Charlotte Harbor, FL
this bridge connect Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.
Small town of Punta Gorda, where my parents live, got known by many when when residents of Punta Gorda climbed out of the shelters and started cleaning up after Hurricane Charley five years ago.
Hurricane Charley was the third named storm, the second hurricane, and the second major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. Charley lasted from August 9 to August 15, and at its peak intensity it attained 150 mph (240 km/h) winds, making it a strong Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The storm made landfall in southwestern Florida at maximum strength, thus making it the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew struck Florida twelve years before, in 1992.
Hurricane Charley was the first and strongest of four major storms that hit Florida in 44 days in 2004. In Charlotte County, Charley did $3.2 billion in damage, including 11,000 homes and 300 businesses. Fourteen deaths in the county were blamed on the storm.
The downtown Punta Gorda area that took a direct hit from the Category 4 storm on Aug. 13, 2004, now has many new brightly colored storefront businesses, hotels and restaurants. A sparkling new events center replaced an aging auditorium. A spruced up marina on Charlotte Harbor features shopping and a seafood restaurant touted as the largest eatery in southwest Florida.
Run-down mobile homes that Charley reduced to piles of sticks have been replaced by a new affordable housing complex. Six schools and six fire stations have been rebuilt. A new airport terminal has so far attracted two national carriers. Across the Peace River in Port Charlotte, the Tampa Bay Rays play their spring training games at a newly refurbished ball park.
The government-issued blue tarps that were ubiquitous on roof tops even a year after the storm are nowhere in sight. The few aesthetic remnants left are the trees out by Interstate 75 that were snapped in half as the tightly wound hurricane barged through.
from moving boat with Nikon D60, 18-55 mm, cp, nd2, raw
Charlotte Harbor finished in position 2 of Top Ten with same number votes as the winner in "No1. of the six main types of bridges, challenge! Beam Bridges. ":http://www.redbubble.com/bridge-art-photography... of Bridges September 9, 2010
Charlotte Harbor was WINNER of the challenge "The bridge. The setting. The story. Poem, film or painting. ":http://www.redbubble.com/bridge-art-photography... in the group Bridges Nov 1, 2009
Charlotte Harbor finished in position 2 of Top Ten in Bridges… of You’re Accepted
October 3, 2009
featured in Florida the Sunshine State September 11, 2009
December 15, 2009
Sold 1x Canvas Print of Charlotte Harbor
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1x Matted Print of Matted Print of Charlotte Harbor
Matte Color: Bright White