Signs, signs, everywhere signs—including Mike Haridopolos' house - Florida Politics

Signs, signs, everywhere signs—including Mike Haridopolos’ house

Mike Haridopolos didn’t let something like a plywood shortage stop him from protecting his Melbourne home with Hurricane Irma on the way.

The former Senate President (2010-12) instead put his old campaign signs to use, using them to cover a large window on the front of his house, on the Banana River about a mile from the Atlantic.

As he posted on Twitter this morning: “Long lines and no plywood left at local stores yesterday so we decided to improvise. #stayawayirma.”

“My wife came home yesterday and started laughing,” he said in a phone interview. “I said, ‘Look honey, I’m just trying to protect ourselves.’ It’s better than nothing.”

For good measure, he double-layered the signs and used duct tape to secure in between them, he said. Luckily, the rest of the windows on his home are hurricane-resistant.

He said he’s gotten hold of more plywood to put up today, but is thinking of covering the rest of the big window with the remaining signs he has left. He and his family plan to evacuate later today.

Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.
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