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Florida’s Retiree Population Bears Brunt of Hurricane Ian (1)

Sept. 30, 2022, 9:13 PM

The promise of sandy beaches, mild winters and low living expenses has long attracted retirees to Florida’s southwest coast. But that high concentration of older people means more vulnerability for a region that’s increasingly at risk of natural disasters — a devastating trade-off that became all too clear when Hurricane Ian slammed into the Fort Myers metro region this week.

The Category 4 storm brought catastrophic winds, heavy rains and storm surges that flooded homes and roadways, and that left more than 2.5 million Floridians without electricity by Thursday morning — including 91% of households in Charlotte County. At least ...