“This place looks like it’s been bombed out”: Florida communities devastated by Hurricane Ian

25 October 2022 | Lisa Hall

Even in a state that’s no stranger to hurricanes, the destruction in the wake of Ian is staggering: more than 100 deaths, most by drowning; communities in tatters; the price tag for recovery estimated at more than $100 billion. We went to ground zero, on Florida’s southwest coast where Ian first roared ashore and where the hurricane’s fury was most severe.

A prescription for that may lie 12 miles northeast of hard-hit Fort Myers. Babcock Ranch is the brainchild of eco-conscious developer and former professional football player, Syd Kitson.

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