Help rebuild Edison Sailing Center

Published on October 2nd, 2022

Edison Sailing Center was conceived in 1984 as a way to bring sailing to Southwest Florida’s young people, but when Hurricane Ian brought winds near 150 mph and storm surge reaching roofs of single story homes, the storm decimated this community facility in Fort Myers, FL.

Travis Maier has organized a fundraiser to bring it back:


Edison Sailing Center has prepared for dozens of tropical storms and hurricanes since its inception. Tragically, for the first time in 38 years – we received a direct hit from one of the most powerful storms to ever threaten the United States.

The destruction is enormous, and we need your help!

As a community sailing center, over the years, we have worked to bring sailing to children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to try it. We operate on the funds from summer programs and donations.

Unfortunately, we have lost most of our sailboats, powerboats, and shore-based infrastructure to wind and storm surge damage. A nearby private marina housing numerous yachts was destroyed with the debris deposited onto our Southern campus in downtown Fort Myers. In addition to our fleet of 250+ boats, we will need to rebuild our infrastructure, including docks, boat lifts (cranes), storage facilities, trailers, and safety equipment.

Edison Sailing Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Fort Myers, Florida. The proceeds of your donation will be used to rebuild the programs which have served 16,000+ Floridians at no or low cost since the Center’s founding.

For more details to contribute, click here.

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