As the panhandle cities devastated by Hurricane Michael begin the recovery process, Destin locals and business are trying to do their part to provide some relief for the victims.
Headed by Okaloosa County Commissioner Kelly Windes, the Destin Fisherman’s Co-op, with help from the Fleet Marina and the Destin Charter Boat Association, will be collecting supplies to send to Port St. Joe on Thursday, Oct. 18.
“I talked to a friend over there who’s the restore coordinator and he said there’s been a lot of stuff delivered but it flies out of there as soon as they get it and there’s still a lot of needs,” Windes said.
Using the Sunrise, a 65-foot work boat, Windes said he hopes he’ll be able to take about two semi-truck loads worth of supplies over to Port St. Joe on Thursday morning.
"Any business or residents or anyone who wants to help (can) drop off what they can and we’ll take it over there," Windes said.
The Co-op is asking that residents donate items such as:
Diapers and baby wipes
Donations can be dropped off behind Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer, located at 210 Harbor Blvd., during normal business hours on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Wednesday, Oct. 17.
“We hope to load and take up donations Tuesday and Wednesday and then I’m gonna load it up probably Wednesday evening or Thursday morning and take off,” Windes said.
Windes said a drop off location has yet to be decided.
“I’ve got a county commission over there that’s gonna give me a good unloading place when we get there,” he said.
If you have any questions, you can contact the Destin Fisherman's Co-op at 850-654-4999.