As you all know, Hurricane Ian in late September and Hurricane Nicole earlier this month caused catastrophic damage in many parts of Florida and had a significant impact on the Daytona Beach area. Many buildings up and down the beach suffered substantial damage, with some of them still fully or partially uninhabitable.
Marine Terrace Resort, in Daytona Beach, was fortunate in that our building suffered no major damage. During Hurricane Ian, one window on the eighth floor was damaged (two of the three panes of glass were shattered), 14 rooms experienced water intrusion (with none being beyond repair), several sections of fencing were blown down, and a couple stair treads going down to the beach were destroyed.
Our property seawall was completely undamaged and we even had several managers/owners from other buildings along the beach that were interested in how our seawall fared. In fact, the contractor that installed it several years ago stopped by to see how it held up and asked if he could use MTR as a reference and advertisement for his company.
The biggest challenge from Hurricane Ian is that the resort was without electricity, internet and phone for seven days. Without power, the fire alarm system was not functional, so the rooms could not be inhabited until the system was restored. The MTR staff worked tirelessly to get all damage repaired, rooms cleaned and prepared and they were even able to complete some minor renovation projects. Much of this work was done with no or very little electricity (only from generators) and the team handled the challenges very well.
The damage to the building was much less from Hurricane Nicole that Ian. However, the seawalls on the properties directly to the north and south of MTR both failed, which caused damage to the sides of the MTR property and pool deck. We have had the contractor that built our seawall inspect it and he indicated that it did not move and that it remains in excellent condition. Obviously, this was an excellent (albeit expensive) investment that the Board made several years ago on upgrading the seawall.
NOTICE: Beach access at the Marine Terrace Resort is temporarily closed, based on safety recommendations from Keystone Engineering. However, you are welcome to use the local beach access. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.