If a Cat 2 hurricane struck today
If Hurricane Dora came ashore now, it could cause $1.5 billion in property damage
In the fall of 1964, immediately after Hurricane Dora stormed into St. Augustine, home prices at the beach plummeted. It's hard to imagine now, but after the storm passed 50 years ago -- taking many homes into the water and damaging scores of others -- you couldn't give away beach property.
"Beachfront property just a year or two after that was going for a song; nobody wanted it," said Atlantic Beach resident Alec Newell. "There was a guy at the end of Walnut (Street) that bought a house for $17,500."
"It's everything from (the) Hurricane Lady statue downtown (St. Augustine) to the Gulf Stream's located in a place that prevents any kind of catastrophic to our area, (the) curvature of the state," Casey said.
Ed Pieriera and his fiancée, Christen, have their reasons for calling Jacksonville Beach home. They know the risks, but the pull of the beach is too strong.
"I enjoy being able to enjoy the sunrise in the morning. It's a nice view," Pieriera said. "The people at the beach are great. I wouldn't live anywhere else."
"A Cat 2 storm will have challenges; we're prepared for that. We have new evacuation zones, very good evacuation routes, we have good infrastructure with the interstate system to move people out of harms way, shelter plans, to address that threat," Woodard said.
Woodard says the EOC's Code Red -- a telephone alert system -- and the department's social media outreach with Twitter and Facebook make a big difference in keeping citizens all in the loop. He suggests everyone visit JaxReady.com now to know how neighborhoods will be effected.
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