November 5, 2019
MIRAMAR, Florida – City of Miramar Commissioner, Maxwell B. Chambers, flew to the Grand Bahama recently to deliver supplies and got a first-hand tour of the damage left behind by Hurricane Dorian, which impacted the islands in September. The commissioner was accompanied on the visit by international entertainer, Maxi Priest, and Sonless D. Martin, Jr., co-founder and Development Manager of Collaborative Consulting Group.
Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, Iram Lewis Member of Parliament for Central Grand Bahama greeted the trio at the airport and led the tour.
Destruction is disheartening
Commissioner Chambers expressed that seeing the destruction in Grand Bahama in person was even more impactful than what was shown on television. “It’s very disheartening and it really hit home for me.”
Of Jamaican descent Commissioner Chambers, said it was particularly important for him to assist The Bahamas, because he has personal ties to the country as his mother worked in Nassau for many years before relocating to the US.
He said he and Maxi Priest are collaborating in hosting a benefit concert to raise funds for further relief. “We’re working on doing something for January in Nassau,” the commissioner said.
Commissioner Chambers also commended State Minister Lewis on the hard work and dedication he displayed throughout this entire recovery process, and his involvement in organizing the visitor’s tour.
Traveled to Nassau
After touring Grand Bahamas, meeting victims of the hurricane, and delivering donations, the visitors traveled to Nassau where more donations were made to a large number of people made homeless by the hurricane are in shelters.
Breezes Resorts in Nassau was happy to collaborate with Commissioner Chambers, the City of Miramar and Maxi Priest’s Dorian relief project as another part of Breezes’ multi-faceted hurricane support program.
“We are pleased to have been afforded this incredible opportunity to personally deliver to the people of the Bahamas the items generously donated by residents of Miramar,” said Commissioner Chambers. “We have seen a tremendous outpouring of donations since the hurricane hit and our residents can rest assured knowing these items will get into the hands of those who need them most.”
The team departed South Florida on Sunday, October 27 on a cargo plane transporting food, water and other much-needed supplies.
State Minister Lewis expressed appreciation to visitors for lending assistance, stating their presence speaks to the importance of embracing international partnerships who have had a major impact in the post-Dorian recovery process.
He noted that they provided more than just material and monetary support. “They’re here to give us moral support and encouragement.”