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A few thoughts on Hurricane Irma

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The Irma Impact

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, I feel like it's safe to say that the general feeling around Sarasota right now is Grateful.  Fortunately, we were spared the brunt of the largest hurricane in recorded history.  For those of us who stayed and rode out the storm at home, we have gone through a wide range of emotions in the past 10 days: fear, anxiety, stir-craziness, despair, relief, exhaustion.  Even though we did not receive the worst, we went through the motions of preparing for the worst.  

And from the other side, it is remarkable how incredibly prepared we were.  Houses were shuttered in the blink of an eye, neighbors were helping neighbors board up, borrowing ladders, exchanging phone numbers in case help was needed during the storm.  In short, it was an incredibly moving time to be a Sarasotan.  In a time where often we don't even know our neighbors' names anymore, a quick introduction to Irma cured us all.  

So much support!

In addition to the wonderful outpouring of intra-community support, Florida Power & Light mobilized in a way I've never seen before -- with a special "restoration workforce" of 17,000 --there were electricity & power trucks from all across the country flooding our streets to get our residents back up and running.  The school system in the entire state is offering free breakfast and lunch to public school students for the next month to help families cope with the impact the hurricane may have had on their lives and finances.  

In short, we feel the love.  

I'm grateful for this community, grateful for the preparedness of our state and county, but mostly, I'm grateful that the people I know and the gorgeous city I love remain unharmed.

My nephews and me, in my backyard post-Hurricane next to a downed tree.  Clearly, we are not amused.

My nephews and me, in my backyard post-Hurricane next to a downed tree.  Clearly, we are not amused.

But by Friday, I was back at the beach.  This is Siesta Key Beach post-hurricane.

But by Friday, I was back at the beach.  This is Siesta Key Beach post-hurricane.

Now and always, I am here to help with your real estate needs in the paradise that is our Sarasota.