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Waterfront restaurants in Naples prepare for Isaac

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Waterfront restaurants in Naples prepare for Isaac

By Julie Salomone. CREATED Aug 24, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 24, 2012

NAPLES, Fla. - Southwest Florida's waterfront restaurants are getting ready for Isaac.

Maria Mendius and her daughter Michelle are spending the last few days of their vacation enjoying the view at M Waterfront Grille in Naples. The ladies are aware they might be in Naples alittle longer. 
 
"We're trying to get back to Chicago on Monday morning. Our flight is at 8:25am and we're alittle nervous about it because the airport could shut down," said Maria Mendius.
 
They aren't the only ones sweating Isaac's path. Restaurant General Manager George Quinn is getting ready.
 
"In hurricane Charley we were without power for 4 hours and one of the biggest challenges for us was getting off the bridge.It was flooded so getting here was a challenge," said George Quinn, M Waterfront Grille General Manager.
 
The restaurant knows there is a good chance they might be closed on Monday.
 
"The chef has ordered lighter. We've alerted the staff. The physical building is secure. Right now, it's the outdoor stuff is our main concern," said Quinn.
 
If Isaac gets too close, George says more than 100 chairs will be brought to their corporate office. 
The tables will be moved too.
 
If the power goes out, there is no generator. The expensive wine would have to move.
 
"We have about 4 or 5 hours it would stay at low 60s and the we would have to transport it." 
 
George says the extra work is the price we pay for living in paradise.
 
"This is the price we pay for 80 degrees in February. We all kind of go with the flow of it."
 
The restaurant will decide some time on Sunday if it will be open on Monday.
 
Julie Salomone
Fox 4
jsalomone@fox4now.com