The public beaches are closed indefinitely, said Ernie Smith of the Gulf Shores Economic Development Department.
People should be able to visit public beaches by Nov. 1, Smith
said, but they will not be fully ready and equipped with showers and other facilities until spring.
"We won't be back to normal, but we'll be operating normally by spring break in April next year," Smith
said."Several condos will be ready for the snowbirds in December, but a lot of businesses won't.We'll be back and better than ever." Smith
said the good news is many of the older beachfront buildings destroyed by Hurricane Ivan were sold and scheduled for demolition and redevelopment anyway.
Many homeowners are still waiting to have their properties inspected by insurance adjusters and the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Unfortunately, the groups are overworked and spread thin because of Ivan and the multiple disasters in Florida.
"There aren't enough adjusters to go around," Smith