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Pinellas residents ready their sandbags for Fay

DUNEDIN — Stephen Beney has a bad heart, but as the sun beat down Monday he shoveled dirt into bags at Dunedin's free sandbag site.

He and his wife, Ann, both 78, already had tucked away their lighted artificial palm trees and flamingo statues, including the one that lights up at night.

As a final precaution, they thought they'd get some sandbags to barricade their garage and back door.

The couple moved to Dunedin 20 years ago from Ohio, where she worked as a telephone operator and he walked a mail route.

They didn't seem scared by Fay.

"We'll just take what comes and hope for the best," Ann Beney said.

Judy Blackwood of Clearwater decided to fill a few bags after picking up her daughter Marisa, 13, at the nearby Dunedin Fine Arts Center.

"We were laughing because they call them sandbags, but they are really dirt bags," Blackwood said.

She planned to pile the bags around her lanai. That will make the Blackwoods really prepared. They installed hurricane doors on the garage and hurricane film on their windows. They have plywood in reserve for big storms. A generator, too.

"It does help settle the nerves when you think you've done as much as you think you can," she said.

Pinellas residents ready their sandbags for Fay 08/18/08 [Last modified: Monday, August 18, 2008 8:21pm]
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