to start with the worst units then work from top to bottom.
- We will do our best to record the damage to each unit with photos.
- Our Public Adjuster, George Keys, plans to have each of the exterior windows and sliders, damaged or not, inspected to make sure that they were not compromised during the hurricane. They will also check “back of the house” items such as Air Conditioning Equipment (common area as well as individual owner ACs), water and fire jockey pumps, fire monitoring, power lines, and elevators.
We have had very little rain since the storm, so there should be no additional damage to the units.
- Another ongoing issue is that the LCEC power line running up to the transformer that powers the 4th, 5th, and 6th floor has failed for a second time in 2 years. We found out that the backup line was never replaced and that LCEC will have to shut the power to replace these lines. We do not have a set date from them yet, but in the meantime, there is very limited power to these floors and none in the units. We will make sure the backup line is replaced and ask LCEC to check the rest of their transformers and power lines.
- Although the power has been restored in the rest of the building, for the time being, I plan to organize a group of in house volunteers to go to each unit to remove any food from the refrigerators that may have spoiled during the period that the power was down. Trash pickup hasn’t resumed yet and we are waiting for dumpsters to arrive.
The following units have sustained damage to their units to some degree. With few exceptions, at least upon our initial inspection, most all of this damage seems to be related to failures of the exterior windows or sliders. We are not professional adjusters and are not in a position to tell anyone that there are no other issues which may have been detrimental to any part of the interior structure or contents.
These units appeared to have obvious issues associated with the storm. I will be contacting each owner on this list. Additional units may be added to this list in the future as we go back a second third or fourth time. In light of the winds that hit the building full on the East and West side of the building. I would recommend that each of these owners call there insurers to have their condos checked for water intrusion. It is only my opinion, but I would find it hard to believe that any window, slider, wall….. would not be compromised in some way with the recorded wind gusts.
Please share this information with owners who may not have access to the internet. This and future correspondence concerning Irma will be posted on our website (Gulfview.org) Most of these units appear to have suffered minor damage. The ones with asterisks (*) have more extensive damage.
201, 207*, 303*, 401 (shutters), 402, 410, 502, 504, 609*, 610, 612*, 614, 707, 710, 714, 811, 812, 901, 903, 904, 907, 909, 1002, 1004, 1010, 1101, 1114, 1107, 1109, 1204, 1206, 1212, 1404, 1406, 1412*, 1501, 1502, 1505, 1506, 1511, 1512* 1610, 1611, 1704, 1709, 1810, 1811, 1903*, 1906, 1909*, 1914* 2210*, 2214*
Finally, thank you to all of the owners who allowed our staff to stay in their units. There were few residents that had to be moved for a short time when their units were compromised. All of these will be cleaned up as soon as possible. The Gulfview is in great condition and will come out even stronger after this is over. There are many lessons learned and there will be some constructive changes made to some of our daily procedures. We will find a better way to communicate with the Association when the power, phones and internet are down for a prolonged period of time.
Alan Linardich CAM The Gulfview Apartments of Marco Island, Inc.