Owners and operators of Bitter End Yacht Club on North Sound, Virgin Gorda have raised nearly one million dollars to support recovery and assist its staff who lost their jobs after the hurricanes.
Majority of Bitter End’s 178-member staff were laid off when the hurricanes ravaged the British Virgin Islands last September.
Some 50 structures on the 64-acre property were battered by the category 5 hurricanes, causing the renowned resort to close its doors while it rebuilds.
The resort was able to raise $800,000, so far, to support its out-of-work staff.
“This effort has been overwhelmingly supported by individual donations from Bitter End’s impassioned guests and a community of kindred spirits across the maritime and travel sectors,” the resort said in a media release.
“One hundred percent of the funds are being directed to the Virgin Gorda community; focused on healthcare and education in addition to direct aid to Bitter End’s 178 employees who were employed at the time of the storm,” the release added.
Management at the resort said they don’t plan to have their employees jobless for too long.
They said Bitter End will be announcing a reopening date in the coming months.
The resort has hired architectural firm Simplemente Madera to assist in redeveloping the resort.
The architectural firm has been described as a company capable of creating world-class designs that will ‘combine simplicity with sophistication’.
While speaking on the redevelopment, Operating Owner, Richard Hopkin said: “It is important to us that North Sound continues to be the visually inviting destination it has been for generations, both for travellers and visiting mariners.”
“Although Bitter End will be closed temporarily, there is no storm of any category that could extinguish our spirit. That spirit is a part of every one of us, past and present, who have experienced this special place. My family and I are committed to ensuring that Bitter End’s legacy continues on,” he added.
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