SAINT AUGUSTINE – In partnership with the Florida Power and Light Company (FPL), the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce is helping more businesses twinkle with holiday lights in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights runs until Wednesday, Jan. 31, and attracts international visitors, shoppers and locals to the historic downtown St. Augustine area. The Chamber and FPL launched an effort to help businesses get their lights back on last year after many were damaged during Hurricane Matthew.
According to Chamber president and chief executive officer (CEO) Isabelle Rodriguez, business partners that are benefitting from the funding efforts to receive lights include Firestone Complete Auto Care, Athena Restaurant, RE/MAX COAST 2 COAST, Crème de la Cocoa, DOS Coffee & Wine, the American Legion, Tempo, Romeo’s Café, Ancient City Brewing Company and Old City Gifts.
“We are dedicated to helping FPL customers in the local communities where we provide utility service. Florida is our home and we believe it’s the best place to visit, work and raise a family,” said Jim Bush, FPL’s Area Manager. “Our sponsorship of Nights of Lights and assisting local business owners to participate in the world-renowned event helps to make the yearly display a win for the local economy.”
Mary O’Brien, who serves as chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Chamber, is very pleased that the organization was able to partner with the FPL. “Chamber members and business owners in downtown St. Augustine rely heavily on visitor and local traffic. Holiday shopping that comes with the famous Nights of Lights is imperative to their financial success,” she said. “Additionally, we’re not only helping businesses that suffered loss, but also employees who missed or lost work as a result of the storm and its aftermath,” O’Brien said. “The Chamber and its leadership team continuously look to find new opportunities to help promote our local business community The Nights of Lights will be as beautiful as ever this year. And, we are proud to be associated with such a fantastic annual event.”
“Some of these businesses have faced a real challenge by being hit twice in less than a year by hurricanes. The Nights of Lights helps to attract visitors and customers to St. Augustine” said the Chamber CEO. “We are very grateful to FPL for their continued and ongoing support”
According to Rodriguez, the Chamber works hard to help businesses in St. Johns County thrive and expand through a wide variety of business and sponsored partnerships along with programs and services. To find out more information about the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, call 904.829.5681 or visit www.sjcchamber.com.