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When Hurricane Charley hit in 2004, the Florida Attorney General's Office received about 2,000 complaints. A Days Inn Airport Hotel in Lakeland was forced to pay $70,000 for over-charging customers.
Twelve years ago, the longtime agent opened on Saturday after the region was rocked by Hurricane Charley, and customers were waiting in line.

In 2004, then-Gov. Jeb Bush used emergency authority to allow several Florida counties to delay the start of early voting after Hurricane Charley. Clinton aides declined comment on the suit earlier Monday, but maintain that under normal circumstances ...
David Beasley, president of insurance Recovery Inc., surveyed the damage and said that although it looked bad, the main strip was hit harder by Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Frances in 2004. "This is not much compared to those two. When Charley and ...
He expects to find two things during his assessment: severe damage to the east side and a total cost in damages that could exceed what the county endured in 2014 when Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Frances hit. Charley caused $106.8 million in ...
Gilreath expects a total cost in damages that could exceed what the county endured in 2014 when Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Frances hit.

Powalie was born after the last major hurricane to pass through the area, Hurricane Charley in 2004, and said he was "a little nervous" but also excited for his first big storm.
Adams says after seeing the effects of Hurricane Charley just 12 years ago, she and her husband didn't waste any time in hauling their nine family members and five pets to eight hours to Auburn.
... roots "snapped" because of the rot. Then owner of the irrigation company had not seen the damage yet, said an employee of the business.
U.S. President George W. Bush (L) and his brother Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) talk to local residents while touring the damage left by Hurricane Charley in Punta Gorda, Florida, on Aug. 15, 2004. more +. FRANCES AND CHARLEY, 2004: After two ...
Heather Flores held her 1-year-old son, Bronx, while settling into a shelter with her other children at Lyman high school in Longwood, Fla.
Hurricane Charley passed through southwestern Florida as a powerful Category 4, weakening as it approached the Carolinas. Gov.
The one that I happened to be there for, Hurricane Charley in 2004, was the most direct hit and had the most impact on both the resort and the surrounding areas.
These roads and driveways of several neighborhoods in the Surfside/garden City area were flooded, due to high winds and water because of Hurricane Floyd.
Officials said the storm could be worse than Hurricane Charley, which ripped across Florida in August 2004, coming ashore in Punta Gorda and cutting a swath across the state.
"(When Hurricane) Charley came through, we lost cell phones. So a shelter manager couldn't call the EOC; they had to turn to us," ham radio operator Randy Payne said.

Matthew has been compared to Hurricane Charley, which in 2004 made landfall on Florida's gulf Coast at maximum strength as a Category 4 storm that became the most destructive hurricane to hit the U.S.
The last time the park was closed was for Hurricane Charley in 2004, and before that Floyd in 1999. "A lot of gas stations were running out with fuel for people," said Foss, "Disney property was lucky enough to have gas for people, but a lot of people ...
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"Sit and be worried?" They packed a car to evacuate, but decided McCauley's house is where they feel safest. The single-story tan home was rebuilt after being completely destroyed 11 years ago during Hurricane Charley and has hurricane-proof windows, ...
(WTSP) -- People who live in the Country Oaks neighborhood in Lake Wales are getting ready for hurricane Matthew. They're testing their generators, bringing in outdoor plants and furniture, and stocking up on bottled water.
2004: Hurricane Charley was the first of three storms to batter Volusia and Flagler counties in 2004. Charley's top winds speeds approached 150 mph when it made landfall near Fort Myers, eventually crossing the state and following the Atlantic coast.
Hurricane Charley in 2004 was the last Category 4 to hit Florida. It was a fast-moving buzz saw of a storm that packed 150 mph winds.
hurricane Matthew could be worse than Charley. Pictures: Hurricane Charley. Hurricane Charley was the first of four hurricanes to hit the Sunshine State in 2004.
Hurricane Charley crossed directly over Polk as Hermine soaks the coast. CONNECT TWEET PINTEREST. Tampa -- Sandbags are available at different locations, dependent on the counties involved.
It was a common theme for residents in the Naples Park area recovering from the effects of Hurricane Charley. (Photo: Naples Daily News).
The Central Florida Parks only close if directly threatened by a hurricane. In 2004, Hurricane Charley caused the theme parks to close early one day and remain closed the following day and in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd caused the theme parks to open late.
Cautioning that "we've been through this before" - a reference to the dark period during and following 2004's Hurricane Charley - Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs advised Central Florida residents Wednesday to prepare for major hurricane Matthew ...
"Throughout its more than 100 years of service, GRU has prepared for and restored power following storms of several magnitudes, including the Category 3 Hurricane Charley in 2004," said Patrick Donger, a GRU spokesman. Both county and GRU officials ...
Volunteers in 2005 throw old tar paper off a roof in Arcadia that was severely damaged by Hurricane Charley in 2004. (Photo: Naples Daily News).
When Hurricane Charley made its way through the Orlando area in 2004, Renell Daniels, who now lives in Bradenton, remembers not being prepared.
Many homes in Port Charlotte have heavy roof damage after taking a beating from Category 4 winds that were brought on by Hurricane Charley last Friday. Damage to Southwest Florida is an estimated $11 billion. (Photo: Justin L. Fowler).
Part of the preparations for a full house include constant monitoring of the storm. "Remember (Hurricane) Charley?" she said.
"We've been through this before," she said, recalling Hurricane Charley, the worst of three Tropical storms that blew through Central Florida in 2004.
Anne M. Loehnert, left, sits on what was her home with her friend, Jane McCallum at Wind Mill Village in Punta Gorda, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, as she and other residents deal with the devastation of Hurricane Charley. (Photo: Julie Fletcher ...
Johnson recalled that she was living in Howey-in-the-Hills when Hurricane Charley rampaged through Central Florida on Aug. 13, 2004.
Florida had been all but free of hurricanes for more than a decade, until the category 1 Hurricane Hermine made landfall in early September.
For the past 17 years, the Sanibel artist's distinctive imagery has evolved from quintessential flirtatious beach fun to tackle serious subjects such as Hurricane Charley, lost island landmarks and the horrors of the holocaust. Today, the 65-year-old ...
After Hurricane Charley destroyed a large portion of low-income homes in 2004, Catholic Charities set forth to provide homes for farm workers and their families.
Rick Scott, in a prepared statement, cautioned Floridians to prepare ahead of time. Matthew currently is the strongest storm since Hurricane Charley hit southwest Florida in August 2004, causing $15.1 million in damages. It went northeast and passed ...
Compare Ike with Hurricane Charley in 2004. Charley is arguably the most infamous hurricane to hit Southwest Florida when it slammed Charlotte County especially hard as a category four storm.
In 2004, the Sarasota resident signed on full time, for what he thought would be a couple years, to help PGD rebuild after Hurricane Charley made a wreck of the place, destroying 18 buildings. The airport, however, stayed in a perpetual state of ...
And in 2004, after Charlotte was struck by Hurricane Charley, North Port moved water to its neighbor via pipeline. In fact, the entire four-county region is connected in some fashion, fulfilling one of the original goals of the authority, which was ...
Among the most recent issues there is the high price of oil, the recession markets of its main export products, sugar, and nickel, damage from hurricanes (Hurricane Charley made losses of around 1 billion dollars), the recession in tourism and the ...
After Hurricane Charley in 2004, I wrote about Florida's then-Attorney General, Charlie Crist, making political hay about hotels raising their prices for rooms, and Washington politicians "waxing paladinic" against stores hiking prices for bottled ...
Charlie Crist lambasted merchants for raising prices after Hurricane Charley. The USA Today piece about it, titled "After the storm come the vultures," detailed the legal and legislative remedies Crist embraced amid complaints of price gouging.
Mitchell started the job the Monday after Hurricane Charley back in 2004. He immediately went to work helping Punta Gorda rebuild with 15 miles of paved trails that make up the Harborwalk and the Punta Gorda Pathways trail system.
When Hurricane Charley blew through in 2004, it left a wide swath of destruction, ripping up miles of mangroves that haven't recovered.
Mitchell started the job the Monday after Hurricane Charley back in 2004. He immediately went to work helping Punta Gorda rebuild with 15 miles of paved trails that make up the Harborwalk and the Punta Gorda Pathways trail system.





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