Fire victims receive funds
After a blazing June 26th fire affected San Pedro, dozens of families, individuals, and businesses were left without basic necessities and commodities. Public donations were raised on Reef Radio/TV via a telethon, amounting to $247,778.77, and on Tuesday, August 9th, the fire victims gathered at the San Pedro Lions Den to receive their relief grant.
The telethon has been called the biggest fundraiser in San Pedro history, and Eiden Salazar of Reef Radio/TV stated that two more donations are still pending, which will allow the figures to increase to $260,000. Since the deadline to collect funds was set for Sunday, July 31st, a final assessment meeting took place to discuss the method and formula of the distribution of money.
Before the disbursement of funds, Salazar clarified to the victims that funds will be distributed among building owners, business owners, and renters. According to Salazar, the fire committee agreed to use the same formula that was used with the Boca del Rio fire that occurred in July 2014. He also mentioned that the assessment revealed a total financial loss of $2.1 million dollars.
“Of course, you see $260,000 and think that is a lot of money. If I lost $10,000, I must receive back $10,000, and that’s not the case. We looked at family by family, and case by case to see what portion to give them, as well as those who own the building. A percentage will also go to those who were renting. We opted to use the same criteria that was used in the Boca del Rio fire,” said Salazar.
Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun