After living through Wilma (and Gilbert 17 years ago)I am not surprised by the rumours, lies, halftruths and just wild guesses about what has, is and will happen in and to Cancun.
The President of Mexico is here for the second time in a week. They will inform him that there will be lights in the hotel zone tomorrow. (Whether it happens or whether it takes another day or two, it will be a miracle! But it will happen.)Tourism is the #3 money producer in Mexico (After oil and the USD that Mexicans in the U.S. send back home)and Cancun produces 30% of that tourism income for the Federal, State and local governments--not to mention the 200,000 direct jobs and over 1,000,000 indirect jobs the industry produces. Not to mention it provides a beautiful vacation experience for over 3,000,000 people every year--and I am just talking about Cancun--not Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya! Belive me--it is a high priority for everyone.
If you could see what has been done in just 4 days you would seriously not believe it! I have seen groups of neighbours who previously didn't even know each other work together to cut down trees, prop up trees, cut branches and leaves, pick up trash and street signs and roofing and put the city back into decent shape. Then too the utility companies have done a phenomenal job of restoring services. The phone service never went out--lights are back on in 30% of Cancun (even if not at my house yet!)and water will again be being pumped to about 70% of the homes by tomorrow(sure hope mine is one of them!). Considering the enormity of the damage done, the job has been collosal.
Then at the hotels, bands of owners, managers and employees have taken a storm ravaged, filthy, desolate building and turned it into a clean place the way it was before. Is it all done??? NO!
Will it all be done by Thursday next? NO! But it will be done--and sooner than anyone thinks!! I guarantee it!!
To give you a S.W.A.G(Scientific wild as* guess)--as opposed to just a W.A.G.--I will stick my neck out and say that quite a few hotels, restaurants, marinas, parks, etc. will be up and running by Thanksgiving--some by Nov. 15. OK, so some won't--if there were structural damages or other serious damages but many will be. Watch your travel agents for specials!!
I will keep posting pics at my community.webshots.com/album/486119326FtuWKX and keep watching as you see some of the same places all new and cleaned up. So when people say "the airport is closing" or "it will be 6 months" or any number of those "sky-is-falling" phrases, tell them that Jimincancun said "Don't believe everything you hear--or read!!"
Of course I guess that means you shouldn't believe everything I say either I guess but at least consider your sources! See y'all soon. Don't count Cancun out just yet!!