Slow rebuild for man who lost family home and business to Dorian

Only the foundation stands where Bradley Fox’s family home in Spring City, Abaco, once did. 

“That’s all that’s left,” Fox told The Nassau Guardian of the house that was uprooted during Hurricane Dorian last year.

“My mom’s house is completely destroyed. When I say the Marsh Harbour township has kicked in and assisted, they have assisted just recently with trying to help us get the debris removed.

“Essentially, the house and whatever was in it, was in the yard. We just got that cleaned up.”

Fox said a lack of money is preventing his family from rebuilding.

Gardenia Fox’s Spring City house was reduced to only its foundation following Hurricane Dorian.

“We’re trying to move forward with some of the funding from the DRA (Disaster Reconstruction Authority) to get the foundation redone, pour new footing and then build it back piece by piece,” he said.

He said his mother is staying with family in Sandy Point, Abaco. Fox said he is staying in one of the domes that government erected for survivors of Dorian.

“That way I’m closer to the yard and the cleanup efforts for my mom’s house,” he said.

Fox said his family is trying to rebuild their business, which was also devastated by the monster Category 5 storm.

“We lost our restaurant, The Bae Restaurant and Bar, which was a venture with me and my parents,” he said.

“We opened up in 2015 and every few months we’d make an addition. So, we were slowly building it out of pocket. Up to Dorian, we had moved from about 15 seats to being able to seat over 100.”

He said it had just reached “household name status”.

Fox said the restaurant is about 80 percent gone.

Asked about efforts to rebuild the business, he said, “Well, there ain’t no money, so it’s been tough. We sort of have to start with sticks and stones.”

Fox said they have applied for several grants.

“We’re still waiting for those to come through to even restart on a much smaller scale,” he said.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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