We just got off the phone with Tony Kardol, who runs Vela Aruba. He says that the Marriot no longer wants to kick Vela out of its prime spot on the beach. Even better, the Marriot wants to build it a new building for sails and boards that better faces the sailing area to the north. And they want to better promote windsurfing to their guests.
All the Marriot wants is for the flood of email from windsurfers to stop. Well done, everybody!
As we wrote yesterday, the Marriot had planned to boot the center off the beach, which would have meant an end to the biggest and best equipped windsurfing center in Aruba. Apparently the Marriot's management didn't have a complete appreciation for the significance of what Vela brings to the area, and now that they do, they want to support it.
We'll be checking back with Tony and Vela in a few weeks, but so far things are looking good!