Jimmy Johnson

Former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson in pain, in tears — and in resolve to rebuild after Hurricane Irma

Former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson in pain, in tears — and in resolve to rebuild after Hurricane Irma

The dock is listing. The water main is broke. The big tiki hut sits on the ground, its thick poles shattered.

“That’s where we’d sit and talk about all the fish we caught,” Jimmy Johnson says.

The pool has six feet of sand in it. A car has sand up to its fender. And that shovel by the front door?

“Had to dig out the sand to get in the house,” he says.

The former Dolphins and University of Miami football coach looks around Thursday morning at his slice of paradise, six wooded acres in Tavernier that dead-end into the Atlantic Ocean. And he sees Hurricane Irma everywhere.

The saltwater pond? It’s destroyed, a moray eel floating dead in it. The ice machine...

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