Five years after nearly being wiped off the map by Hurricane Rita, the new coastal community Holly Beach has a totally new look. Twenty new homes stand in the place of where over 500 homes and camps once thrived. These new homes have been built under a new set of codes and elevation requirements that should make them storm proof.
One of the first builders to return and rebuild was Gene Reynolds, who ran into a few problems with the new requirements set by the state. Before Reynolds could start building, he had to purchase at least four lots, as well as have a working sewer installed.
Along with the new codes, there are new elevation requirements that would add on an additional 30 to 50 thousand dollars to the rebuilding costs.
“We’re always going to rebuild here” says Brenda Abshire owner of Holly Beach RV Park, who rebuilt here for the second time. Although Brenda found it hard to come back and see the destruction, she recalls it wasn’t hard to find her property.
Brenda says it’s hard to look at the pictures from before the storm, thinking of all the culture lost in the storm. In a more uplifting tone Brenda has been encouraged by the three new homes completed over the summer.
Residents of Holly Beach and Cameron Parish encourage all to come and experience the breathtaking sites of Louisiana’s natural landscape.