FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Businesses on Fort Myers Beach took the necessary steps to prepare for the 48 hours they will be under a boil water notice. Yesterday, a sprinkler system sprung a leak, and water poured into the Times Square area. WINK News went to see what was done overnight to ensure businesses could operate as normal.
Restaurants like Plaka and Pete's Time Out are staying one step ahead of the disruption. They stocked up on bottle water, and soda and even saved as much ice as they could from yesterday. All of this preparation, is because of an old valve that gave way.
"We're very limited to what we can give the customer."
It's been a day and a half since a old, worn out pipe broke putting the Times Square area under water. Water was cut off overnight, and now, a boil water notice in effect.
"Be open minded to the limited options we have but don't run away, don't shy away from us," said server Nicole Bennett.
Right now, the water is unusable, so restaurants were forced to come up with options to make sure they could serve their customers.
"We've had to bring in bottled water, individual bottles, we've had to bring in gallon jugs," said Bennett.
Soda machines were cut off and ice can not be made.
"As the day gets warmer people want more than coffee, right now that great."
But despite the limitations, they are doing their best to improvise.
"At this point we have coffee, water we've brought in soda, limited supply versus our eight sodas that we had before."
Plaka tells WINK News they lost about 50% of their sales on Tuesday because of the broken pipe, a painful hit to take, especially during peak season.
The kitchen's working extra hard, it's a lot of extra expense with the bottled water to wash the vegetables to prepare the foods as well," Bennett told WINK News.
The Times Square area will be on a boil water notice until 7 Friday morning. It will also take three days for the new pavers to be put in because they have to lay each tile in piece by piece. But again, we want to remind you, all businesses are open and operating as normal.