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Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas Support

The entire angling community is feeling the hurt along with our neighbors in the Bahamas suffering from the effects of Hurricane Dorian, and we know many of you want to help. We’re working to share a list of groups that are collecting supplies or helping.

If you know of others, please share them with us via email. Check dates and drop off locations below.

Requested supplies include (but are not limited to):

– Batteries
– Flashlights
– Tarps and rolls of plastic
– Food – nonperishable items, canned meals, protein packs/bars
– Work materials – screws, nails, hammers, work gloves, staples, staple guns, etc
– Sleeping bags
– Chainsaws
– Water – large jugs, purification tablets
– Household essentials – soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc.
– Boots
– Generators
– Feminine products
– Baby products – diapers, formula, blankets

PLEASE, NO SECOND-HAND BELONGINGS! NEW EMERGENCY ITEMS ONLY!

We are partnering with Governor Ron DeSantis, Bass Pro Shops founder and conservationist Johnny Morris and other partners for “Anglers for the Bahamas” – an effort to support the people of the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. CCA Florida is a proud partner in conservation for the effort. Learn more, and donate to this initiative online.

You can also find information on how to help from the Islands of the Bahamas website directly.

Central

T.A. Mahoney Co. INC. – Thursday, September 5th – 4990 E Adamo Drive, Tampa, 33605. Details on their Facebook page – @TAMahoneyCo

Boaters Exchange in Rockledge and New Smyrna Beach will be a drop off location for Bahamian Hurricane Relief supplies. Leaders of this effort have partnered with the leadership of the Old Bahama Bay homeowners association and paperwork has already been filed and approved by the US and Bahamian governments to allow the flights from Melbourne Airport to arrive with no taxes duties or landing and take-off fees. Anyone wishing to speak to leaders directly can call 321-432-4843 or email Paul@BoatersExchange.com. Anyone with an airplane or large boat who would like to assist with the Airlift and subsequent flotilla are welcome to do so. It’s important to coordinate so that the red tape is circumvented. Keep in mind that any boat or small plane wishing to Ferry relief supplies must be able to carry enough fuel to get to their destination and back because there is very likely no clean fuel available at present.

SeaDek Marine Products (5440 Schenck Ave., Rockledge, FL) is accepting donations to be sent over.  One of their certified fabricators, Castaway Customs – with SeaDek’s support, is selling a SeaDek Fish Ruler with 100 percent of sales – as well as 100 percent matching funds – being donated to relief efforts.

Costa SunglassesOne Coast effort helps victims of natural disasters. Learn how they’re helping with Hurricane Dorian and donate today.

Southeast

From Contender Boats: After considering our options we decided to give financial support to a group of local trusted friends who are running a full blown relief effort and fully encourage you to join us (Miami Billfish). We will continue to support the Bahamas is any way possible and are actively working with NMMA and other manufactures in the industry to assist in a meaningful and long term way. The Bahamas is such a special place to us boaters and they need our assistance now.

From Miami Billfish Tournament: “We are taking donations. You can use two methods to donate. You can use http://PayPal.com and note the Payee: miamibillfish@gmail.com. Please make your donation as friend to friend if possible. If you prefer to mail a check, make your check payable to The Miami Billfish Tournament and mail to; 1890 NE 150St N.Miami,FL 33181.

We are also in communication with major shipping companies to transport items to the islands and we will not be using any “private boat brigade.” The Miami Billfish Tournament has been used as a platform for donations in connection with many local conservation causes over the years. If anyone has a question as to the legitimacy of this donation mechanism, feel free to message them and they will provide you with references on local causes in which it has been used. Thanks for any donations which you can provide and/or any help you can lend to the effort.”

Supplies are being collected at Preferred Marine, 1631 S Dixie Hwy., Unit D1, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. They’re collecting: Building supplies, including tarps, hand tools, screws, nails, chain saws, oil for the saws, sharpeners, staplers and staples, heavy duty contractor bags, generators, gas cans, etc. As well as household goods including baby diapers, formula, canned goods, sanitizing items, etc. Basically look around your house – what are your essentials?  Because they have zero. Don’t forget the pets – any and all is needed.

Four initial Miami-Dade County government locations will be accepting donations for critical supplies requested by Bahamian government officials starting Tuesday at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help those affected in the Bahamas. Requested supplies include beds, blankets, ice, non-perishable food, water and power banks. Officials are asking residents to only donate what is being requested by the government of the Bahamas. For the full list of requested items, click here. Initial drop off locations include the Miami-Dade County Main Library (101 W. Flagler St., Miami), Stephen P. Clark Center (111 NW First St., Miami), Joseph Caleb Center (5400 NW 22nd Ave., Miami), the Office of Emergency Management Warehouse (8008 NW 14th St., Doral).Those making donations at the Stephen P. Clark Center in downtown Miami will have their parking validated at the drop-off point on the first floor. All other drop-off locations have free parking available.

United Way of Miami-Dade and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald have activated Operation Helping Hands to support response, relief and recovery efforts. One hundred percent of funds raised through Operation Helping Hands will go directly to help people affected by Hurricane Dorian. To donate, visit unitedwaymiami.org, call 305-643-2501 or 211, or send a check payable to Operation Helping Hands, c/o United Way of Miami-Dade, P.O. Box #459007, Miami, FL 33245-9007.

MANG is also helping with Hurricane Dorian Relief. Please contact Kyle@manggear.com with questions. They will be shuttling supplies via plane and boat to Green Turtle Cay.

East Coast Drop Offs:

Lantana Airport (Lake Worth): Please tag items Green Turtle Cay Relief
Island Tyme Charters
2633 Lantana Rd.
Lake Worth, FL 33462
Hanger 105

MANG HG (West Palm Beach) :
312 Pineway Terrace,
West Palm Beach, FL 33406.

(Alternate address):
312 Pine Way Trail,
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

(Riviera Beach Drop Off) – Please tag items: Green Turtle Cay Relief
The Hangar
7210 HAVERHILL BUSINESS PARKWAY
RIVIERA BEACH, FL 33407

West Coast Drop Offs (Sanibel):

542 N. Yachtsman Drive
Sanibel, FL 33957

For Fort Lauderdale donors, dry goods, medical supplies, hygiene products, canned food, and other needed items (other than clothes and water) can be dropped off at National Marine Suppliers (2800 SW 2nd Ave, Ft. Lauderdale) by September 6th.

Drop off locations for Abaco Relief Alliance:

Abaco Holdings Co. Ltd. (940 Eller Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33316)

Sea Hunter Boats (Manatee Bay Marina on mm 112, 99 Morris Avenue, Key Largo)

Sea Hunter Boats (25545 SW 140th Ave, Homestead, FL, 33032)

Marker One Marina (343 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL, 34698)

Grand Slam Boats (1004 NW 1st Street Bay 1, Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33311)

Plantation Boat Mart & Marina (2359 PGA Blvd #101, Palm Beach Gardens)

Allweather Patio Outdoor & Home Furniture (4940 N.W. 1st Street, Hialeah, FL)

Miami Outboard Club (1099 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL)

Crook & Crook (2795 S.W. 27th Ave., Miami, FL)

American Custom Yachts (6800 SW Jack James Drive, Stuart, FL)

MacGregor Yachts (2352 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

Evolution by MacGregor Yachts, 48 E Blue Heron Blvd, Riviera Beach, FL)

Solace Boats – 308 S Old County Rd, Edgewater, FL)

H.S. White Corp. (1350 South Dixie Hwy East, Pompano Beach, FL)

Sportfish Outfitters (261 N ALT A1A, Jupiter, FL)

Southwest

Mangrove Outfitters will be serving as a drop-off location for those who wish to make donations to the relief effort for our Bahamian neighbors! Supplies are requested by September 6th to 4111 Tamiami Trail E. Naples, FL 34112.

Stokes Marine
15955 Pine Ridge Rd
Fort Myers FL 33908
Marine Concepts
2443 Pine Island Rd
Cape Coral FL 33991
The Venue Naples
13240 Tamiami Tr N
Suite 205
Naples FL 34110
Stilwell Enterprises & Restaurant Group
16876 McGregor Blvd
Suite 101
Fort Myers FL 33908

West End, Grand Bahama Hurricane Recovery: Old Bahama Bay will be the Command Center for all donated hurricane relief supplies in West End, Grand Bahama and is working in cooperation with the Bahamas Government, Local Authorities and NEMA-Bahamas (National Emergency Management Agency).  Old Bahama Bay is the largest employer in the western district of Grand Bahama Island.

The Bahamas Government has granted approval to bring in items with no VAT, DUTY or CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION ENTRY FEES however, this is not a license to import goods to avoid VAT and duty for personal use needs. We have an obligation to provide Customs and Immigration with detailed notification and itemization of when and what’s coming in.

Our goal is to raise One Million Dollars.  “We exceeded our goal during Matthew which greatly helped rebuild the village of West End and we are hopeful we will exceed Hurricane Dorian’s goal as well since we now must aid not just West End, but all of Grand Bahama and Abaco as well,” said John MacDonald, HOA President, Old Bahama Bay Resort.  “We are working in conjunction with Mike Schmidt’s Winners Circle Foundation in this effort.  Mike has held fundraising tournaments out of OBB for the last ten years.”

Our GoFundMe account is www.gofundme.com/f/west-end-recovery and will also accept Tax Deductible donations on behalf of www.winnerscirclecharities.org

Tax Deductible Financial Donations should be sent to:  Winners Circle Charities, 825 Parkway Street, Suite 8, Jupiter, Florida 33458. Payable to Winners Circle Charities, and in the memo please put: Hurricane Dorian Bahamas Relief.  Donations are tax deductible.

Funds can be received via PayPal using email address WinnersCircleCharities@gmail.com

The Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation has set up an energy fund to assist with this incredibly tragic natural disaster, with the plan to support guides, families and those connected to the fly fishing industry that have lost their homes. While we know there will be multiple efforts, numerous GoFundMe pages and a large number of entities stepping up to help, we want to do what we can to help those in the fly fishing community that have been hit hardest. We welcome everyone to donate and help our Bahamian friends in their time of need. 

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