posted on Aug, 15 2004 @ 11:18 PM
I am a florida resident, I moved here recently. I live in north Fort Myers. Punta Gorda ( wich is being called Ground Zero ) is less than 20 minuts
from my home. My home survived ( thankfully ) many peoples did not. However I must say, that anyone that was interviewd on the raidio who has lost
their home are keeping high spirits. Most saying that their just thankfull to be here and it was only material posessions. One lady even said she was
excited because now she gets to redecorate a whole new house. Major and local buisnesses are also helping in efforts to keep people from going hungry
and/or thirsty. There was a Winn Dixies in Pine Island ( that place also got slammed ) that was giving out free water and ice. They are going to be
tearing down their store due to damages. ( to add insult to injury the storm reconstructed the sign, it no longer says Winn Dixies but Winn DI
Local resteraunts all aroung the devistated areas are giving food to people. There is no electricity to keep the food fresh so what else are they to
do with it. And just the general attitude from people is friendly and caring.
I am at a hotel in Sarasota currently because my house has neither water nor electricity, and it is HOT without A/C. I met a young man here actually
from Punta Gorda, his house made it through the storm with only significant damage ( wich means its livable ). He knew many people who are now homless
and said they are all taking their loss well. " It really makes you apreciate what you have " he told me and that is just so true. Those of us who
made it through this storm are happy to be alive and will do what we have to, to get through this. We will do what we can to help others who are less
fortunate as well.
Now ive been hearing some news on the radio that really just makes me sick. For one thing, ( and this is to be expected somewhat ) Major looting in
many of the cities without power. A theif is just the lowest form of life IMHO and these people should be ashamed of themselves for taking advantage
of the situation like that. A picture in the news paper shows a man holding a sign saying " you loot, I shoot ". He was holding a sotgun in his lap
. Another way people are taking advantage of this disaster is through price gouging ( I think thats the correct term ). Store owners are raising
prices on basic nessesitys of life as well as other things of convinence. Water, batteries, gas, food, ect. Ive read in the news paper that over 100
accounts have already been reported. That is absolutly terrible. Those people should be put away ,if caught, for a very long time.
I gess you just gotta take the good with the bad. Tho from what i see there is moore good going on than bad. Its nice to hear about people helping
people on the news media for once, than your normal hollywood gossip or the regular violence that goes on in the world.
[edit on 15-8-2004 by Tr33stump]