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Naples couple reminisce about Hope Town before Dorian’s wreckage

A Naples couple started their lives in the Bahamas. But the wrath of Hurricane Dorian has left them hopeless, unable to get ahold of their friends.

David and Melissa Workinger might live in Naples, but their hearts are in Hope Town.

Workinger family smiles for a photo. (Credit: Workinger family)
Workinger family smiles for a photo. (Credit: Workinger family)

“Like fresh off the boat, you go sit at a restaurant or order a drink and the bartenders like, ‘aw captain, Dave. Welcome home,'” Melissa said. “You know, it’s just, it’s family.”

Their family began by meeting in the Bahamas. David was working as a boat captain and Melissa as a nanny. They have fond memories of their early days. In their wedding cake, David wanted to feature the lighthouse and include edible sea glass.

The pair married and announced the birth of their baby boy in the Bahamas. While they built a community over several years, Dorian tore everything apart.

Right now, information is scarce. David and Melissa feel hopeless in Naples, wishing they were in the islands to help. The pair knows regardless of their rebuilding efforts, things will never be the same.

Still, restoring the lives of their friends and renewing strength is imperative, so their children can find their hearts in Hope Town as well.

“The attitude of the people that live there is what keeps you optimistic,” Melissa said. “There’s no way they won’t rebuild. They’re just strong, awesome people.”

Reporter:Anika Henanger
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