2005 Cruise of SW Florida
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Ft Pierce to Ft Myers
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Punta Gorda
Boca Grande
Gulfport & St Pete, Fl

Punta Gorda

We left Cayo Costa on Wednesday the Feb. 16th and motored to Punta Gorda at the intersection of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor. We had been seeing signs of hurricane damage ever since we left Ft. Pierce, but we found the most severe damage in Punta Gorda. That area felt the full brunt of Hurricane Charlie when the eye of the storm went directly overhead. 

We spent our first night at an anchorage near a shopping center called Fisherman's Wharf. We dinghied over to the Fisherman's Marina only to find that it had been severely damaged and basically abandoned. It's hard to see from my picture but the Marina office is heavily damaged and most of the windows broken out. The shopping center next door was open for business but there were signs of reconstruction everywhere.

At the anchorage we met members of a local boating club who were kind enough to invite us over for cocktails and later to dinner back at a local restaurant in the shopping center. One of the club members was also a member of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. He told us that the clubhouse was closed for extensive hurricane repair but to check with the dock master to see if we could stay at their transient dock. The dock master reluctantly agreed to let us stay overnight which gave us enough time to walk over to the local shopping center to restock. While at the local West Marine store I spotted a map showing the progress of the eye of Hurricane Charley. It passed right over the shopping center we were standing in.

We anchored out a couple more nights  in Charlotte Harbor before motoring on to Boca Grande. 

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Former Fisherman's Marina Office Hurricane Damage To Shopping Center More Signs Of Damage
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Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club Clubhouse CHYC Clubhouse Under Repair Moby In CHYC Slip At Night