Fort Myers Beach’s oldest hotel prepares to reopen

The Rebound Southwest Florida
Posted at 9:47 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 13:24:56-04

Silver Sands Villas was the first to make a bold move, temporarily closing it's doors to combat the spread of Coronavirus. Well, tonight they are preparing to rebound and reopen.

“I mean we’re excited of course, to be open again and to see the familiar faces, and just to see the life back on this island”, said Sandy Collins, office manager of Silver Sands Villas.

Suffering financial losses over the past 2 months refunding guests alone.

“So we had to take a step back and say to our guests, okay let us hold on to your deposit and use it next year, next month, you know whenever we come back to life. In one of the biggest months that we have here, financially, at the hotel to go from that to nothing was devastating” said Collins.

Following all safety guidelines, they’re going one step further to ensure the well being of their guests.

“We are also going to take a step further as to when our guests check in. We’re going to scan your forehead and get your temperature, and we want to take your temperature, every day that you’re a guest in our house” said Collins.

Collins tells me reopening has been like a breath of fresh air, as reservations have been pouring in, she says she’s more than ready.

“I mean already just in 2 weeks, our reservations have been amazing. So people are ready and I think it’s going to be our best summer we’ve ever had” said Collins.

Right now Silver Sands says they are working around the clock sanitizing and restoring the property back to it's glory before the big day next Friday. Telling me it’s time to get back to business.

The safety measures they’re taking in app and on Fox 4 News at 10.

Silver Sands Villas is hoping to rebound, as it prepares to start welcoming guests next week.

It’s the oldest hotel along Fort Myers Beach.

It was also the first to temporarily close its doors back in March to combat coronavirus.

FOX 4’s Leslie Delisabour has more on Fox 4 News at 10P.

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