The Breakers Palm Beach re-
opens for business today after the threat of Hurricane Frances forced the
island of Palm Beach, including all guests and employees of the luxury
oceanfront resort, to evacuate on September 2. None of the buildings on
property, including the main hotel, suffered any major structural damage.
Rainwater was detected in 30 guest rooms and landscaping throughout the
140- acre property, including many of the 4,000 trees, and the private
beach, suffered from intense winds and rains associated with Hurricane
Frances. The property was also without power for six full days following
the storm.(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040922/FLW006 )
After the property’s condition was assessed, a firm specializing in post-
hurricane remediation, was brought in to restore affected areas of the
hotel. Paul Leone, president of The Breakers, noted, “We made a commitment
to our customers and employees that we would not fully re-open our
business operation until our property was in the same excellent condition
it was when we closed. We employed the highest level of diligence to
restoring our business, which included holding ourselves to the highest
standards of quality, safety and concern for our employees.”
The hotel’s amenities include eight restaurants, a 20,000 square foot Spa,
four swimming pools, on-site retail boutiques, a 6,000 square foot Family
Entertainment Center, 10 Har-Tru tennis courts, and two championship golf
Leisure and business guests are scheduled to begin arriving late today.
The hotel is expected to open at 100% occupancy, and run between 75-80%
occupancy through the month of October.