Waste Makes Haste

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It's a messy job, but somebody's got to do it. Unfortunately, that somebody is Mitch Spears, a Spring Creek native who's tearing apart his grandfather's cafe.

Mitch says, "It was the place to go. More happened here than in Crawfordville at the time."

Sixty five years ago, the old Spring Creek Cafe was thriving with business. These days, it's too battered to salvage.

August 31st to be exact, that's when all the debris from Hurricane Dennis, like mobile homes, furniture and personal belongings, must be picked up.

Joe Blanchard, Wakulla County Emergency Director, says, "It's brought into the staging area and the majority goes to Leon County."

Wakulla County work crews have already collected 32,000 cubic yards of debris, a major accomplishment for a rural area.

Parrish Barwick, County Administrator, says, "Our community looks so much better than any other disaster area. I just have to give our total system credit."

It's a lengthy and costly process that also takes and emotional toll.

Mitch Spears says many of the homes and landmarks of Spring Creek must be torn down because they no longer fit the housing codes along the coast.

As for Shell Point, Blanchard says it will take weeks of labor, $190,000, and FEMA's help to clean out all the debris and silt.