The production crew from “Bob Vila’s Home Again” TV program will be in Punta Gorda Isles today. They’re taping on a construction site where a new poured concrete house is going up - replacing a home destroyed by Hurricane Charley. Vila has educated TV audiences about home repair for 26 years – first on the PBS series “This Old House” and now as host of “Home Again”. Vila says he tries to focus on projects that are topical and timely.
“Ever since last year when Charley hit I’ve been kind of turning the wheels on how we would do a project to show the nation what happened here and what the state and building industry is doing to make sure that the next time another charley rolls around people are better prepared and houses are more solidly built”
Builders are replacing the home of Teresa Fogolini and her husband Jim Minardi – who’ve been living in a travel trailer since Hurricane Charley. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes – or FLASH - put the couple in touch with Vila. The program is set to air September 12th as part of a series on disaster resistance construction. “Bob Vila’s Home Again” is broadcast locally on WZVN TV – it’s also distributed on cable by TLC.
Wednesday, 08 June 2005 01:00