Opinion: Captain, where would you go? (Caravanserai/Alegria)

POSTED: 02/5/15 5:14 PM

Paradise lost…a collective feeling by all Caravanserai timeshare owners who have been summarily dismissed.  Deeded rights ignored, betrayed by the island and their government, after massive personal investments into a property that was supposed to be a beautiful getaway for owners from all around the world.

“It can’t happen to me” is a false belief if changes aren’t made to enforce timeshare owners’ rights that they paid for.  What is to stop any timeshare property on the island from claiming the same circumstances if there is no one enforcing the rights outlined in the documents used in these sales.

As a captain for a large legacy airline carrier that flies to the island daily, I am often asked about the island, the good and bad. My response used to be, “A beautiful place to vacation, as a matter of fact I own a timeshare there”.  Now, I caution everyone not to invest in any timeshare there and watch out for any other investment schemes presented.  There are many other destination choices I now offer.

My airline has been the main carrier in the islands since 1989. I personally have flown there since 1992. My wife and I purchased at Caravanserai in 2002 with an ownership right clearly stated on the purchase agreement. Apparently, blatant fraud on behalf of the bank and the flimsy clause included in the foreclosure purchase carry more weight than the 2,000 to 3,000 owners who are getting screwed by the court system and new owner.

It is amazing the number of people who ask about “my favorite place” when we meet and they discover my profession. I fly the Caribbean and Latin America 100% of the time. Sadly, I say that St Maarten only cares about money, and you don’t have enough for them to care about you. If you fly to the island, and the Captain invites you to discuss (warn of) timeshare ownership on St Maarten, you’ll know who it is. Stop by and say hello.

Captain Mike

Boeing 737

 

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