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Survival Essentials Drop-Off Spot At Burnt Store Marina

Located in the Burnt Store Marina—a planned community in Southwest Florida—a boat ramp off Ceitus Parkway has become a daily drop-off spot for essential items needed by residents of neighboring areas devastated by Hurricane Ian. From there, those items are being delivered by various boats to victims the Category 4, which made landfall last week in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area.

A popular destination for the Fort Myers Offshore group, the Burnt Store Marina community currently has an essential-goods drop-off spot off Ceitus Parkway. Photo from early 2022 by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Needed items include:

• Clothing
• Personal hygiene products
• Over-the-counter medication (pain-relievers, etc.)
• Fuel (propane, gasoline, diesel)
• Grills, charcoal, firewood and candles
• Food and water
• Batteries, flashlights, chargers
• Bedding and tarps
• Insect repellant
• Coolers
• Cleaning supplies

All deliveries must be made by 8 p.m. as there is a 9 p.m. curfew in the area.

Headquartered in Naples, Fla., CMR Construction and Roofing is helping to spread the news of the drop-off spot and the need for donations though its social media portals, email outreach and more. The company, which is a significant sponsor in the offshore powerboat-racing world employs more than 500 people nationwide, is entrenched in the local community. Brett Durham, one of its employees in the Southwest Florida, is among those spearheading the collection effort.

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Collection efforts are ongoing.

“Brett has done so much individually but needs more support and supplies,” said Chuck Spicer, the director of motorsports for CMR Construction and Roofing, in a company-wide email. “We are here to help and support everyone.

“A lot of people are rebuilding their lives and have nothing,” he continued. “Think about what you use daily. Any donation is appreciated as we help our families and friends in Florida.”

Drop-off location.

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