Jen’s Journal – March 18, 2020

Day 263: Bokeelia, FL

Sunny and hot.

Beach Day

Pat and Judy took us to Estero Island of Fort Myers Beach, to the beach at the Lani Kai hotel. Judy insists this is normally extremely crowded where you are bumping into everyone else. Normally, servers walk along the beach selling rum runners. Today, the live music stage was just roped off. While four members of the sheriff patrol stood watching, the outdoor bartenders packed up their liquor.

There are plenty of people at this beach, and an evangelist has been speaking with a megaphone for the last hour. A group of marines ran by, and stopped and exercised in the water.

No one is renting beach chaises, and no one is selling drinks on the beach. You can get a drink at the restaurant upstairs in the hotel, but every other table has been blocked off from seating. This is a mix of college students and retirees. VERY few children.

The four of us kept a good distance from others, except for a couple servers.

At the end of the day, Judy forwarded a notice saying that the beachfront at Fort Myers Beach will be closed after March 19. You can walk the beach, but you cannot lie down on the beach or set up chairs any more. I’m sure this is is killing Florida businesses.

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