Cape Coral Farmers Market returns after Ida destruction

Reporter: Andrea Guerrero
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Ida’s outer bands destroyed the Cape Coral Farmers Market on Aug. 28, but the market is back after donations poured in to help vendors. (CREDIT: WINK News)

A week after one of Ida’s outer bands destroyed tents at the Cape Coral Farmers Market, the event is back.

It was a nice, warm sunny morning and then a windstorm came out of nowhere.

Tents collapsed and tables and merchandise went flying across the parking lot.

Vendors’ products were thrown all over the wet ground.

Cape Coral Farmers Market Coordinator Claudia St. Ong and vendors said in its 25-year history, nothing like that has happened.

Ong described it as four minutes of chaos.

“That nobody got hurt. That was the first reaction. I couldn’t get pictures, someone else was taking pictures. You’re just in a panic mode making sure everyone is okay. We were very lucky everybody was OK,” said St. Ong, business manager and Farmers Market coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce for Cape Coral.

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