Manasota Key Ignored By Media During Hurricane Irma

Manasota Key Fl (Storch Report) — There’s a small sleepy barrier reef called Manasota Key on the southwest coast of Florida that the media apparently doesn’t know exists.

It’s 12 miles in length has about 1,229 inhabitants, according to the 2010 census, less now, is nestled as a sliver of land between the Gulf of Mexico to the West and Lemon Bay to the East, located within the confines of Englewood and hasn’t yet been discovered by even the local media.  If it had, you wouldn’t know it by its coverage, or the lack thereof, of the greatest disaster to hit the island in at least a half century.

Country singer Tim McGraw had a place here, the late Donna Summer, singer and song writer was here and Bobby Vinton, pop singer, has an estate here.  So as you can see it can be found, even by personalities with wealth.

Hurricane Irma struck on Sunday evening, there was the usual flooding, trees down, power outage, homes damaged and the Englewood Water district decided to shut off water and sewage to that portion of the Key that has it as a preemptive precaution, then a water main break occurred.

I have been living on the Key for some 30 years and have been in hurricanes here and in the Caribbean before – none of them should ever be taken for granted.

The media and meteorologists projections were for Irma to go up the eastern side of the state of Florida. They were wrong, it shifted to the West and because of the width of the storm Manasota Key was a target. Reporters from networks shifted from the East to West coasts.

Network reporters were placed in Marco Island, Naples, Fort Meyers by passing the barrier reefs of Captiva, Boca Grande, Palm Island, and Manasota Key, to Sarasota, Tampa and Jacksonville.

More importantly when it came to the local media they did the same thing taking feeds from AP and not doing what local media is suppose to do when covering the news.

FP&L and the Englewood Water District were less than informative, other than telling us they were working 24/7, which I am sure they were, but when it came to estimated time of restoration of basic needs, they were less than informative and at times surly in their responses.

During an informal survey by this reporter most felt from the news perspective that they were being treated like chop liver.

I am sure the public utilities were doing the best they could under the circumstances, but when coming to their public information service responses they were less than helpful and lacked any form of sophistication.

The rumor on the barrier reefs mentioned was that on a scale of 1 to 10 the barrier islands were last to be serviced.

Potential island dwellers beware.



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