Thu. Dec 8th, 2022

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tonight in downtown Fort Myers, bartenders had been out entrance for a music stroll as some have fewer prospects. It means decrease suggestions and a few even misplaced their jobs after Ian.

We’ve seen so many companies in Southwest Florida shut after the hurricane as November is the beginning of tourism season and these staff at locations open nonetheless depend on suggestions.

Nearly two months since Hurricane Ian and downtown Fort Myers continues to be choosing up the items. Eating places standing vacant and but, only a block or two away, some are gathering over music and a cocktail.

“All of us have good vitality and we’re all prepared to return again to work.”

Bartenders are getting again to work on the night time of downtown Fort Myers’ Music Stroll.

“See all of our regulars who we often see and be with the group proper now- it’s actually necessary to us,” stated Hannah Dieren, bartender at Metropolis Tavern. “We’re completely satisfied to be right here and we’re completely satisfied to become profitable for everyone.”

Being profitable for a few of downtown’s most pivotal professions. Bartenders who in any other case work underneath the identical roof becoming a member of for each other.

“We get to fulfill these folks, make good relations with them versus simply being with our folks,” stated Chloe Sorensen, bartender at Metropolis Tavern. “So I get to fulfill different bartenders and we get to share our comparable pursuits and issues that we’re going via as effectively.”

Going via robust instances as some have been with out work since Ian.

“It’s been robust however, like I stated, the group has introduced us collectively and I’m simply trying ahead to metropolis tavern being again open,” stated Sorensen.

And only a brief drive to the Alliance For the Arts extra music is offering assist.

“Each time there’s one thing huge that occurs, everyone calls on the musicians to return out and provides them their time,” says Doug Harris, proprietor of Faculty Of Rock Fort Myers.

Solely this time for different musicians.

“This is a chance for us to form of give again to them,” stated Harris. “Particularly these guys who’ve misplaced. A few of the purposes I’m getting in, they’ve misplaced 80 to 100% of their gigs and in any other case simply wouldn’t have any earnings. For lots of those guys it’s their sole supply of earnings.”

A supply of earnings that’s slowly coming again for some.

“I believe it’s time the folks right here get pleasure from themselves, get their thoughts off of what’s occurring,” stated Eddie Latour, proprietor of Good Guys Manufacturing. “Briefly however that is what it’s all about- getting folks collectively and having enjoyable.”

However irrespective of the stage these artists are getting again to work.

“I simply need downtown Fort Myers to be the perfect it may be,” says Sorensen. “And I believe it’s simply going to return again higher and stronger than ever.”

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