Tropical Storm Elsa didn’t stop people from enjoying Fort Myers Beach


FORT MYERS BEACH – The rain continued to fall on Fort Myers Beach on Tuesday night, but even so people were out all day and some businesses even stayed open.

But some people were better prepared for it than others.

“Our whole group over there has ponchos. We don’t, so it’s our way of not getting wet, ”said Jordan Brossoit, who was holding a giant parasol to protect him and his two friends from the rain.

For those who braved the ocean, there weren’t many places to go afterwards, with the majority of Times Square stores closed for the storm.

“It took us a long time to find a restaurant where we could eat, but luckily we found one. In fact, they’re closing right now, ”said Teri Dow, who was visiting family in Kansas.

“It doesn’t look like the pier store is open. I was trying to get some hooks. It doesn’t look like that will happen today,” Mattao Brossoit said, as he snuggled up with Jordan Brossoit. under the parasol.

But just down from the beach, the Lani Kai hotel remained open for business, after a little preparation for the storm.

“Our team made sure to take all the furniture inside, anything in case it got windy,” said hotel representative Melissa Schneider.

So businesses and tourists alike found a way to take advantage of what turned out to be a sweet dose of stormy weather.

“We’re ready, we have tornadoes in Kansas all the time,” Dow said.

“We’re trying to make the most of it. You have to do it. So a little rain isn’t going to stop us,” said Luke Mantueffle, the third guy under the umbrella.

The Lani Kai told us he was actually grateful that the storm held up until after July 4, and this gave them a slight opportunity at the start of the hurricane season to test their hurricane procedures.

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