Steve Huey has been my friend since second grade at Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School in Dallas in 1958. My name is Richard Moore. We are both Veterans of the U. S. Army from the Viet Nam era. We then both completed our careers as Dallas Police Officers. We have maintained our friendship for over sixty years now. Though retirement benefits are good, they are not exceptional.
In order to augment his retirement, two years before , Steve secured a small business loan and bought a small hotel, The Beachcomber, in Port Aransas TX. The hotel income would be used to financially help his extended family, which included his parents and his children’s families. His wife, Carol, moved to Port Aransas and operated the hotel while Steve continued to work for the Dallas Police Department until he could retire and join her two years later.
Carol is a survivor of a very aggressive breast cancer, during a time before survival rates for inflammatory breast cancer was good. The treatments, however, have left her with poor mobility and poor health to this day.
The Beachcomber fell victim to Hurricane Harvey after they evacuated to Dallas. The eye of the hurricane and it’s 135mph winds passed thru Port Aransas and Steve’s property was very near the western wall of the eye. As were thousands of others, they were devastated. Ten days after Harvey, Port Aransas still has no power or fresh water. When Steve was able to inspect the damage, he found that the hotel, though still standing, suffered irreparable damage and would have to be torn down and rebuilt. With no guests, the hotel income has fallen to zero. Before the hurricane, their daughter, Melissa, managed the hotel rental business while Steve performed maintenance tasks and held down three other jobs to help ends meet. Their residence is also on the property and suffered a great deal of damage but can be repaired.
The Insurance is telling Steve that because the damaged was windblown water damaged and not specifically rising flood water, his flood insurance will not cover the damage. He is covered by catastrophic wind damage insurance but the coverage will not be enough to repair his house and rebuild his hotel. Steve spent his retirement savings in opening the hotel.
The mortgage is due and lenders will not extend his loan for more than two weeks. Utility bills are still due and Carol has post cancer medicine that is very expensive. As mentioned, the hotel is bringing in no revenue.
Any funds raised will be used to pay existing mortgage and rebuild the hotel.
I am asking all of Steve and Carol’s friend’s and family to help them through their crisis. Please extend a helping hand and let others in your family and friend networks know of their situation.
In my humble opinion, they deserve your help, if for no other reason, for his service to his country and his community.
Thank you in advance.
Richard F. Moore
- Alexis Olsson
- Roger Spampata
- Rick Garren
- Mark Zajkowski
Organizer and beneficiary