Florida has gone over ten years without a hurricane landfall. Wilma was the last one in October, 2005. That is even more incredible when you realize Florida has 1,350 miles of coastline around the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
This map shows some “pockets of concentration” where hurricanes seem to funnel in with regularity.
There are numerous theories as to why Southwest Florida, and Sarasota County in particular, have been so fortunate. Knock wood, throw salt and cross your fingers that I don’t jinx it by mentioning some of them!
One theory is the Continental shelf and depth of the Gulf near Sarasota. Another is the effect of the Jetstream. But the most commonly quoted reason is legendary.
This is an excerpt from a Sarasota Herald Tribune newspaper story June 18, 2007:
The story goes something like this, with the emphasis on “something.”
Sarasota is protected from hurricanes because the American Indians who once lived here knew it was a safe place, which is why they decided to live here.
Or, the American Indians who once lived here blessed this place and made it safe from hurricanes.
Or, the ancient American Indian burial grounds scattered throughout the county are keeping the storms at bay.
Sarasota has not been a bull’s-eye for a major hurricane since reliable records began in 1871.
But it was damaged to varying degrees by hurricanes in 1926, 1944 and 1950, as well as Donna in 1960 and Charley in 2004.
A number of other explanations for the relative safety have surfaced, most of them questionable.
One gives credit to nature’s fortunate placement of dunes off the coast.
Another, to the magic powers of Siesta Key’s white sand beaches and underwater crystals.
Whatever the reason, we are just glad to be fortunate and able to live in such a beautiful place!
I am all for being lucky!
Jim Sweat, ABR, CRS, CDPE, GRI, e-PRO, ILHM
Author of REAL ESTATE CSI: CONTROVERSY, SECRETS, INSIGHT (coming soon)
American Realty of Venice, Inc.
700 W. Venice Ave
Venice, FL 34285
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