Hurricane Irma: Stan's in Goodland has extensive flooding and wind damage
A flap of metal roof clanged lazily in the wind as fallen trees and collapsed homes rested silently in Goodland.
An inch of mud covered many of the roads Monday, and some of the floors of homes and businesses, a sign of the high water mark of the floods brought in by Hurricane Irma.
The storm collapsed homes and tore off roofs in this small peninsula just off of Marco Island seemingly at random.
Terry Naftal stood near the complete ruins of what had been his friend’s double-wide trailer, looking at his own stilted home, not much bigger than a double-wide trailer itself, across the street.
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Naftal’s home was barely touched.
“I can’t believe my place is still standing,” he said. “It’s been there 47 years.”
All it needed was water and electricity.
Others had windows punched out or roofs torn off. A royal palm tree was knocked over and split through the middle by a fence post. One boat rested upside-down over a dock near the public boat launch. Walker’s Coon Key Marina collapsed and yachts piled on top of each other in the yard.
Trees covered at least one home completely, crushing the front end of a car. Another fallen tree blocked off just about every inch around Emilee Lake’s home, but left the home, itself, intact.
“Nothing destroyed here that can’t be put back together,” Lake said, adding that she had three chainsaws inside ready to cut the tree out of her yard.
Lake, who stayed in Goodland during Hurricane Wilma in 2005, took shelter in friend’s home in Golden Gate for Irma.
“I won’t ever stay here for a hurricane again,” she said.
Slowly a handful of home and business owners began to walk and drive around the quirky, welcoming and sometimes wild community of about 250 people.
Two men in a white truck circled around asking passersby if they were all right.
Kelly Kirk, of Kirk Fish Co., said their fleet of boats had been spared, but flooding had knocked out the refrigeration to the fish house. A shed had been destroyed. She and her parents, who all own the stone crab fishery together, were still trying to tally the damage.
“We talked to the fire marshal and he said it could be at least two weeks before we get power back” Kirk said.
Flood water brought in a foot of mud that covered the grills and floors of Stan’s Idle Hour, the ever-popular restaurant and bar that marks the entrance of Goodland.
The storm also took out a few windows, knocked down the outdoor band stage and sent some picnic tables flying toward a canal.
But it left the roof, said Ryan Gober, son of the owner, who was taking stock of the damage.
Stan’s is closed now for season and had planned on reopening in October.
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“We will open,” Gober said. “We’re going to be out here every day with chainsaws.”
Gober hopped on the back of a friend’s pickup truck that was heading near his house, which also didn’t fare well in the flooding. The sun beat down and Gober took another look at Stan’s.
“Another beautiful day in Goodland,” he shouted and truck drove off.