‘The Bar Isn’t Going Anywhere’ As British Virgin Islands & Jost Van Dyke Recovery Continues After Hurricane Damage
The legendary Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands suffered a lot of pain as a result of damage from Hurricane Irma, but the home of the Pain Killer is fighting back for not only its recovery but for the island of Jost Van Dyke, as well.
While declaring “the bar isn’t going anywhere,” the bar’s owners have set up a fund to rebuild not just the bar but the other businesses and beaches on JVD.
Here is the full Soggy Dollar statement sent out on Oct. 18:
“Hello from White Bay,
“We are currently in the demolition & stabilization phase here at Soggy Dollar Bar after the devastating visits from Hurricane Irma & Maria, but we assure you that the bar isn’t going anywhere! The destruction and tragedy wrecked upon the Virgin Islands are shocking, yet the spirit of the islands will never quit and its a miracle to witness. Our little island of Jost Van Dyke is true to this spirit. Its tiny community is strong and determined – even in the face of this devastation. ‘And though she be but little, she is fierce.’- Shakespeare
“White Bay is an extraordinary place that is near and dear to so many people’s hearts. We have shared times together that we will never forget and those times give us a bond to this beautiful spot that keeps us coming back. And we want to get it back to that little piece of paradise we all know it to be!
“For that reason, Soggy Dollar Bar is taking a leadership role by establishing a special charitable fund, Soggy Dollar – Virgin Islands Community Fund, for the purpose of helping the restoration of Jost Van Dyke economy and the neighboring island community it is a part of, and its natural habitat. Donations to the fund will be used to restore the Jost Van Dyke landscape & beaches, and core infrastructure for the purpose of rebuilding the eco-system of the island, as well as the basics on which the island’s community depends.
“The immediate deployment of funds will be devoted to helping the White Bay community regain its beauty by replanting new palms, cleaning the pristine white beach, and assisting in the neighborhood rebuild.
“While we appreciate the fundraisers that have been established to benefit the rebuilding of Soggy Dollar, the Soggy Dollar – Virgin Islands Community Fund is the exclusive fund established and endorsed by Soggy Dollar Bar.
Soggy Dollar – Virgin Islands Community Fund: DONATE HERE or checks made payable to: Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
Memo: Soggy Dollar – Virgin Islands Community Fund
114 4th Street S.E.
Charlottesville, VA 22902″