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Updated: 08/14/2014 08:00:02AM

10 years later, 10 times stronger

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SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush meets with former Charlotte County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bob Carpenter before a roundtable discussion about the decade anniversary of Hurricane Charley. Also pictured: Punta Gorda Fire Chief Ray Briggs.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER
Jeb Bush and Florida Commisioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam (middle) were among the guests of the roundtable event, which was proctored by Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Wayne Sallade (right).

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER
Jeb Bush and Florida Commisioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam shared stories they remember about Charley, and talked about the resiliency of local residents.

SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER
Former Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam shared stories they remember about Hurricane Charley, and talked about the resiliency of local residents. Charley struck Charlotte and DeSoto counties on Aug. 13, 2004.

By ADAM KREGER

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PUNTA GORDA — Jeb Bush was live on national television around 3:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 2004 — which happened to be Friday the 13th. The then-governor was addressing Florida residents about Hurricane Charley, which had taken a turn toward Punta Gorda.

Someone whispered in his ear: “Don’t tell them to evacuate, it’s too late.”

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