Weathering the Storm

Anthony T Hincks said, “Every person is an island in the sea of humanity.” Never have the islands and humanity of the Florida Keys felt thicker than since hurricane Irma­­­­—which hit nearby Cudjoe, Little Torch and Big Pine Keys as a Category 4 storm on September 10, 2017.

            In Key West, marginal damage occurred due to large, falling trees, but less than two months later, Key West is largely back to normal. Happily, Archeo survived unscathed and reopened at the beginning of November.

            The Archeo and Grace staff was either already out of town or evacuated for the storm. None suffered damage to her home, but all know of others who weren’t as fortunate. For Margit, who lives in Sugarloaf, severe devastation was literally down the road, and shortly after returning, she began preparing and delivering healthy meals to people digging out their lives from heaps of rubble. The project grew from a few dozen sandwiches to––with the help of a GoFundMe page, Nourishing the Lower Keys––a project involving 4-6 volunteers a day feeding up to 200 people. It’s one of many reminders in the aftermath of Irma that community spirit, the sea of humanity, can survive anything. 

            Archeo is again awash in color, piled high with velvety Gabbehs, and ready for a fresh new season of clients old and new. We hope to see you soon!