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Town of Fort Myers Beach Council keeping mask mandate

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Sep 16, 2020

At Thursday’s meeting of the town council, Town of Fort Myers Beach Councilmember Dan Allers tossed up a pitch asking whether the council wants to ease its pandemic mandate requiring masks to be worn by those who can’t socially distance on the Beach.

“I know it’s an elephant in the room and I made a promise to bring it up so I’m going to bring it up,” Allers said. “There’s been some concern or some people who would like us to revisit the mask mandate we have in place. I told the people I would put it out there to the will of the council to see if there would be any interest in bringing up that discussion again,” he said.

“I don’t think it’s time,” Vice Mayor Rexann Hosafros said.

“Me neither,” Mayor Ray Murphy replied. Murphy said the coronavirus rates have been decreasing in Lee County because people are wearing the masks.

“We had people at the time that were coming from the hottest spots in the country and the state coming here on a continuous basis and still are,” Murphy said. “I say keep wearing the masks. … The masks are working. They are keeping things down. They are keeping the people in Publix that serve us everyday safe.”

Murphy called it a “public health issue. It’s not a political issue. It’s not all this cryin’ business on Facebook that’s out there. It’s a health issue and it’s working, it’s working and until they come up with a real solution for this virus, these are the only methods that we have.”

Councilmember Bill Veach said he was “encouraged by the decrease in numbers” of new coronavirus cases but said he wants the council to wait “until we get to a more comfortable place.”