Marco Island tourists stay in vacation mode despite Isaac
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - Isaac inches towards Florida's coast. The furthest South is Marco Island so that is where we send Four In Your Corner's Julie Salomone on Sunday morning.
Gusty winds, crashing waves, and on the beaches of Marco Island, there is now more birds than people.
"We were due to move out now so pretty good timing," said John Cowell.
John Cowell and his family are visiting from England. They're now leaving and heading to Central Florida.
"We're going to get the car packed up and check out of the hotel and move to Central Florida we expect winds to be less severe," said Cowell.
Southwest Florida is now bracing for Isaac's impact.
"We are just enjoying the...I was going to say sun and surf, well just the surf," said one beachgoer.
Employees at the Eagle's Nest Beach Resort on Marco have put up shutters on the glass doors. Guest remain inside and employees work Sunday morning to secure pool furniture.
"In hurricane Wilma, they had to evacuate the island so everybody staying here had to leave," said Brian Bell, Guest Services at Eagle's Nest Beach Resort.
On Sunday, beach goers so far aren't worried about evacuating, they are will in vacation mode.
"Weather's great. We'll see what is happening later, but so far so good," said Anne Walsh, visiting from New York.
On Collier Blvd. in Marco, some homes have shutters up just incase. According to Marco Island Police Department, they don't anticipate a mandatory evacuation and they don't close bridges unless its structurally unsafe.
"Hurricane shutters are down. People are getting prepared and taking everything off the beach yesterday like jet skis, chairs taking them across the way," said Walsh.
Marco Island tells Fox 4 they continue to prepare for Isaac in all departments of the city.