Well, I'm screwed. A guy from the power company just came over and banged on my door and then told me that because the electrical pole bringing power to my house was pulled down and the wires are sagging they have to cut my power off. And apparently the power will remain off until I can get a permit from the town and hire an electrician to re-wire me.
And, in fact, they just cut my power off. So I'm gonna pack up the car again and move over to the mainland where I figure I'll be staying until I can get this sorted out. Staying on the beach without air conditioning isn't really an option, not least because the damn dogs are so prone to overheating.