Hurricane Michael Damages and Updates

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 Updates

Around the Island, businesses are up and running. The restaurants are back in operation with the exception of Harry A’s. We’ve heard this week that they are targeting March for a re-opening, so fingers crossed for good progress for Pat and company as they work to get everything back in order – looking forward to the new edition of this local landmark. The other SGI restaurants, including Paddy’s, BJ’s Pizza, The Blue Parrot, St. George Cantina, and Doc Myers‘, are open. Weber’s Donuts is stocked with sweets, and Aunt Ebby’s and Sweet Surf will be ready for you too.  Sometimes It’s Hotter is here to satisfy your gourmet needs, and as for groceries, The Piggly Wiggly Express and the recent addition Sparks and Sons’ Island Grocery are back and fully stocked with the quality goods and specialty items you’re used to finding. Anna and PeeWee are on the Island with the Dail’s Seafood trailer, and Doug’s Seafood is back in his usual spot next to the public beach parking alongside the Wilkes Food concession.

Clean up continues and you will notice that crews are still working to tidy up the causeways and roadsides. However, the large debris is gone and a second (and third) round of removal is underway. Down at the popular St. George Island State Park, we just got word today that work has started to repave the Park’s only road – destroyed by the storm – and they hope to re-open the campground and welcome day-use guests by early February. East end fishing area and youth camp repairs will take longer, however.

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Eastpoint Updates

Across the bridges, most of your Eastpoint favorites are open for business. Lynn’s, The Point, El Jalisco, and others are serving up familiar tastes. Pesky Pelican is still on a hurricane hiatus, but progress is coming along for the folks who haven’t gotten reopened, including Family Coastal which will be back “before you know it.” After months of planning, the new Eastpoint Beer Company brewery and tasting room is open just west of Lynn’s. Keep your eyes out for a few other additions too, as several Mexico Beach businesses have relocated this way including the Frost Pottery Garden at the intersection of Hwy 98 and S. Bayshore Dr. Fisherman’s Choice, Taylor’s Building Supply, Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic and others are ready as always to supply whatever you may need during your trip.

Apalachicola Updates

Apalachicola is humming along. The restaurants and watering holes are open, the boutiques and shops are open, and most things are right where you would expect them. A few notable changes:
Betsy’s Sunflower has moved to the High Cotton building at 238 Water St., just a block down the river from her original location, and still offers her extensive selection of carefully-chosen home goods.
Marilyn Brogan Jewelry is moving from her fine and custom jewelry gallery and studio from the current location at 118 Commerce St., to 236 Water St., between Betsy’s and Cafe Con Leche. This move will be completed in January, so check both places if you don’t find her the first time.
Forgotten Coast Used and Out-of-Print Books has moved into a new temporary home at 15 Avenue F (next to Bowery Station). They’re having a slow going-out-of-business sale through the winter so stop in and see them.
Bowery Art Gallery has closed due to storm damages. Artists who showed there are still figuring out their path forward but we expect to see them back in some capacity this year.
-Muddy Evolution Pottery retired due to storm damage and doesn’t currently have plans to reopen. Apalachicola Ice Company has expanded into their former space, with pool tables and a larger bar area.

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!

  • A utility truck is silhoutted against the sunset leaving St. George Island after a long day of repair, November 18, 2018

  • The Blue Parrot is back open and ready for you! October 29, 2018

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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!