Florida companies with minor damage operating after Irma

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Some marine industry companies on both Florida coasts that sustained only minor damage during Hurricane Irma report that they are operating.

Suntex Marina Investors said its 14 Florida-based marinas sustained minimal damage in the storm. On Wednesday, all the company’s facilities were open for business, including service departments.

“We feel very fortunate to report that our Suntex staff is safe and sound and that, overall, our marinas throughout Florida weathered Irma successfully,” Mitchell E. Jones, principal of Suntex, said in a statement. “Now we want to pay that good fortune forward by doing our part to support the greater Florida boating community by providing services and activities for those whose plans for the coming season have had to change as a result of damage to their property or intended destination.”

Marine Concepts and Design Concepts said most of its employees are back to work at its Cape Coral and Sarasota, Fla., facilities. The company said the Cape Coral facility had “insignificant damage” and has electric service. The Sarasota location had minor damage and was running on generators as of Wednesday.

The company said its crews “are working with what tools they have available. Since we are running on generators, our mills in Sarasota are not operational and some of our crews are not fully up to speed. We anticipate that once power is restored everything will be back to normal.”

The company said many employees’ homes are still without power and several are dealing with damage and cleanup at their homes.

On the east coast, Ward’s Marine Electric said that its Fort Lauderdale and Riviera Beach locations sustained only minimal damage and were fully operational Wednesday.

“We will be operating on our regular hours and have all of our services available,” the company said.


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