Festiva’s Atlantic Beach Resort sustained major damage in September 2018 from Hurricane Florence, a 140 mph max wind speed, category 4 major hurricane that caused 30 deaths and nearly $18 billion in damagers.
That September, Florence crept along after making landfall at only 2-3 miles per hour, dumping rain and wreaking havoc with a storm surge that flooded New Bern to Wilmington.
Atlantic Beach Resort was in the crosshairs. Roofing was destroyed on several buildings, which resulted in extreme water damage to many units as the steady rain fell for hours. Storage buildings and the indoor pool structure were also impacted. The degree of the damage was farther reaching than we initially thought, and the amount of attention we need to give the resort to get it up and running again to our standards is extensive. As of this writing, we still have not received a full report back from our insurance carrier, which has delayed progress on repairs. Thus, it is necessary for the resort to remain closed at least through the end of May 2019.
There has been some progress on repairs to the resort; most notably, the roofs have been repaired, preventing additional water intrusion to the interiors of the buildings. However, the interiors of the buildings still have significant work to be done.
We are not alone in our ongoing efforts toward recovery. There are eight other resort or hotel properties we know of on the island that remain closed and will likely not open until May or later.
We understand this news is disappointing to our Atlantic Beach Resort owners who have upcoming travel plans for this resort. We have reached out to you via email and a mailed letter with what we hope is a favorable alternative for you and your 2019 vacation schedule.
We thank everyone for their patience as we get your Atlantic Beach Resort up and running again. We hope this small hurdle doesn’t discourage our vacationers and we look forward to showcasing this resort and the Atlantic Beach area once repairs are complete.
Atlantic Beach Resort Management
Festiva Management Services