JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Almost 4 months since Hurricane Matthew swept up Florida’s east coast, Huguenot Park reopened to the general public Tuesday.
The October storm swept away dunes and washed out roadways, and News4Jax received a primary-look Tuesday at a few of the enhancements. However Jacksonville leaders stated there’s nonetheless much more work to be achieved.
A few of the park’s first guests since its reopening included Lucy Goulet and Atlantic Seashore resident, Sheila Tasker.
“I do not assume I’ve ever been right here the place there isn’t any one on the seashore,” Tasker stated.
Jacksonville Councilman Al Ferraro stated the town has spent greater than $500,000 in the direction of repairs and cleanup, together with particles removing, rebuilding pavilions and refurbishing loos.
He stated the damages add as much as greater than $1 million.
“As a way to get anyplace close to the seashore, we needed to come via the parking tons. We could not drive alongside the water like we used to do,” Tasker stated.
Guests observed there’s nonetheless a whole lot of work to be carried out, reminiscent of tearing up and changing elements of the primary street resulting in the campgrounds.
“There’s loads of erosion and it type of seems to be like, when the storm occurred, that this space was breached and bumped into the river,” stated Jacksonville resident Scott Ketchum.
Not all the repairs have been accomplished as a result of the town continues to be ready to listen to again about funding from the Federal Emergency Administration Company, in accordance with Ferraro. However he had acquired so many requests from individuals wanting to return out to Huguenot Park that metropolis leaders determined to open it up early.