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Retired Port St. Lucie man has a lot of gardening work ahead after Hurricane Matthew

Posted at 1:15 PM, Oct 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-07 13:15:38-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Marty Jacobson is a retired police officer with the Stuart police department.

He enjoys spending his time gardening.

But after Hurricane Matthew passed through Port St. Lucie, he will have a lot of work ahead of him.

He says this hurricane was his first in a very long time where he didn't have to be at work, and it's the first he's had to weather alone.

Jacobson estimates the storm damaged about 200 banana trees on his property.

"Oh I love my gardening hobby. I trim my trees, I sing to my trees, I'm out here in the garden all the time and I guess I'll be spending a lot more time out here," Jacobson said. "I have plantains, I have a little pineapple bananas, I have apple bananas. I have bananas on top of bananas.

And even though it took two decades of hard work to get the banana trees to what they were before the storm, Marty says that he would prefer to be out in the field working than weather a storm like Hurricane Matthew again.