As the small town of Isles of Capri waited for power to be restored after Hurricane Wilma, the air was saturated with the noise of generators.
But on Wednesday night, a much different sound filled the air. Those expecting to find a somber atmosphere in a neighborhood that had just been hit by a hurricane might have been shocked to hear music and laughter drifting over the dark water.
At the Capri Fish House, Kathleen Frenzel and Trent Petry, above, danced to the generator-driven tunes of local musician D.J. Hambone.
The restaurant’s owners, Mike and Theresa Castellano, had decided to empty out their melting freezers, set up some tables and invite the neighbors for a free meal. The party was easy to find — it was the only well-lit place in the town.
This was no hamburger and hot dog event. Plates were piled high with lobster tail, lamb, duck, salads and all types of wonderful food — a welcome change from peanut butter and canned soups prepared by camp stove.
As the impromptu magic of the party entranced all who passed by, Capri residents showed their carefree, tropical attitude. After long days preparing for the hurricane, hunkering down and then coming out to find sunken boats, fallen trees and damaged houses, they were ready to relax, hug their neighbors and celebrate making it through Wilma.