A Central Lakes College administrator, whose home was heavily damaged by a tornado four years ago, is now concerned about the fate of his family's vacation home in Destin, Fla., in the wake of Hurricane Ivan's destruction.
Ted Spring, CLC vice president of academic affairs, and his wife, Andrea, own property along with a mobile home in Destin about 200 feet from the waters of Choctawhatchee Bay, about one-tenth a mile from the Gulf of Mexico, he said. The property has been owned by Spring's family since the late 1940s.
"We don't know if it's still there," said Spring, of the mobile home. "My wife is now glued to the tube to see what's going on. We want to go down and see what's left, if anything."
Spring said Highway 98 into Destin has been closed because portions of the road are gone or covered in sand. The National Guard evacuated the community and wasn't letting anyone back in. Spring said his home is only about two to three feet above sea level.
The home has been kept in good condition with a large deck. The Springs, who visit Destin a few times each year, were considering the possibility of removing the mobile home in the future and building a retirement home on the property. Hurricane Ivan may have removed the home for them.
"I'm thinking the old trailer was probably floating around," said Spring.
In 2000 when the Springs were living in Tuscaloosa, Ala., a deadly tornado caused about $40,000 in damage to their home. While it would be upsetting to find out their mobile home was destroyed, Spring said the loss of property is nothing compared to the loss of life caused by a natural disaster.
JODIE TWEED can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5858.
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