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Creation Date: July 13, 2005
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    Section A: Main: Hurricane Edition: Inside Out
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July 13, 2005


5 0 C e o I *he w n s pro e lac t y


Santa Rosa County residents braced for round two of their spar with Mother Nature as Hurricane Dennis roared ashore Sunday afternoon. In Milton, one of the hardest-hit areas of the county, Smith Family Carpet Center
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More rapid recovery


expected this time


By BILL GAMBLING
Santa Rosa Presv Ga"ette
Recovers meiarns dollars
and that is what many govern-
ment groups are looking for.
Currently Santa Rosa
County, City of Milton, and the
Sania Rosa County Board of
Education are looking to clean,
up following yet-another hurri-
cane.
But for those entities, the
work that had been accom-
'plished following Hurricane
Ivan-ten short months ago-
will have to be repaired, yet
again.
"We had pretty significant
damage at Pace High School,"
says Santa Rosa County
Superintendent John Rogers. "I
know of water and roof damage
at Pace, roof damage at Milton,
and other schools as well.
"I should know more about
the damage this afternoon."
Workers are not the prob-
'lem, dollars are.
"We have 35 people work-
ing now and another 150 on the
way-plus two contractors we
worked with after Hurricane
Ivan (Belfor and BMS Cat).
"Right now," says Rogers,


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Florida Governor Jeb Bush
was in town Monday.
"the question is dollars."
Santa Rosa County's
Board of Education has
spent between $3 and $4-
million of taxpayers'
money and are awaiting
reimbursement of another
7-8 million dollars from
the Federal Emergency
Management Assistance
(FEMA) program.
"We still have some


work that is not finished
(from Ivan)," says
Rogers. "In some cases,
we are going to have to
start all over again and,
in some areas, we have
all new problem's.
.But the underl\in
question some are won-
dering is-if school will
begin on time this year
or not?
"We should have a
better idea on the school
situation at the end of
this week or sometime
next week," said Rogers.
"I have received calls
from the superintendents
in EscambiaL and
Okaloosa counties as
well as from the Florida
Department of
Education."
One problem experi-
enced by Santa Rosa
See RECOVERY,
Page 3A.


To make matters worse, Santa Rosa County Emergency Management personnel are keeping a wary eye on Tropical
Storm Emily-which is following a track very similar to Dennis.


Gulf Power: Electricity coming soon


By JEFF EVERTS
Press Gazette Staff Writer
With a little bit of luck, you
are reading this story in the
comfort of your own air condi-
tioning and lights.
At press time, Gulf Power
was working on main transmis-
sion lines into Santa Rosa
County and was hoping to have
power restored to much of the
area by late Tuesday night.
Yesterday morning, the five
substations that service the
county were ready for service
to be restored, officials said, so
they can distribute power out to
the various communities as
quickly as possible.
Hurricane Dennis had dealt
another strong blow to Gulf


Power's facilities in Santa Rosa
County.
"After Hurricane Ivan, 90%
of our customers were without,
power. This time, it's only
about 60%," says Susan Young
of Gulf Power.
Officials do report this time
they did not sustain damage to
the main generating facility (as
was the case with Ivan) which
should speed recovery efforts.
Immediately after the hurri-
cane, Gulf Power reported
56,697 customers were without
power in the County with the
hardest hit areas being the
beaches, the City of Milton, and
the Century area.
"Santa Rosa County got hit
very hard and it will take some
time to restore service," accord-


ing to Lynn Erickson of Gulf
Power.
As of last evening, the num-
ber of people still without,
power was estimated to be
51,002.
At press time, service had
been restored to some parts of
Milton and Pace.
Gulf Power estimates it lost
about 500 miles of transmission
lines during the storm as well as
power to many of its substa-
tions.
Estimates for restoring full
power in the county are current-
ly at two business weeks.
Gulf Power officials say the
downtown area of Milton will
probably be the last to be
restored because of the exten-
sive damage.


"Milton is going to be
tough," Erickson said.
The power company is also
trying to restore service to the
Gulf Breeze substation, which
would help in getting service
back to the south end of the
county.
Gulf Power said 2,000 out-
side linesmen had arrived in the
area on Monday and that more
were to arrive yesterday to help
in restoring service as quickly


as possible.
Officials are asking any
customers who do not have
power at their homes to contact
Gulf Power at 800-GU-
POWER to report outages.
Gulf Power is urging peo-
ple not to touch any downed
power lines, which are around
their houses or on their streets.
Story written by Jeff
Everts. Reach him at:
everts@sr-pg.com


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LOCAL
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Citizen's Emergency Line provides information


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By DEBORAH NELSON
Press Gazette Staff Writer
Amid Santa Rosa's
Emergency Operations Center's
hustle and bustle, a tiny room-
reminiscent of a telemarketing
center. It serves as the main link
between emergency informa-
tion and anxious area residents.
At the newly-expanded
Citizens' Emergency Line
Center, operators rotate to keep
seven phone lines staffed and
open-round the clock-during
the Dennis.recovery.
Center supervisor Vicki
Dunlap has 17 years of experi-
ence in 911 fire and EMS'dis-
patch---and during that time,
she's worked just about every
hurricane and emergency disas-
ter event in the county.
"I know from .(that experi-
ence)one one of the most important
things is information," she
points out. "The more informa-
tion people get, the better'they
can deal with a situation and get
through it, and we can help."
The county is currently in
the process of revamping the
Citizens' Information Line, to
improve capacity and services.
After Ivan, EOC officials
recognized a need to improve
public access to updated news.
A week before Dennis
came ashore, preparations were
underway to staff and equip a
separate call center.
The center is staffed by
county employees who have
volunteered for the extra duty.
With day jobs at the Clerk
of Courts and BOCC offices,
staffers are accustomed to tele-
phone and customer service
work, officials note.
Inside the call center, infor-
mation is constants coming in
from all over-Dunlap gets reg-
ular updates from public offi-
cials, and business owners and
even residents themselves con-
tribute news of store openings


and gas locations.
That cooperative link to the
outside, say officials, makes a
big difference.
"It's hugely beneficial,"
Dunlap notes.
The Center received plenty
of business throughout
Hurricane Dennis.
Prior to the storm, people
were primarily calling for
advice on whether to stay or go,
and for shelter information, say
officials.
Even during the hurricane
itself, Dunlap says, people were
still calling to see if it was safe
to go.
Following the storm, peo-
ple wanted to know about road
conditions, -store openings and
distribution sites.
Now, say officials, many of
the calls are from evacuees try-
ing to call back into the county
for information.
Dunlap notes emergency


officials are pleased with the
number of residents who chose
to evacuate, and the fact that
they did so early.
This year, as Dennis moved
ashore, residents who stayed o
had information at their finger-
tips. And callers, say officials,
seemed to appreciate that.
Like the woman who called
in and remarked "you're a
human."
"Being able to talk to an
actual person sometimes makes
a big difference," Dunlap points
out.
For future disasters, offi-
cials hope to expand the num-
ber of information lines that are
operating at one time, to ten or
twelve.
"When something happens,
you can never have too many,"
says Dunlap.
Story written by Deborah
Nelson. Reach her at:
Nelson @ sr-pg.corn


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Following Hurricane Ivan, one of the criticisms Santa Rosa leaders received was a lack of available informa-
tion. One solution leaders found: the Citizens Emergency Line Staffed by volunteers, it provides a 24/7 link
to information...provided by real humans." .


County signs debris removal papers


By DEBORAH NELSON
Press Gazette Staff Writer
Although Hurricane Dennis
passed through Santa Rosa
County at a quicker clip than its
predecessor, Ivan, the storm
still left quite a cleanup job-
broken trees, limbs and other
debris strewn throughout the
county.
As the storm winds were
subsiding, Santa Rosa officials
,ere signing a debris removal
contract-an extension of the
old Ivan document, according
to county officials.
Officials were still going
over those contract details as of
press time.
They note, however,
removal will begin as soon as
possible, and will likely follow
the same schedule and process


as the Ivan cleanup.
During Ivan, residents were
asked to move. all debris to
curbside rights of way, where


contractors moved through
neighborhoods for pick up.
Last year, contractors made
three sweeps of every street in


the county, looking for debris.
While a similar schedule is
likely this year, final debris
pickup schedules, were not


available at press time, but will
be posted in Saturday's Press ,-
Gazette.


City follows suit, begins recovery

Center, saw the damage first- Officials say that several to resume yesterday with ea
By JEFF EVERTS hand Monday morning. traffic accidents had already route being pushed back a d
Press Gazette Staff Writer "We got on top of the been reported because people until normal service is restore
Now that Hurricane Dennis Imogene Theatre, which is the were not paying attention to on Thursday.
has struck Santa Rosa County, tallest point in downtown this rule. No yard debris will
the recovery efforts have begun. Milton, and the roofs were gone The City's natural gas picked up until further notice
One of the hardest hit from virtually every building," department is in the process of The Milton City Coun,
inland areas during the storm Reble said. conducting damage assess- was scheduled to meet in reg
wax the Citv of Miltonn which Reble says, the structural ments. lar session last night to discL


had a substantial amount of
damage to its downtown and-
historical areas.
Fire Chief John Reble, who
also serves as the head of the
City's Emergency Operations


Help was quick to arrive after Hurricane Dennis' landfall. Insurance companies and their claims adjusters
have established iemporar\ digs in the shopping plaza next to Church's Fried Chicken in Milton. Tuesday,
six companies were on hand: Mlistate (sho\wn here Citizens, Florida Dept. of Financial Services, NCA
Group, Progressive and US -A. More were expected to arrive as the week progresses. Residents who have
questions...or who believe they may have an insurance claim, can find their company in this area.
Press Gazette photo by Bill Gamblin.


damage from Dennis seems to
be greater than from Hurricane
Ivan, but there also seems to be
less debris.
"The downtown area was
impacted greatly," Reble con-
tinues "However, there wasn't
as much flood damage,"
He stresses normalcy is
now the most important thing.
"The sooner we can start
getting back to normal, the bet-
ter people will start feeling,"
Reble said.
City Manager, Donna
Adams, agreed with Chief
Reble's opinion.
"It is very important that we
try to get the City back to nor-
mal as soon as possible," she
said. "We are doing every thing
we can to get the City back up
and running."
Milton has already begun
the process of getting the vari-
ous departments functioning
again.
Fire Department personnel
have already begun conducting
street-by-street welfare checks.
Other departments are
clearing roadwk ays and assess-
ing damage to private and pub-
lic property.
Law enforcement officials
are reminding everyone that
while traffic signals are out, all
intersections are to be treated as
four way stops.


Residents now eligible for FEMA aid


Gas services, which were
turned off in anticipation of
flooding, have already been
restored.
'The City's water treatment
plant is.fully operational and is
working on auxiliary power
until full power is restored.
Garbage services were .set


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recovery issues.
All City standby personnel
were to remain on that status
until further notice, but are'
requested to call 983-5427 to'-'
report their status.
Story written by Jeff -.
Everts. Reach him at:
everts@sr-pg.com''


WAFFLI


Milton's Waffle House took a hard hit. Windows were blown out and'
bricks-on the west side of the facility-fell to the ground.
Press Gazette photos by Bill Gamblin,


By DEBORAH NELSON
Press Gazette Staff Writer
Santa Rosa and Escambia
residents are once again eligible
for the dubious prize of Federal
disaster emergency aid..
Homeowners, business
owners and renters may now
begin applying for assistance,
according to the Federal
Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA).
FEMA has held a presence
in Florida since last Fall's
Hurricane Ivan.
A field office currently
operates out of Pensacola, and
officials say they plan to set up
a Santa Rosa office in the near
future.
Offices are currently open-
ing in Century (Industrial
Blvd.); Jay (Brooker Lane); and
Gulf Breeze (at the Santa Rosa
County Service Center on Gulf
Breeze Blvd.)
Prior to Hurricane Dennis,
several hundred FEMA person-
nel were already emplaced in
Florida-still working on Ivan
recovery efforts.
As Dennis approached
landfall, FEMA re-stationed
about 100 more recovery spe-
cialists in Georgia, Alabama


and Louisiana. Those person-
nel 'were scheduled to move
into Florida to help with addi-
tional needs.
FEMA is once again pre-
pared (and funded) to provide
various sorts of assistance-that
have become all too familiar for
Santa Rosa residents.
This time around, say offi-
cials, individual assistance and
temporary housing are likely to
be the primary needs.
"Early indications are there
was some housing damage, and


possibly a need for temporary
housing assistance and possibly
trailers," says FEMA
spokesperson Marty
Bahamonde. "We're certainly
prepared to accommodate that."
Tarps, generators and food
are also on the way into town,
according to Bahamonde.
Many residents are still liv-
ing in FEMA trailers, as Ivan's
rebuild process continues.'
FEMA officials plan to
spend coming weeks inspecting
already-installed FEMA trailers


to ensure they are still livable.
Bahamonde says those hit
hard by Dennis will receive the
same consideration as Ivan vic-
tims.
"We don't like comparing
disasters," he notes. "We under-
stand that property was dam-
aged and people. were affect-
ed-all rapid response needs
will be treated as we did with
Ivan."'
To contact FEMA, call 1-
800-621-3362.
Reach writer at:
Nelson @ sr-pg.com


Scenes like this are all too common across Santa Rosa. As Hurricane Dennis' Category Three winds raked
the area...it sent many old trees-some of notable size-crashing to the earth, like this one on Alabama. Street
in Milton.


Important


Recovery Numbers

*Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): 1-
800-621-FEMA
*Citizens Information Line: 850-983-5280 or 1-800-225-
7421
*Disaster Assistance Hotline: 1-866-531-8011 (Elderly cit-
izens)
*Florida Department of Transportation: 981-3000
*Legal Services Hot Line: 1-800-255-1117
*Mosquito Control and Solid Waste: 981-7135
*Santa Rosa County Extension Office: 623-3868
*Tree Removal: 983-5220 (Elderly and disabled citizens)
*United Way: 595-3379
*Florida Department of Financial Services Storm
Information Line: 1-800-227-8676
*State Attorney's Office (report price gouging): 595-4253
*Army Corps of Engineers: 444-2900 (local number) or 1-
888-766-3258
*Gulf Power: 1-800-GUPOWER or 1-800-487-8937
*Volunteer Hot Line: 850-983-5220
*Santa Rosa Health Department: 850-983-5200
*Santa Rosa Animal Services: 983-4680
-City of Milton: 983-5400
'Jay City Hall: 675-4556
'Gulf Breeze Information: 850-934-5100
*TEAM Santa Rosa: 623-0174
,Santa Rosa County Sheriff: 983-1191.


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Ambulance records show


residents were prepared


By DEBORAH NELSON
Press Gazette Staff Writer
Last year's Hurricane Ivan
caught many Santa Rosa resi-
dents off guard. But those who
chose to ride Dennis out may
have been more prepared for
hurricane force winds this time
around-if 911 ambulance call
levels are any indication.
Rural Metro officials say
calls were light as Dennis
reached full force, although
requests for help picked up
immediately after the weather
began to clear.
That's a change from last


year's Hurricane Ivan experi-
ence, when calls came through
almost non-stop.
Officials say lines were rel-
atively quiet as Dennis made
landfall.
"It got really heavy later
that night," notes Rural Metro
Field Supervisor Melissa Lint.
First responder officials say
the afflictions may have been
due to environmental pressure
changes wrought by Dennis.
Officials say 911 call levels
stayed fairly steady after the
storm.
Trying to reach north end
residents through downed trees


was one of the bigger difficul-
ties first responder personnel
faced following Dennis.
Ambulance service is cur-
rently up and running, per nor-
mal.
Residents may also drive to
Rural Metro posts for assis-
tance.
Posts are located at Glover
Lane, Berrydale, Gulf Breeze
and Holley Navarre.
Area Volunteer Fire
Departments are also equipped
to provide first response aid.
Story written by Deborah
Nelson. Reach her at:
Nelson@sr-pg.corn


I The Salvation Army had a truck out of Daytona Beach in town Monday, handing out food, water and more.
Here, driver Brian Wilson hands commodities to two area residents. Relief efforts are under way all across
the county. In the coming days, trucks are expected from several agencies as well as humanitarian relief from.
faith-based groups. Officials say Santa Rosans learned much from last year's bout with Hurricane Ivan. They
say residents were better prepared this year and less panic was seen in the days and hours following Dennis'
landfall. .


Press Gazette photo by Bill Gamblin


Recovery


Continued From Page One.
County and the City of Milton
is the expense of debris
q removal.
Milton Mayor Guy
Thompson knows, first hand,
the need for debris removal and
the reimbursement necessary
for doing so.
1 "We are still waiting for
about two million dollars from
j FEMA for Ivan debris
removal," said Thompson on
Monday: "But we will be look-
ing at what we need to do
(Tuesday) during the City
Council meeting.
"I think we will be extend-
ing the contract of the group we
-J, contracted with the last time
silgce. there is no need to rein-
vent the wheel."
What could be raising the


rancor of Thompson, Rogers,
and other officials is the FEMA
response.
"No one from our office
filled, out the paperwork," said
Thompson. "A FEMA person
filled out the paperwork and
sent it to Orlando.
"From there it was either
not filled out properly by the
FEMA representative or has run
into a bottle neck there."
Other help is being directed
by Thompson, who also serves
as the Chairman of the United
Way in Santa Rosa County.
"Right now, we are mobi-
lizing all the volunteers in the
area with the assistance of
RSVP," said Thompson. "Once
we help those who need help in
debris removal-such as the
disabled and others with


needs-then we will start tran-
sitioning to the recovery phase.
"We will also be working
on food distribution at various
locations in the county as well."
Less than 24 hours after
Hurricane Dennis made land-
fall, food and other essential
products were being brought to
the old Piggly Wiggly
Supermarket-thanks to the
efforts of the Church of Latter
Day Saints on Berryhill Rd.
They organized two' tractor
trailer loads that were delivered
on Monday.
In Pace, a relief semi pulled
in with necessary supplies at
the Pace Assembly of God.
Story written by Bill
Gamblin. Reach him at:
news@sr-pg.com


Dunedin man returns


to help county once again


By BILL GAMBLING
Santa Rosa Press Gazette
Scott Magness is one of the
few in Dunedin, Fla., that
knows where Milton is located
on the map.
It was just 10 months ago
when Magness and his strike
team were on alert-assisting
residents in the aftermath of
Hurricane Ivan.
Magness is back again, but
this time his stay is much short-
er.
"We just got deactivated,"
said Magness Monday who led
a group of 21 from Pinnellas
County on Sunday. "The guys
were ready for action, but
thankfully our services were
not needed as 'badly as they
were following Hurricane Ivan.
"We were here for a week
last time clearing trees and
other essential needs."
This time, as Dennis bore
down on Santa Rosa County,
Magness and 20 fire and rescue
personnel came ready to once
again assist.
"After leaving out from
South Florida Sunday, we final-


ly arrived and spent the night in
Havana around 2 a.m. this
(Monday) morning," confessed
Magness. "Then, we were back
on the road as soon as possible
this morning to get here."
Following his week in post-
Ivan Santa Rosa County,
Magness and his fellow strike
team members took back sever-
al lessons involving hurricane
preparedness.
"There are a lot of things
we learned last year that we
have implemented in Pinnellas
County," stressed Magness,
who serves as a Deputy Fire
Chief in Dunedin. "I was pray-
ing all the way up here we
would not be needed, but all the
way up here, I was very well
aware of what was going on.
"For me, it was heartbreak-
ing to know what everyone
went, through last year and
knowing they could be getting
ready to go through it again;
luckily my prayers were
answered."
Strike teams, like the ones
led by Magne-s,. are comprised
of several different squads in an.
area providing a truck or per-


SCOTT MAGNESS


sonnel.
"One department, like
Largo, might provide us a truck
and then we will staff it with
other fire and rescue people,"
said Magness. "But each truck
is staffed by four people and
each team is made up of five
trucks.
"Sometimes, we are called
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Property Appraiser sends teams to assay damage


Wednesday July 13, 2005


By JIM FLETCHER
PG Assistant Publisher
"I don't know of anyone
that has taken two category
three storms in ten months.
We're plowing new ground
here."
Those were the words of
Santa Rosa County Property
Appraiser Greg Brown who had


yet to close the books on Ivan
damage when Dennis came
rolling in.
"We started' going out at 7
a.m. Monday," Brown notes. "I
have eight crews right now
doing damage assessment and
hope to have a preliminary fig-
ure of actual property damage
by the end of the week."
Brown says it appears 80%


of the homes and townhomes
on Navarre Beach suffered
damage. "They probably lost 50
or 60 feet of the beach... a
result of tidal surge."
Still, Brown says it appears
Dennis was not an Ivan.
"This is probably some-
where between a fifth and a
third of the damage Ivan gave
us," he notes. "We had so much


tidal damage in Ivan. Most of
Dennis' damage appears to be
wind-related.
"But Ivan actually helped
prepare us for the wind damage
because many of the area roofs
had already been replaced."
As Santa Rosa moves into
this year's budget cycle, Brown"
says he isn't sure how Dennis
will affect this year's tax roll.


"The TRIM notices, which
will go out in the coming
weeks," says Brown, "will
reflect the damage assessments.
Hopefully, the Governor will
allow us to do the same thing
we did last year: have a special
session and offer some relief for
citizens who had damage."
In the meantime, Brown is
trying to decide how this latest


round of extra work will fit into
his department's schedule. "We
just absorbed the extra work
and cost of the Ivan reap-
praisals," he notes, "But this
will just put us further behind. I
don't know, in real numbers. I
haven't been able to sit down
and assess how much this hgs
set me back."
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By JEFF EVERTS
Press Gazette Staff Writer'


The City of Milton is now
beginning the process of recov-
ery from Hurricane Dennis.
Officials say the City took a
big hit from the most recent
storm.
Mayor Guy Thompson' is
leading the effort to put into
place all of the necessary serv-
ices the City will need in order
to get back to normal.
City officials are still ana-
lyzing what services are going
to be needed* including food
distribution and debris cleanup.
However, this doesn't come
cheaply as the Mayor is well
aware after last fall's visit by
Hurricane Ivan.
"The Federal and State
Governments owe the City of
Milton over $2 million for
debris removal alone after
Hurricane Ivan," Thompson
states.
Indeed, Thompson is frus-
trated with the amount of time it


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upon to clear trees and there are
times when we will check
inside a building or some other
structure that could have sus-
tained damage."
Magness still recalls some
of the sights he encountered,
but the biggest question was
how Elizabeth Chapel United
Methodist Church was doing.


is taking FEMA and the other
agencies, involved to give
money back to the City.
"They have been very slow
in reimbursing us for our 'costs
and this has'put a strain on our
budget," he continues.
The lack of funds has
strained Milton's budget to the
limit, which could hinder some
recovery efforts.,
"We are tapped out and
don't have the money for a
large recovery effort,"
Thompson said.
This means the State and
Federal governments will need
to step in as soon as possible.
Florida Governor Jeb Bush
visited Santa Rosa Monday to
assess the situation and offer
assistance where possible.
However, several local
leaders including Mayor
Thompson were not included in
the briefing session with the
Governor.
This meant they didn't have
the opportunity to discuss with
the Governor their concerns


"I will never forget the feel-
ing I had walking through
waist-deep water in the base-
ment when I came upon a chil-
dren's Sunday School Class
with the lesson still on the
chalkboard," recalled Magness.
"That moment moved me
deeply."
Elizabeth Chapel was look-
ing to hold a charity/rebuild


regarding recovery and. paying
for it.
And that didn't sit well with
Mayor Thompson.
"Milton was one of the
hardest hit areas during, the
Hurricane, but we weren't


asked to meet' with the
Governor. There's something
wrong ,with that.. .it's rude," he
stated.
Story written by Jeff
Everts. Reach him at:
everts@sr-pg.com


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Kathy and Roger Malone walked out of their home after Dennis to find
a huge oak tree in their yard. Out back, another large tree fell just 15
m nti it - later


Press Gazette photo by Bill Gamblih

Dennis puts trees

where trees don't belong,


The damage to Chavers Feed and Seed looks bad enough from this
Highway 90 view, but just down the side street, the structure's block
wall caved in. ,


auction., but that has been post-
poned according to Pastor Joe
Mullen--due to the recovery
efforts involving Hurricane
Dennis.'
As officials evaluated )he
aftermath of Hurricane Dennis,
Magness and his strike team
' were pleased'there were no hor-
rible tragedies, but as a person,
he is amazed.-


"I have lived in Florida for
around 35 years and, like every-
one else, I have never imagined
anything like this," said
Magness. "The state and local
governments are much better
prepared this year because of
what we experienced last year."
Story written by Bill
Gamblin. Reach him at:
news@sr-pg.com


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Santa Rosa Press Gazette
Santa Rosa residents sat
with blank stares of bewilder-
ment following Hurricane
Dennis' Sunday afternoon visit
to the area.
Trees appeared in strange
places; just ask Bagdad's Doug
and Karen Brown.
"We had a tree end up in
our bath tub," says Doug
Brown, who was surveying the
damage along with neighbor
William Price. "I was talking to
Bill before the hurricane about
his pecan tree falling over on
my house.
"But I would have never
imagined this."
Bagdad was dealt some big
blows with trees and downed
power lines blocking most main
roads.
The Browns were trying to
figure out what they were going
to do on Monday, but said they
were glad they didn't stay in
their home to welcome Dennis.
"We went to stay with our
son who just recently built a
brick home," said Brown.
One couple that did not
leave was Milton's Roger and
Kathy Malone.
Kathy got an eye full of a
huge oak tree as it blew over in
her yard.
"The tree didn't make a
noise," said Malone, who was
standing on her front porch at
the comer of Berryhill Rd. and
Alabama St. "I was standing on
the porch and. it fell right in
front of me.
,"Luckily, it didn't hit the
house."
Malone's home didn't sus-
tain any major damage from the
large oak tree in their front
yar-or the one in the back yard
that fell 15 minutes later.
But Roger Malone's feel-
ings on trees might be a little
different.
"I said after Ivan I would
never stay for a category three
or larger hurricane again," pro-
fessed Roger Malone.
"Structurally, I have a lot of
confidence in the house with-
standing a storm.


"The only thing concernifig
me was the trees, which is- b\
I had everyone in the center ;f
the home so, if one fell. "iti
couldn't get us."
Roger and Kathy live in the
home his father built 57 years
ago.
"After Hurricane Ivan," I
was doing some work in the
attic and tried to pull out a nail.
I hit my head on one of the
beams," said Roger Maloite.
"The nail is still .up there
because I couldn't pull it out.!
Next door, the home owned
by Tim and Susan Holt held a
shocking secret: a piece ofp a
tree had.gone through the roof
and was sticking out.
"It is just in the attic," said
Holt, who was visiting with the
Malone's. "The house has drop
ceilings and you can't see'it
from inside."
As Dennis approached, the
Holts evacuated to Pace since
they live by the bay below
Bagdad.
"We were planning on
going to Las Vegas Saturday,"
said Holt. "But we moved it
back to .Sunday and now we are
planning on leaving (Tuesday)
if the airport is open..
"Our house on the bsy i
came through in good shape as
well so I feel luck is with us
before going to Vegas."
For the most part, mann\
people were feeling better f lowing Dennis than they were
after Ivan.
"We fared pretty well,"
said James Waitman, who w'as
awaiting a meal from the
Salvation Army vehicle in the
Parkmore Shopping Center.
"The only thing we really need
at this time is power."
Barbara Green echoed
Waitman's feelings, but she was
upset about the gas situation.:
"Everything has gone grdat
except for the gas prices'" said
Green. "These stores have gone
sky high on gas and were rais-
ing the price while people wait-
ed in line."
Story written by Bill
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(Above) Signage in Santa Rosa County took a beating as did this sign for Big K-Mart on
Highway 90 in Mlton. While some signs like this one-and other billboards-were brought to
the ground, others were blown out, strewing plastic and other debris all across the surround-
ing area. (Right) First National Bank suffered a great deal of damage to its location on
Highway 90 in Milton. Both floors of this structure suffered significant damage in the wake of
Hurricane Dennis.


The metal doors kept Hurricane Dennis out of Bealls in the Parkmore Plaza, but that didn't keep the angry
visitor from leaving its mark on the store's front. As the day progressed on Monday, more and more of the
store's facade was falling as the winds in Dennis' wake continued to add to the damages that began on
Sunday.


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The new canopy on Tom Thumb at Five Points was a complete loss just weeks after being constructed in a
complete remodle of the store. No one was injuries when the canopy was blown off, but the store has
opened despite all the damage caused by Dennis.
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No injuries were reported in asso-
ciation with this mishap. Several
other vehicles suffered damage in
Santa Rosa County due to flying
debris and falling trees.
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: We have bought
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tease and call a
"McM n" a large house
with a double-height living
room and a double-layer of
windows. I loved the idea
before we moved in! But now I
don't know how to handle those
upper windows. We sit in there
and feel like we're at the bot-
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A: You have to change the
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from on high, using color and
pattern to shift the center of
attention back where it should.
be on the people in the con-
versational grouping at the bot-
tom of your "well."
This doesn't mean you have
to cover or camoutage the win-
dows that attracted you to the
house in the Trst place. In the
room we show here, for exam-
ple, the windows are left bare,
the better to let in the light and
the sight of the surrounding
landscape. The designer uses
custom-designed wall-to-wall
carpeting as the central point
around which the furniture
arrangement is anchored. The
rug design of trailing branches
and towers echoes the sofa's
t oral pattern and the colors in
the other upholstered pieces.
Although custom carpeting
is costly, you could achieve the
same effect using an area rug -
on top of Wall-to-wall, if you
like to organize and anchor
your seating arrangement so it
doesn't drift aimlessly on that
sea of space.
Large and tall rooms are
both a blessing and a curse, as
you've just found out. You will
want to check out a wise book
called "Big Home, Big
Challenge," written by Kira
Wilson Gould with Saxon
Henry (McGraw-Hill, Elements
of Living Series). The authors
offer a wealth of solutions for
dealing gracefully with rooms
that are too tall, too wide, too
spacious, too overpowering.
One other good idea from
the room in this photo: the rea-
son it's OK to leave the win-
dows uncovered and open to
the light and the view is that
they have been treated to an
application of a window Tim
that blocks almost all glare and
solar heat-gain. Applied by a
professional installer (Tnd one
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Q: I have my heart set on
painting my home ofTce walls
black a delicious, shiny black
with white woodwork to set off
my collection of black-and-
white photography. My hus-
band thinks I'm nuts, that I will
get lost and depressed in a black
room. Maybe a light floor
would make a difference? What
do you think?
A: I think you should have
the courage of your "color con-
victions" (to quote designer
Catherine Stein, president of
The Color Council -in New
York).
This is your ofTce, after all,,
so where better to express your
personal tastes? Your husband
may look at a black room and
see potential depression, but
like you, I see sophistication
and crackling energy radiating
from those polar opposites,
black and white. The shiny Tn-
ish is also energizing.
And, yes, you may be wise
to keep the toor light in color,
say, pickled hardwood, wall-to-
wall ceramic tile, or one of the
new and remarkably realistic
laminate toors from manufac-
turers like Pergo
(www.pergo.com) that look like
wood, tile or even stone.
Because your black walls will
absorb so much of the light,
you'll need the light-colored
t oor to bounce back all the
available illumination that
comes in through the windows
or from electric Txtures.
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A Fungus Among Us:


Dealing with an all-too-common post hurricane plant problem


A common trait of many
plant diseases is an afTnity for
cool, moist conditions. When
plants are able to naturally dry
out quickly, they are less vul-
nerable to diseases.
Place plants that are partic-
ularly susceptible in areas that
tend to receive ample sunlight,
and place enough space in
between them so air circulates
and they dry quickly.
This practice also prevents
diseases from spreading
between plants.
Sometimes, weather won't
cooperate, and conditions will
be ideal for diseases to strike
even the most well-planned
gardens.
Carefully monitor your
plants during these times, and
consider using a broad-spec-
trum fungicide, such as
chlorothalonil, as a preventative


measure or at the Trst sign of a
problem.
As with any product, care-
fully read all instructions on the
label before use.

Fungus feature:
powdery mildew

Though it generally won't
kill a plant, powdery mildew
can signiTcantly detract from
the natural beauty and overall
healthful appearance of a num-
ber of ornamental plants.
It is caused by a variety of
closely related types of fungi,
and gets its name from the gray-
ish-white powdery coating the
disease causes on leaves, stems
and blossoms.
If left unchecked, the dis-
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t owers and hinder the growth
of the plant.


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The disease tends to thrive
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The disease can also devel-
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Some plants are more sus-
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than others, such as roses and
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Place these plants in a loca-
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and drains well, and keep an
eye on them when conditions
are favorable to powdery
mildew.
Fortunately,, controlling
powdery mildew generally is
simple.
On particularly sensitive
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preventative spray, with a
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the disease begins to develop.
As with any product, care-
fully read all instructions on the
label before use.

Fungus feature:
gray mold

Gray mold, or Botrytis
blight, infects a wide variety of
ornamentals as well as a signif-
icant number of fruits and veg-
etables.
There are several species of
Botrytis fungi that can cause
blights.
Some varieties can attack a
number of plants, while others


are host-speciTc.
Gray mold can attack any
part of the plant except for the
root system.'
However, it tends to only
infect one part per plant.
For example, on onions or
violets, the disease 'generally
causes leaf blights, while on
berries or tomatoes it tends to
attack the fruit, leading to fruit
rot.
Telltale signs or the disease
include any brown, spotted
plant material accompanied by
powdery gray spores.
Infections occur most fre-
quently during cool, rainy


weather at temperatures of
approximately 60 degrees.
Outbreaks are particularly
common when such conditions
persist during the course of sev- -
eral days to a week.
Keeping plants clean and -
dry is an important step to pre-
venting gray mold.
Remove dead or blighted
leaves and blossoms throughout
the course of the season, all the
way up to autumn, as the dis-
ease can survive winter in plant
debris.
If a problem with gray most
does develop, spraying
chlorothalonil will help.


What's bugging you?


While getting young people
to eat enough vegetables can be
tough, for a number of insect
species vegetables are always
on the menu.
.Keeping critters away from
your prized produce can be dif-
Tcult, but with the right plan-
ning and tools at your disposal,
they will remain safe and
sound.

Know your sources

If youi are introducing new
plants or seeds into your gar-
den, be sure the additions won't
bring any additional risks with
them.
If starting from seeds, make
certain the seeds you use are,
certified and disease-free, if
possible.
I Starting plants out on the
right foot, or more appropriate-
ly, root, will help prevent pest
outbreaks, as healthy plants are
far less vulnerable to insect
damage.
Similarly, don't give any
insects a free ride into the gar-
den. Any time you transplant,
whether from your own green-
house or a plant you purchased,


check the root system and
leaves for any signs of disease
or insect damage.
Examine the transplants for
the presence of any insects.
A few insects hiding in a
new transplant can quickly
become a much larger problem
once given access to the entire
garden.
If you detect a problem
with disease or insects on a
transplant, identify the source
and address it before placing it
in the garden.
"Always give a careful
inspection to anything before
planting it in your garden," says
Mike Ferree, county extension
agency, Purdue University
extension in Columbus, IN.
"Better yet, inspect them
thoroughly before you buy
them."
Consult your local exten-
sion agent if you are having dif-
Tculty identifying the problem.
The contact information for the
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of the white pages. '
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Not all vegetables are creat-
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more susceptible to specific
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on a certain special plant that
tends to .be a frequent target,
don't give up hope.
Plant another crop, more
resistant to the pest nearby, and
closely monitor for any signs of
trouble in order to catch them
early.
"Green beans tend to be
more difTcult to keep free of
pests, while tomatoes tend to do
pretty well in our area," says
Ferree.
"It's always good to do
some research on what plants
tend to have what problems
before planning a garden so you
know what to look out for."
Ferree adds that knowing
all aspects of the plant's needs
helps it grow up more health-
fully and, by extension, resist
pests better.
He recommends always
having the pH of the soil tested
tosee if it is in the correct range.
Proper drainage and sunlight
are also critical.
Once plants are in the
ground, check them frequent-
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Put some 'glitter' in your garden. 1


There's no reason t.o save
the silver for special occasions.
It puts a pretty polish on a gar-
den every day.
Plants with silver foliage or
( owers catch your eye and set
off the greens, yellows, pinks'
and blues around them. In
shade gardens, silver flashes
like Tre ties. In a sunny spot,
silver shimmers.
It may be the bright colors
you notice Trst, but touches of
silver really bring the garden to
life. Even on the hottest days of
summer, silver keeps refresh-
ingly cool.
"You can't go wrong when
you use silver plants anywhere
in the garden,", says Duane
Hoover, horticulturist and
designer at Kauffman
Memorial Gardens in Kansas
City.
"Silver is a great thing to
contrast other colors with. It
makes other colors look more
intense."
Building a garden around a
single color, or using it as a
connecting thread throughout a
A garden, as'Hoover does, tests
the breadth of your horticultur-
al knowledge and- expands your
appreciation of the subtleties of
nature. The tower beds Hoover
.1 designed artful combina-
tions of annual and perennial
t owers, ornamental grasses and
flowering shrubs, including
roses are shot through with
S silver.
Hoover likes to use silvery
plants in rich layers, as he did in
a combination with clumps of
downy.lamb's ears planted in..,
front of pink-towered, Dragon
Wings' begonia and lush
% mounds of Car\opteris
t. 'ongwood. Blue.'-which has
narrow green leaves with silver


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Plants touched with silver foliage give a fresh, shimmer to the colors
around them. Silver goes with everything, the expei-ts say.


undersides and masses of sky-
blue towers.
"Repetition is one- of my
favorite rules of landscaping,'.'
he says. "Your eye is, pulled
through the garden, almost like"
you're playing a dot-to-dot
game. It's exciting no matter


Get along with your

dog in your garden


People love their dogs, but
they also love their gardens,
and sometimes it can be hard to
reconcile the two.. With some
thought and work, gardeners
and their dogs can both enjoy
beautiful gardens.
'For! the .past nine years,
Fran Kiesling, owner of Dirty
Dog Landscape Consulting &
Design Services in
Minneapolis, has specialized in
dog landscaping, or dogscap-
ing, to help dog owners and
their pets have fun in the garden
together. A good design solves'
the natural convicts
. '"Figure out how people
are using the space, then Tgure
out how dogs are using it -
sometimes they overlap, and
sometimes they are divergent,"
Kiesling says. "You have a path
system, and so do they."
'To make it all work, you
must be Trm, she says, but you
also have to be realistic: "You
don't want to plant your.
favorite shrubs in their favorite
place to sit."
I 'Just because a dog is out-
side doesn't .mean it is free ,to
run wild, Kiesling says.
'"Some owners look at the
Syard as a free zone for the dog,"
she says. "They think, 'Oh, he's
alone so much, .he should be
able to do anything he wants
when he's outside.' That kind of
thinking can get you in a lot of
trouble."
'There should be rules for a
dog's behavior in the garden
just as there are rules in the
house and when going, for
walks. -
'Kiesling advises her
clients to plant relaxed land-
scapes that can absorb the wear
and tear of the daily routines of.
their furry friends. In the gar-
dens she designs, she avoids
delicate plants, spindly trees
and Tshponds, which dogs Tnd
irresistible. She likes to use


rocks to help establish clear dog
boundaries, and she relies on
durable wood chips for paths,
'Dogs can be hard on grass,
and Kiesling tnes to keep lawns
small Dogs and their o\\ners
both like patios and decks, so.
she often incorporates them
into her designs When a client
asks for a splashing fountain,
she suggests a naturalistic pile,
of rocks with a recirculating
pump, not something delicate
that a thirsty dog could easily
knock over.'
'Kiesling's philosophy of
dogscaping is similar to modern
zoo landscaping. The tigers live
in an environment,. not a pen.
The elephants and tortoises
have habitat, of their own.
'When you have a dog, the
garden's design should take
your pooch's needs and
lifestyle into consideration.
Dogs love 'pathways and little
destinations. '"You need to
have exciting things to do on a .
circuit for your dog," she says:
Dogs like places to play and to
rest, they like to be able to see
out into the neighborhood, and
they enjoy water.


where you look."
Silver-tinted plants are sur-
prisingly easy to grow. "Silver
foliage plants, by and large, are
plants that thrive in poor condi-
tions. They don't.want a lot of
fertilizer thrown at them," says
*Leah Berg, a garden designer
who also teaches gardening
classes in Kansas City. Plants
with silver foliage are generally
very drought tolerant.
','The silvery look helps
plants survive intense summer
heat," Berg says. "It detects
heat and helps slow down the
loss of moisture from the
foliage."
Dusty Miller (Senecio
cineraria) is one of the most
common and widely known sil-
ver-foliage plants., Hoover
grows it like a sparkling stream
under deciduous winterberry
hollies. Dusty Miller is, an
annual plant and will not sur-
vive harsh winters, but it looks
good even after the gardening
season is mostly] over. Hoover
once planted dozens of them in
a broad streak through a long
t ower bed and, during the win-
ter holidays, wove a wide red
ribbon among them.
Silver also has a soothing
effect. In a quiet corner, off a
sheltered patio, Hoover planted'
gracious silver cedar (Juniperus
virginiana 'Glauca'), which
bears silver-frosted berries.
Blue flowers and foliage
often look a little bit silvery,
.and pink sometimes has an icy
Tnish.
"Silver is in the eye of the
beholder," Berg says.. "It
depends on what time of-day
you're looking at something,.
and what it is planted next to -
what the light does to it."
Berg noticed a 'striking
combination in her own .garden
last fall. When her neighbor's
Virginia creeper took on its rich,
fall colors, it seemed to set the
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her garden aglow. She also
grows chaste tree (Vitex agnus-
castus 'Silver Spire'), a small
tree with gray-green leaves that
are just a little fuzzy on the
undersides, giving 'them a sil-
very cast. It looks great with
pale blue buttery bush, Berg
says.
Berg also likes groundsel-
bush (Baccharis halimifolia),
which has gray-green leaves
and silver-white towers in the
fall.
"From a distance, it, has a
foamy,effect," she says, "and it
shows off anything with con-
trasiing foliage," such as the
dramatic silvery sprays, of
Russian sage (Perovskia atripli-
cifolia), with spires of purple
. owers.
At Wave Hill, a public gar-
den in New York known for its:
artistic plant combinations, the
gardeners are so. enthusiastic
about the possibilities of silver
foliage that they, created an
entire tower bed in shimmering
shades of silver.
"It has a Mediterranean air
to it," says Scott Canning, the
garden's director. Lavenders,,
euphorbias, artemisias,' salvias
and other plants are set off
against one another in a star-
dling display of textures.


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