Officials to tour Punta Gorda 10 years after storm

By News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Aug 13 2014 10:23:18 AM EDT
Updated On: Aug 13 2014 10:45:29 AM EDT

Aug. 2004: Hurricane Charley came ashore hours after Tropical Storm Bonnie, the first time two tropical cyclones hit within a 24-hour period.

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will visit a southwest Florida community Wednesday, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Charley.

Hurricane Charley was a Category 4 storm when it slammed into the coast on Aug. 13, 2004 near Cayo Costa, just north of Captiva. It was the strongest storm to hit the state since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. In Charlotte County, Charley did $3.2 billion in damage. Fourteen deaths in the county were blamed on the storm.

Putnam and Bush are scheduled to meet with emergency management officials in Punta Gorda and the Enterprise Charlotte County Economic Council about recovery effort.

Putnam and Bush toured the area in the hurricane's aftermath, along with then-President George W. Bush.

Comments

The views expressed below are not those of News4Jax or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus