FORT MYERS BEACH, Florida – With doors closing on Fort Myers Beach on Monday, many of the shops on the beach will not open to customers on Tuesday.
Tropical storm Elsa is not expected to hit land here, but will likely bring tropical storms to the coast.
“The restaurant will be closed tomorrow,” said Andres Werdenma from the Sunset Beach Tropical Grill.
Many of these stores closed early on Monday in preparation for the storm.
Work on the Sunset Grill was in full swing.
“We have a checklist that we have to work through,” said Wirsma.
They moved all of their outdoor furniture inside. In addition, the workers tied up anything that could fly away in Elsa’s wind.
“We know what to do,” said Wirsma. “It’s routine here in southwest Florida.”
On the other side of the island in the back bay, Salty Sam’s Marina is preparing their restaurants and their small and large boats.
“We’re taking everything off the floor. We all button up our rental boats, ”said Ryan Vandenabeele, Marketing Director of Salty Sam’s Marina. “We anchor the pirate ship in a special way, namely on the large cleats and on the large, heavy pylons.”
Given their location on the water, Vandenabeele and his team take every storm seriously.
“There’s a lot of property at stake here, millions of dollars,” said Vandenabeele. “You are doing your best to address them. Then you watch TV, see them coming and pray for the best. “
Vandenabeele and Nate Lane at Bonita Springs share the same mentality when it comes to meeting Elsa.
“Florida becomes Florida. So we’ll just do what we do, ”Lane said. “Nothing that we are not used to.”
That means, until Elsa forces him in, he continues as usual.
“I’m going to Florida until I can’t go on,” Lane said.
While most of the Fort Myers Beach stores say they’ll be closed all day Tuesday, some said they could reopen after Elsa Pass.
If not, the goal is to be up and running again on Wednesday.
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