Sanibel woman survives Hurricane Ian on the island, aims to rebuild home & restaurant

SANIBEL, Fla. — When many of her friends and neighbors evacuated Sanibel island, Bridget Budd stayed behind.

“I couldn’t leave. I mean my husband built a house which is hurricane safe. I wouldn’t leave. Because I knew I couldn’t come back,” said Budd.  On her porch, she watched Hurricane Ian come through. “It was definitely 5 times stronger than Charley — I saw the biggest trees in our yard just go right over,” said Budd.  But the scariest part: “And then we saw the surge coming down the street and we just saw it going up and it came up to

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