My ex girlfriend and dear friend Jennifer Kroll lives/lived aboard a sailboat in Boot Key Harbor, in Marathon, which is right in the middle of the Florida Keys. The Keys have been severely battered by Hurricane Irma... and Jenn's home island of Marathon was basically ground zero in the continental U.S.
As it stands now, residents of The Keys are not permitted to return to their homes; it may be days, it may be weeks, before the Overseas Highway to Marathon is even passable. UPDATE 9/12: Some residents of the UPPER KEYS are being allowed in, but US 1 to Marathon is still inaccessible (see video below).
According to one source, Jenn's marina has been absolutely decimated. Many boats have sunk, run aground, or been damaged beyond repair. According to the CBS video below, much of Marathon has been "obliterated." Given this information, it's safe to say Jenn's boat is almost certainly uninhabitable if not totally destroyed, though she has still yet to receive verification of any kind.
Like many of us, Jenn depends on her daily cash income to survive- she works/worked as a stylist at a hair salon in Marathon, and of course now she is out of a job indefinitely. There's no telling how long it will be until she has a job to return to.
Since she is not able to return to Marathon, she's in pretty desperate straits, currently en route to Tampa, unsure of how long she will need to seek temporary shelter; and on top of everything, she's travelling with her two cats.
If you don't get the gist by now, her life has been entirely dismantled by this hurricane, and while she figures out what she's going to do next, she is going to need immediate funds to stay on her feet. I have increased the goal of this campaign to $4000 for the following reasons:
1) Marathon residents are STILL not permitted to return home, so almost a week after the storm, Jenn is dealing with this situation on the fly, hundreds of miles away from her home.
2) Her boat has indeed sustained heavy damage. The mast has been ripped clean off, and who knows what else. The only info we have as of now. So, as well as day-to-day expenses, she is going to need at least $2000-$3000 for a decent boat to live on.
3) Once she eventually returns to Marathon, it's going to cost a few hundred bucks to have her old boat removed and demolished.
If you can afford to contribute any amount of money to help her recover from this traumatic event, please pitch in. This is a person who means the world to me, who is facing a terrible struggle. She has direct immediate access to these funds, so every $10, $20, or $50 would go a long way for her right now. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.
-John Slover, Pennington, NJ.
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