Some Areas Come Back After Ivan

A trickle of visitors returned to Pensacola Beach this week.

It was the first time the public has been allowed into the barrier island community since Hurricane Ivan struck nearly seven weeks ago.

Most visitors were people from the surrounding area, who came out to sun themselves, hunt for shells, take a dip or go surfing. Residents and repair workers are still busy repairing homes, roads, utilities, businesses and the beach itself.

Visitors were limited to the core business area, with roadblocks preventing unauthorized access to residential areas. A few restaurants are open, but most stores are still closed for repairs.

The couple of hotels that are open are filled with emergency and utility workers.