Star Island reopened on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend after brief closure due to threats from Hurricane Earl. High seas were a certainty and high winds a definite hazard as Earl approached the New England coast late in the week. Staff prepared the hotel and buildings for a big blow and guests and all but a staff of 12 left the island on Friday. On Sunday staff returned, removed the shutters and boards covering the windows and welcomed Pel Reunion and Laity conferees to the island.
Joe Watts, Island Manager, was interviewed on WMUR-TV morning news show on Saturday morning via SKYPE to talk about the safety precaution of closing the island due to Hurricane Earl. Joe managed to give them some live pictures of the boarded up windows on Oceanic’s porch as part of his remote hook-up and announced the island would be open through September 19.