Geoffrey Fieger's Caribbean island hotel damaged by ‘nuclear hurricane' Irma

Posted at 12:22 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 13:41:21-04

Southfield-based attorney Geoffrey Fieger’s boutique hotel in the Caribbean island of Anguilla was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma.

Fieger referred to the event as a “nuclear hurricane” Thursday as he spoke to WJR 760 radio host Paul W. Smith.

Fieger was scheduled to open Hotel Quintessence, in November, but it was severely damaged when Hurricane Irma blew through yesterday. Fieger said his staff was in training and they were putting the finishing touches on the hotel, but now, they'll will be focused on rebuilding.

“We sustained a lot of damage, but it’s nothing that I can’t fix,” Fieger said. The Robb Report described the hotel as worth the 10-year wait for the peaceful retreat that sleeps about 22 people.

Fieger says only one person on his staff has a working cell phone, and they must go to the penthouse to make calls.

The bigger problem is making it to the quant island because St. Martin is the gateway to Anguilla, and the airport was destroyed, Fieger said this morning.

"It destroyed St. Martin, St. Barts. When I say 'destroyed,' a nuclear bomb would've caused less destruction. It's going to be years and years and years, and people there really need help now. They're very isolated." 

The interview concluded with Smith asking Fieger about a possible run for Governor in 2018. Fieger said he, along with most Michigan voters haven’t made any decisions.