WILBUR-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. — Not once since 89-year-old Jack Allaben and his wife bought their beachside Wilbur-by-the-Sea home in 1965 have they evacuated for a storm.
When they bought the home for the bargain price of $1,000, he said it was teetering on the edge of the sand. So they brought in boulders to reinforce it and have been enjoying their ocean view ever since.
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Allaben was luckier than some of his neighbors, who saw portions of their home fall into the ocean from the combined seawall damage from hurricanes Ian and Nicole back-to-back.
“Ian did a lot of damage, but Nicole finished it off,” he said.
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He said he and his neighbors would like to bring in more boulders to build up and reinforce the dunes again and hope that they don’t have another storm any time soon.
You can hear more about his story in the video above.
Photos: Wilbur-By-The-Sea homes damaged by Nicole
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