|Shell Point staff Sherry Brown and Lynda Berger count their blessings after a long two days.|
FORT MYERS – In August, Hurricane Charley came ashore in Southwest Florida, causing extensive damage throughout the area. But residents of Shell Point were out of harm’s way, thanks to the multi-million dollar shelter provided for just this purpose.
Their port in any storm is the facility’s employee parking garage, which works overtime as a hurricane shelter – built strong enough to withstand a Category Five storm, with winds up to and beyond 200 mph.
While Hurricane Charley advanced, the management team of Shell Point was putting its hurricane plan into action. “We knew this was a fast approaching storm and had the potential to come ashore right at our location,” said Peter Dys, president of Shell Point. “For two days we watched the storm, while moving the pieces into place that would be required if it hit us.”