Fort Myers Reopenings
Reeling from Hurricane Ian, the Fort Myers area in southwest Florida is still facing a lengthy rebuilding. Now, the regional tourist board has begun compiling and updating a list of hotel and attraction reopenings at VisitFortMyers.com/open. Several resorts have recently reopened, including the Marriott Sanibel Harbor in Fort Myers, the Westin Cape Coral Resort in Marina Village, and the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs. The popular Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers have also reopened, and Lee County park openings are listed on leeparks.org. As for the hardest-hit barrier islands, the Sanibel Causeway remains open only to those with an entry permit, and access to Fort Myers Beach is restricted to residents only.
Simon Peter Groebner
An abundance of hungry bears has forced the closure of some popular trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The cautionary step comes a year when several bear incidents were reported in and around the park, including an incident on October 22 in which a bear broke into a cabin and attacked a nearby man. from Gatlinburg. Acorns and grapes attract bears. Predators sometimes travel more than 30 miles to reach stands of oak trees in particular, where the acorns pile up on the ground. Bear attacks are rare in the park, but one occurred in June at Elkmont Campground, when a 350-pound bear ripped through a family’s tent at 5:20 a.m. and scratched a wife and her 3 year old daughter.
Raleigh News and Observer
Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas will earn the title of the world’s largest cruise ship when it sails from Miami in 2024. While the 250,800 gross tons and 1,198 feet in length of the 20-deck vessel surpass the most Wonder of the Seas’ current world’s largest ship 235,600 gross tons and 1,188 feet in length, Icon of the Seas will actually have less passenger capacity based on double occupancy – 5,610 compared to Wonder’s 5,734. Room size and expected growth in family travel, however, mean that Icon’s maximum capacity of 7,600 exceeds Wonder’s 7,084. According to the Points Guy, shortly after bookings opened, only 26 of the 2,805 cabins remained for the first sailing in January 2024, and none of the 179 suites were available.
Tribune press services
Air hostesses not to do
There’s a trend on TikTok where professionals share five things they would never do after working in their field. Now, a flight attendant who goes by the name @DanidBoyy1 has gone viral with her response to the trend. Here are five things she would never do on a plane: go to the bathroom without shoes on; falling asleep with his face touching the window; touch anything in the bathroom with bare hands; use the tablet without disinfecting it; and join the mile-high club. Most of Danielle’s don’ts were about sanitation. When it comes to falling asleep on the window, she notes that “so many people – hundreds, if not thousands – have had access to this window and have touched it.”