Ian ruins man-made reefs, brings algae bloom to Florida
Hurricane Ian not only ravaged southwest Florida on land but was destructive underwater as well. It destroyed man-made reefs and brought along red tide, the harmful algae blooms that kill fish and birds, according to marine researchers who returned last week from a six-day cruise organized by the Florida Institute of Oceanography. Researchers who used the cruise to study marine life in the Gulf of Mexico following the hurricane say it left in its wake red tide and destroyed artificial reefs from as far away as 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the coast of southwest Florida.news.yahoo.com
‘Imagine … 500 people in the waiting room.’ Broward medical reserve moves into action after Hurricane Ian
Got time and healthcare expertise? The Broward County Medical Reserve Corp., a group of volunteer medical professionals who help out in disasters or emergencies, is responding to the varied medical needs of hundreds who now are homeless after Hurricane Ian’s destructive winds and flooding.sun-sentinel.com
Mayor travels to Fort Myers to deliver supplies, coordinate county response
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava recently traveled to Fort Myers, in the wake of Hurricane Ian, to deliver critical supplies for the search and rescue team, assess damage, meet with local officials and determine how Miami-Dade County can best assist with recovery and rebuilding efforts. In times of need, I’m proud that our humanity shines bright,” said Mayor Levine Cava. She then met with Lee County Administrator Roger Desjarlais to review coordinating plans and determine areas of need Miami-Dade can fill. Mayor Levine Cava then went to the supply staging site managed by the Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) to assist in the organization and distribution of supplies, where the organizers reported a total of 24 trucks so far have delivered donations valued well over $1 million. To see more #Miaminews from #Aventura to #Coralgables to #SouthMiami, #Pinecrest, #Palmetto Bay and #Cutler Bay and all throughout #Miamidadecounty go to:www.communitynewspapers.comcommunitynewspapers.com
Amid their own struggles, Florida’s immigrant workers ready to rebuild storm-battered state
It is Fort Myers’ poor immigrant workers who will soon help rebuild the city from the ground up, removing Hurricane Ian debris from people’s lawns, painting their homes, and fixing their roofs. Yet they do not have the same means to rebuild their own homes, even as they repair the homes of others.sun-sentinel.com
Their father, 87, evacuated for Hurricane Ian. Rattled by storm surge, he died in his car
The day Hurricane Ian hit Florida, Tom Cummiskey, 87, had evacuated his Fort Myers trailer and was driving about 35 miles east from the coast, fielding calls on his flip phone from friends and family urging him to get off the road.news.yahoo.com
He swam to safety from of his flooded Florida home as Hurricane Ian destroyed his business: "I lost my entire life"
The owner of Fort Myers' Green Cup Cafe describes how Hurricane Ian forced him to battle carbon monoxide and raging floodwaters as it tore through his beloved small business.cbsnews.com
Hurricane Ian has the potential to be the most costly hurricane in Florida history
Growing the Voices of Our FutureThe Westside Gazette Newspaper is honored to feature these editorial contributions made by local students. Hurricane Ian has the potential to be the most costly hurricane in Florida history, wreaking havoc on towns from the state’s western coast to interior cities like Orlando. The most severe wind and rain occurred in southern coastal communities such as Fort Myers and Naples, where several neighborhoods were completely destroyed. They don’t look the same as they used to. Buildings that were formerly community landmarks are no longer standing.” Many of the Ian-related deaths have been recorded in Lee County, which encompasses Fort Myers and Sanibel Island in southeastern Florida, where at least 42 people perished.thewestsidegazette.com
Survivors cope with destruction on Sanibel Island
Florida's Sanibel Island bore the brunt of Hurricane Ian, as homes were destroyed and the only bridge connecting the island to the mainland was knocked out. Those who survived the storm now face the daunting task of repairing what remains. Manuel Bojorquez has more.news.yahoo.com
Gas station stores in Lee, Collier counties become havens amid Hurricane Ian’s havoc
Hurricane Ian’s aftermath in Lee and Collier counties means driving through inundated streets despite a gas shortage, shopping only with cash at the few stores open, staying away from damaged electric poles, and finding boats stuck in unlikely areas.
People trapped, 2.7M without power as Ian drenches Florida
Hurricane Ian destroyed a cross-section of Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, forcing patients from nursing homes and hospitals, cutting off a popular barrier island and obliterating a historic waterfront pier. Nearly 2.7 million people lost power as rain fell and waters rose.
Florida man pleads guilty to $2.6M COVID-19 relief fraud
Daniel Joseph Tisone, 35, of Naples, pleaded guilty Monday in Fort Myers federal court to wire fraud, bank fraud, illegal monetary transaction and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, court documents show. He faces up to 60 years in federal prison at a hearing scheduled for Dec. 5.