1 Year Later: Remembering Hurricane Ian

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Hurricane Ian 2022

By Michele D. Baker 

September is one of the best times in southwest Florida – temperatures are beginning to ease and the beaches and theme parks are noticeably less crowded.  

Grandparent’s Day is September 10, so here are some great ways to celebrate: 

  • Grab your National Parks pass, because September is a great time to visit The Everglades National Park as the alligators are most active during this part of the wet season! 
  • Take your grandkids for a swim or a picnic on the beach. (Don’t forget the sunscreen.) 
  • Have a family portrait taken in a fun location, like the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota

There’s so much to do in September, with something fun in every city. Check out the Around Town section in each printed issue for local listings, but if you’re willing to drive a bit and you’re feeling crafty, consider visiting Vintage Market Days at Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers on September 15-17 or the 25th Annual Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival on September 16-17. Stroll through the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks Arts and Crafts Festival on September 22. 

Need some medical advice? Try the St. Petersburg Medical Flair 4 Healthy Lifestyles Expo on September 16 at The Coliseum. If you believe laughter is the best medicine, be sure to get tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa on September 28! 

Related: Hurricane Ian One Year Later: Fort Myers Is Coming Back

This September is also the one-year anniversary of the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian. Charlotte County, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers and Lee County were among the hardest hit by 150-mile-per-hour winds and a 60-mile-wide eyewall. Despite massive damage, Floridians pulled together and are making progress. Fort Myers even has a new slogan – “Savor the Shore” – to remind us that no matter what, the coast will come back stronger than ever.  

Whatever you do, take a moment to relax, give thanks, and enjoy your September in sunny Florida. 

Until next time, 

Michele 

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