Hundreds celebrate Christmas on Fort Myers Beach

Reporter: Nicole Valdes
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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Crowds covering every inch of sand is an unusual sight in December, let alone, on Christmas Day.

Yet hundreds made their way to the Gulf Friday for some sun, sand and a nice ocean breeze, as temperatures reached 85 degrees.

“When you’re from the Midwest and you’re used to the seasons and the snow, it’s different to be in paradise,” said Pat Mckie.

She was just one of 60 retirees with Lexington Country Club who made Fort Myers Beach their choice destination for a community get-together.

“A couple of years ago, we moved in here full time,” said organizer Becky Boeschan. “We didn’t have any family here and it was Christmas, so we decided to get a few of our friends that didn’t have any family as well, and we came down here to celebrate Christmas.”

The snowbirds enjoyed a potluck, games, music and a gift exchange, all while laying out in the hot Florida sun.

Boeschan and her husband Gary started the tradition five years ago, with only six people.

Residents tell WINK News it’s a change of pace for them, after growing up with snow during the holidays, but don’t miss it at all. Some, even bragged to friends and family in other parts of the country.

“I just took pictures and texted them pictures and said this is what it’s like on Fort Myers Beach on Christmas Day, so I’m sure they’re envious.”

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