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In Pascagoola, Mississippi, our family walks on what was left of a multi-million dollar home right on a knoll at The Point. Before Hurricane Katrina, this home was said to be hurricane proof, our tour guide told us.

There were wall-to-wall businesses along this strip in Gulfport, Mississippi. Ironically, the only thing left standing was this billboard. Was God trying to tell us something about placing, oh, a little too much importance on material stuff?


Cemetery head stones were unearthed in Biloxi, Mississippi.


Not exactly Camelot. Lifted by swells that reached 26 feet, this rather large boat in Gulfport, Mississippi, ended up quite a ways inland.

Post Katrina Policy in Short


*To read the policy in full, see further below


We did a post-Hurricane Katrina Tour through the Gulf Cost of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana .


It looked like a war zone three to four streets in from the coast.


Wide swaths of houses, businesses, automobiles, boats decimated. Stories of death were everywhere.


Yet many people were a ways into rebuilding, including many big homes hugging the coast.


Just as it all was before.


In essence, it's like setting the bowling pins up again.


The salient question(s):


Should these homes be right on the coast here, in California, in Florida - in the first place? Or should these coast areas be National Park land with hiking trails, picnic areas, wide vistas so everyone, not just the well-off, can enjoy them?


Our administration would lobby for the latter, I told the Mississippi Press newspaper during the tour.

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