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Old 11-06-2018, 10:15 AM   #21
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My decision to leave the area is based on my experience with Hurricane Ivan in Pensacola. It took over a year before I could find a slip and over 2 years before the marina I was in prior to the storm was rebuilt. After a major storm, the uphill battle is years long just to get back to pre hurricane status. I just didn't have it in me to slug through this again when my home is mobile.
I know exactly what you mean. We've stuck it out through the rebuilding after Katrina, but I couldn't do it again. It just takes too much of a toll on you emotionally and spiritually. Once is about all I have in me.

Here is the bad part for those who haven't been through one before. The world will forget about you a long time before things are back to normal.
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:37 PM   #22
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I viewed what I could of the Panama City Marina, but temporary fencing and big Authorized Personnel Only signs kept me too far away to see much. Suffice it to say it is destroyed. Inside Massolina Bayou, right next door, there is much devastation. Boats which had previously nestled in a sheltered corner are all piled up all over the place. A tornado or three did that, and there is video evidence of it somewhere.

Sun Harbor, St Andrews Marina (our second city-owned marina), and the marinas in Grand Lagoon like Bay Point are all heavily damaged and out of action.

With these and Port St Joe ruined and Apalachicola's one sheltered marina full to overflowing with refugee boats, there is only maybe Carrabelle to run to if you are cruising west to east in this area.
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:39 PM   #23
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Tough for the Loopers coming through there right now.
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:54 PM   #24
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I viewed what I could of the Panama City Marina, but temporary fencing and big Authorized Personnel Only signs kept me too far away to see much. Suffice it to say it is destroyed. Inside Massolina Bayou, right next door, there is much devastation. Boats which had previously nestled in a sheltered corner are all piled up all over the place. A tornado or three did that, and there is video evidence of it somewhere.

Sun Harbor, St Andrews Marina (our second city-owned marina), and the marinas in Grand Lagoon like Bay Point are all heavily damaged and out of action.

With these and Port St Joe ruined and Apalachicola's one sheltered marina full to overflowing with refugee boats, there is only maybe Carrabelle to run to if you are cruising west to east in this area.
Last we saw in the news, the Panama City Marina has been listed as closed indefinitely. With the city's ongoing efforts to redevelop the area, rebuilding of the marina may get tied up in that process.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:16 PM   #25
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They're cleaning up St. Andrews marina in Panama City. Heartbreaking sights there. I'm trying to be optimistic that it won't take so long to fix things back up.
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:28 PM   #26
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Hurricanes are a drag. Like Katrina and others, it may be the government that's more of a problem than the storm.

Does anyone know the status of St George Inlet and the ICW from Apalac to Destin??
When you say the St George Inlet, are you referring to East Pass between St George Island and Dog Island? If so, that pass was fine as of Oct 16th when I went out it. The aids to navigation were all present and on station.
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