Made it through "Charley", though he sure was NOT MY DARLING. In case you do not know I live in poor battered Port Charlotte. The devastation is very bad, reminds me of London during the Blitz (yes I was there also)
My daughter had insisted I stay at her house"it will be safer" she lied!!!!!!!! The house is destroyed, we sheltered in the hall way with a matress pulled over us to protect us from flying debris.
My own condo building and condo were damaged but at least it is livable, so for now my daughter and son in law are sleeping on my floor, do not know what can be done to find them somewhere to live (they are insured and can rebuild, but we only have 5 licensed builders) 10,000 house have been destroyed, all the schools damaged . all three hospitals were damaged so we have "MASH" type units set up
Power and water came back on in my cond on Tuesday so life is easier in that respect. Few stores are open, gas very difficult to find, but help from other communities has been wonderful .
I long for October, and the luxury of the Summit. !
Evelyn--We understand your situation. At least you and your family are with us. We have sent many prayers to all of us who were effected with the damage that Charley did. He only gave us a glancing blow here in Ocoee and that we are thankful. Hang in there and as we have said "it cant get worse and better is on the way".
Cruising on Royal Princess: April, 25 2015. Transatlantic: Port Everglades to Southampton
Evelyn, thank you for checking in with us and letting us know you are all ok. It's hard knowing just how many of our Cruisemates friends live in the areas where there was so much damage. My prayers are with you and your family.
Builders have a way of coming out of the woodwork (no pun) when such things happen. Insurance companies may be helpful in arranging for cleanup and rebuilding. Take advantage of any and all programs offered for assistance, it's always good to utilize someone else's money.
Of course you have , along with all our "battered" cruisemates, been in our thoughts and prayers.
I will take very good care of Summit for you from Sept 17 through Oct 1 and promise not to use up all the fun, eat all the food or drink all the booze.
Thank goodness you are all safe . Stuff can be replaced.
May each day looking forward be brighter for you and your family.
I had no idea there is someone else out there from Port Charlotte! Where do you live? My MIL lives on Lincoln <or whats left of it> Right in the same area where Georgios is.
Let me know! If I can be of any help at all please do not hesitate to ask. I am down there everyday to help my MIL. The biggest thing is ICE> I am trying to find it everyday for her elderly neighbors. I am surprised you are in P>CH since you seem to be having power. But they did turn on a few street lights again but not many.
Dec 18, 2014 Caribbean Princess
June 1st 2015--- Denali Explorer Cruise on Star Princess!
I live in Sarasota/Bradenton area , know what you are going through. This would have been my 1st real hurricaine. I was scared.......... I was ready to hit the road Friday AM/ I work in Publix and we closed early. Sorry that you lost everything, like everyone said, you have your life. Stay strong and rebuld slowly. We don't have anyother family here to have helped us out. Your lucky for family.
I live at 2437 Harbor Blvd, (Essex House Apt 110) the Condos near both St Joes and Fawcett Hospitals. My daughter "lives" on Gifford, a block from Culteral Centre. Yesterday they purchased a used trailer, and tomorrow will put it on their lot, so they can be on hand to re build. They will be glad to sleep on something other than my floor
I am very lucky, we got back water, electric and phone late last week. I am so very ready for a cruise - only 9 weeks to go .