Hurricane Ian’s impact on the Tamiami Trail

The Tamiami Trail opened for the first time in 1928, allowing Floridians to drive from Tampa all the way to Miami, hence its namesake. Also known U.S. 41, the Tamiami Trail is peppered with various attractions and historic sites. Once, it was known as “the most unusual scenic highway in the world.”

Two days after Hurricane Ian’s devastating arrival, a survey of Sarasota, Venice, North Port, Punta Gorda and North Fort Myers reveals the damage done to Old Florida. Read more at the Tampa Bay Times.

The Sarasota Jungle Garden’s fallen sign on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Sarasota. The sign has stood for over eight decades until Hurricane Ian knocked it over.
The back of the Venice Theatre on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Venice. The historic community was constructed in 1927 and sustained significant damage from Hurricane Ian.
The remnants of chandeliers hang inside the Venice Theatre on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Venice.
Mark Barclay, the 70-year-old owner of the Barclay Pharmacy, checks his phone while surveying damage inflicted by Hurricane Ian on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Venice. The storm blew the roof off the pharmacy and the businesses surrounding it.
The road around the intersection of Preto Boulevard and U.S. 41 remains underwater due to Hurricane Ian aftermath on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Venice.
Alex Farber, a 74-year-old retired cab driver who grew up in Ukraine, sits outside the Warm Mineral Springs Park entrance after going for a swim in the spring on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in North Port. Farber makes an annual trip from New York City to North Port just to swim in the springs some call the Fountain of Youth. The park closed because of Hurricane Ian, so Farber had the springs to himself.
Jerome Evans, 63, of Punta Gorda, lifts a sign that fell over at the Blanchard House on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Punta Gorda. The historic home and African American museum will need a new roof and floor because of Hurricane Ian’s damage.
Jerome Evans, 63, of Punta Gorda, walks out of the Blanchard House on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Punta Gorda.
A Santa statue lies on the ground outside the Shell Factory and Nature Park on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in North Fort Myers. Hurricane Ian cost the complex thousands in damages by knocking out power, damaging the roof, carpet, nature park and ruining restaurant and animal food.
The Shell Factory and Nature Park damaged sign pictured on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in North Fort Myers.