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!
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?
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.