MarineMax: Irma causes “significant damage’ to BVI charter operations, but US operations safe

Wed Sep 13 2017, 09:44 AM

Initial assessment of the group's charter operations in the British Virgin Islands looks grim

MarineMax said in a statement that most of its retail stores in the path of Hurricane Irma in the US did not sustain “major” damage. The hurricane ripped through Florida last weekend, tearing up communities in the Florida Keys, before moving up the coast on the state’s Gulf of Mexico side, causing some flooding in areas like Marco Island and Venice. It also caused significant flooding in Jacksonville before heading north into Georgia and South Carolina.

MarineMax said its charter operations in the British Virgin Islands sustained “significant damage” based on initial assessments.

“MarineMax’s top priority has been ensuring that our team members and families are safe,” said MarineMax chairman Bill McGill in the statement. “Many of our team members are at our stores today, beginning the clean-up process and assisting our customers with their post-storm needs.”