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MarineMax, Correct Craft and Nautique aid BVI recovery efforts

MarineMax, Correct Craft and Nautique employees came together in the British Virgin Islands at the end of November to help residents recover from damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“Our team was thrilled to partner with MarineMax on this important project to help those who were severely impacted by this season’s hurricanes,” Bill Yeargin, president and CEO of Correct Craft, Nautique’s parent company, said in a statement.

“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,” Yeargin added.

For three days they helped Tortola residents, specifically the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.

As one of only two tertiary institutions in the BVI, the college is a vital component of education for local residents and students. It offers subjects that include 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 it to expand its technical offerings, giving students the opportunity for classroom and hands-on learning.

The area around the school suffered major damage from Hurricane Irma, including several downed trees, roof damage and mass debris. The debris, along with a 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 so the problems could be fixed and students could resume their education.

Despite the destruction on shore, the BVI is making progress in its recovery efforts. The water is beautiful as ever, snorkeling and diving spots remain, and grocery stores and local hot spots are returning to business. For updates on the recovery, visit http://bit.ly/2iIpCRg.

The British Virgin Islands has been home to MarineMax Vacations for the past several years.

“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.

BVI residents need travelers to return because tourism is their main industry and source of income. MarineMax Vacations will donate 10 percent of new charter booking fees through March 1, 2018, to the rejuvenation of the islands.

To book a charter to the British Virgin Islands with MarineMax Vacations call (813) 644-8071 or visit www.MarineMaxVacations.com.

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