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After nine years sending prayers to Jerusalem, Charlie Crist's paperwork missing this hurricane season

From Ariana Figueroa of the Tampa Bay Times:

ST. PETERSBURG - For centuries, visitors to Jerusalem's Western Wall have stuck prayer-filled notes into the crevices of one of Judaism's holiest sites. In 2007, then-Gov. Charlie Crist did the same:

"Dear God," the note read, "please protect our Florida from storms and other difficulties. Charlie."

No hurricanes made landfall in Florida that year.

Over the next nine years, Crist had a prayer note delivered to the Western Wall before each hurricane season. And for nine years, hurricanes stayed away from Florida.

But this year Florida might have a problem:

Crist hasn't filed the paperwork for the 2016 hurricane season.

The Congressional candidate said he has been unable to send his annual request for divine intervention to the Old City.

This week, Florida was drenched by Tropical Storm Colin.

Coincidence? Ominous warning? Just another June in Florida?

Crist doesn't see any link between the tropical storm and this year's missing request. Of course, he's never claimed credit for keeping hurricanes at bay.

"I give that to God," he told the newspaper in 2009. "But it's nice."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 3:13pm]


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