Rebuilding after Irma

Monday, October 09, 2017

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One month after being destroyed by Hurricane Irma, musician Bankie Banx is still picking up the pieces at his Dune Preserve venue in Anguilla.

The popular seaside location, named Best Beach Bar three straight years by CNN Travel, was demolished by the Category 5 monster. Banx and his family have launched a gofundme account and are organising fund-raising shows to help rebuild the Dune Preserve which opened in 1994.

“We really don't have a target, but we are overwhelmed by the response so far; we are grateful to everyone who has been able to donate,” Bankie Banx told the Jamaica Observer.

The concerts are planned for London, New York and Anguilla. No dates have been set.

“Our target is to raise as much money as possible to support those greatly in need on Anguilla,” said the artist said.

The 64-year-old is a legend in Anguilla, a British territory only 35 square miles long with a population of 15,000 people. He has been recording for over 40 years and performed in Jamaica at Reggae Sunsplash.

The father of singer/guitarist Omari, Bankie Banx has established himself as proprietor of Dune Preserve, which has hosted big names such as John Mayer, Jimmy Buffett, Toots and the Maytals, Freddie McGregor, and Buju Banton.

Anguilla's chief minister, Victor Banks, said the island's business sector should be fully functional by Christmas.

— Howard Campbell




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