FLORIDA – North Fort Myers communities taking virus seriously
|North Fort Myers communities taking virus seriously|
|Article Courtesy of North Fort Myers Neighbor|
By Chuck Ballaro
Published April 12, 2020
If you had asked Catarina Dancer, HOA president at Buccaneer Estates, two weeks ago about the coronavirus, she would have said most of the residents there thought the threat was overblown.
Not anymore. Residents through the area’s 55-plus communities are taking personal precautions, with their communities closing most or all of their common areas.
At Buccaneer Estates, a community where many of the residents are over 70, that has meant closing the swimming pool and clubhouse and asking residents not to gather in groups larger than 10 and to stay at least six feet apart.
“Now that the governor has instituted a stay-in-place order most people are doing that with the exception of a few stragglers who walk in the evening on their own,” Dancer said. “You could drop a pin here and you can hear it echo.”
Lazy Days Village now only allows two people in the sales office and has closed its pool and two clubhouses, according to Patty Phelan, property manger at the park. They are also practicing social distancing.
The same can be said for Bayshore Village, where HOA president Joe Addis said the residents are avoiding being in groups of more than five.
“It was tough to have to close the community area or the pool because it was a fun activity, but it’s better to be safe than sorry,” Addis said.
Annette Graley, HOA president at Lake Fairways, said the only people permitted inside are those who have a tag and that residents are heeding the restrictions.
“Nothing is going on here, everything has been shut down since March 21. The restaurants, the events, the golf course, clubhouse swimming pools and everything are under lockdown,” Graley said. “Most of the residents are staying inside. They may go to the stores or go walk the dog, but they’re taking it seriously.” Read more: http://www.ccfj.net HOAFLTakCVSeriously.html