MarineMax, Correct Craft, and Nautique Partner to Aid in British Virgin Island Recovery Efforts

CLEARWATER, FL (December 7, 2017) – At the end of November, employees from MarineMax, Correct Craft, and Nautique came together in the British Virgin Islands to assist residents with their recovery efforts.

Bill Yeargin, president and CEO of Correct Craft, stated, “Our team was thrilled to partner with MarineMax on this important project to help those who were severely impacted by this season’s hurricanes. 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, employees from these marine industry leaders joined together to help the residents on the island of Tortola and specifically the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.

As one of only two tertiary institutions in the British Virgin Islands, this is a vital component of education for local residents and students. The college offers a wide variety of subjects including Arts and Sciences, Business, Tourism, and Information Technology, Education and Community Programmes, and – most notably – Technical and Marine Studies. They 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. The water is beautiful as ever, snorkeling and diving spots remain, grocery stores and local hotspots are returning to business. For updates on the recovery of the British Virgin Islands visit http://bit.ly/2iIpCRg

Residents of the British Virgin Islands need travelers to return as tourism is their main industry and source of income. You can help by booking a charter with MarineMax Vacations who will donate 10 percent of new 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.

“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,” stated Brett McGill, president and COO of MarineMax.

The British Virgin Islands have been home to MarineMax Vacations for the past several years. As such, MarineMax is proud to support this community in their time of need.

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