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A Tale of Friendship and 16 Hamburgers ~Post Dorian

 

Ed flying Billy Vaughn, Vice-President, and Tara Baldwin, President, Operation 300. The organization is in honor of son and brother Aaron Vaughn http://op300.org

Rarely have I seen my husband with such determination, and he’s very determined all of the time…

The goal?

To get his multi-generational Bahamian friend, fishing guide, Justin Sands of Marsh Harbor, a cooler of 16 hamburgers, some buns, mustard and ketchup, and a bag of tomatoes…

Ed told me he would be flying into Treasure Cay dropping off the Vaughns, president and vice-president of Operation 300, the group in Stuart, Florida, that is doing great things for the relief effort. Ed would be greeted by Stephen Leighton who along with his brother, John, are masterminding Operation 300’s coordination. Ed had hoped to get a ride to Marsh Harbor from Treasure Cay to meet Justin, about 26 miles away. That did not happen.

“Why didn’t it happen?” I asked Ed when he got home.

“Jacqui, there’s nothing left there. The beat-up cars they have, have no gas….or very little. The car they were lucky enough to have, ran out of gas.”

So after dropping off the Vaughns and not being able to get a ride, Ed asked Steve Leighton if in the course of his work, could he please deliver the hamburgers. Ed flew back to Stuart, and then something happened that could only happen today.

With Ed now back in Florida, and Steve and Justin with very limited communication service  —Stephen in Treasure Cay, and Justin in Marsh Harbor—-the three, via text messaging, and an app called WHATSAPP, coordinated the 16 hamburger drop-off.

Stephen then sent Ed a picture of Justin and he standing amidst Marsh’s destruction- red cooler in tow. Delivery achieved! Later that evening Justin sent Ed a picture of the prepared hamburgers.

When Ed shared the photos, my eyes filled with tears…

Friendship and determination are something that Dorian cannot destroy.

Justin Sands and Stephen Leighton, Marsh Harbor Sept 18, 2019.

 

 

 

Other photos shared by Stephen Leighton, Operation 300, 9-18-19

Hurricane Dorian’s Plume

 

Hurricane Dorian, SFWMD image 9-1-19

Today I got a call from my husband’s good friend, dentist and pilot, Scott Kuhns.

“I’m going up in the Super Cub” he said, “what pictures do we want?”

“Great!” I replied. “How about the canals? -what’s killing the river at this time. C-23 and C-24, nearer to St Lucie County, and C-44 in South Stuart-even though the ACOE isn’t dumping from Lake Okeechobee right now?”

I was thinking to myself that it’s important to see how these area canals affect our waters even without the worst off all, -discharges from Lake Okeechobee! Between all the extra water, Mark Perry says that the St Lucie River takes on more than twice it did from its natural watershed.

Scott’s voice came over the phone…

“How about the coast?” Scott inquired.

“Absolutely. The coast. There should be a pretty decent plume just from the canals and local runoff.”

“‘llI be in touch,” Scott said, and he was off!

Well, I just received Scott’s photos about an hour ago. The photos are telling and Dorian’s plume is very, very dark.

Dorian, all I can say right now, is thank you for not striking Florida. It was a scary few days, so close! And God bless the people of the Bahamas…

PHOTO BY SCOTT KUHNS and PILOT STEVE SCHIMMING, 9-6-19 at

SFWMD, Treasure Coast canals-Stuart north to St Lucie/ Indian River County.

ROOSEVELT BRIDGE, WIDE AREA OF SLR, HABOARAGE MARINA, STUART

C-23 & C-24 CANALS, C-23 DIVIDES MARTIN & ST LUCIE COUNTY, C-24 in ST LUCIE CO.

C-44 CANAL, SOUTH STUART

ATLANTIC OCEAN OFF HUTCHINSON ISLAND~PLUME VIA “LOCAL RUNOFF” & CANALS C-23, C-24  & C-44  (LAKE  OKEECHOBEE IS NOT OPEN AT THIS TIME)

ST LUCIE INLET & SAILFISH POINT

 

 

AREA BETWEEN SEWALL’S POINT AND SAILFISH POINT KNOWN AS THE SAILFISH FLATS WHERE SEAGRASS HAD BEEN GROWING BACK.