One person left a sign saying goodbye to his neighbors. His home was a pile of rubble. The message above, “Don’t touch,” could mean “be careful” or it could mean “don’t take anything that isn’t yours.”
In a recent report I complained that demolitions in Tropicana had not begun after a month. But be careful of what you wish for: the demolition crews have now arrived in full force and they are working at multiple sites at high speed.
As a result, some parts of the park look like a war zone, and huge trucks sometimes block the streets causing traffic jams. The big steam shovels are moving loads of destroyed metal housing, and as you go by on foot, car or golf cart, you can’t help but imagine that one of those loads, swinging through the air, might fall on your head.
But, not to complain, because as soon as all the demos are done, new trailer homes can arrive and be installed, but, as you might imagine, there may be difficulty finding available houses to be moved here.
I worry about medical issues such as mold. While the tornado blasted through Tropicana Park, there was a heavy rain, and mold can be very dangerous health-wise and can hide in the walls and under houses.
And there might be respiratory problems in folks roaming around by the wrecks or even working inside to find personal items. I think of 9-11 and the health problems that developed short-term or long-term after the attacks.
CAROLE KING: “Sweet Seasons.”
Paul Goldfinger, MD, Tropicana Forum 3/11/22.