Destin Takes a Beating

By: Mike Tolbert
By: Mike Tolbert

At the Shell gas station just east of the Destin bridge, Hurricane Ivan sure left his mark.

“Our whole canopy is gone. You can see all the wires; right now we have no electricity, no phone, we can't sell gas or anything right now.”

Parts of Highway 98 on Okaloosa Island have been destroyed, forcing deputies to keep people out. Residents will be able to survey the damage Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Wal-Mart Supercenter is super no more, and windows from the second floor of the First National Bank sit on the ground.

Over on Holiday Isle, construction crews spent most of the day clearing sand off the road near the Jetties East Condominiums. The parking lot looks more like a pool, the pool looks more like the beach, but amidst all the damage there is a bit of political humor and a sense that it could of been much worse.

Tony LaRocco, owner of LaRocco's Restaurant, says, “I think we dodged a bullet. I think everything held up pretty well. We're putting it back together. We got power already and we're looking to be open this evening.”

County officials still have in place a curfew for Okaloosa County from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.


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