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!