Back in August, we were contacted through our website by a resort management company requesting a bid for a professional plasterer to assist in the resurfacing of two pools at a resort in St. Lucia. The Morgan Bay Resort would be closed for three weeks for additional improvements, and we would be working with a local company that was going to provide 8 additional finishers to help with the plastering. We submitted a bid and a couple of days later it was accepted. The material had already been purchased and all we had to do was show up with our trowels, cleats, and work clothes. Or so we thought…
It’s always tough to choose who I take on these overseas jobs, because who wouldn’t want to work in the Caribbean. Usually there is a little down time on these overseas jobs that afford us an opportunity to enjoy the local culture, do some sightseeing, go fishing/diving, etc. Robert, Alex, and Dave got the call and we packed our bags and headed off to beautiful Morgan Bay Resort, St. Lucia.
Upon our arrival we were informed that the additional 8 finishers wouldn’t be able to help us. The resort ended up sending out some of their employees to help us mix, pour, and clean tiles. We got some great help from a couple of bartenders and maintenance workers. This left myself, Dave, Robert, and Alex to trowel and expose 9,000 surface sq. ft. between the two pools. Normally we would have 10-12 guys to handle this size undertaking, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. We were able to finish the work in three days, and still had time to teach the locals some new dance moves at the smallest bar in the Caribbean. I even tended the bar for a few, giving the bartender some much needed rest after his work with us in the pools.
We were given an open invitation to return to St. Lucia as long we promised not to upstage the locals on the dance floor.