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Hurricane Hermine Doesn't Close Historic Gibson Inn

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Despite the threat of Hurricane Hermine, it’s business as usual at the historic Gibson Inn in Apalachicola.

General Manager Sharon Soderholm says the hotel filled after nearby St. George Island was evacuated.

Soderholm says heavy rains are pelting the porch and the wind is gusting up to 25 miles per hour.

“People are up in their rooms, we have some in the bar. Everybody is nice and calm and just having a good time.”

The iconic hotel has withstood dozens of storms since it was built in 1907, Soderholm says. She says she plans to stay with the property through the night just in case.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.