Retreat- Red Tide Update and Regular Registration Deadline
The Business Law Section stands committed to our members’ safety and comfort. With regard to the Red Tide issue, we have contacted the hotel, which has told us "it is safe to be at the resort and if that situation should ever change we would certainly make our guests aware as their safety is our utmost priority." Here is their full statement:
“[The Red Tide is] definitely a hot topic and getting very bad press. The blue-green algal bloom is affecting mostly canal areas in Ft. Myers & Sanibel. The Red Tide situation changes daily, depending on the tides & the winds. Our beach at Big Hickory Island is currently open. The Park Rangers continue to monitor the situation and cleanup of any fish. There has not been nearly as much wash-up here as in other areas around Southwest Florida. The park rangers will close the beach if they deem it unsafe for our guests. People who go out on the water or to the beach are affected variably. Certainly guests with respiratory conditions would want to be cautious, but we have not had any situations with any guests going out to the island on their own. It’s really been business as usual here at the Resort. There is no smell in the air on our grounds. It is safe to be at the resort and if that situation should ever change we would certainly make our guests aware as their safety is our utmost priority. We are operating the hotel as normal, and we are fortunate that we have our great pool decks for our hotel guests to enjoy. We will continue to monitor the situation, and I will let you know if anything changes.”
Thus, while going out on any beach in South Florida can be difficult with the Red Tide issue, the fortunate news is that since the Resort is in Estero Bay, it has largely been segregated from most of the Red Tide hazards. The Resort is SAFE, and if there are any issues with beach access, we will advise you as soon as we are made aware.
So make sure you get registered before prices go up! Tomorrow is the LAST day to register for regular rates before they increase to late registration. Please feel free to contact Adina Pollan, Chair of the Retreat Committee, or Michael Chesal, BLS Chair, if you have any questions or concerns.