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FWC shares safety tips and guidelines for holiday weekend

Posted at 10:39 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 22:39:07-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Although some are still worried about the spread of Coronavirus, Fort Myers Beach was packed with people catching rays today, but along the Sanibel Causeway, one man said he became anxious as the crowds continued to grow.

“Probably around 11:30, 12 o'clock people just started coming in. You know we’re still trying to keep our social distancing going on, but as you can see it's getting kind of crowded and we're getting ready to leave” said Mario Gutierrez

Just north in Cape Coral, one boater told me she noticed lots of patrols working to keep the crowds safe.

“We were actually pulled over because our bow was up too far, and the cop came up to us, and told us to slow down a little, because we're going a little bit too fast, but yeah cops were out there making sure everyone was safe,” said Alexandria Welling

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told me it's been a busy day.

“We have had some violations, people speeding in slow-speed zones, we’ve had some drinking and so some of the things are being addressed. We certainly are looking at trying to encourage people to follow CDC guidelines” said Adam Brown, Senior Office, FWC.

Senior Officer Brown encourages boaters and those along beaches to not only follow CDC guidelines but the rules of the water.

“Try your best not to raft up or tie up to other boats, keeping that 6 foot or 10 foot even rule, when person to person on a beach. Obviously if you can keep yourselves, covered up as far as your face to protect yourself and protect the others around you” said Brown.

F.W.C says they understand the thrill to head outdoors but they want everyone to enjoy not only this weekend, but the rest of the summer safely.