Published: Aug 27, 2012 5:52 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 27, 2012 6:05 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Strong wind and rain kept some Matlacha businesses closed today. It was the same story on Pine Island, and many residents are now concerned with rising tides.


In Bokeelia the wind has significantly died down from the day before. But now what residents here and in Matlacha have to worry about - as Isaac passes through in the gulf --is the rising high tides.

Jeremy Anderson has lived on Pine Island most of his life and is taking advantage of the windy weather.

"I wouldnt be out here if I was concerned," he said.

But in Matlacha, as the waves, pound the shore, Larry Langley doesn't share the same feeling. "Last night the water in this canal here went entirely dry," he said. "We're hoping that doesn't come back in, plus some, today."

Some Matlacha businesses remain boarded up and prepared for rising waters.

"Depending on how long the water, you know, the wind, continues in this direction, determines how much water we continue to get in here," said The Old FishHouse Marina Operating Manager Lisa Dence.

Others are starting to re-open. BJ Hickey owns Great Licks Ice Cream Shop and says his businesses suffered minimal damage. "I decided I might as well, since I live here, I might as well think about getting open this afternoon!" he said.

Many who haven't put sandbags up yet tell WINK News they will if this water inches closer to their doors.