Wildwood still without power, food trashed at Pinellas Plaza

The City of Wildwood is still without power.

In addition to misery for residents, the aftermath of Hurricane Irma is taking a toll on business.

Thousands of pounds of food were being trashed Tuesday morning at the Winn-Dixie at Pinellas Plaza. The staff indicated that after the power went out, their backup generator ran out of fuel. The store has a relationship with a local food bank that picks up five days a week, but was unable to salvage the food because of the conditions. 

City offices are closed.

It is not known when power will be restored.

Foods was being trashed at a Pinellas Plaza in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Food was being trashed at a Pinellas Plaza in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Winn-Dixie employees were throwing out food.

Winn-Dixie employees were throwing out food.

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  1. Gidget Gibson says

    Do you realize that all the food, water and other consumable items that you overpurchased for the hurricane and you return gets thrown away. It can not be put back on the shelves or donated from the store. You can take it to your local food banks and donate it yourself. so if you are returning these type items because you “didn’t need them” you are worse than the stores throwing out food that has not be refrigerated and is unsafe.

  2. Nancy Fay says

    I just came from that Winn Dixie a few doors down from the Publix and their generator was working, store was open. Hopefully they don’t end up having the same issue as their neighbor.

  3. Claudette Catanese says

    Wouldn’t patronize any food retailer in the Plaza for a while. The entire Plaza must have been without (maybe still is) power. Establishments might not be as conscientious as Winn-Dixie!!!

  4. Gloria Dipinto says

    People Generators come in all Sizes from Portable Small home to Freight Car Large the problem is the fuel . Either large diesel Tanks or GAS underground for the operation or propane but all ARE regulated by the local authorities as to size . Natural Gas is unlimited IF Available in That Area .

  5. David Brindle says

    Just goes to show people didn’t fully read the article, the generator ran out off fuel, not that didn’t have one. Poor planning on their part to not have enough fuel,I just don’t understand why they don’t us NG for the generator, it’s more reliable than diesel and the supply comes from underground.

  6. Richard Andre says

    Same thing just happened at the store in Spanish Springs/La Plaza Grande South. They thought they had enough fuel until tomorrow but the generator doesn’t seem to agree.

  7. Wally Pietras says

    Did any of you folks READ the article? Generator RAN OUT OF FUEL!
    Of course that doesn’t bode well for their disaster planning. Also, exactly WHO was going to brave the storm to deliver/receive the food? Lighten up and be thankful.

    • Paula Russo says

      I thought I was the only one to catch that fact. Their back-up generator ran out of fuel. Who knows how long that food was defrosted or unrefridgerated…I’m sure they didn’t want any food poisoning issues or lawsuits.

  8. Ron Irwin says

    A company that large and they DON’T HAVE A BACK UP GENERATOR, SOMEONE NEEDS TO GET THEIR BUTTS CHEWED OUT FOR WASTING THOUSANDS OF 💵 OF FOOD WHEN THE FOOD BANKS AND SOUP KITCHENS COULD HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED I AM SURE THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE THAN HAPPY TO TAKE THE FOOD. OPERATION HOME BOUND WOULD HAVE TAKEN FOOD. SHAME SHAME

  9. Barbara McManus says

    I am the president of the Wildwood Soup Kitchen and I am shocked by this. The Soup kitchen is in need of food, especially bread. Can’t they take some there? If anyone wants to help with food for the soup kitchen, take it there tomorrow morning between 8am and noon. Please help us help them!!

    • Barbara McManus says

      I just went to Winn Dixie and talked with the manager. They did throw out all that food! They said that after 12 hours without power they have to toss it. They use generators for the LIGHTS!! The soup kitchen uses them for the FOOD!

  10. Bob Cochran says

    I am really surprised that Winn-Dixie does not have a generator, to at least run their freezers. What a waste. They are throwing away more than a generator would have cost.

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