Tampa Bay’s close brush with Ian gives us all a chance to plan for the next one.
Here’s what readers are saying in Monday’s letters to the editor.
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  1. The causeway to Sanibel Island — the only way to drive there — was made impassable by Hurricane Ian.
  2. A damaged property is seen near a broken section of Pine Island Road in Matlacha. There are countless Floridians who have lost everything due to Hurricane Ian, but some are more at-risk for human trafficking and exploitation.
  3. Former President Donald Trump speaks during a Save America rally at the Banks County Dragway on March 26, 2022, in Commerce, Georgia.
  4. Cars sit locked in evening rush hour traffic on Dale Mabry Highway near Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The transportation tax referendum on the Hillsborough County ballot marks a key investment in the region's future. [ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times] 
  5. Anthime Gionet, wearing sunglasses, known online as Baked Alaska, lives in Pinellas County, where he hosts a livestream show that spreads antisemitic and racist rhetoric.
  6. Volunteers with the Metropolitan Ministries World Central kitchen prepare sandwiches that will go to Hurricane Ian survivors in Southwest Florida, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Tampa.
  7. Donna LaMountain, 51, embraces her friend, Tammey Lynch, 55, after looking at damage in Matlacha, devastated by Hurricane Ian.
  8. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers survey damage in Matlacha after Hurricane Ian.
  9. Streets of downtown in Fort Myers get flooded from the surge as Hurricane Ian hits the West Coast of Florida as Category 4 storm on Wednesday.
  10. People participate in a protest against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi outside of the United Nations on Sept. 21, 2022, in New York. Protests have broken out over the death of a 22-year-old Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody for allegedly violating the country's hijab rules.
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    Tourist t-shirts lay in the sand among the ruins of a store on Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, Sep 29, 2022, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Wednesday.
  12. This aerial photo shows damaged homes and debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Thursday in Fort Myers.
  13. Pat Ton, holding his dog Ginger on Thursday, takes in the damage to homes and businesses on Third Street in Fort Myers Beach on, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall.
  14. Mullet caught in a cast net.
  15. A steady stream of people walk along the sea bed during a reverse storm surge along Bayshore Boulevard Wednesday in Tampa.
  16. Giselle Barker, 14, top, and Azuri Brown, 15, listen to speakers for the Global Climate Strike protests in New York on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman)
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  18. Anthime Gionet, known online as Baked Alaska, hosts his livestream show on Sept. 15. Gionet lives in Pinellas County, where he hosts a livestream show that spreads antisemitic and racist rhetoric.
  19. Hurricane Ian is seen in this satellite image on Monday morning as it heads toward Florida.
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