On August 27th, one of San Pedro TownÂs most iconic businesses, RamonÂs Village Resort, was devastated by a fire. Â More than one third of the property was caught in the blaze, resulting in part of the resort having to shut down immediately. Â However, after an intense few months of repair and renovation, the resort is expected to open its doors once again on December 20th.
For residents of San Pedro, RamonÂs Village Resort is well known.Â ItÂs also a large employer, with 250 staff members, many of whom come from the local area. Â Over the past few months, employees of the resort have been split into four groups, each helping to get construction and renovation work complete.
Talking of the new facilities, RamonÂs Village ResortÂs manager, Einer Gomez, said the resort was in its final stages of reconstruction, and moving along in stages. Â He said: ÂWe have separated the workload in four, each being done by different groups and they are all moving along at the same time.Â Â The interior furniture for the lobby and rooms are being addressed by various local businesses, whilst other groups have helped with planting shrubs, greenery and trees burnt by the fire. Â The iconic thatched roofs and lush landscaping are vital to the resortÂs appeal, but Mr Gomez said that measures have been taken to ensure that a similar fire never occurs again. Â ÂWe will have our water pumps, and our own fire hydrants spread throughout the property. Â In order to help the resort and other neighbors, we have made provision for a 10-foot easement that will serve as beach access that will be available in the event of another fire within the neighborhood,Â he said.
Despite the fire, much of the resort remained open, with RamonÂs able to offer ongoing accommodation to people just three days after the disaster devastated much of the property. Â Many of the Maya-themed cabanas were untouched, and a temporary restaurant was built on the beach. Â In addition, the popular dive shop also continued operating. Â However, from December 20th itÂs hoped the entire resort will be up and running, offering guests a total of 28 rooms to choose from. Â A bar, gift shop, restaurant and lobby will also be completed.
With RamonÂs having been in operation since 1982, locals will be pleased to see it getting back to business.