The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm and Storm Surge Watch for Collier and Lee counties ahead of Hurricane Ian.
Ian is expected to be a major hurricane in the eastern Gulf of Mexico during the middle of this week. Regardless of Ian’s exact track and intensity, there is a risk of life-threat storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall along the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle by the middle of the week. Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches have been issued for a portion of the west coast of Florida and additional watches may be required later today.
We are currently in a State of Emergency and the Foundation has chosen to take precautionary measures. The Foundation will cease operations tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27.
Staff will be on site today to secure equipment and close down Foundation buildings and operations which include the Commons Building, Community Center, tennis facilities, fitness facilities, Sandbar and beach operations with enough time for staff to secure their own homes, etc.
The Foundation closure will affect the following:
- Sandbar will close today, Monday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m.
- Last tram will be available until 3:00 p.m. today, Monday, September 26
- Beach equipment will be secured
- Member/Guest Services: No guest card request orders
- Tennis pro shops / courts closed (No court play. Nets will be down.)
- Fitness & Wellness appointments and classes are canceled
- Trams will be secured on-site
- Staff, including security, will not be present at the beach, restaurants and tram stations – which means no access to the beach via berm or boardwalk
We will continue to monitor and produce any new updates via e-newsletter, website and push notifications pending internet being available.
For hurricane preparedness, national forecasts, emergency contact numbers, shelters/evacuation maps and other pertinent emergency information, Members are strongly encouraged to use the resources on:
Be proactive and make a plan!