The gas line break that has crippled hotels and restaurants all over Southwest Florida has spared others.
Marco Island, which is not supplied with natural gas, is open for business as usual, according to the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.
"We're fine," said the chamber administrative coordinator Donna Niemczyk.
The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort is pitching in to help its sister properties in Naples, including the Ritz-Carlton beach and golf resorts.
The Marriott is taking 20,000 pounds of laundry per day from the Ritz and has made rooms available for guests at the Ritz and LaPlaya who want to move, the Marriott's sales and marketing director Robert Pfeffer said.
"We're all in this business together," he said. "We're here to help."
Meanwhile, Collier County Tourism Director Jack Wert says hotels are packed this weekend as they scramble to handle the gas outage.
"It's one of our busiest weekends," Wert said.
A senior softball tournament has filled up a lot of the hotels this weekend, and a large lacrosse event next weekend will do the same, he said.
"That just adds to the concern about this gas explosion," he said.
Profiting off propane
The switchboard is lighting up at DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spa on Fort Myers Beach as tourists try to find refuge from the effects of the gas outage, general manager Neil Hopgood said.
"It's starting to settle in," he said.
Among the resort's transplants is a 40-person wedding rehearsal dinner that had to be moved from another hotel without gas service.
DiamondHead is trying to accommodate as many people as it can. The resort is unaffected because it runs on propane not natural gas.
The resort has sold its last 10 rooms for tonight and expects to sell its last 30 rooms Saturday night too, he said.
Hopgood said he's heard that it could be four days before service is restored.
"I think we're going to see quite an influx in our restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner," he said. "The number of choices on the beach has been greatly reduced."
DiamondHead is unaffected because they run on propane not natural gas.
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