Irma on Monday 9/11/17.

Nine-Eleven…This historical day is immensely sad and, conversely, is a celebration of our resilience as a nation and a society.  What a day to look at the attitude needed to “come back” from this hurricane in Florida.

But, more than one of our neighbors on Lighthouse Way has used the words, “We dodged a bullet”.  Amen!

First light today – Monday – and NO cameras are working…not the Sanibel City traffic cams or the Arlo wireless that was our view of Lighthouse Way.  Here’s yesterday’s last shot at our house.I emailed our landscaping contractor on Sunday night to ask him to move that palm, which fell across our street.  He said that would be the City of Sanibel’s first priority – opening all the streets – before they let anyone back on the island.

After Hurricane Charley in 2004, they had the island closed for 5 full days…made people really angry.  But, they had over 7,000 downed Australian Pine trees (an invasive, non-native) all over the roads; many of them were the 80-foot high variety.

What happened overnight, when we couldn’t see?  What’s going on this morning?

Headline news in the Fort Myers newspaper is a good start.How do we assess the damage at our homes in Sanibel and the Chapel at Captiva?  We had a report at the end of Sunday from one of our “best and brightest” island naturalists and educators – Kristie Anders – who lives in Captiva and attends the Chapel regularly.

“I am optimistic the Chapel endured. I may be able to affirm tomorrow.  Storm broke up a bit after hitting Naples and the wind on the top side of Irma pushed water out of the bay so the storm surge was mitigated.”

One more source worth mentioning…the on-line newspaper- the Santiva Chronicle – is on the air with news while it’s happening on our islands.

We will calm down now and get busy trying to come down and look at our damage.  The hurricane continues to whirl up north, so we will have to schedule flights around that.

Prayers for folks who evacuated to Orlando, Jacksonville and, even Atlanta…they will be under the gun for the next few days.  Hopefully all,our Lighthouse Way neighbors will find their ways back to find minimal damage.

Thanks for the prayers for all of us who are or have become citizens of Florida.

Bless you all.


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.


  • Chip & Nancy, I am so happy to hear that Sanibel is expecting minimal damage and feel more hopeful your home will be good too. It was a scary few days. My Dad and sister are also ok. They too don’t know about their homes but once the curfews are lifted they will be able to check it out. So glad this is over.


  • Sounds like good news! Sad to lose the camera at the house – it gave me a feeling that all would be well as long as it was working! I heard about the bay water being blown out – certainly seems to have been a stroke of luck as far as flooding is concerned. Barb Lewis and Loretta both have contacted me about you guys and your place. I’ve been glad to be able to send them your reports. I’ve been particularly glad to have the reports myself! Thanks again for keeping everyone up-to-date. Love, Christy


  • We have a house in Captiva on Wightman Lane, an original Florida house so low on the ground and no news yet, but I am so happy to hear the Chapel may be ok. We attend servicewhen ever we are in town. I did see a picture of the corner of Andy Rosse and Captiva Drive, with some trees down and it looked like minimal damage. I was very worried about the flooding, but seems maybe we dodged that bullet.


  • Chip: We also dodged the bullet and had no damage to the Naples house. Happy that you came through it also. Craig

    On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 8:47 AM, Chip Roach’s Journal wrote:

    > chiproach posted: “Nine-Eleven…This historical day is immensely sad and, > conversely, is a celebration of our resilience as a nation and a society. > What a day to look at the attitude needed to “come back” from this > hurricane in Florida. But, more than one of o” >


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