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10/10/05

Pascagoula Beachfront Residents Look To Future

Al Frank is putting the finishing touches on his new deck. It's one thing he needs to make his camper trailer livable.

"My relatives keep saying, 'It's small. You don't have enough storage space." And I say, 'Why do I need storage space, but I don't have anything to store?'"

Frank still can't believe Katrina washed his three bedroom home right off of the slab.

"It was built to withstand storms. The rafters at the peek were bolted together rather than nailed," Frank says. "It wasn't enough for this. We'd like to build it back the way it was."

Ten days after the storm, Frank came back to start the process. But he says it's not that easy. Everything takes time.

"Things that used to take me 30 minutes to do now take me two hours to do."

Everyday there's a laundry list of chores. Today he needs to get updates from the insurance company and buy some propane.

"My hot water and refrigerator run off of propane, so I've got to do that," Frank says.

He's also been collecting pieces of his old home.

"It's my brick," Franks says, pointing to several stacks of bricks. "I'm the only one who had Old Mobile Brick."

Those bricks along with a sprouting tree give Frank reasons to keep going.

"It's hard to accept it, but then you think for a minute and you have to."

Frank says, of course, living in a camper is not something he wants to do forever.

"Oh no. I can't live here the rest of my life. Although I'm 80 years old and that might not be too long."

By Jaimee Goad

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