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Punta Gorda Hurricane

The images were taken on a brief visit to Punta Gorda, FL on October 5, 2004, eight weeks after Hurricane Charley blew through with 140 mph winds and destroyed much of the area. The downtown area is still virtually closed with maybe 25% of the businesses open. All the traffic lights have been replaced. The hotels you see are roofless.
Sandy met me at the Celtic Ray, which never closed. It's one of the few places in town still open!
I then went by Sandy's Raw Bar and Kathleen's Maple Leaf C.C.
The whole area was hit hard, but lots of work is going on and they'll recover. Lots of blue tarp everywhere.
At Maple Leaf C.C. the landscaping looked ok for the most part. I wasn't able to find a garden for Kathleen, but it was getting dark everything was closed and I wasn't sure where to look.
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Best Western on the waterfront. We stayed here.
Best Western on the waterfront. We stayed here.
Across the street.
Across the street.
Best Western parking lot.
Best Western parking lot.
Parking lot nearby full of collected debris.
Parking lot nearby full of collected debris.
Nearby hotel.
Nearby hotel.
Holiday Inn on the water.
Holiday Inn on the water.
Holiday Inn rooms.
Holiday Inn rooms.
The Celtic Ray. The two story section is now closed due to roof damage.
The Celtic Ray. The two story section is now closed due to roof damage.
The Celtic Ray. The front bar section here is still open.
The Celtic Ray. The front bar section here is still open.
The closed section. Kevin (the owner) still has a sense of humor.
The closed section. Kevin (the owner) still has a sense of humor.
Street beside The Celtic Ray.
Street beside The Celtic Ray.
Rear view of Celtic Ray.
Rear view of Celtic Ray.
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