As a community, we all breathed a sigh of relief when Hurricane Dorian’s track turned north of South Florida. And while we are lucky to have avoided a direct impact from this Category 5 hurricane, our friends in the Bahamas were not so fortunate.
We all watched in disbelief as the islands of the Bahamas, specifically, Abaco and Freeport, were relentlessly battered for more than 24 hours. The storm’s powerful winds and storm-surge have devastated communities and businesses on the islands. Search and recovery efforts by the U.S. Coast Guard are still underway and we pray for the safe recovery of persons still missing.
Coral Springs has always been a community that cares, and now that City operations are returned to normal, we turn our attention to relief efforts to assist the Bahamian people.
This cannot be a short-term goal, as South Florida has experienced in the past, the rebuilding of communities will take time and money. Raising funds to achieve that goal is our priority. To assist us, we have partnered with the Coral Springs Community Chest, Inc., a non-profit community partner, to raise funds for the rebuilding of the Bahamas.
Our first Bahamian Relief effort will take place at our popular Bites-N-Sips food truck and live entertainment event, held on the Great Lawn of City Hall on September 14, from 6-10 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from food and drink sales, along with other Bahamian-related activities, will benefit the cause. For more information about Bites-N-Sips, visit coralsprings.org/events.