News and articles from other sources:
“St. George Island Tour of Homes” – from WJHG 7, Panama City
“State Park to Re-Open on March 1” – from Oyster Radio
“Hurricane Michael Damage at St. George Island State Park” – photos from Jan 2, 2019 showing inside the State Park, which is still closed to visitors.
“Franklin County rebuilds after Hurricane Michael” – Updates on 12/7
“Apalachicola Nature Center partially reopens after Hurricane Michael” – Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve reopens
“Treasured flag restored to glory after Hurricane Michael” – St. George Island Parrothead Club aids Port St. Joe family in recovering keepsakes.
St. George Island Status Update, Thursday February 14, 2019
St. George Island Chili Cook-off is Coming!
The Island is in full swing and we’re gearing up for the annual Chili Cook-off, too! Need a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift idea? How about heating things up this year with an escape to the Island for Chili Cook-off? Always a great time.
Details here: St. George Island Chili Cook-Off
St. George Island Status Update, Wednesday January 23, 2019
GREAT NEWS ON THE ST. GEORGE ISLAND STATE PARK!
The State Park is scheduled to reopen March 1. Details can be found here.
“Around the Island,” mid January, 2019
St. George Island Status Update, Thursday, January 3, 2019
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We’re really excited to kick off 2019 and to see all y’all on your next trip this way. Despite the challenge of Hurricane Michael, St. George Island came out of the year in pretty good shape and we’re happy to say that nearly all of RVP’s wonderful vacation homes are back up and running. We’ve already heard from dozens of people who have enjoyed their stays during the holidays, and we are looking forward to helping create many more memories in the months to come.
More to the point, some updates! Most of our services are back to normal on the Island. Electricity is stable and reliable across St. George Island, and we have also had nearly complete restoration of phone, cable, and internet services. There may still be a pocket or two being worked on, but by and large services are once again connected so you can check in on the folks back home while you’re “checked out” at the beach.
St. George Island Status Update, Friday 11/16/2018
First, we’d like to say welcome back! We are very much looking forward to your next trip to St. George Island and want to tell you with confidence that if you are traveling in the spring or summer of 2019, we’ll be so spruced up and ready that you might not even realize a storm came through. Progress is really coming along! For more immediate visitors coming over the next 6-8 weeks, here is an update:
As we head into Thanksgiving week, we’re excited about how much of St. George Island and the area are getting back to normal. Yes, there are still some piles of debris around and some sand restoration to complete, but those projects are moving along every day and we can see those changes on a daily basis. Boardwalks are under repair across the Island, and the State Park is hustling to reopen to guests as soon as it can.
Most of our restaurants are reopened here (with the notable exception of local SGI favorite Harry A’s Restaurant and Bar, which is undergoing a more complete renovation after the storm) and in Apalachicola, Eastpoint, and Carrabelle. The grocery stores are open, and the gas stations are full of fuel and snacks and the smiley folks you know from your last visit. Dail’s AND Doug’s are both back with the freshest seafood around. The galleries and shops are back and ready for your holiday gift-giving preparations. And boy, the beach is big and beautiful!
However, there a few things that haven’t come back to normal yet. Cable, internet, and phone service have not been fully restored. Service is spotty and may work one day and then not work the next as the dedicated crews work tirelessly to get their damaged networks operational again. Guests arriving over the next few weeks may encounter unreliable phone service, or glitchy cable and internet. Bcause the communications companies are working on their own equipment, we can’t guarantee that all homes will have regular service during your stay. We will do our best to keep you informed but the systems are undergoing updates and changes on a daily basis so we can’t always know the status of a home’s connection, or what it will be in a few days. Thank you in advance for understanding that there are a lot of moving pieces in this recovery.
On the other hand, it can be a great time to unplug and unwind. And if you need to catch the big game or special event, the local restuarants, bars, and pubs would be happy to welcome you in like old friends, and share their connections with you. Or load up an ipad with movies you’ve been meaning to watch! There’s also a RedBox DVD rental kiosk at the Dollar General in Eastpoint.
Here are some shots from the beach and from the ongoing recovery around the area. Look at the difference compared to just a few short weeks ago!
St. George Island Status Update, Monday 10/16/2018
Hurricane Michael smashed into the Forgotten Coast on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, causing significant damage across the Big Bend and Panhandle. While escaping the horrific destruction delivered at Mexico Beach, Port. St. Joe, and Panama City, Michael still dealt St. George Island quite a blow.
Below is a gallery showing some of the damage and impacts on our favorite little Island. But rest assured, we’ll be back soon, and better than ever!
Thank you for your thoughts and concern. We’re plugging away down here!