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Keegan says he’s weathered Ian

Common Council member Thomas Keegan (R-District D), April 19 in the Norwalk Inn.

NORWALK, Conn. — Tom Keegan picked a great time to retire to Florida. He says he’s fine.

Keegan, a retired Greenwich police officer, resigned from the Common Council on June 29 and moved to Rotonda, Fla. That’s between Sarasota and Port Charlotte, north of Fort Myers and near Venice, locations you’re hearing about on the national news programs.

Hurricane Ian has blasted Southwest Florida. The eye wall came ashore near Cayo Costa in Lee County, less than 40 miles from Keegan’s new home, and the storm reportedly featured 150 mph winds and a record-setting storm surge. It’s said to be one of the worst hurricanes on record.

A Venice resident, long a friend to this reporter, said, “My community is struggling. No traffic lights and debris everywhere. This storm was crazy scary,” she said. She’s hoping her family gets power and water soon.

Rotonda is thought of as part of Englewood. An Englewood resident, also a friend of this reporter, said it’s “15th century” there, as there’s no electricity or running water and sparse cell phone service.

Keegan said he and his wife evacuated to the east coast ahead of the storm, staying with friends. Ian destroyed the pool lanai, a screened-in enclosure, but otherwise there was no damage.

“Our house fared pretty well,” he wrote. “… Power is out, we’re just waiting for restoration so we can return. I guess Mother Nature wanted to give us a rousing welcome!”

Updated, Oct 1: More information, correction: Keegan is near Venice.

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2 comments

John Levin September 30, 2022 at 3:17 pm

“I guess Mother Nature wanted to give us a rousing welcome!” – maybe. Another explanation: republicans who leave Norwalk must be punished. Hurricane Ian today visits Pete Torrano and Mike Lyons in South Carolina. Hoping everyone will be safe.

Steve Mann October 1, 2022 at 8:44 am

Ironically, I felt my punishment was over the minute I left Connecticut. I’m sure many of my fellow refugees would agree. At least down here we can see the storms coming.

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