Residents Concerned on the Coast

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

Residents and business owners along the coast are told to pack up and get out as Tropical Storm Alberto inches closer to the coast.

"Right now where I live in the community we're taking everything off the ground, people that live in campers and stuff they're moving them up to a higher ground and we're just preparing ourselves for the worst. That's all we can do," said Gina Longever, who lives in St. Marks.

After Hurricane Dennis last year these residents learned firsthand how damaging a storm can be.

"Last year during Dennis we got massive amounts of mud and water. All our coolers were up on blocks and the water came in so high it dumped everything into the water. It was a big mess," said Sunny Meyers, who manages the kitchen at the Riverside Cafe on the Water in downtown St. Mark's.

Wakulla County resident Carole Mckay said she paid the price after skipping preparations last year saying,“We got bit by it because we didn't expect it to be as bad as it was."

Residents now are not taking any chances, some heading for higher ground in Tallahassee.

Yvette Graham, who spends a few months every year in Shell Point, worries her paradise may be lost.

"Everything was brand new from last time, and here they go again. It's just awful."

McKay says no matter how many storms she's had to endure, living on the coast is worth it.

"You learn how to take the good with the bad and there's definitely a whole lot more good."


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