A monument stands in downtown Punta Gorda paying homage to the resilience of the town in the face of Hurricane Charley. “The Spirit of Punta Gorda” consists of two palm trees made of metal—one is bent to show the power of hurricane winds; the other is standing tall to show the strength of the people to survive the storm. A sundial is also built into the structure, fixed on 4:29 p.m.—the moment when the downtown clock stopped as the storm struck.

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