Fort Myers Princess relocated ahead of storm
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. - With a two-man crew and plenty of lines, Captain Gene Becker is making sure his Fort Myers Princess is protected.
They're getting ready to move their lady to the Yacht Basin in downtown Fort Myers. Taking every precaution to prevent her from being battered by Isaac.
"The most prudent thing to do is move the boat," said Becker.
Using lots of rope, first mate Todd Rosario will make sure the 140 passenger tour boat is anchored.
"We don't just tie it up and leave it, we pretty much watch it and make sure everything's okay," added Becker.
And Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) recommends all boats are secured. John Salisbury's is brand new. His boat, "Our Baby Too!" is headed to nearby sheds until the storm's over.
"When we get it to the slip in downtown, it's going to be a different dock set up, so we're going to have to work some magic to get it secured correctly," said Rosario.
At least until the storm passes. Becker just hopes Isaac doesn't turn into another Charlie.
"These sheds have gone through Wilma and Charlie with no damage and that's why we're here where we are," said Salisbury.
"It was supposed to go up the coast and it made that quick turn," said Becker. "You never know with mother nature. She's the boss, so head the warnings so to speak."The Fort Myers Princess will return to Fort Myers Beach on Tuesday or Wednesday, with tours likely to resume on Saturday.