Month: August 2020

Aug20

Dear Members,

As most of you are aware, there has a spike in positive cases on island and while there is no need for alarm, the protocols that have been established are being more rigorously enforced. At the time of writing, we have 959 local cases, 15 non-resident positive cases and 5 fatalities. We expect the situation to improve very shortly but everyone needs to be more diligent in adhering to the protocols.

Annual Shareholders Meeting 2020

This year, we sent the Convocation to our shareholders (only) via email since COVID-19 has forced the introduction of many adjustments to the US Post Office system accepting and mailing items from Aruba which severely affected the normal physical mailing process. Since regular mail from Aruba to the USA is extremely slow, in the past we prepared the Convocation for mailing and forwarded them to our Bank in the USA where they would stamp, mail them from the US and then bill us for the stamps used. This year, when we approached them to do similarly for us, they advised that they could not assist because of COVID-19 imposed regulations. Consequently we emailed the Convocation to our shareholders. We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may have caused but it serves to re-emphasise the importance of having your updated email information since we intend to increase our use of digital means of communication in future.

At the Annual Shareholders’ meeting (ASM)

  • Approved the minutes of the 2019 ASM.
  • Approved the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2019 and discharged management obligations.
  • Approved the 2021 operational budget which reflects a 5% increase in the maintenance fees. (See new structure below)
  • Ratified the new Foundation Board members so that the Board is now: David Correale (Chairman), Zina Hassel (Secretary), Jim Pritsiolas, Al DiGiovanni and Marie-Louise Slaats. We extend a very warm welcome to the new members and wish the new Chairman and his team every success in the execution of their duties as a Board. We take this opportunity to sincerely thank the outgoing Board members – Dennis Hullmann, Fred Noemer and Gus Anglin – for their several decades of service years to the Resort and wish them well in their future endeavours.
  • Ratified the Supervisory Board members. To maintain some measure of continuity, the meeting approved the honorable discharge of Gus Anglin and Fred Noemer from the Supervisory Board. Dennis Hullman, David Correale and Jim Pritsiolas will continue as members of the Supervisory Board for one more year and we also wish them a successful tenure of office.

The 2021 maintenance fee structure – including the capital reserve – is as follows:

    • Studio $498
    • One bedroom $865
    • Two bedroom $1045
    • Two-bedroom townhouse $1068
    • Three bedroom $1450

We would like to publicly recognize and sincerely thank the following members who voluntarily gave up use of their suites for 2020 without consideration for future redemption or compensation. This gesture truly exemplifies the true “Spirit of Paradise” and is greatly appreciated. They are:

  • Karen Mediavilla
  • Bob Weaver
  • Elaine Rizzo
  • Brian Wadel
  • Robert Stover
  • Dennis Hullmann

Renovations on the third floor of Phase 1 continues and here are some pictures of the project which is scheduled to be completed next month.

Rest assured that on island and at the Resort we are executing all the necessary protocols for health and safety so, with adherence to the established standards,  you can confidently make your travel arrangements.

Stay safe and we will keep in touch.

Aug04

Dear Members,

I am a bit distressed but obligated to share this information from the Press conference held by the Prime Minister last night. It is not the best news to receive or share but regretfully, this is our present reality.  I am honestly convinced that  the timeshare owners love and respect our island and will comply with the rules established to protect us all – and I said as much  in my July website update - but some others are more cavalier and lawless and less respectful of the protocols and this is clearly not in the best interests of anyone.

Aruba Coronavirus update 8/3/20 8:17pm:
Bad news tonight. The Aruba government just held a press conference to announce that there are five (5) newly infected residents and all are local transmissions. They are not yet sure how these people contacted the virus and they are trying to find that out and do contact tracing.

As a result of this news, brand new restrictions involving proper social distancing will be put in place effective immediately.

  • The government is urging everyone to use face masks at all times when social distancing is not possible and at supermarkets.
  • Restaurants, bars, and night clubs will now have a maximum of four people at each table with all tables 1.5 meters apart. No more dancing. No more standing or sitting at bars. Only at tables.
  • There will be no more gatherings of more than four people in the streets. At work places social distancing will be mandated and face shields and facemasks when that cannot happen.
  • Churches and funerals will go back to old protocols. No more than 25 people at funerals.
  • Casinos will now have even more stricter protocols.
  • All indoor sports and contact sports are canceled. Gyms will continue to remain open but they will also have stricter protocols.

The Prime Minister stated that all five people are home and recovering. The concern now is how they contacted the virus and keeping it from spreading.

The Prime Minister also asked anyone who has been in large gatherings lately to please go into quarantine. Check if you may be getting any symptoms. She stated that we are here because people have not been adhering to the rules and protocols.
Please everyone who is on the island be careful. Locals and tourists both. Follow all protocols and stay safe. The island cannot have another outbreak and everyone needs to do their part. Everyone!

  • Wear a mask on the plane.
  • Disinfect your hands and social distance.
  • Keep that mask on whenever you are around people. Don’t remove it for a photo or any other reason.
  • If you post any photos without a mask when not social distancing they will be removed.
  • If you get tested on arrival go straight to your hotel and quarantine until you receive your results!!
  • Also, If you enter an establishment where there are too many people and social distancing is not happening, turn around and go back to your home or hotel.
  • Wear a mask! Don’t participate. BE SAFE!! Please do this if not for yourself, for the wonderful people of Aruba and for other tourists too.

Lastly, Please understand we have no more answers at this point. Let’s refrain from speculating and asking if it was caused by this or that or where the people are. We do not know yet and if I get that information I will post it here. Please stay positive and again if you are on the island be careful and social distance, disinfect, wear a mask when you need to. Protect yourself and the people around you.