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Updated: 08/10/2014 08:00:00AM

Churches rebuild after Charley

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Many turned to faith after Hurricane Charley and attended services outdoors since a lot of churches were damaged by the storm.

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The Edgewater United Methodist Church in Port Charlotte was unable to use its worship center after the storm and did not move back until December 2012.

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Punta Gorda sustained heavy damage, as is visible in this aerial photo.

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Churches around Charlotte County, and especially in Punta Gorda, sustained heavy damage.

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This is Edgewater United Methodist Church in Port Charlotte now after being rebuilt.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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Editor’s note: The Sun is taking a look back as we near the 10th anniversary since Hurricane Charley roared into Charlotte Harbor. We’ll bring you a story each day, culminating in a special insert in Wednesday’s paper that you don’t want to miss!

As the Rev. Stephen Mock, pastor, drove down Marion Avenue the morning after Hurricane Charley, the first thing he could see was the bell tower of the First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda, located across the street from City Hall.

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