ST. JAMES CITY, Fla. - Seven years ago this Saturday, countless lives were changed when Hurricane Charley slammed into Southwest Florida. 10 people were killed in the storm, which caused more than $15 Billion worth of damage in the US.
Seven years later the day is cause for celebration for the people who rode out the storm at the Pine Island American Legion.
"There were 68 of us here," said Chuck Hatley, a legion member who was with his friends for Saturday's anniversary.
Guylyne Demeyere remembered the anniversary by dressing up in palm fronds and plastic ponchos. With shirts that say "I survived Hurricane Charley."
"This place became not only a safe harbor for us, but it became a party," said Demeyere, "and that's what we needed."
"This building...you never really felt it move, it turned out to be a safe place," Hatley said.
A safe place that will forever remember the exact minute the hurricane past. The clock on the wall is always kept to just before 2:00 PM.
"We were lucky, we dodged a bullet here," Hatley said.