Commentary: Rebuilding with you

T.J. Boone
Sales manager, Marco Eagle

There is something special about a community that comes together in the wake of a natural disaster. After Hurricane Irma made landfall on Marco Island, residents and businesses united in a show of unwavering support for those in need. The Marco Eagle has written about many who have exhibited compassion and service that helps to heal our community.

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Strong wind gusts from Irma caused catastrophic roof damage to our Eagle office on Elkcam Circle, rendering the space unusable.  Our office is temporarily closed, however we are working on solutions for a physical presence on the Island.

Aerial photos show the damage left behind in Irma's wake Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, on Marco Island, Fla.

I would like to acknowledge a specific organization, the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, which helped the Eagle in our time of need. Dianna Dohm, executive director, generously invited Eagle staff to use their conference room in this time of transition.  This gesture allows us to meet with our customers in person and serves as a “home base” to work.    

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It is compassionate people that make Marco Island a great place to live, work and play. Thank you Dianna, Katie, Donna, Alex Parker and the board of directors, and all Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce members and volunteers for your hospitality post Hurricane Irma. The Marco Eagle is grateful for the work you do in our Island community.

The Marco Eagle has served the community since 1968 and will continue to do so in print every Tuesday and Friday and online at marconews.com. Our staff is steadfast in our mission to disseminate news and information to the public and help businesses grow with advertising solutions. We look forward to rebuilding alongside you, here in paradise.