Marine industry pitches in for hurricane relief

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Zodiac of North America and the Florida Yacht Brokers Association announced relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Irene.

Zodiac of North America said it is lending inflatable models to areas affected by the hurricane to help support rescue and relief efforts.

“We are a socially conscious company and family here at ZNA. We see a need for these residents of the Northeast affected by Hurricane Irene, and we feel it’s our duty to lend a hand by offering up our models for supporting efforts,” vice president of sales Gary Durnan said in a statement. “We made a similar effort during post-Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and found it to be very helpful to local residents and authorities. We’ll also continue to help with future natural disaster emergency situations.”

Durnan and other top Zodiac officials have authorized their dealers in the Northeast to pull models out of inventory as necessary and lend them to emergency responders and municipalities. Models are being lent outright, and substantial discounts are being offered to authorities for long-range use.

Zodiac extended this offer through Sept. 15. The Zodiac models being made available during the relief campaign are the Classics, Futuras and Cadets.

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The Florida Yacht Brokers Association, along with National Marine Suppliers and G&G Shipping, is organizing a hurricane relief sale for the Bahamas.

The areas most affected by Irene are Cat Island and Long Island, as well as other islands to the south and east, which took the brunt of the storm.

Association members are encouraged to drop off donations at the following locations:

* National Marine Suppliers, 2800 S.W. 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale

* G&G Shipping, 1300 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale

Monetary contributions are much appreciated, but the following items are among those being requested: plywood, lumber, felt, roofing nails, insecticide, gas/diesel, batteries, flashlights, food and water.

Click here to make a monetary contribution. Please contact the association with any question at (954) 522-9270 or


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