The phrase Fort Apopka was coined as a result of the hurricane season of 2004. Three hurricanes ripped through central Florida in 2004
and did a good amount of damage in the town of Apopka which is located just a bit North and West of Orlando. I began referring to our
neighborhood as Fort Apopka after the first storm, hurricane Charlie. Charlie was an incredibly powerful storm that shutdown most of
the Orlando area for at least a week but in our neighborhood we lost power for all of 10 minutes and had nothing more than a few palm
branches torn off. In fact, the day after Charlie hit we were so blissfully unaware of how bad it was that we got in the car and headed
out to our favorite Disney water park. Once out on the road we were amazed at the toppled trees and bent over signs everywhere. It was
like we entered another world. The next day was Monday so I headed off to work as usual only to find my building dark with a powerline laying in the parkinglot and the transformer hanging off the snapped pole. It took a week to get the office reopened.
Right now this site is a one man army run by me, Michael Mazzaro but I'm trying to enlist some free help. I'm not a writer, journalist or politician
and I build this site in my spare time. I have a degree is Electrical Engineering and I've worked in software ever since graduating from the New Jersey
Institute of Technology back in 1996. You'll find that I approach the issues on this site from a mathmatical and scientific point of view. The laws of
physics and math apply to all things and when you try to apply these laws to the economic issues of today you find yourself at a loss to understand the
decisions being made. I only had one course in economics in college but found it to be the easiest "A" of my entire degree as common sense
always led you to the right answer.