The marine rebuild fund ( http://vimarinerebuild.org/.) seeks to help facilitate the immediate cleanup efforts of the cruising grounds, beaches, and marine facilities in the wake of the catastrophic 2017 hurricane season, reestablish marine vocational initiatives.
In the wake of Irma & Maria, both record-breaking category-five hurricanes, there has been much devastation. Our already weak infrastructure will take months to rebuild and many of the large hotels (our main employers for both skilled and unskilled labor) suffered structural damage and are forecasting a minimum of six months to a year before reopening. Many people are left without a home and without a means of putting food on the table.
The outpouring of support from the private sector has been the saving grace of many VI residents, but eventually the donations will diminish and the only way we as an island will carry on is to identify sectors of our economy with great potential for a quick rebuild and ensure that we are employing as many residents in the efforts and longterm growth.
The Marine Rebuild Fund was created by CFVI and is managed between a committee including VIPCA, STYC, Pizza Pie, Brigitte Berry, DPNR and CZM representatives.