Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

For: Brian Branigan, Allison Culbertson, Keys Boat Tours
Big Pine Key, FL
Organizer: Brian Branigan
Hurricane Irma Relief Fund (Brian Branigan, Allison Culbertson, Keys Boat Tours)
$7,960
of $50,000 goal
15% Complete
Raised by 72 donors

The Story

We are safe and alive - and grateful. But, we lost everything else; home, cars, boats, travel trailers, store, merchandise, rental equipment, livelihood, pretty much our life savings. It will be a long road back but we are determined as ever. If you'd like to help hurricane Irma victims like us, why not do so directly? Know were your money is going and know that it is appreciated. Also, feel free to keep in touch with us and watch our progress - that you helped make possible. Then, when you visit the Keys, visit us and let me take you for a boat tour. If you have the means, we appreciate it very much. If not your caring and thoughts is plenty. Thank you for consideration.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 14, 2018

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Posted on April 14, 2018

We have recovered well, but things are still tough going in the Lower Keys. Business is very slow. I am doing my best to legally improvise but I find myself now going to court for offering a free bedroom with a boat tour. Only in Monroe County. 


Posted on September 28, 2017

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Posted on September 28, 2017

The good news, If one can find a silver lining, is this. After seven  ten-hour days of hard labor, (working solo) the demo of the interior  mobile home will be completed today. The worry is that if code  enforcement stops by while there is no floor, that they might red tag  our home - put a work stop on it and render it damaged beyond repair.  But, it is not damaged beyond repair. I have added 24 - 2x4x12's to the  floor joists and walls, replaced any rotted pieces and made the floor  stronger than ever. It now needs two layers of 4x8x3/4 pressure treated  plywood as a sub floor. Once that sub floor is in, the place is safe  from a fate worse than Irma - code enforcement, so time is of the  essence. It has been a long 7 days people, but I am ahead of where I  thought I would be by now. There is still a long road ahead; kitchen  cabinet rebuild, walls, flooring, AirBNB trailer rebuild, etc. We had to  replace our electrical service pole too, and run new service  underground to our box. I had to dig a 30' trench for that. I feel good,  but I look forward to putting all of this behind me. Next: the shop and  boats to deal with. Hopefully, everything will be ready by season -  Thanksgiving. Thanks again for your kind contributions everyone!


Posted on September 28, 2017

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Posted on September 28, 2017

I told my neighbor that there is a new day of the week in Big Pine =  Cryday. When the demo gets tough, you almost break. Is it worth it or  no? Some days are better than others and, as I said, it gets harder  before it gets better. But, today was a good day in terms of "worth it"  confidence. I was able to get the lower kitchen cabinets out while  leaving the counter in tact. My hope is to have the demo complete by mid  week. There is a lot of black mold 12" above the water line, to  the floor. That will all come out. I will treat the mold with the best  possible stuff, then the renovation will begin to take place. PS: I  saved the face, drawers, and doors of our kitchen cabinets, so that I  only have to rebuild the box frame. I don't have much to show, but know  that I am working very hard every day. And, I thank you again for  helping us make it possible to save our humble home. Very appreciated!

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