Florida chill: Marco feels the bite, too

Layered against the Friday morning chill, Ron Saffin of Knights of Columbus accepts a donation outside Winn Dixie from Pennsylvanian Rosemarie Mitala during the organization's annual Tootsie Roll Drive.

No snow plows needed, but like everybody else in Florida Friday morning, people on Marco Island layered up to combat the decided nip in the air.

Think 37 degrees.

Over at Winn-Dixie opposite The Esplanade, Ron Saffin collected for the Knights of Columbus' Tootsie Roll Drive in aid of mental disability research and field work. He was dressed in cap, gloves, denim pants and a leather jacket.

"My wife told me I'd better dress up in layers," said Saffin.

The Knights' mission, he said, is close to his heart because for the past few years he worked in New York state government as assistant director for audit in the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

Formerly from New Jersey, Dawn Forys donated before heading out to her car with her shopping.

"It's better than below zero back home, so this is no problem," she said. "I don't have to worry about my frozen foods melting either.

"But," she added, I would say it's not quite a beach day either."

Meantime, slightly farther north, It's official, Fort Myers has a new record temperature, erasing a record set in 1960.

Naples has also broken a record set in 1960. The National Weather Service in Miami says the temperature there is 37 degrees, breaking a record low of 39.

According to the National Weather Service in Tampa, it's currently 35 degrees at Page Field, breaking a record low of 36 degrees for February 20.

At 9 a.m. this morning, Marco measured in with 37 degrees.

But with 12 mph north winds, it felt like 30 degress, Weather Underground reported.

Punta Gorda is waking up to 30 degrees, shattering a record low of 35 degrees set in 1972.

Temperatures will rebound quickly with sunny skies and highs in the 60s later today

NWS had predicted the follow lows for these locations: Marco Island, 39 degrees; Naples, 34 degrees; Sanibel, 38 degrees; Immokalee, 28 degrees.