Employees from MarineMax, Correct Craft, and Nautique recently came together in the British Virgin Islands to assist residents with their recovery efforts.
“Our team was thrilled to partner with MarineMax on this important project to help those who were severely impacted by this season’s hurricanes," said Bill Yeargin, president and CEO of Correct Craft.“Our friends at MarineMax share our culture of ‘Making Life Better’ and we appreciated the opportunity to serve with several outstanding members of their team.”
For three days in late November, employees from the three marine industry companies joined together to help the residents on the island of Tortola and specifically, the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, which is only one of two two tertiary institutions in the British Virgin Islands.
The college offers a wide variety of subjects including Arts and Sciences, Business, Tourism, and Information Technology, Education and Community Programs, and - most notably – Technical and Marine Studies.
The college recently received accreditation allowing them to expand their technical course offerings, giving students the opportunity for both hands-on and in-classroom learning.
Due to Hurricane Irma, the school’s surrounding area suffered major damage including several downed trees, roofing damage, and mass debris.
This debris, along with the lack of power, air conditioning, and lights has prevented most students from returning to school.
The MarineMax, Correct Craft, and Nautique team worked diligently to clear the campus and access roads in order for these problems to be fixed and for students to resume their education.
Despite the destruction on shore, the British Virgin Islands are making progress in their recovery efforts.
Residents of the British Virgin Islands need travelers to return as tourism is their main industry and source of income.
MarineMax Vacations will donate 10 percent of new booking fees through March 1, 2018, to the rejuvenation of the islands.
“We are dedicated to supporting the residents and businesses of the British Virgin Islands. Tourism is an integral part of the economy of the islands, and we are committed to aiding the restoration,” said Brett McGill, president and COO of MarineMax.