Good morning. Today is quartidi, the 24th of Vendémiaire, Year CCXXXI. We celebrate l'amaryllis, a winter stunner.
Hurricane Betsy was no joke in 1965. Crossing the Bahamas to brush across the tip of the Floridian peninsula before scooping up the Gulf of Mexico to hit New Orleans directly and breach the levees like another storm would 40 years later, Betsy was the first hurricane to cause $1 billion of damage in the United States.
Palm Beach was northerly enough to escape the main wrath of the storm, but there was another kind of havoc wreaked. A 411-foot, 10,400-ton cargo ship had its route flummoxed by Betsy and ran aground on Singer Island, parking her massive bulkhead right next to the dining patio of the Rutledge Hotel. And that's how the long stay of the Amaryllis began.