Irma update from Stone Harbor…Friday 9/8/17

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Here’s the labyrinth in our back yard on San Carlos Bay, Sanibel.  It usually means “peace” for us.

So, we begin the day with the “center of Florida peninsula” forecast…above.  Still a problem, but not really a direct hit, like Charley in 2004.

Then at 10AM, Lee County says “mandatory evacuation” for all barrier islands…that’s us!

About 5 o’clock it appears that Naples and Fort Myers are the landfall place on Saturday night and Sunday. Hurricane force winds are the main issue….and the storm surge of 6-12 feet may see the waves coming across the island from the Gulf to our bayside location.

The emotions are swinging wildly…and still over 24 hours to go….it’s 6PM on Friday.  

Our new Sanibel next door landowners, Craig and Susan Scott are either in St. Michael’s, MD (Craig) or on her way …hoping for the last flight from Fort Myers (Susan).  Their little house is her next project and she’s hoping the wind blows the roof off…we’re hoping it doesn’t land on our house.

Bruce Neill, the founder and operator of the Sanibel Sea School, is the last of his family on Sanibel and he wasn’t sure yesterday what to do with the giant Great Dane and the two cats.  Hope he finds a nice shelter….and doesn’t try to “ride it out”.

Pam & Bill Long are on their way out of the East Coast near Stuart to a “safe house”…maybe they’re in witness protection.

Waves are huge here in Stone Harbor, where we walked for hours with Amy (Brock is shooting a motorcycle race at Millville, where we will go tomorrow)…we can follow the Irma news on our phone.​

Someone asked…we have topped off our 1,000 buried propane tank and our generator has been checked.  We are good for days without power, if that system keeps working.  We lost our place on the Gulf in 2004 to black mold.

So long for now….and keep praying.


Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.


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