Fort Myers Beach business owners prepare for spring break crowds

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Business owners on Fort Myers Beach say more visitors have already come to town ahead of Spring Break. They discuss their plans to manage these crowds.

The sights and sounds of spring break arrived earlier than expected.

Kathy Doherty is a Sunset Beach Tropical Grill hostess. “They’re here early. They’re coming already, and they’re here to play,” Doherty said.

Brenden Donovan is a freshman at Wayne State University. “Enjoying the beach as much as we can,” he said.

William Gandee is from Akron, Ohio. “The best time to come,” Gandee said.

Traffic is one sign that spring Break has begun. It took WINK News Reporter Zach Oliveri more than an hour just to get to Fort Myers Beach.

Once there, a spot in the sand with appropriate social distance was hard to come by and there were not many masks in sight.

So, what about the pandemic?

“Zero concern. No concern at all,” Gandee said.

Donovan says they have masks so it’s safe. “We got our masks so we’re good,” he said.

The Lani Kai is a popular spring break location but is expected to scale it back this year.

Melissa Schneider is the Marketing Director at the Lani Kai. “We are not offering events that are going to cause people to crowd around together as we might have in the past,” Schneider said.

They’re selling safety this year but, on Friday, that was a tough sell.

“You have the people who start having fun people join them and they just make clouds and it’s hard, very hard for the social distancing,” said Doherty.

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