Deep Down South BBQ was on Fort Myers Beach handing out hot meals on Sunday to anyone on the island.
WINK News spoke with people who were standing in line for a meal and they said they are still processing Hurricane Ian and are just coming together.
“Pretty much everybody else’s debris in our front yard, and backyard, inside yard. But we’re here we’re alive. We’re happy to be here. And we love our little seven-mile island,” a Fort Myers Beach resident said.
Deep Down South BBQ had hundreds of people in line waiting for a hot meal.
They said they prepared more than a thousand meals today.
The Fort Myers Beach Fire Department was also at the event and let people know that they are here every step of the way in the recovery process of this community.
Ron Martin, fire chief at Fort Myers Beach Fire Department said, “These great folks that are standing behind me are here we are here to provide prompt emergency service with all our emergency service partners that have come from around the state around the nation to assist Fort Myers Beach fire district and keeping our citizens safe. Whether that be a band-aid, a transport to the hospital, putting out a fire, a hug, or shaking your hand and telling you there will be a brighter tomorrow.”
Martin said they are also working on providing relief for its community members.
“The Fort Myers Beach Fire District is suspending all inspection, permitting, and plan review fees for any fire permits under our under our jurisdiction, to assist in the recovery from this category catastrophic disaster and hopefully provide a little bit of economic relief to those who are rebuilding our community,” Martin said.
The community said they are grateful to see everyone come together and that together they are, ‘FMB strong, and we’ll be back.’
The American Red Cross and the World Class Kitchen were also there to provide relief to the community.