FOR THREE DAYS in October, Hurricane Wilma sat astride Cancun, Mexico, dumping rain, tearing at its beautiful white sand beaches, and damaging more than 80 percent of its hotel rooms. As of November 4, just 5,200 rooms out of an inventory of close to 28,000 were in operation. The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau is estimating that about half the area's rooms will be open by December 15, with another 5,000 open by January 15. While the devastation on the Yucatan Peninsula pales beside ...

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