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DESTIN HURRICANE UPDATES

(With problems being addressed daily, some of this information may not be pertinent.)

•Destin Water Users has lifted its boil-water advisory for Holiday Isle except for residences bordering Lagoon Drive.

If customers have questions regarding their water service or notices affecting their area, they should contact Destin Water Users, 837-6146.

•Volunteers are needed immediately at Henderson State Park to pile and remove debris from the beach area. Help is needed daily until the park is cleaned up.

Volunteers should report to the park office, just south of U.S. 98, south of Wal-Mart.

Each volunteer will need protective shoes, a hat, gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, cool water, and snacks.

•Holiday Isle residents returning are asked to observe these precautions:

•Do not park on Gulf Shore Drive or block any side streets.

•Red placards on homes mean the building has been determined to be unsafe. Please contact the City of Destin Building Department, 654-1119 or 837-4242.

•Please use trash bins provided for household garbage only. No construction or yard waste is to be placed in these dumpsites.

•Do not place debris in the right of way.

•All drinking water should be boiled until further notice.

•Report any electrical outages directly to Gulf Power at 1-800-487-6937.

The Holiday Isle Improvement Association’s Web site has its latest information; go to www.holidayisleimprovement.com.

•Beaches have debris on them from Hurricane Dennis. Exercise caution when using the beaches. Please use extreme caution when swimming. The Beach Flag Warning System is down as many of the pole foundations have been destroyed.

•U.S. 98 on Okaloosa Island has reopened two lanes. Full repairs are expected to take about 90 days.

Mid-Bay Bridge is open. Tolls have been reinstated.

•Regular garbage collection in Destin has resumed.

•All city facilities are now open.

•Visitor information: The city of Destin does not have specifics about individual units and buildings.

Visitors planning to come to the area must call their rental agency or property manager to get specific details about their property.

City inspectors were in the field this week assessing structural damage. They are not determining whether certain facilities will be able to open at a specific time.

•Restaurants, stores and gas stations are reopening daily. Gasoline at mid-week was still in short supply.

•The Destin Area Chamber of Commerce has a list of its member businesses that are open. The chamber Web site is destinchamber.com.

•Two lanes of U.S. . 98 on Okaloosa Island opened Wednesday.

•Mid-Bay Bridge is open and tolls were reinstated Thursday.

•Gulf Power has restored power to the majority of Destin, except for Holiday Isle. There are small pockets without power. Report all power outages to Gulf Power at (800) 225-5797.

•Boil water order is still in effect for Holiday Isle.

•Regular garbage collection has resumed.

•The Destin Library has reopened.

•The Destin Community Center has reopened.

•City Hall is open. City Hall Annex is open.

•Gulf Shore Drive on Holiday Isle is still closed at U.S. 98.

•Destin McDonald’s restaurants have reopened.

SunQuest Cruises reported that its yacht, Solaris, suffered no damage from Hurricane Dennis. The regular dinner cruise operations have resumed.

DESTIN HURRICANE UPDATES

(With problems being addressed daily, some of this information may not be pertinent.)

•Destin Water Users has lifted its boil-water advisory for Holiday Isle except for residences bordering Lagoon Drive.

If customers have questions regarding their water service or notices affecting their area, they should contact Destin Water Users, 837-6146.

•Volunteers are needed immediately at Henderson State Park to pile and remove debris from the beach area. Help is needed daily until the park is cleaned up.

Volunteers should report to the park office, just south of U.S. 98, south of Wal-Mart.

Each volunteer will need protective shoes, a hat, gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, cool water, and snacks.

•Holiday Isle residents returning are asked to observe these precautions:

SEASIDE HURRICANE UPDATES

The community of Seaside very little damage from Hurricane Dennis, its public information office reports.

As of Thursday, the town was fully operational, with rental properties, merchants and the beach open for business, the report said.

The staffs of Seaside Cottage Rental Agency and other local businesses are prepared to welcome guests and homeowners.

•All local and toll-free phone lines are working properly; for reservation information, call (800) 277-8696, and for operational information, call (850) 231-2222.

•Seaside’s beaches were open as of Thursday, and while the stairs of its walkover pavilions are closed, one beach access for rental guests and homeowners only has been designated at the Seaside Pavilion between Bud & Alley’s and Roly Poly. This is not a designated public beach access.

While the town had few significant storm issues, its beach incurred significant erosion.

The report said the community hopes to work with the county and state to rebuild and renourish it as soon as possible.

•Do not park on Gulf Shore Drive or block any side streets.

•Red placards on homes mean the building has been determined to be unsafe. Please contact the City of Destin Building Department, 654-1119 or 837-4242.

•Please use trash bins provided for household garbage only. No construction or yard waste is to be placed in these dumpsites.

•Do not place debris in the right of way.

•All drinking water should be boiled until further notice.

•Report any electrical outages directly to Gulf Power at 1-800-487-6937.

The Holiday Isle Improvement Association’s Web site has its latest information; go to www.holidayisleimprovement.com.

•Beaches have debris on them from Hurricane Dennis. Exercise caution when using the beaches. Please use extreme caution when swimming. The Beach Flag Warning System is down as many of the pole foundations have been destroyed.

•U.S. 98 on Okaloosa Island has reopened two lanes. Full repairs are expected to take about 90 days.

•Mid-Bay Bridge is open. Tolls have been reinstated.

•Regular garbage collection in Destin has resumed.

•All city facilities are now open.

•Visitor information: The city of Destin does not have specifics about individual units and buildings.

Visitors planning to come to the area must call their rental agency or property manager to get specific details about their property.

City inspectors were in the field this week assessing structural damage. They are not determining whether certain facilities will be able to open at a specific time.

•Restaurants, stores and gas stations are reopening daily. Gasoline at mid-week was still in short supply.

•The Destin Area Chamber of Commerce has a list of its member businesses that are open. The chamber Web site is destinchamber.com.

•Two lanes of U.S. . 98 on Okaloosa Island opened Wednesday.

•Mid-Bay Bridge is open and tolls were reinstated Thursday.

•Gulf Power has restored power to the majority of Destin, except for Holiday Isle. There are small pockets without power. Report all power outages to Gulf Power at (800) 225-5797.

•Boil water order is still in effect for Holiday Isle.

•Regular garbage collection has resumed.

•The Destin Library has reopened.

•The Destin Community Center has reopened.

•City Hall is open. City Hall Annex is open.

•Gulf Shore Drive on Holiday Isle is still closed at U.S. 98.

•Destin McDonald’s restaurants have reopened.

•SunQuest Cruises reported that its yacht, Solaris, suffered no damage from Hurricane Dennis. The regular dinner cruise operations have resumed.

WALTON COUNTY HURRICANE UPDATES

(With problems being addressed daily, some of this information may not be pertinent.)

•At the regular board meeting of the Walton County Commissioners on Tuesday, the board approved a contract with Crowder-Gulf to pick up trash and debris resulting from Hurricane Dennis. The contract is for 60 days and started July 12.

The debris pickup by Crowder-Gulf will be south of Choctawhatchee Bay and south of the Intracoastal Waterway. Four crews will be removing debris. Two will work east to west and two will work west to east. They will pick up debris along county roads and private roads but cannot enter private driveways.

The contractors can be identified by a white 2x2 sign on the driver’s side of the truck or trailer. The sign will be marked “CG” and a number.

A county truck will also be following the Crowder-Gulf vehicle. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution when approaching and/or passing these vehicles.

The crews will make three passes down each road and the public will be informed again before the second and third passes are made.

Residents living north of the bay can call Walton County Public Works at 892-8108 to have storm debris removed.

To facilitate the removal process residents must place piles of debris next to the curb but away from electric poles and mailboxes. Trash should be placed in three separate piles: One for limbs and debris from trees, another for metal objects such as appliances, and another for shingles, carpet and other construction debris. Debris will be picked up from along the side of roads only. The trucks cannot come onto private property or private driveways.

•A precautionary order to boil water in Walton County has been lifted by the County Health Department, the South Walton Utility Company Inc. announced Wednesday. All residents may now consume water as usual, the utility said. The precautionary notice had applied only to the area south of Scenic Gulf Drive.

•County officials have completed an assessment of beach damage due to Hurricane Dennis. All 56 dune walkovers are damaged and the area sustained severe beach erosion. Current estimates show 1.5 million to 2 million cubic yards of sand were lost, which is the equivalent of 75,000 to 100,000 dump truck loads.

About 3-5 feet of beach was lost to vertical erosion and the lost dune width was up to 35 feet in some places. Ongoing dune erosion should be expected as the cliffs begin to form a gradual incline. The dunes become a blessing and a curse as they did their job in protecting the upland infrastructure but now are steep cliffs and limit visitor’s and resident’s ability to access the beach.

Walton County beaches were open effective Thursday. A double-red flag condition remains in effect to advise beachgoers to stay out of the water due to floating storm debris that may still be washing ashore.

The beaches will reopen for swimming when conditions permit.

The flag poles that advise on water conditions were destroyed by the storm, so beachgoers must learn about beach conditions through other means including the local media and visiting http://www.swfd.org/.

•Access to the beach: The Tourist Development Council is considering an existing contractor to expedite repairs to dune walkovers. Regional beach accesses will be repaired first.

Repairs will be limited to stairs only. ADA ramps cannot be repaired at this time due to the extensive vertical erosion, which prohibits construction. Miramar Beach access will not be rebuilt until after a beach renourishment gets under way later this year.

In the meantime, the county will direct visitors and residents to accesses that do not require a walkover to reach the beach including Grayton, Ed Walline, Dune Allen, Inlet Beach Drive one block east of Orange Street, Lakewood, Sugar Dunes, and Walton Lake Shore Drive at Eastern Lake. For a full list, visit the partners Web site at www.partners.beachesofsouthwalton.com.

•Repairing the beach: For individual beach restoration efforts, the state Department of Environmental Protection has issued an emergency order regarding which repairs are permissible, which includes bringing in sand from inland quarries. All projects require DEP and Walton County permits. For permits and additional questions, contact the Walton County Planning Office , 267-1955.

•The county met with FEMA and the state Department of Environmental Protection to determine what restoration activities will be permitted on a countywide basis. Walton County has requested permission to conduct beach scraping once beach levels begin to restore. At this time, it is not permissible.

•Sand will be replaced along Scenic Gulf Drive to protect the road from future storms. The Tourist Development Council continues to work with the state for the large-scale renourishment project for a 4.8 mile stretch of critically eroded beach in western Walton County. Since Hurricane Ivan and recent storms, new DEP-recognized, critically eroded areas have been identified and the TDC continues to explore options for additional largescale renourishment projects throughout the county.

•Eden State Gardens needs volunteers for Hurricane Dennis clean up starting at 9 a.m.. through noon on Tuesday. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, tools and a light lunch or snacks.

•Silver Sands Factory Stores has reopened.

•Ice and water being distributed in South Walton at the Silver Sands Outlet Stores was discontinued Thursday.

•Low-income families needing assistance with roof repairs as a result of Hurricane Dennis should contact Tri-County Community Council, Ship Emergency Repair Program, (800) 395-2696.

•The Walton County Emergency Operations Center HAS returned to normal operations.

•Citizens Information Lines were active until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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WOW, thanks for taking the time to let everyone know what the updates are. That is wonderful.

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They're "bumping" it up to the top of the list so everyone sees it, so we just type "bump" instead of a filler sentence. It saves us all the trouble of scrolling down for the good stuff.

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