This was my first hurricane
as I'm from the west coast
. I was really surprised at the lack of planning on an individual level. Many boats at the marina I stay at left their canvas
. some didn't even take them down (don't worry though the winds took care of all of them).
I walked down Jacksonville
Beach yesterday morning, and 1/2 the businesses weren't boarded up. There were hoses left out and one business had 8 pallets stacked outside the back door. On the west side of the ICW
I didn't see a business that boarded up their windows.
I don't know if it's "insurance will take care of it" thing or the fact that most businesses are just large corporations. I remember as a kid though when a natural event like this happened there was a different vibe. Days in advance people were doing things to get ready. And as soon as possible afterwords the business owners were out checking on things (where Jacksonville
Beach was vacant). A local restaurant had trees down in front of them. Never saw someone from there show up all day, but they posted on facebook that their event for that night wouldn't happen. Just seemed weird.
On topic, I stayed on my boat
at Beach Marine
. Everything was good up until the wind
shifted. On the outside docks (where I was) the finger docks jumped the pilings. There was a lot of damage to the docks but all the boats were good. Some had minor gel coat damage due to rubbing on the now free floating docks.