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Sanibel Sea School provides update on hurricane relief

By Staff | Feb 28, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Volunteers assist with roof repairs on Green Turtle Cay.

The Sanibel Sea School was quick to answer the call after Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas on Sept. 1, asking the local community for donations to help the small island of Green Turtle Cay, located just east of Treasure Cay.

Through the generous donations that poured in, the Sanibel Sea School has sent over 120 volunteers to Green Turtle Cay to help with the rebuilding process of the island. Almost every single standing home on the island had some sort of roof damage – if they even had a roof left at all.

Volunteers that went over to Green Turtle Cay spent their time on roofs removing shingles and repairing holes, helping ensure the locals had a dry place to sleep. Since, the Sanibel Sea School began sponsoring volunteer flights to Green Turtle Cay, over 75 houses are now dry and livable.

Along with coordinating volunteers and sponsoring flights over to Green Turtle Cay, the Sanibel Sea School was able to purchase over $15,000 in construction tools and supplies. On Jan. 1, it donated the remaining $75,000 in funds to the Green Turtle Cay Foundation to help with long-term relief efforts.

One of the recent volunteer groups that went over to assist Green Turtle Cay was coordinated through St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. The team consisted of Jerry and Linda Davenport, Douglas Veits, Julie Vergin, Joan Desilets and Michael Grashuf. They worked exclusively on St. Peter’s Church doing grounds cleanup, landscaping, floor tile preparation, rectory exterior wall preparation for painting, plumbing, concrete form setting and more. The team reported that restoration of the church has come a long way, but there’s still much to be done.

PHOTO PROVIDED Volunteers work to restore and provide relief to the Green Turtle Cay community.

The Sanibel Sea School thanked everyone who contributed to the Green Turtle Cay relief fund.

PHOTO PROVIDED Green Turtle Cay homes were badly destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.