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06-29-2011, 08:56 AM
June 28, 2011
Dear Friends of the Bonaire WebCams,
It was about eleven years ago when we – Jake Richter and Daniel Senie – launched the Bonaire WebCams project on Bonaire. We started with four cameras, including an underwater camera, which the world could view 24 hours a day (although, of course, at night some of the images were dark).
Since then the numbers of active cameras have varied significantly, with a peak of fourteen cameras running in 2010. We are now down to about a half dozen active WebCams on the Bonaire WebCams site now, with a number of cameras out of commission due to our inability to properly maintain them while Jake is off-island for the foreseeable future for cancer treatment.
The Bonaire WebCams were never a money maker for us, but were a passion to share with the world, garnering a number of awards over the years, as well as a huge fan base.
For all that Bonaire’s tourism benefitted from having the highest public WebCam-to-resident ratio in the Caribbean (if not the world), Bonaire’s tourism industry never really provided any support for our project.
Support was left to a few special entities on Bonaire, including Eden Beach Resort, Dive Friends Bonaire, Bonaire Windsurf Place, and REMAX Bonaire Homes. And, of course, our loyal fans, members, and individual supporters – especially Martin De Weger, who has pitched in to try and keep the WebCams operational both when Jake has been on-island, and when he has been off-island as well. Thank you all for your support.
However, the actual cost of running the Bonaire WebCams web site as well as having to invest regularly in replacement hardware due to age and vandalism, has gotten to the point where we are no longer able to keep spending money out of our own pockets. Advertising sales and membership fees have helped carry the site part of the way, but not enough to cover all costs. Furthermore, with Jake’s return date to Bonaire being rather uncertain, and his cancer care being understandably more important to him than working on the WebCams, we have reached the decision to try and sell or close down the Bonaire WebCams.
As such, unless a buyer can be found for the Bonaire WebCams before the end of August, 2011, we will be shuttering the web site and the systems at that time. As part of this we are closing down new paid memberships and renewals effective immediately.
Should any of you know of someone who is interested in purchasing the Bonaire WebCams brand and its various assets, please send them to us – we can be reached at info@caribbeanwebcams.com.
Jake Richter & Daniel Senie

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06-29-2011, 08:59 AM
this is so sad!:confused:

06-29-2011, 11:44 AM
Hi all,

Jan's posting is accurate. We had sent out the notification last night to the companies who had supported the Bonaire WebCams, and I was planning on posting the same letter here later this week.
this link was removed because it goes against out TOS, especially this claus: Messages which promote a commercial business from which you derive compensation. Such compensation may include, but is not limited to, outright payment, a commission, salary, and/or free services or goods.

And yes, it's sad on many levels.


Judy W
06-29-2011, 12:07 PM
Totally understand Jake. Will miss the web cams :( but your focus is needed elsewhere. Hope you are feeling OK as you progress through your treatment. Hugs to you and the family. :)

Donna aire
06-29-2011, 12:26 PM
Very, very sad:( I was unaware of Jake's illness and wish you well.

Barbara "CB" Gibson
06-29-2011, 12:37 PM
I'll miss the cams, Jake, but I haven't contributed to them, so I'm part of the problem. Never understood why Bonaire did so little to support them. Heck, we stayed at Eden Beach just because of the cams...you'd think the appeal of the cams would be obvious to businesses and organizations.

Thank you for the glimpses of Bonaire life over the years. Especially, thanks for glimpses of you own family. I loved the old front gate cam. And the Small Wall cam. Thank you Linda, for letting us watch your family grow up.

Jake, best of wishes to you on your treatment. I hope you're all back home very soon.

06-29-2011, 01:04 PM
no other words required:( :( :(

06-29-2011, 01:42 PM
I to am sad about this
as a lerker I feel as tho I know the lot of you
reading posts, looking at the pics and dreaming of
being on binaire some day

this is just another sign of what things are like
across the world maybe just maybe there is an
answer out there

Debbie T
06-29-2011, 03:47 PM
:( I am very sad now to hear of the cams closing. Prayers out to you Jake and Thank-you for all you have done for the cams and for us who watch them. Consintrate on getting yourself better.
Have not been to Bon "yet" but I will some day. I found these cams because we moved from the beach to the mountains and I had to have some Beach in my day, every day.:)

06-29-2011, 07:13 PM
disappointed to see what drew me to my love of Bonaire going away . . . great memories; the web cam at the gate, watching the kids grow up, virtually attending parties in Jake's yard, capturing the little yellow tang picture 'tweety', making good friends with sooooooooo many people. I would not have met Darlene if not for the early days of BT and the web cams.

Thank you for the many years we have so enjoyed.

Jake, we love you and send all our healing vibes, and prayers. Hugs

06-29-2011, 08:02 PM
I have been mia on the webcams for too long, having let my membership lapse after our trip.
We would have most likely never made that trip and most DEFINITELY never made such a wide scope of truly amazing friends had it not been for BWC.

Hard to grasp the many blessings in our lives thanks to one little click, so many years ago.

Jake, may you kick Cancer's ass... in no uncertain terms!!!

I will send up major vibes that the right buyer comes around and takes on the legacy of BWC

Thank you Daniel too for everything you've done to keep us up and going:)

06-29-2011, 09:32 PM
I, too, am saddened by this...Jake, I'm praying for you... Watching the webcams when my daughter was on Bonaire is what led me to the beautiful BT family...and for that I am very, very grateful! Thank you for all you've done. I'm so happy to have gotten the chance to see Bonaire this way and then to visit it in person. I don't look at the cams often anymore, but I will surely miss them.

06-29-2011, 10:09 PM
Thanks so much for your work/passion over the years Jake.

Wishing you strength, luck, and peace for what lies ahead in your journey.

(translation, the light within me bows to the light within you)

06-30-2011, 02:33 PM
I remember the first time I saw the cams in early 2002, and when I saw my first diver. And then finding BT and making my first post 9 yrs ago.

I used to watch the cams all the time, but I too slowly drifted away - possibly due to having kidlets, perhaps FB is at fault too. But there is always good - I have made and met so many fabulous friends here! And have some wonderful memories!!

Thank-you to all,

Jake, thoughts on your path to recovery. ((((HUGS))))

06-30-2011, 10:25 PM
Thank you for all you have done, Jake & Daniel. Please take care, Jake, and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

07-01-2011, 09:41 AM
will also miss the underwater and topside cams..a daily dose of Bonaire, has been delightful all these years. Thank you to Jake and all who have managed this site for the enjoyment and education of us all...will continue watching for photos from Bonaire and reports. Jake..stay strong and know you are in our thoughts..we all "love ya man"..may the fish be with you