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MarineMax's Virgin Islands charter boat subsidiary hit hard by Irma

CLEARWATER — A Virgin Islands subsidiary of Clearwater-based boating company MarineMax Inc. was hit hard by Hurricane Irma. According to a release, charter boating company MarineMax Vacations "sustained significant damage based on initial assessments."

"There's a great deal of devastation as you'll see from pictures down there on the island," Brad Cohen, spokesperson for MarineMax, said.

MarineMax is the largest retailer of recreational boats and yachts in the country. Cohen described the charter business as "not material" to the boating company's U.S. ventures, but "growing."

MarineMax is still assessing damage, he said.

"They're working on cleaning up everything," Cohen said.

Its domestic operations did not sustain "major" damage, the release said.

"Our team and the boating public are resilient and both will come back stronger through the recovery process," William McGill Jr., MarineMax CEO, said in a statement. "Many of our team members are at our stores today, beginning the clean-up process and assisting our customers with their post-storm needs."

Contact Malena Carollo at [email protected] or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo on Twitter.

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