CHAMBER COMMUNIQUE – POST HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE
On Sunday, September 10th Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm, made her second landfall in Florida with a direct hit to Goodland/Marco Island. It has been a challenging last six days for us, but it is no surprise that this community has come together in incredible fashion to help each other in ways that should make everyone proud!
Some news outlets have reported this storm as being “catastrophic” to Marco Island. This is UNTRUE!
Yes, many businesses and residents have been impacted, but we are thankful for no fatalities or serious injuries reported. It will take a little time, but the Marco Island Area will recover and come back better than ever!
Our offices and Information Center will re-open at 9:00AM on Monday, September 18th. (Irma took our sign, but we are located at 1102 N. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island.) Meanwhile, we will do whatever we can to assist with relief and recovery efforts to our member businesses and residents.
POWER: We still have several sections of the Island and surrounding area without power. LCEC is working hard to restore power to everyone. For the current LCEC outage map, please visit: www.lcec.net As of this email, more than 70% of Island power has been restored.
If you are serviced by FPL, click here for their restoration efforts:
WATER: City of Marco Island Utilities reports that water and sewer service is operational. We are under boil water notice for consumption. Goodland and Everglades City were hit with severe flooding. That area currently is being evaluated.
RETAIL/RESTAURANTS: Many of our member businesses have already re-opened. All three grocery stores are open, many restaurants are serving, and gas stations have begun receiving fuel. The Marco Review has done an excellent job of keeping abreast of businesses open and operating. Please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheMarcoReview/ for the most current list. Sincere thanks to Debbie & Stephen Barker for their outstanding work!
FUEL: For fuel locally, check out www.GasBuddy.com for up to the minute availability of gas.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Each property has their own timeline for re-opening. If you have an existing reservation, please contact your hotel or rental agent directly for specific property status.
CLEAN UP and RECOVERY: As with any natural disaster, there will be UNLICENSED and UNINSURED contractors arriving to offer their services. Please use caution!
These companies may not be qualified to do the work you need done. You do not want to make an already difficult situation worse.
This from Collier County’s website: www.http://www.colliergov.net/
“Free disaster assistance is available through Crisis Cleanup.
Call 1-800-451-1954 to be placed on a cleanup assistance list for nonprofit reputable relief agencies. All help is free, as cleanup crews are available. Crisis Cleanup is an open-source application that connects reputable nonprofit disaster recovery organizations with the people who need help. Go to www.crisiscleanup.org for more information.”
CHAMBER OFFICE: We continue to have telephone issues, but we will open for regular business on Monday, September 18th. All three of our full-time staff members, as well as many of our Board Members and volunteers are still without power to their homes and businesses. Fortunately, our offices received no water or wind damage inside. We may not look great, but we’re still smart – and here to help in any way we can!
City of Marco Island:
Below are links to reliable local media outlets providing regular updates:
Coastal Breeze News:
As recovery progresses, we will continue to provide updates as possible,
but we urge you to utilize the official links above for most current information.
We look forward to welcoming back all of our seasonal residents and visitors to our beautiful area!
We are #MARCOSTRONG!
Dianna G. Dohm, Executive Director
Donna Niemczyk, Office Administrator
Katherine O’Hara, Director of Sales & Marketing
Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce
1102 N. Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL 34145