Earlier this week we may have lost a Panama City Beach icon, The Treasure Ship Restaurant. Wednesday afternoon much of the exterior and an unknown portion of the interior was destroyed by fire leaving 100 plus employees unemployed literally in one afternoon. With the quick onset of the tourism season, this leaves many families wondering what they’ll do to make it by this summer.
Click the read more link for how you can help and pictures of the burned Treasure Ship Restaurant.
This is where you come in. If you are a business owner, manager, or have any capability to hire or need anyone to work for you, this is your chance to help. The Treasure Ship employed 100 full time people that grew up to 200 during the season, so there are a lot of people that need good jobs right now.
If you can help or know anyone that can help, here is what you can do.
If you are a business and you want to hire one (or several) of the displaced employees, please contact Ron Sharpe with the United Way at rsharpe (at) unitedwaynwfl (dot) org.
Note: please replace the “at” and the “dot” with the appropriate symbols to send them an email.
If you are an individual that wants to donate money to help the families displaced get by financially until they secure new employment and begin to get a paycheck, you can stop by any Regions Bank and ask to make a donation to The Operation Treasure Ship Fund.
Note again: please tell anyone you talk to that PCBDaily sent you 😉
So far there has been a huge upwelling of support from the community. At the FRLA/United Way-led meeting this morning, several local business entities were in attendance brainstorming ways to help. So far a couple dozen previous Treasure Ship employees have already found jobs through networking.
Again, if there is anything you can do to help, it would be greatly appreciated.