MIAMI, Fl. (Sept.4, 2019) - Brightline is partnering with Tropic Ocean Airways and Blue Tide Marine to transport much needed supplies to those devastated by Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas. Beginning today, the South Florida community can drop off water, food, medicine, generators and other items at Brightline stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Tropic Ocean Airways will ensure all supplies are promptly delivered to the most impacted regions in The Bahamas. The company calls on its riders and all residents to carefully review the donations request list to ensure only the most needed supplies are dropped off at Brightline stations. “The entire South Florida region has a special relationship with The Bahamas and our hearts go out to all of those who have been impacted,” said Brightline President Patrick Goddard. “Our team has a strong desire to help and our service gives us the ability to connect those who are looking to provide much needed supplies to those in need.” Each day, Brightline will deliver supplies to Tropic Ocean Airways, a charter and scheduled service airline, which will depart daily from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to distribute items to those in impacted areas of Grand Bahama island and The Abacos.
“Tropic Ocean Airways and Blue Tide Marine is conducting missions to assess the damage, create a communication network, and help deliver support, along with food, water and critical supplies,” said Tropic Ocean Airways CEO Rob Ceravolo. “Brightline will help us bring together the entire South Florida community to help our neighbors and loved ones in the Bahamas.”
Supported by Blue Tide Marine, whose personnel include Special Forces operators, maritime, aviation, and security experts, Tropic Ocean Airways will assist The Bahamas Government and its people in the days and weeks following the storm.
Launched in 2018, Brightline, soon to be Virgin Trains, is backed by Fortress Investment Group LLC and it is the only privately owned and operated intercity passenger rail service in the United States. Brightline connects dynamic, complementary cities and congested corridors that are too close to fly and too long to drive. Providing fast, efficient, hospitality-driven transportation featuring the latest in customer-friendly amenities, Brightline currently operates in Florida between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with plans to expand into Orlando and Tampa. The Company recently announced that it will construct and operate a new express service connecting Las Vegas and Southern California.