On September 11, Cypress Cove Nudist Resort participated in the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association’s (CFHLA) 15th annual Patriot Day Remembrance event, delivering free meals to local first responders.
According to CFHLA, the event is held in memory of September 11, 2001 and to honor first responders who have gone "above and beyond" in the line of duty. CFHLA member businesses and resorts in Central Florida are encouraged to adopt a local fire or police station and provide the station with a delivered meal (breakfast or lunch) on September 11th.
This year, Cypress Cove adopted two nearby fire stations and a sheriff’s office. Meals were prepared by Cypress Cove’s Cheeks Bar and Grill. “This is our third year participating in CFHLA’s 9/11 event,” says Cypress Cove’s director of food and beverage Jose Matos. “A meal is the least we can do for those who put their own lives before ours. More than an act of appreciation, it is a recognition of their daily sacrifice in exchange for our safety.”
Cypress Cove public relations representative Stephanie Rutherford, who assisted Matos with the delivery of the meals, was humbled by the gratefulness of the first responders.
“All of the locations we visited were so welcoming,” Rutherford says. “It felt great to give back to those that have come to our aid so many times here at Cypress Cove. I overheard a firefighter say to a co-worker: ‘You know, I’ve been at this station five years and never had someone bring us anything. I’m excited!’ I was so happy that we could provide this experience for him.”
Peter Sewall, Cypress Cove’s general manager, says that the Cypress Cove community is known for its generosity. “During the pandemic lockdown, Cypress Cove residents and staff prepared and delivered meals to our local hospitals and to first responders,” he explains. “Supporting them and also our surrounding community is something that Cypress Cove has been doing for many years and we’re happy to be so involved.”