Hello Firefly family. We, along with all of you, sat stateside and watched in horror as Dorian destroyed the beautiful Abacos. We have been worried sick about our staff and friends there. We are happy to say all souls are accounted for, thank you Lord! We have not been posting much because there is so much information that needed to be filtered after speaking with Lorenzo and people physically on Hope Town. Now we are ready to let you all know how best to help. This is going to be a long road to rebuild but we are up for the challenge! Our family is committed to Firefly, Hope Town and helping our staff put their lives back together. We will always be a Firefly family! We will be keeping our website and social media sites updated with all of our progress. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! We are overwhelmed with you love, support and encouragement.
If you cannot help with this trip but still want to in some way in the future, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “HELP PROVIDED” written in subject line. In email, please list your name, best contact info, where you are located and specifically what you can help with. The more specific, the better.
When I (Ryan Nelson) first posted about Firefly Sunset Resort closing due to Hurricane Dorian, the initial poster created said they would reopen on Tuesday, Sept 3, 2019. Little did we know that Hurricane Dorian would make landfall on the idyllic paradise that Firefly Sunset Resort is on – Elbow Cay – as the most dangerous Category 5 hurricane, carrying the strongest winds in recorded history for the northwestern Bahamas.
Lorenzo and the hard-working staff know the intense preparation that goes into hurricane prep. Most of the staff are native Bahamians; and hurricanes and the prep that comes with these storms is something they’ve endured since they were children. Many of them also have worked in the hospitality industry for years, so their extensive knowledge on guest evacuations, structure stability, supplies needed, and more.
As of today, 9/2, The cell service is very spotty (if any) as the hurricane is still slowly hovering over Grand Bahama and Abaco is still being lashed with storms. Ann Irvin sent me these photos this am. And they’re hard to look at.
According to Ann, “Georgia Peach is 3/4 gone …the resort looks bad hit BUT Lorenzo and all the folks that took shelter are safe and alive! Thank you Lord!” We don’t know all the devastation on the island at this time but we thank you for your support. Our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages have been bombarded (in a fabulous way) with messages of Hope, Help and Love.
***For those wondering how these updates are able to be posted, I (Ryan) have worked for years with Firefly Distillery, Irvin House Vineyards and Firefly Sunset Resort on marketing/PR/social media and more. I am in Charleston and gathering as much information as possible to share with our visitors, friends and families. Please DM me on the Firefly Sunset Resort Facebook Page, Twitter Page and Instagram and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Heading your way to the Firefly Sunset Resort for the first time in 2017? Make sure not to miss the NEW Hope Town Community Center on your visit.
Opened on January, 14 2017 “The Community Center provides a place and opportunity to express and share all this creative energy so Hope Town will continue to thrive as a great place for families, community groups and cultural events. The building was designed to reflect the traditional island style and is situated on park land in the middle of the settlement, creating a thriving cultural/center for the community,” notes the Committee in a recent article published by The Abaconian.
In addition to adding to the culture of our quaint island town the Center is available for community events (Contact Monica Cook, email@example.com, for bookings) as well as to facilitate use as a hurricane shelter.
For further details check out the full article here.