Isaac Impacts Beach
Hurricane Isaac may not have inflicted much physical harm on Fort Myers Beach, but his impacts are still being felt by the community. A drive down Estero Boulevard on Tuesday, after the storm had passed and was sitting just off the Louisiana coast, revealed empty parking lots, boarded up rental homes and light traffic. On the beach, there were no signs of vacationers, no parasails flying, no watercraft of any kind in the four to five foot seas.Businesses from Time Square to Santini Plaza were feeling the effects of the tropical storm on their bottom lines. Michelle Thronebury, Store Manager at Mango Bay Beach & Surf Club in Time Square, explained that the loss of business due to the bad weather not only affects her bottom line, but the loss of wages hurts her employees, as well. Mango Bay closed early on Sunday and opened late on Monday, giving employees unplanned days off. Other Time Square businesses were closed both days.