In the days after a fire destroyed Oregon Coast Powersports, numerous businesses and members of the off-highway-vehicle community have set up fundraisers and offered their support.
The off-highway vehicle repair shop burned down the evening of Feb. 27 at 75303 Highway 101, Winchester Bay, near the Oregon dunes. The same day, Matt DePaolo of Peoria, Arizona, created a GoFundMe account called Resurrect OCP on behalf of the owners, Roni and Jeff Schrick.
“They’re really good people, and they’re supportive of the community, and they’ve done a lot as far as bringing business to the area,” DePaolo said. He said the Schricks hope to rebuild the business.
DePaolo, originally from Bandon, said Jeff Schrick has been his best friend for the past dozen years. DePaolo used to work at the shop when it was called Craz-E-Dealz, and he and Schrick would ride the dunes together. Schrick bought Craz-E-Dealz in 2011 and renamed it Oregon Coast Powersports. DePaolo said Schrick has put a lot of effort and money into the business.
“I found out this happened and I felt horrible, because that’s their sole source of income and they’ve put everything they had into the business, and it’s unfortunate for that to all go away in the blink of an eye,” DePaolo said. The Schricks live in Winchester Bay with their two kids, and DePaolo said he wanted the GoFundMe account to help them with expenses until they can receive insurance money and rebuild the shop.
By Wednesday afternoon, 112 people had donated to raise $14,471 of the $50,000 goal.
Other all-terrain vehicle businesses, including Ridin’ Dirty ATV Rentals and Jeremy’s Automotive and Off-road in Reedsport, offered some of their business space and tools to help the Schricks re-group.
Though the Schricks declined an interview with The News-Review, they posted on the Oregon Coast Powersports Facebook Page Tuesday night, thanking a list of businesses for donating their time, resources and money.
Douglas County Commissioner Gary Leif met with the Schricks and other community leaders on Friday to talk about possible solutions to get the Schricks back to business.
“They’re really entrenched in Winchester Bay, and I want to help them and see them succeed,” Leif said.
Leif said the property owners have insured the 2,532-square-foot property, at an assessed market value of $211,230, and the Schricks have renter’s insurance. However, Leif said it could take about a year for them to receive any insurance money, and whatever they get could be less than the actual value of the ATVs, tools and other items lost in the fire.
“They have a lot of tools, and they don’t have a lot of documents to prove what they owned and the inventory that got burned up,” Leif said. “So they’re going to have a huge challenge of trying to find out the difference between what they’re going to get in their reimbursement and what it’s going to cost to replace that value.”
Leif and his wife contributed $100 to the Go Fund Me page.
Bob Marshall of Kirkland, Washington, said he met the Schricks a couple years ago when they tuned his off-highway vehicle. He decided to put a PNW Dune Addicts hat he designed up for auction to donate the proceeds of $100 to Oregon Coast Powersports.
“I chose to do the auction to help after the fire because I know they would do the same,” Marshall said. “Jeff and Roni are some of the most friendliest, down-to-earth people I have ever met.”
Brandon Krupp, of online apparel company Sand Adiks, worked with 503print in Gresham to make and sell red Oregon Coast Powersports T-shirts and sweatshirts as a fundraiser.
“I know Sand Adiks has mad LOVE for this shop and this is the least we can do,” Krupp wrote on a Facebook post. He said the Schricks are still operating out of their neighboring businesses, so customers can still contact them through the Oregon Coast Powersports website.
The Schricks posted on Facebook to thank Bob Marshall, Ridin’ Dirty ATV Rentals, Jeremy’s Automotive and Off-road and Sand Adiks. They also thanked DTR Racing of Salem for offering to let them use its dynamometer, a tool to measure what adjustments need to be made to an OHV, and Northwest Combustion, a motorcycle repair shop in Eugene, for offering its help and equipment.
The cause of the fire has not been released and the Winchester Bay Rural Fire Protection District did not return phone calls by deadline.