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Marco Island Trip scheduled for April 11- April 18

Hey Guys,
I have an annual trip scheduled for Marco Island for April 11- April 18.
I have an ocean front condo rented,  I bring my sons and we leave my flats boat at Calusa Island marina on trailer.
We fish every day from boat and also fish from beach.  The condo owner is flexible and said he would move my trip into the future.
Question for the locals- what's it like down there?  Should I plan to come or cancel until a later date?
Should I make the trip?  I can live with no bars/restaurants.  
I am still 2 weeks out- so things could change for better or worse.  


  • troutbomtroutbom Posts: 371 Deckhand
    I'd call marina to see if they closed it down .
  • daleco78daleco78 Naples, FLPosts: 4 Greenhorn
    Beaches are closed. On the news today “Marco Island is Closed for Business” 😞
  • jpscott1jpscott1 Posts: 30 Deckhand
    thanks for the info.  I will monitor- but it sounds like the trip will be postponed.
  • 1outlaw1outlaw Naples FLPosts: 1,646 Captain
    The ramps are open as is Calusa. I went out of there on sunday. Beaches are closed but i believe there is some lee way if people are not congregating. 
    Fishing is really good and the tarpon are moving. Current gulf temp is @80*
    If you can swing the take out food issue then you should be fine.    
    Jason :USA
  • 1outlaw1outlaw Naples FLPosts: 1,646 Captain
    BTW freedom boat club was not running on sunday. Sure made it nicer dealing with docking the boat LOL
    Jason :USA
  • jpscott1jpscott1 Posts: 30 Deckhand
    1Outlaw- that is good information.  Thanks for passing that along- that makes me think it's possible to still make the trip in a couple weeks.  If you don't mind- let me know if you see any drastic changes in the next 2 weeks.  I will be calling the marina before I go as well as reviewing the Marco Island City web page.  Calusa is the only place I know to leave my boat on trailer in their marina- I cannot imagine they would close- but who knows.
  • 10kman10kman Posts: 835 Officer
       Port of The Islands(POI) has storage for boats on trailers.They
    sell bait in Marina but they also function as convience store in POI
    so there probably open.From a fishing standpoint last half April
    and May always good.
  • polliwogpolliwog Posts: 348 Deckhand
    Collier county ramps are open and the county has turned down the "stay at home" move.  I would play it by ear, the further you get into the summer the less people there will be and you will be able rebook anywhere you want. Fishing will be jsut fine in Late May or June.  Good luck ,we'll post if we hear anything changing  about the situation.
  • Paucan6005Paucan6005 Port of the islandsPosts: 88 Deckhand
    No bait available at port of the islands.
  • jpscott1jpscott1 Posts: 30 Deckhand
    Thanks for the updates.  Looks like the Governor of Florida has prohibited vacation rentals for 2 weeks.
    His prohibition ends on the day I am to arrive.  I will just have to wait and see if he extends that order.
    If he allows vacation rentals to resume on April 11- I may give it a go.

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