On Thursday, people wasted no time taking advantage of their ability to hit the sand and, for some, the surf.
The City of Naples has reopened a portion of the pier and a handful of beaches, but it comes with a word of warning.
“Boy is it beautiful to be at the beach, back at the beach,” said Burkhard Klein, of Naples.
A handful of beaches are open in Naples, but the city is warning beachgoers to stay out of the water.
“What we don’t know is what’s in the water, but what we do know is that there is stuff in the water. How much, how dangerous, how deep?” said Jay Boodheshwar, city manager.
Those are questions the city can’t answer. It’s why everyone is being asked to stay out of the Gulf, but some can’t resist knowing full well the risk.
“Also, the quality of the water concerns me we are not trying to be stupid, but we are trying to, you know, having a little bit of fun and be careful,” said Klein.
The city is sending out the same message as beaches reopen, they don’t want to see anyone injured.
Some of the kids on the beach Thursday said they didn’t come across any debris and said the surf was worth getting in the water. “In Naples, you can’t really get picky this is pretty much as good as it gets wave-wise. It is a little bit windy and a little bit choppy but still a lot of fun yeah, we’re not really used to these waves, so it’s like great to come out here and have fun especially playing in the waves, yeah same the waves were just great today,” said Michael Richey-Klein, Leonor Richey-Klein, and Lily Reitter.
The wind created great conditions for kite surfing.
Harrison Canaday says it’s healing to be back at the beach.
“I lost my house and my cars to the hurricane, and yeah, I really haven’t been able to do fun stuff like this, so it’s just really an awesome feeling to like kite surf and jump in the air,” said Canaday. “Stuff like this just kind of reminds you of who you are and what you love.”
If you plan to make your way down in the coming days, you are encouraged to wear protective footwear, and the city recommends you don’t get in the water.