Hurricanes can be an incredibly devastating natural disaster. Florida was just hit with its first and hopefully only hurricane of the season—Irma. While Irma was less devastating than initially expected in Florida, it still did damage and caused even more damage in the Caribbean islands. Fortunately, the sun is shining bright here in the Sunshine State, yet again.
Normality is setting in around the state that was met by an unwelcomed hurricane last month. However, the debris is being cleaned up, the power is back on, and life is going on as usual down south. The job that was done by our first responders, lineman, FEMA, USCG, cleanup crews and our community was unlike no other we have ever seen. Everyone was lending a helping hand to quick relief efforts and aid where it was needed.
St. Armand’s Circle is bustling with traffic in its boutique stores, restaurants and retail stores. Siesta Key is vibrant as ever with tourists still flocking to the country’s #1 beach—Siesta Key. “We are now all-clear to the initial response,” Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane says. McCrane was very optimistic about the upbeat attitude of the city.
Schools were back in session the following week. Businesses were up and running within days (some the day after) and the community has helped each other out in an incredible way. We are a strong community that knows how to be resilient in the face of adversity.
So, come one, come all! The sun is still shining over Sarasota and the breeze is cool as ever. Kick off your shoes, grab a drink, and head to the beach. Take the family around St. Armand’s Circle. Explore all that this great city has to offer! We are still here and shining bright!