For those of you that have been following the horrific devastation in New Jersey, we have an update as promised. What will Katz’s do? Will they shut down, will they bag Florida? Here at Woody Boater there was never any question, but I know this has been a topic behind the scenes. To answer these questions we contacted Seth as he was at the Cove storage facility this morning.
Are you going to Florida? “YES” Katz’s will be in Florida and make the show in true Katz’s fashion. Stay tuned for which boats will make it.
Are You Rebuilding? As Seth put it,”there are families that depend on this business being a strong business, there is a community that is missing a historic building. We will rebuild. We will be a stronger because of this.” I joked to Seth that I always wondered what a building would look like with 20 coats of varnish on it?
What Boats Were Damaged? “The answer to this is still unclear. It is impossible to get into the building since its still in a weak state. With more snow coming its unsafe to go though there. ”
Was everything Insured? “Absolutely, the building, and the contents inside. All covered.” For those of us that know Seth, this was never a question by the way.”Hagerty is on stand buy as well until the boats can be pulled out. It will need to be with a crane removing the roof, piece by piece.” UGH!
Are you aware that people out their are rooting for you? “We are, we have read all the comments and are moved by the many supporters from all over the world. The community here on Lake Hopatcong has been wonderful and very supportive by all coming over and asking if they can help. The Woody Boater community is amazing as well, and the comments are a huge part of the healing process, we thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts. THANK YOU! ”
I will add after the brief interview, the Katz’s family was and is devastated by this. It is a family business made up of some amazing people that are a family. In true New Jersey fashion, their sense of humor is in full swing trying to just grasp all this. But also in true New Jersey fashion, rebuilding bigger and better is in their blood.