Monday, July 11, 2005

Bob Sikes Bridge Is Open For Residents Of Pensacola Beach

The Pensacola News Journal (PNJ) is reporting today that residents of Pensacola Beach can return to their homes on the barrier island, but they must park their cars at the Casino Beach parking lot and walk to their homes.

According to the PNJ article, a decision has been made to allow residents to stay in their homes overnight, even though there is no sewer, electricity or water service available on the island.

Buck Lee, General Manager of the Santa Rosa Island Authority stated in a PNJ article today that there have been "problems encountered restoring power to the island."

Governor Jeb Bush has made plans to visit some area's hit by Hurricane Dennis today (July 11, 2005) to bring attention to and encourage rebuilding of the area's damaged. The counties Gov. Bush is expected to visit are Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, and possibly others that were hit by Hurricane Dennis.

President Bush declared Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, and 11 other counties in Florida a national disaster area making these areas eligible for federal disaster relief aid.