Cancelling Plans

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  1. Smiling JOe

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    ... as long as I don't have to drink the soda. I could care less what color you wear, as long as you cook some good Q. Wet or dry is fine as long as I don't have to cook.
     
  2. Suncat

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    Memphis style dry with our own mix of dry rub, smoked all day. :D
     
  3. Paula

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    Thanks, Physes. I'm sure there are many people who rent their places to guests in SoWal who welcome their guests -- including you -- with open arms, and we'd certainly welcome you and your family, too.

    And I'm sorry to hear about your mother -- it's great that SoWal has given you such sweet memories. We bought our cottage a few months after my mother died and we now give 5% of our rental income to cancer research because cancer takes so many lives, including her's. The ocean and the area brought and continues to bring wonderfully peaceful feelings because of its timelessness. Especially after Ivan last year, the ocean and beach give me perspective and peace because it just keeps going and renewing itself in so many ways despite -- perhaps because of -- the storms.

    Granted, I might be much less philosophical right now and more panicked if the eye was heading right toward us (it seems to have shifted west) or if the cottages blew away...
     
  4. bennifer

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    Ok we have been coming to this beach for 15 years and it is a part of our family tradition, and a very special one just before our Mother was diagnosed with cancer in August of 1998. She was soooo thrilled because that year every single one of us were there -- and the "Conch Out" was our "home' that year....THANK YOU DONNA!
    We have stayed in condos "across the street from the beach", "houses on the beach", and every year they become a part of our family. SO this storm and its danger are very close to our hearts even though we dont "own" any of them.
    WE ARE PRAYING FOR ALL of you and your homes...and hope for many more years of our annual pilgrimage to the GRAYTON BEACH! and may all of our grandchildren enjoy that time of family after us***maybe they will own one and be as welcoming as soooooo many of you have been!
    ( And it is an area that we enjoy because of the family atmosphere and PG rated beaches! :) T*H*A*N*K* Y*O*U
    Jennifer
    beach.owner.wannabe!
     
  5. Smiling JOe

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    You are so right. It is not the beach so much in Grayton as it is the people and family atmosphere. Mother Nature is going to displace some sand, but that is how these beaches formed to begin with. The white fluffy sand is what remains from the quartz, washed down the rivers from the Appalachian Mountains over thousands of years. The Appalachian Mountains were larger than Mt Everest at one point in time. They are the some of the oldest mountains around. Let Mother Nature do her thing, and remember that we will never know the good that comes from it in the future.
     
  6. physes

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    Jennifer is my sister and she is the "nice" one in the family. Her post says what I was trying to say I just seem to come off as a little more abrasive. I am sorry if I seemed ugly I am just worried and our time there is so very important to all of us. You know when we first started coming to the area we had the opportunity to buy one of the condos at Beachwood Villas ( I think they were selling for about $50,000.) I was single and thought that I could not afford to buy one and still have the money to raise my children. Oh migosh how I wish I hadn't been so stupid, then I could be a homeowner instead of a "tourist". Well, I have to go and check the Weather Station again. Luck and prayers to everyone there. Thanks Jenna.
     
  7. bennifer

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    ok I saw it posted on another thread here that the weather channel has downgraded the area to yellow--and that is good if it is true! (sometimes we know the media likes to make it up as they go :)

    Smilin JOe ! your name has become a part of our conversations around here today and I do hope you and other 'natives" are gonna let us know how it goes!
    I gotta get a Beachy name...
    Jennifer
     
  8. phdphay

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    Yes, I posted that. But a few minutes ago the red/orange/yellow zones for predicted damage shifted slightly east. :sosad: We're still yellow on 30-A, but really close to orange.
     
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  11. KyGeologist

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    As another pending vacationer waiting in a holding pattern to see if we'll be able to visit on June 16-23... I would be very interested in hearing about any clean-up projects next week in the area we'll be staying: Eastern Lake Road, beachfront. We have 11 members of the extended family planning to visit.

    What items would folks suggest we bring along to be ready for cleaning up around the house and beach where we're renting, assuming we get to visit? Gloves? Trash bags? Tools? more? less? We don't have hurricanes in Kentucky so I'm a beach-cleanup novice; we only have tornados, landslides, and floods... Dennis is supposedly going to work on the latter for us later this week.

    Emailed suggestions are welcome.

    KyGeologist
     
  12. sunsetdunes

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    Hopefully, my comments may help take the sting out of what was said previously. Our experience is that people generally treat our home as well or better than their own. We love our renters and want them to come back year after year. The comments I receive in our guestbook make all of this worth it for me. It took years for me to find my dream home, and now that I have it, I love sharing the peace and beauty of the area with my guests.

    We also STRONGLY recommend that all our renters purchase trip insurance (especially during hurricane season) to cover losses due to cancelling their vacations. However, the insurance must be purchased before there is a hurricane approaching!

    Janet :wub:
     
  13. ktmeadows

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    I am fairly new to this wonderful website, and I want to say first of all that I am so thankful to have run across it! I have learned so much, and although we own a condo in Seagrove, we are not yet positioned to be able to move down here permanently. It is so wonderful to be able to hear about what's going on in the area during the times when we can't be there! Having said that, I have to say that I'm shocked at the irritation expressed by Phdphay! We also have worked our tails off to be able to finally afford a modest place across the street from one of the the most beautiful beaches in the world. We too have experienced many difficult life experiences, some even more stressful than what Phyphay describes! But we consider ourselves so very lucky to be able to finally have a small "piece of the pie". We are happy to open our homes to folks who are willing to pay with their hard-earned $$$ for just one or two weeks of our paradise, just like we did a few years ago before we were able to afford a place of our own. We purchased fully knowing that hurricanes were a strong possibility. We have worked our tails off fixing up our place and making it a cozy comfortable place where we, our family and our guests (yes, renters!) can enjoy these beautiful surroundings. And I am so greatful to have what we have, that I wouldn't even consider complaining or being jealous of vacationers enjoying themselves! I'm sure we've all experienced one or two renters who didn't turn out to be what we expected, but the majority of folks who visit our condo treat it with respect, and many are return visitors! If Phyphay is so unhappy, perhaps it's time to sell out and move further north where you won't have to stress so much over your place and our visitors who are enjoying what you are taking for granted! :shock:
     
  14. sunsetdunes

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    After Ivan, we decided to make the investment to put up the accordion hurricane shutters. Our neighbor down there has the key, and it takes her only a few minutes to close and lock them. They were not as expensive as I thought they would be. Considering the cost of replacing property and the high hurricane deductibles, I think they are a great investment, and it saves me a drive from Atlanta to board up.

    If anyone is interested, I can recommend a reliable installer in the area.

    Janet
     
  15. Rudyjohn

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    Eloquently said!!!
    I couldn't agree more. We work our tails off just to be able to fly down, rent a car, buy groceries, and stay for only 4 or 5 days, maybe once every 4 - 5 YEARS!!! We only dream of being so lucky to one day be able to retire to the area. And we don't consider ourselves "tourists." We've worked hard, too, to get where we are. Fortunately, everybody on this board seem to be wonderful, generous people.
     
  16. phdphay

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    Please email me. Thanks.
     
  17. phdphay

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    To luvthebeach:
    Okay. This is just too cruel! You shouldn't personally attack someone on a message board whose circumstances you don't know. You can't understand how I was a little flipped out when someone complained about losing a week's vacation when we were facing a major financial loss from which at our age we might not totally recover? You can't understand how I was a little upset when I saw my husband with a sawed-open chest picking up 50-pound pieces of plywood when people were sunning next door? I haven't enumerated a fraction of what has happened in my life recently because it's nobody's business. Trust me, I don't take owning a place at this gorgeous paradise for granted. I thank God every day for my blessings, despite the bad things that have happened. I always say that you can't appreciate the good if you don't have something bad come your way.

    You owe me an apology. And Kurt, you really need to remove posts that include personal attacks by name against individuals who post.
     
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  18. lollygal

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    Okay, I just want to say to everybody posting on this thread ---- Take a deep Breath! This has become a major divide of the "owners" and the "renters". I do not feel it was ever meant to take that air. Every one of you must understand the frustration phdphay was feeling after coming back from boarding up her house - not knowing if their hard earned investment was going to be there whenever she was able to make it back. If not, she maybe had 1/3 of its worth in insurance $$ and the rest would be ??? hopefully salvaged in property -- if there was anything left. I think some think that the ones who own property came by it easily. Well, in many cases, mine included, we came by with the hair of our chin-n-chin-chin. It is blood, sweat and many tears (especially when there is a hurricane threatening your investment) and a big leap of faith. We are thankful for renters who love 30A and help us pay our mortgage, but please understand after such a stressful week, there are a lot of emotions still raw.
     
  19. dusty

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    Please explain more about the insurance. Are you saying you can not get insurance for the full value of the house and contents in the Panhandle beach area?
     
  20. lollygal

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    You insure the house and contents, not the land. The land (hopefully) holds it owns value. A 1200 square foot house may only have $400,000 on the house, plus contents, but is valued at over $1,000,000 according to the market. You just have to hope that land is worth something if a hurricane blows the house away. :blink:
     
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