Teaming Up to Weather Hurricane Ian

As hurricane Ian barreled down on Florida, our teams and residents and families drew together to keep everyone at our Florida communities safe and comfortable. Some residents from The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods in Sarasota headed to The Watermark at Vista Willa in Winter Springs. All residents at The Fountains in Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg traveled to The Watermark at Trinity in Odessa.

Our teams stayed in touch with families during this time via email, sending updates as the storm progressed. Our emergency connection number was posted on websites and social media and we fielded calls 24/7.

For all the stress of Ian, residents settled in and even seemed to enjoy meeting new members of the Watermark family. The receiving communities set up welcoming committees, who showed the guests around and arranged board games (some of which may have got a little exuberant!). The dining team – including Jim Bain, a 30-year member of the Watermark dining team – made special meals.

David Barnes, Watermark’s president, remarked of the Watermark team’s handling the crisis: “I can’t tell you how proud I am to be associated with such caring, dedicated, and talented people. Watermark, our residents and families are so lucky to have you all and our associates leading the charge.”

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