I am pleased to report that the tree was removed from the Clubhouse this morning, by contract with our groundskeeping contractor Professional Grounds, Inc. Although at first they were hopeful of being able to remove it without need of a crane, after removing the branches they realized that not to use a crane could damage the north end of the Clubhouse. They brought in crane owner Mike May, t/a LyftPro, who incidentally boats out of EZCruz. His was able to reach over the Clubhouse and lift the tree off the Clubhouse and permit ProGrds to cut it into sections to haul away.
The loss, including the tree removal, is covered by insurance save for a small deductible, for which we do have available reserves. There will be no affect upon assessments.
Chubb Insurance has already sent to the site both an adjuster and and a potential repair contractor with whom Chubb regularly works. I met with them both this morning to go over what will be done. Because there is visible structural damage to the roof over the north end deck and some indications that there may be hidden structural damage to the roof, the adjuster will recommend to Chubb that it retain a structural engineer to ascertain precisely what needs to be done and draw up plans and specifications for the work, and County permits and plan review will be needed.
In the meantime, the Clubhouse remains open and most of the deck is usable. I recommend avoiding the area near the sagging roof. As investigation proceeds, it may be necessary to close off areas of the Clubhouse and surrounding areas.
As an indication of the wind strength, although they were closed when it struck, the poles of 3 umbrellas were bent by the force of the wind and one of the bases was shattered.
Members and Tenants will be kept abreast of further developments.
Bob Robertory, Commodore