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  • Storm-Tossed Yacht on the Move (stuck since Hurricane Wilma)

    10/06/2007 9:49:09 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies · 2,283+ views
    Looking like Noah's Ark after the flood, a sleek, 158-foot yacht driven aground by a hurricane lies just offshore, mired for most of the past two years in a dispute with the government over how to free it without doing too much damage to the seagrass. Through it all, the boat's owner, Peter Halmos, has stubbornly insisted on staying aboard or living close by on a cluster of houseboats so he can guard his beloved Legacy against pirates and thieves plying the calm green-and-azure waters off Key West. A Hungarian emigre who made a fortune selling theft protection to credit-card...
  • The "Evolving" Fred Thompson Saga

    07/19/2007 7:33:24 AM PDT · by pissant · 426 replies · 5,388+ views
    CBN ^ | 7/19/07 | David Brody
    This may be the political version of Evolution. The New York Times is out this morning with a story about billing records that show Fred Thompson did indeed charge for his time while helping a pro-choice group. Details from the article below: Billing records show that former Senator Fred Thompson spent nearly 20 hours working as a lobbyist on behalf of a group seeking to ease restrictive federal rules on abortion counseling in the 1990s, even though he recently said he did not recall doing any work for the organization. According to records from Arent Fox, the law firm based...
  • Why I believe in Creation

    06/17/2007 6:54:37 PM PDT · by Rodney King · 715 replies · 9,173+ views
    Worlnetdaily ^ | 12/17/2004 | joe farah
    Why I believe in Creation Posted: December 17, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern I was stunned the other day when I asked evolution-believing listeners to my nationally syndicated radio show to call in and tell me why they believed. "Just give me one reason why you accept the theory," I said. "Just give me the strongest argument. You don't have to give me mountains of evidence. Just tell me why I should accept it." Not one evolutionist called in. Meanwhile, the phone banks lit up with dozens of evolution skeptics. Go figure. For more than 40 years, evolution has been taught...
  • Investigation shows FEMA spent millions on puppet shows, bingo, yoga

    10/08/2006 2:41:52 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 18 replies · 780+ views
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | 10/08/06 | Sally Kestin
    At the Pinitos Learning Center in Boca Raton, disaster workers dressed as "Windy Biggie" and "Sunny" teach 30 preschoolers a song about how the wind is good, even during a hurricane. "Windy Biggie is our friend. "Windy Biggie is strong wind. "She turns, turns, turns, turns around. "She's knocking things to the ground." This is FEMA tax money at work. It's also paying for Hurricane Bingo, puppet shows, "salsa for seniors," and yoga on the beach. Last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded Florida $22.6 million for "crisis counseling" for victims of hurricanes Wilma and Katrina. Florida's program, called...
  • Facing Foreclosure

    07/31/2006 7:16:23 AM PDT · by Fighting Irish · 9 replies · 856+ views
    WPEC News ^ | July 30, 2006 - 9:54PM | Dana Palley
    Hurricane Wilma damaged their roof and like so many victims of the storm, one South Florida couple had trouble finding a roofer because of a shortage of materials and workers. John and Kathleen Jurewicz finally did get contractor, but it has been anything but smooth sailing. The couple hired McClung contractors to do the work. With their insurance money, the couple paid the company nearly $14,000 for the roofing materials which was suppose to be turned over to ABC supply company. Four months later the supplies still sit in their driveway and the work on the roof was never completed....
  • Global Warming Kicked 2005 Hurricanes Up A Notch

    06/27/2006 9:34:22 AM PDT · by cogitator · 57 replies · 802+ views
    BOULDER, Colorado, June 26, 2006 (ENS) - Global warming created about half the extra warmth in the waters of the tropical North Atlantic that stimulated hurricane formation in 2005, while natural cycles were a minor factor, a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research demonstrates. The research by world leading climate scientists contradicts recent claims that natural cycles are responsible for the increase in Atlantic hurricane activity since 1995 and adds support to the theory that hurricane seasons will become more active as global temperatures rise. While researchers agree that the warming waters fueled hurricane intensity, they have...
  • PCUSA disaster relief group approves seven-year plan for spending contributions

    04/14/2006 11:41:36 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 9 replies · 469+ views
    Layman Online ^ | April 7, 2006 | John H. Adams
    Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has decided to parcel out over a seven-year period the $14.4 million remaining from a record-setting burst of generosity by Presbyterians despite some complaints by hurricane victims in the Gulf Coast states that the denomination has been slow to respond to their needs. The decision to adopt a seven-year plan was made during a recent meeting of PDA's advisory board. The denomination raised $23 million in response to hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. About 70 percent of the contributions were made within 90 days after the storms. Donors were not informed that the distribution of their gifts...
  • Get Hurricane Help? FEMA May Want Money Back

    03/20/2006 2:03:05 PM PST · by Westlander · 11 replies · 806+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | March 20, 2006 | AP
    BEAUMONT, Texas -- Thousands of people who received money from the federal government after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma might be asked to give it back. The Federal Emergency Management Agency started sending letters last week asking people to return money they received in error.
  • Florida homeowner rates could skyrocket under legislation (Hurricane Wilma bills come due.)

    02/14/2006 2:37:09 AM PST · by Caipirabob · 49 replies · 858+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel Tallahassee Bureau ^ | February 14 2006 | Mark Hollis
    TALLAHASSEE -- Homeowner insurance rates could jump as much as 25 percent a year, without government review, under legislation proposed by House Republican leaders Monday. Backers say their goal is to bolster competition in the state's property insurance market following two hurricane seasons that left insurers with huge shortfalls and record losses.
  • Need Help in South Florida

    02/04/2006 6:08:17 PM PST · by Dooderbutt · 77 replies · 2,279+ views
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    I live in Palm Beach County and we just received notification of a Lien against our house from the company who put the temporary roof (tarp)on our house for FEMA/Blue Roof after hurricane Wilma.
  • Cancun Struggles To Recover From Wilma

    12/20/2005 2:55:51 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 617+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-20-2005 | Claire Marshall
    Cancun struggles to recover from Wilma By Claire Marshall BBC News, Cancun The sun is shining, and the sea is a beautiful deep azure. But nearly two months after Hurricane Wilma, the beach is out of bounds and Cancun's main strip looks like a building site. The beach is now out of bounds Cranes dot the horizon. Piles of rubble lie by the side of the road. There seem to be more construction workers than tourists here. For the moment, the jewel of Mexico's tourism industry has definitely lost its sparkle. The president's pledge of having the resort fully up...
  • Time's Person of the Year Nominees

    12/17/2005 9:04:50 AM PST · by Lunatic Fringe · 79 replies · 2,977+ views
    Keep in mind that Time's "Person of the Year" is supposed to be the person who "most affected the news and our lives, for good or for ill, and embodied what was important about the year." Given this criteria, I scratch my head over some of these nominees. Steve Jobs Pope Benedict XVI Bill and Melinda Gates The Google Guys J.K. Rowling Rick Warren Condoleezza Rice Valerie Plame Bono Mother Nature George W. Bush Lance Armstrong
  • Hurricane season finally ending Wednesday, but next year could be bad, too (Epsilon forms)

    11/29/2005 2:09:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies · 847+ views
    Daily Comet ^ | 11/29/05 | JOHN PAIN
    Hurricane season finally ending, but next year could be bad, too By JOHN PAIN Associated Press Writer November 29. 2005 4:27PM The busiest and costliest Atlantic hurricane season on record officially - and mercifully - draws to a close Wednesday, with hundreds of thousands of Americans still dealing with the devastation wrought by Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Despite the end of the June 1-to-Nov. 30 season, hurricanes could still form over the next few months. In fact, a tropical storm took shape in the Atlantic on Tuesday. But no hurricane has been known to hit the United States between December...
  • Florida's migrants still await storm aid

    11/27/2005 9:14:48 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 29 replies · 658+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | November 27, 2005 | Associated Press
    PAHOKEE, Fla. -- Ernesto and Carmen Vasquez are staying home for the holidays this year despite the SUV-sized hole in their living-room ceiling -- a calling card left by Hurricane Wilma -- and the red "X" on their door marking the mobile home as condemned. It's been one month since Wilma struck their Everglades mobile home park in western Palm Beach County, flattening many of their neighbors' homes, but the couple have yet to be visited by aid workers or local officials. Shelters here are scarce, so they plan to remain in their two-bedroom trailer with their two children --...
  • Wilma highlights plight of Florida's migrant farmworkers [Barfer]

    11/26/2005 10:23:17 AM PST · by ncountylee · 38 replies · 661+ views
    AP viaTBO ^ | November 26, 2005 | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ
    PAHOKEE, Fla. (AP) -- Ernesto and Carmen Vasquez intend to celebrate the holidays at home despite the SUV-sized hole in their living-room ceiling - a calling card left by Hurricane Wilma - and the red "X" on their door marking the trailer as condemned. It's been one month since Wilma whipped through their Everglades mobile home park in western Palm Beach County, flattening many of their neighbors' homes, but the couple have yet to receive a visit from aid workers or local officials. Shelters here are scarce, so they plan to remain in their two-bedroom trailer with their two children...
  • Two families' plights typify poor FEMA response to disasters

    11/23/2005 6:25:11 AM PST · by TonyWojo · 14 replies · 587+ views
    Naples Daily News ^ | November 23, 2005 | By JEREMY COX
    Its stated goals are broad and rarely ever fully reached: planning for, responding to and mollifying disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has drawn fire for more than a year on several fronts, from the fraud that followed last year's Florida hurricanes to the unbearably slow response to Hurricane Katrina's victims. When Hurricane Wilma barreled across southern Florida in October, the agency faced a familiar test. Millions lost power. Hundreds lost homes. Local governments grappled with clearing beach sand, countless trees and other detritus from roads. Nearly a month later across Southwest Florida, most residents have recovered from the Category...
  • Police are called upon for help as hurricane victims grow angry

    11/12/2005 7:24:05 AM PST · by Voteamerica · 15 replies · 1,187+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | November 12, 2005 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Gregory Lewis
    As desperation climbs and confusion spreads in the drawn-out aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, crowds encircling relief trucks and threatening its workers have forced police to escort supply vans out of hard-hit neighborhoods. For three straight days, Red Cross relief vans trying to visit victims of Hurricane Wilma have been confronted by unruly crowds. skip On Wednesday, an angry crowd surrounded a relief truck entering a neighborhood in Sunrise until police cars escorted volunteers out. The same scene played out in Pompano Beach the next day. skip The aggressive encounters have forced Red Cross officials to change the way they distribute...
  • New Orleans Levee Failure Assessment - Part V

    11/07/2005 8:54:03 PM PST · by jeffers · 48 replies · 26,654+ views
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    New Orleans Levee Failure Analysis - Part V Contents Introduction and Basic Levee Construction, Section and Elevation Details Section 1. Pre-Landfall Flooding in Kenner and Western Metairie of East Jefferson Parish Section 2. Analysis of the 17th Street and London Canal Breaches and Post Katrina Flood Sequence in Downtown New Orleans Section 3. Surge Sequence for the Industrial Canal Basin, Analysis of the Five Major Breaches and east Orleans Parish Flooding Section 4. Flood Sequence for St. Bernard Parish and the Lower Ninth Ward, MRGO Reach Failure Analysis Section 5. Contributory Causality, Political and Funding Issues Leading to Levee Failures...
  • Hurricane Wilma- Older buildings in Broward take big hit, with at least 2,323 deemed unsafe

    11/06/2005 10:36:37 PM PST · by dennisw · 6 replies · 421+ views
    sun sentinel ^ | November 3 2005 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Shannon O'Boye and Linda Kleindienst
    The number of homes broken by Hurricane Wilma swelled Wednesday, as state officials blamed an older building code for the severe damage to Broward County apartment complexes, mobile homes and businesses. State officials have surveyed Wilma's damage in South Florida and said the major problems were in structures built before Hurricane Andrew sparked tougher codes. "The damage was in older and weaker buildings," said Rick Dixon, executive director of the Florida Building Commission in Tallahassee. "Remember, this is the first time that area has been hit directly in some time. ... They will have to be redone to meet the...
  • Nagin, Blanco and the Lessons of the Nanny State

    11/06/2005 11:11:46 AM PST · by DustyMoment · 5 replies · 756+ views
    Self | 11/06/2005 | DustyMoment
    Nagin, Blanco and the Lessons of the Nanny State In the wake of all of the Hurricane Katrina coverage, a stark reality exists. Somewhere along the line, something failed. The processes that should have been in place to ensure that people were safe above all else didn’t work. Oh sure, we can point our fingers at the Bush Administration and blame George for not personally going to New Orleans and evacuating people himself. We can blame FEMA, claiming that they failed to act quickly and, when they finally did, it was too little and too late. But, the blame game...
  • Hurricane Wilma (preliminary report)

    11/06/2005 10:41:48 AM PST · by Sam Cree · 23 replies · 1,175+ views
    National Weather Service ^ | October 24, 2005 | National Weather Service
    Wilma was a classic October hurricane which struck South Florida as a Category 3 hurricane on October 24th, 2005. Wilma developed from a tropical depression near Jamaica, a typical source region for October tropical cyclones, on the afternoon of October 15, 2005. It became the 21st named storm of the season during the morning hours of October 17, 2005, which tied the record for the most named storms in one season originally set back in 1933. Wilma underwent a rapid intensification cycle which began on October 18th and ended in the early morning hours of October 19th, with a central...
  • Sure, the storm was bad, but . . . (FR Mentioned)

    11/04/2005 11:10:43 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 107 replies · 3,807+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 11/05/05 | TAMARA LUSH
    Hurricane Wilma, with its 120-mph winds, punched South Florida in the gut. A record 6-million people lost power. About 15,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in a three-county region, preliminary estimates show, with many of those homes inhabited by the elderly or poor. At least 27 people statewide died after the Oct. 24 storm, most from carbon monoxide poisoning or traffic crashes. Yet compared to the concentrated fury of Hurricane Charley in Punta Gorda last year, or to the widespread death and devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast in August, Wilma spared South Florida - and especially its...
  • Broward officials slam Feds for slow, ineffective aid to Wilma victims (Barf Alert!)

    11/04/2005 4:27:39 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 7 replies · 387+ views
    SUN-SENTINEL ^ | 11/4/05 | Paula McMahon
    Too little, too slowly. That's what Broward County leaders and storm-weary victims say about the federal emergency response to Hurricane Wilma. People whose homes have been destroyed are being herded from temporary shelter to temporary shelter. Longer-term housing has not yet been identified. Federal centers where people can apply for relief will not be set up until this weekend.
  • Special CNI, CNRSE Team Aids NAS Key West Sailors

    11/04/2005 4:20:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 285+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Nov 4, 2005 | James E. Brooks
    KEY WEST, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West Sailors returned home Oct. 30, after evacuating ahead of Hurricane Wilma, to flood-damaged homes but also to helping hands of a special hurricane recovery team from Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNI) and Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE). The CNI/CNRSE team gathered at Key West’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) youth center and set up a Task Force Navy Family Community Support Center (CSC) for Navy families and a command center to coordinate with parent commands. Partnered with NAS Key West offices, insurance companies, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and...
  • Southern Baptists dispute media reports & blogger claims (about alledged withheld water)

    11/03/2005 2:20:57 PM PST · by twntaipan · 11 replies · 467+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | By Jennifer Davis Rash
    Southern Baptists dispute media reports & blogger claims as 'absolute falsehood' that disaster relief teams withheld waterOfficials weigh in Contrary to media and blogger reports, disaster relief officials say cans of water from Anheuser-Busch did not cause volunteers to withhold water from Hurricane Wilma victims at a Florida feeding site. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--No thirsty person went without water, and no water went to waste, Tim Bridges, pastor of First Baptist Church in Clewiston, Fla., said in response to media reports that claimed differently when a shipment of water distributed by Anheuser-Busch caused confusion Oct. 28. The inaccurate information also is...
  • Wilma visits couple during Mexican honeymoon

    11/02/2005 5:41:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 396+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | 2nd Lt Ashley Conner
    11/2/2005 - MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFPN) -- They enjoyed long walks on the beach, romantic dinners and winds of 159 miles per hour? Master Sgt. Leon Palmer and his new bride, Staff Sgt. Rena Palmer, both members of 22nd Security Forces Squadron, had an unexpected visitor during their honeymoon earlier this month in Cancun, Mexico. “We were in Cancun for four beautiful days when another hotel guest approached us on the beach and told us we might be evacuating to a shelter because of a hurricane,” said Master Sgt. Palmer. “We hadn’t been keeping up with the news...
  • Recovery Efforts at NAS Key West Continue

    11/02/2005 5:37:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 640+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Nov 2, 2005 | Naval Air Station Key West Public Affairs
    KEY WEST, Fla. (NNS) -- Key West service members and their families returned to the island Oct. 30 after a weeklong evacuation from Hurricane Wilma. Upon their return, they discovered an air station invaded not only by the sea, but a surge of Navy support hard at work to bring Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West air operations and family life back to full mission capability. “Military careers are full of challenges but no challenge is greater than the one Mother Nature threw our way with Hurricane Wilma,” said NAS Key West Commanding Officer Capt. James Scholl. “It’s going to...
  • Average U.S. gas price tumbles to $2.48 a gallon

    11/01/2005 10:13:55 AM PST · by george76 · 60 replies · 1,434+ views
    yahoo ^ | Nov 1, | USAToday
    After topping $3 a gallon, average gas prices continued to plunge last week, falling to the lowest levels since Hurricane Katrina damaged Gulf Coast oil refineries. "November is going to be somewhat of a weak month," Kloza says. He predicts the price will bottom out between $2.10 and $2.35 a gallon nationwide, and is sticking to a prediction he made last week that gas could fall below $2 a gallon in some states. The cheapest statewide average: Oklahoma's $2.14, according to travel club AAA. Hawaii had the highest prices, averaging $3.01 a gallon.
  • Military wants the weather on its side (Pentagon studies ways to predict or even influence storms)

    11/02/2005 2:13:14 PM PST · by emiller · 7 replies · 371+ views
    Space.com ^ | 10-31-05 | Leonard David
    The one-two hurricane punch from Katrina and Wilma, along with predictions of more severe weather in the future, has scientists pondering ways to save lives, protect property and possibly even control the weather. While efforts to tame storms have so far been clouded by failure, some researchers aren’t willing to give up the fight. And even if changing the weather proves overly challenging, residents and disaster officials can do a better job of planning and reacting
  • Baptists and Water Distribution

    11/01/2005 5:35:12 PM PST · by KeithHinson · 107 replies · 1,396+ views
    11/1/2005 | KeithHinson
    I originally posted this as a reply but am new to this web site. Here it is as a new thread:Volunteers working with the Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief Unit honored the request of the host pastor to set aside canned water with an Anheuser-Busch logo. At no time was anyone deprived of water. In fact, there was a huge surplus of bottled and canned water available at the Clewiston relief site. There was never any disruption in the supply of water being given out to members of the public who continued to receive food, water and other types of assistance...
  • Computers Help Families Keep in Touch

    11/01/2005 4:11:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 366+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Nov 1, 2005 | Michelle Fayard, Commander
    GULFPORT, Mississippi, Nov. 1, 2005 - Through the efforts of Operation Homelink, personnel stationed at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, were able to receive 100 free, refurbished computers. The PCs, which are valued at more than $30,000, were given away during a four-hour period Oct. 28 to military families impacted by Hurricane Katrina, particularly those who have a service member preparing to deploy overseas. “This is an outstanding opportunity for our troops who suffered loss,” said Cmdr. Rodney Duggins, supply officer at the Seabee base. Northrop Grumman, one of the government’s largest providers of information technology systems and services, donated...
  • Cancun after the devestation: What the Media haven't reported.

    11/01/2005 3:00:03 PM PST · by Cplus · 29 replies · 2,067+ views
    COPLEY NEWS SERVICE ^ | Oct 30, 2005 | S. Lynne Walker
    In this resort city of 750,000, more than 314,000 jobs are generated by tourism. Every man, woman and child lives off money spent by visitors lured by the lovely beaches, coral reefs and calm, turquoise water. But when Wilma whipped into town on Oct. 21, the image Cancun had worked three decades to build was almost wiped out in 63 hours. The sea swept away part of the beach. The drainage system stopped up. Hundreds of hotels were damaged, along with scores of bars and restaurants. Galvanized steel electrical poles snapped like toothpicks and trees were stripped of their leaves,...
  • Wilma delivers big hit to citrus

    11/01/2005 3:26:43 AM PST · by NautiNurse · 31 replies · 563+ views
    bradenton.com ^ | Tue, Nov. 01, 2005 | MIKE SCHNEIDER
    ORLANDO - Florida grapefruit may be scarce in stores, and the price of orange juice may inch up slightly for consumers this winter, commodities analysts said Monday after a growers group estimated Hurricane Wilma had knocked 17 percent of the citrus crop off trees. Last week's Category 3 storm will cause the loss of $180 million worth of Florida citrus, or about 35.7 million boxes of fruit, according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Florida Citrus Mutual.The estimates are limited to crop damage and don't take into account the loss of infrastructure, such as packing houses and equipment.The early estimates...
  • Religious beliefs trump hurricane relief (Baptists Veto Beer Company's Water)

    10/30/2005 9:10:08 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 156 replies · 1,914+ views
    CLEWISTON — Hurricane victims who wanted water had some difficulty finding it at a relief station in Clewiston Friday. The volunteer group running a supply center doesn't like the company that donated the water, so they decided not to give it to those in line for help. Twenty-two pallets of the canned water, distributed free by beer company Anheuser-Busch, bears the company's label – and members of the Southern Baptist Convention refused to hand it out to those in need. Resident lined up for miles to receive food and water at the distribution point. But the water was left on...
  • Castro denies accepting US aid

    10/30/2005 6:34:58 PM PST · by Cagey · 3 replies · 394+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10-30-2005
    Oct 27, 2005 — HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Fidel Castro denied on Thursday that his Communist government had accepted U.S. aid for the first time in the wake of Hurricane Wilma. The U.S. State Department said earlier its longtime foe Cuba, whose own offer of help was snubbed by Washington after Hurricane Katrina, had for the first time "in memory" accepted U.S. disaster aid. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said a three-person U.S. assessment team was on stand-by to go to Cuba to see what was needed after Wilma flooded Havana and western shore areas this week. U.S. aid...
  • Hiram Lewis raise $500,000

    10/30/2005 12:12:43 AM PDT · by Patriot814 · 4 replies · 580+ views
    http://wvgazette.com/section/Today/2005102420 ^ | October 25 , 2005 | Paul J. Nyden
    A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate has raised more than $500,000 through his campaign committee, but has just a few weeks to file a new campaign report with the Federal Elections Commission. The FEC sent Morgantown lawyer Hiram Lewis IV a letter on Oct. 11 instructing him to file the proper “Statement of Candidacy” by Nov. 10. Reached on his cell phone in Louisiana, where he is serving with the National Guard in disaster relief efforts, Lewis said, “All they are concerned about is that I have two committees. You can only have one.”
  • Religious beliefs trump hurricane relief

    10/30/2005 11:20:54 AM PST · by gcruse · 93 replies · 1,574+ views
    NBC2 News OnLine ^ | October 29, 2005 | Danielle Pepe
    Link: Religious beliefs trump hurricane relief. Hurricane victims who wanted water had some difficulty finding it at a relief station in Clewiston Friday. The volunteer group running a supply center doesn't like the company that donated the water, so they decided not to give it to those in line for help. Twenty-two pallets of the canned water, distributed free by beer company Anheuser-Busch, bears the company's label – and members of the Southern Baptist Convention refused to hand it out to those in need.
  • Hurricane Wilma- Volunteers lead the water to horses

    10/30/2005 8:31:22 AM PST · by linkinpunk · 35 replies · 470+ views
    Hurricane Wilma Volunteers lead the water to horses Since Wilma knocked out the power, it's been almost impossible to pump well water for thirsty horses. By Associated Press Published October 30, 2005 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SOUTHWEST RANCHES - A "Slow for Horses" sign greets visitors as they enter this small ranching community about a half-hour's drive from Miami. Horses are a way of life here, so when the power is out, as it has been since Hurricane Wilma hit, it's a problem. Horses must drink several gallons of water a day - but the water is in wells and must be pumped...
  • The mystery of the eye

    10/30/2005 9:21:55 AM PST · by DogBarkTree · 30 replies · 1,536+ views
    NBC-2.com ^ | 10/27/2005
    LEE COUNTY? While watching NBC2 coverage of Hurricane Wilma about two dozen residents called the station reporting an unusual sighting. While watching a Doppler loop of Hurricane Wilma coming ashore, a number two appeared in the eye of the storm. In going back through the recorded Doppler loop, we found exactly what viewers were talking about. The image below was not altered in any way - it's a screen capture from the Doppler system. You can click 'play' above to watch the actual Doppler loop.
  • FReeper Laz's Account of Wilma and Aftermath

    10/29/2005 3:12:11 PM PDT · by laz · 102 replies · 2,174+ views
    10/29/05 | Laz
    As I jot this down on paper, it is Monday evening, October 24, and Hurricane Wilma is moving over the Atlantic after her morning rampage across South Florida. My power went out shortly before 7 AM as the eastern eyewall approached Miami-Dade, and I'm listening to ABC Channel 10 on my radio. They are reporting that 98% of both Broward and Miami-Dade Counties are without power, and FPL says it could take up to four weeks to restore all power. So I have no idea when anyone else will be able to read these words, but I'm putting them down...
  • FPL Asks the Public to Follow These Few, Simple Procedures

    10/29/2005 3:01:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 500+ views
    http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/051029/295015.html?.v=1 ^ | Saturday October 29, 1:06 pm ET
    MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2005--There are a few ways customers can help our crews speed up the restoration process. First, we would appreciate if they do not stop and ask the crews when power will be restored. When customers direct their questions to crews working in neighborhoods they slow the critical work of the crews whose goal is the prompt and safe restoration of electric service to all FPL customers left without service in the wake of Hurricane Wilma. Since crews receive assignments to work on particular line segments, they most likely do not know what other work must be completed...
  • Wilma May be Mexico's Costliest Disaster

    10/27/2005 9:26:14 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 480+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-28-2005 | Will Weissert
    Wilma May Be Mexico's Costliest Disaster Friday October 28, 2005 4:31 AM By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press Writer ISLA MUJERES, Mexico (AP) - Mexico's Caribbean coastline took a beating from Hurricane Wilma, but the resort area's islands - famous for their diving and snorkeling - bore the brunt of the storm, with extensive damage to reefs and white-sand beaches. Mexican insurance companies said Thursday that Wilma was likely to be the country's most costly disaster ever, with payments topping the $1.2 billion the industry dished out for 1988's Hurricane Gilbert. A U.S. cruise ship was sent Thursday to the island...
  • Cuba Accepts U.S. Aid Offer for First Time (Huricane Aid: Is Castro sick?)

    10/27/2005 11:19:06 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 34 replies · 1,364+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 10/27/2005 | ANNE GEARAN,
    Cuba has unexpectedly agreed to a quiet U.S. offer of emergency aid following Hurricane Wilma, and three Americans will travel to Cuba to assess needs there, the State Department said Thursday. Washington has routinely offered humanitarian relief for hurricanes and other disasters in Cuba, and Cuban leader Fidel Castro himself has routinely turned the offers down. After Hurricane Dennis pummeled the island in July, Castro expressed gratitude for Washington's offer of $50,000 in aid but rejected it. "This was the first time they have accepted an offer of assistance," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, at least based on the...
  • Will full juice be back for all by . . . Easter?

    10/27/2005 5:40:38 AM PDT · by blazneyez · 11 replies · 655+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Thu, Oct. 27, 2005 | DAVE BARRY
    Q. When am I going to get my electricity back? A. The latest statement from Florida Power & Light is that ``we expect to have all power in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties fully restored by, at the very latest, Easter.'' Q. How are the levees holding up? A. We spoke to a spokesperson for the South Florida Levee Authority (SFLA), who assured us that South Florida does not have any levees, but if we did, they would definitely be in bad shape.
  • Wilma's Aftermath (First hand account by a FREEPers spouse)

    10/27/2005 5:35:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies · 1,217+ views
    Free Republic | 10/25/05 | SFF's spous
    I am writing this to let you know the other side of the story. Today was a beautiful day in Broward County, Florida. I watch and heard about the angry line of people waiting for free water and ice. I had out-of-state friends watching these images call me in a panic, "Are you okay?" they asked. "What's it really like?" they asked, concerned for my safety.I said, "It's a beautiful day in South Florida!""What's it really like..." I see neighbors outside helping each other cutting down trees. I see people sharing supplies (water, charcoal, food...), I see people opening their...
  • Florida Governor Bush Admits Wilma Relief Effort Weak

    10/26/2005 9:37:56 PM PDT · by blam · 55 replies · 903+ views
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 10-26-2005
    Florida governor Bush admits Wilma relief effort weak Wed Oct 26, 7:20 PM ET MIAMI (AFP) - Victims of Hurricane Wilma's wrath in Florida pressured officials for relief as they suffered a third day without electricity and scant basic supplies, while Governor Jeb Bush admitted the emergency relief effort "didn't work as it should."AFP/Getty Images Photo: A mother and daughter leave with relief supplies at the Orange Bowl Stadium after Hurricane... The White House, meanwhile, announced that President George W. Bush, the governor's brother, would visit the hurricane-damaged region Thursday. In Mexico, officials estimated damage from the ferocious storm was...
  • GLADESGURU'S HOME AREA WAS HIT HARD

    10/26/2005 8:36:04 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 4 replies · 375+ views
    Me | 10/26/05 | swampsniper
    As near as I can tell looking at a map, Freeper gladesguru's homestead was right in the path of Wilma. He lives near Ochopee, does anyone have damage reports from that area?
  • Congressman Robert Wexler Blames Bush's Failure's In South Florida Response

    10/26/2005 8:39:08 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 36 replies · 971+ views
    Congressman Robert Wexler ^ | 10-26-05 | Robert Wexler
    FOR IMMEIDATE RELEASE October 25, 2005 Contact: Lale Mamaux Phone: (202)225-3001 Cell: (202)225-1913 Wexler Blasts President's Failure to Declare South Florida Counties Eligible for Individual Assistance in Aftermath of Hurricane Wilma Urges President to Immediately Designate Wilma Impacted Counties Eligible for Additional Forms of Federal Assistance (Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) is outraged thatPresident George Bush, in his disaster declaration regarding Florida earlier today, declared that certain federal funds were only going to be made available to Monroe, Lee and Collier Counties. According to a White House statement included below, three counties in Southwest Florida will be eligible...
  • Gov. Bush Takes Blame for Slow Wilma Aid

    10/26/2005 4:59:21 PM PDT · by blazneyez · 55 replies · 1,158+ views
    AP ^ | Oct 26, 2005 | CURT ANDERSON
    MIAMI Oct 26, 2005 — Gov. Jeb Bush took the blame Wednesday for frustrating delays at centers distributing supplies to victims of Hurricane Wilma, saying criticism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was misdirected. "Don't blame FEMA. This is our responsibility," Bush said at a news conference in Tallahassee with federal Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who oversees the agency.
  • Major Vanity Post--back online in the FLA Keys

    10/26/2005 3:09:38 PM PDT · by jsh3180 · 30 replies · 705+ views
    wooooooooooooooooooo freaking hooooooooooooo more to follow as soon as my giddiness stops