North Florida Inland Recovery Group works to coordinate recovery services and build resiliency for individuals, families and entities adversely impacted by the 2018 Hurricane Michael in Calhoun and Jackson counties. On Oct. 10, 2018 Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane in Mexico Beach, Florida. With unprecedented force, the hurricane maintained Category 4 strength as it continued inland to devastate a 100-mile wide path from the coast of Florida to the Georgia state line.
Calhoun and Jackson counties were two of the inland counties hit the hardest by Michael’s sustained winds of 150+ mph which blew through for more than four straight hours. The wreckage left is unmatched. Nearly 75 percent of all structures in Calhoun and Jackson counties received significant to catastrophic damage. Today, community and faith-based leaders, as well as non-profit partners from across North Florida have joined to take on long term recovery in Calhoun and Jackson counties. The newly formed North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group is working closely with Carlene Anders of the Disaster Leadership Team to develop a strong organization that will help facilitate the rebuilding of these inland communities. To volunteer, donate, or get help, please go to the website below. All donations are tax-deductible.
*Information above came from the North Florida Inland Recovery website listed below. Please contact them for any information*
The Florida Forest Service, Chipola Forestry Center, is issuing burn authorizations for Bay, Gulf, Calhoun, and Jackson Counties. Burn restrictions have been lifted in those counties due to substantial amounts of rain we have received in the last few days. Residents who plan to burn vegetative debris do not need a burn authorization as long as:
~The pile is less than 8 feet in diameter,
~You meet the required setbacks, and
~There are no local, city or county ordinances in place that prohibit burning.
Those needing a burn authorization or more information please go to the website below.
It’s amazing how people come into your lives. One day I’m having lunch with a friend of mine at Ruby Tuesdays in Marianna. Sitting behind me was a friend of mine, Kay Dennis, who by the way writes some very good articles in the Floridan our local newspaper, anyways..back to my story. Kay stops at our table on the way out and introduces me to her friend who moved to our area last year. Her name is Anna Manzella. She started her company Finding Joy Scrubs, LLC. She makes beautiful custom gift baskets. I tell her a little about my customers and she makes personalized gift baskets for my customers closing gifts. Her most recent one she created for me was spectacular. My customer loves horses and collects beer steins. I came across a beer stein I thought she’d like and Anna incorporated it along with my custom label wines I purchase from Defuniak Springs, which will be another post..and makes a wonderful creation. Here’s another person I recommend when it comes to the perfect gift basket. Call me and I will have her call you to talk about what she can create for you.
Dave Howard with Affordable Heat & Air in my opinion is someone I found I can trust. Our relationship was established in 2012. It started by a company cold calling about coming over to service our unit. I said ok because at my personal rental home that I was in the process of doing major remodeling was in need of the HVAC being serviced. When the tech came to the house, I felt like he was not being very helpful and only wanted to put a band aid on the problem that would never heal. So I said let me think about it and then I called Dave right away. He came to the house. Told me his honest opinion and that was to replace the unit. He said he could service the unit but what if down the road it eventually goes out. So might as well use the money for the servicing and just get a new unit. So I did. And I believe I made the right choice. Now everytime one of the rental units I manage has problems, I call Dave. Everytime someone asks me who I’d recommend, I tell them to call Dave. He’s honest and dependable. He’s been to my home and services our ground water heat pump. I’m very thankful our paths crossed. When the time comes and we need a new unit, who am I going to call, Dave.