Thank you so much for the outpouring of support you’ve shown us since Hurricane Dorian. We’ve received several questions from concerned guests and friends about various topics and thought we’d take the opportunity to address some of them here.
We are very fortunate that all of our employees as well as their families have been accounted for. Right now, helping them get settled and see a path to move forward is our biggest concern.
We are also spending our time supporting the relief efforts of the responders and community volunteers working around the clock, turning our kitchen into a place where they can come to get some food as they work to get Hope Town to a place where we can begin to rebuild.
It’s our goal to do all that we can to rebuild Firefly Sunset Resort and begin to welcome guests again by next spring or summer. Still, the dust hasn’t quite settled enough yet to confirm this timeline is even possible.
For those of you who had plans to stay with us before then, we are more than happy to refund you as soon as we are able to do so. However, communication is still limited on the island and we are currently unable to access or use any of our reservation systems. Your patience is appreciated immensely during this difficult time. As soon as we are able, we will reach out to you directly to process your refund.
If you’re interested in supporting relief efforts benefitting our friends, family, and neighbors here in Hope Town, please consider these Firefly approved donation sites:
Carolina Coastal Community Hurricane Relief Fund www.3chrfund.com which is a non-profit and all funds are 100% tax deductible. This fund helps relocate refugees and rebuild Hope Town.
Special thank you to Patrick Davis and company who created Hope 4 Hope Town Fundraiser on gofundme.com – he’s been one of our biggest cheerleaders for years – and introduced our little paradise to so many. Here’s the details from the gofundme:
Patrick Davis and 3 others are organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Roger Jennings Davis Memorial Fund Inc (Roger Jennings Davis Memorial Fund). Donations are 100% tax deductible.
Hope Town needs us guys… Dorian has absolutely devastated Hope Town and the islands around Abaco… I know for all of us watching from afar this has been one of the more heartbreaking 24 hour stretches ever endured and I cannot even imagine what the people of Hope Town, Marsh Harbour, Guana and the rest of the islands have gone through since yesterday morning (and will go through for many many days, weeks, months & years to come)…
While news & pictures are slowly trickling in… we do know a damage assessment and roll call is happening right now in Hope Town… the Hope Town Fire & Rescue is working as hard as they can on all of this… we also sadly know the following…
Sea Spray – Gone Abaco Inn – Gone Firefly – 4 House Gone… Dock Gone… Bar Area Close to Gone… Harbour Lodge – Collapsed Downtown Hope Town – Over Half House Destroyed… No trees… nothing green… houses all over island gone… debris everywhere… roads washed out & island split in two from dunes being breached.
Thank you guys so much & every little bit here will help… $5, $10, $10,000 it doesn’t matter just know it will help. ALL 100% tax deductible.
We Love You Hope Town! Patrick Davis ~ Songwriters In Paradise SIP HOPE TOWN
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.
If you will be visiting the area between September 25 – October 16, 2018 – please note *** Our Firefly Bar & Grill will be CLOSED. During that time, we will be adding upgrades and sprucing up the restaurant as we do annually. Thank you in advance for understanding.
Believe it or not the holiday season is around the corner. Start a new tradition and join us for your holiday celebrations. The Firefly Sunset Resort is great for large parties, families and children with full amenities and an onsite restaurant, plus average November and December temperatures are in the mid-to-late 70s! BOOK NOW!