It was less than two months ago, August 27th to be exact at about 7pm, when half of San Pedro town huddled on docks, on the beach, around one of the oldest resorts on the island and saw this.
For more pictures of the fire: See my from that night.
It was shocking. Devastating. Gas tanks exploded. The fire soared. I wondered how they would even attempt to put this out. How there would be no casualties.
But no one was hurt. And with the small fire department and mostly a bucket brigade of San Pedranos, the fire was extinguished destroying half of the mainly wood and palapa resort.
The morning after the fire was still smoldering. Again, for lots of pictures check my next post on the next morning. I stopped by at dawn and saw shocked Mr. Ramon, family and employees surveying the mess.
A HUGE push to open for “the season”.
First pictures from the beach side where Pineapples Restaurant has been re-opened (in a MUCH smaller way since the kitchen totally burned to the ground) for over a month.
These signs are pretty cute.
If I was a serious pro (or really any kind of pro), I would have done more exact before and after angles. But come on! That’s hard!
Before picture of that area:
What was once this…
Another before and after…
This area before:
The transformation is amazing. When flying from Cancun a few days ago, a couple sitting next to me at the airport (he owns a dive shop in Canada) asked me about the fire at Ramon’s Village. He remarked that “it must be devastating for the island”.
I am no expert but the money that is coming in for this rebuilding process and the amount of jobs made are a mini-economic boom during the always tough slow season. Ramon’s appears to be re-building bigger, certainly quickly and possibly better.
And here is the big flamboyant tree at the entrance that was always so pretty and…I was worried about her.
Makes me happy.