Good Day Friends,
Earlier this afternoon, Governor DeSantis registered Emergency Order 2020-09 with the Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) which rolls back some of the activity permitted in Phase 2 of his “Smart. Safe. Step by step.” plan toward recovery. I have reviewed the two-page filing which can be found by clicking here.
These changes have been implemented with immediate effect:
Cheeks may continue to offer alcoholic beverages for purchase, however such beverages may not be consumed on the premises (which includes the Cheeks dining room and the Cheeks Terrace). Alcoholic beverages may be consumed pool side, or may be taken as a carryout item to your lot, room or residence. There are no changes prohibiting alcohol consumption throughout the rest of the park. ***Amended 7/1/20*** Bar top seating at Cheeks will not be available.
Cheeks will continue to offer three meals every day and will continue to offer delivery/take away service.
Hours of operation for Cheeks will coincide with our food service hours: 8am – 8pm Sunday through Thursday, 8am – 9pm on Friday and Saturday.
In reinforcing a few statements from a previous communique, senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Additionally, while Florida does not have a state-wide ordinance requiring face coverings, most counties do. Osceola County (our county) is one of them. Osceola County Executive Order 5 which can be found by clicking here, was made effective on April 13, 2020 at 12:01am and calls for every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in Osceola County to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines. All front of house Cypress Cove staff are required to wear face coverings; those who work outdoors or independently must have one “at the ready” meaning in their pocket or easily accessible in a nearby cart.
For guests, patrons, and residents, face coverings are required for entry into all buildings at Cypress Cove Nudist Resort. For example, today you will find a face covering poster near the gym entrance. Please wear one while not engaged in exercise, but please don’t attempt that 5 mile treadmill workout with a covered nose and mouth. Wear your mask responsibly. Consider this graphic:
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Parrothead – 2020
Our famed Parrothead celebration turns 25 this year! Whether you’ve only just heard about it or endeavored to attend one of our Parrothead parties, it’s truly an amazing weekend “packed full to the gills” with everything you’ve known and loved about island life… music, madness, games, comradery and down-home fun. This event takes a “volcano” sized effort to coordinate and pull off every year and we’re proud of our Naked Parrothead following.
With a milestone celebration looming in the wake of a global pandemic, we’ve had to make a very difficult decision this year. We’re hitting the pause button on number 25.
Today’s announcement from Governor DeSantis only aided in our decision to cancel Parrothead 2020. We realize our patrons must commit to travel plans well in advance of our late July event. Though we’ve been closely monitoring the COVID-19 climate, we don’t believe substantial improvement is likely over the next 30 days. As such, the last thing we want is to tarnish the event’s reputation by putting on an event at half-step, much less run the risk of contributing to further spread. That’s certainly no way to honor number 25!
Nobody can tell what the future holds, but you can bet our 25th year Parrothead celebration will be a big one. After this year, we deserve it!
Cypress Cove Nudist Resort
Q: Are you open to everyone wishing to visit Cypress Cove?
A: Currently, we are only open to members of Cypress Cove for day visits and camping. This includes established but also NEW members. For more information about membership please visit here.
Q: Are you accepting new reservations for the Villas?
A: Only existing villa reservations, made prior to the pandemic, will be honored provided the guest has not traveled internationally or traveled from a location identified as a hotspot. Watch this page for more information on villa re-openings and availability.
Q: Can I make a reservation for a few months from now?
A: Currently, we cannot make new reservations due to the unknown timeframe of the phased reopening of the state of Florida. Please check back here for up to date information. We will also share information on our social media channels.
Q: Are the amenities open?
A: The majority of our resort-style amenities are open. Our pools are open in addition to our hot tubs. Cheeks Bar & Grill is open for patio dining and to-go orders. If you are a resident or are camping at Cypress Cove delivery is also an option. All of our sports courts are open and lake activities are available. We have paddleboards, paddleboats, canoes & kayaks. Lakeside Restaurant & Body Works Gym is still closed.
Q: Are you finally allowing more than 10 people in the pool at once?
A: At this time we are only allowing 10 people in the pool at one time limited to 30 minutes. Those who choose to ignore the rules will be banned from the pool. If we encounter a number of people that are ignoring the rules, Cypress Cove reserves the right to close the pool at any time. Don't be the reason the fun ends!
Q: Do you know when the current rules will relax more?
A: We do not know when these rules will loosen. We are following the rules & reopening plans set forth by the governor of Florida as well as considering the unique environment we have here at Cypress Cove.
Q: How will I know when the restrictions are lifted?
A: Cypress Cove will be sending out an email to all of their residents, members, & all on the mailing list for the weekly newsletter. A message will be posted to all of our social media channels. Keeping all of those who love the Cove safe & informed is our primary concern.
Q: When will the gym be open?
A: Body Works Gym at Cypress Cove will remain closed until further notice. We know you are eager to get back to your workouts, but we want to make sure your gym is safe and sanitized to the high standards you have come to know and love from Cypress Cove. This is the perfect time to get outside for your exercise. Everyone benefits from the fresh air.
We look forward to having you at Cypress Cove at another time. We encourage you to check back frequently for updates. Stay safe!
Today, I report the imminent commencement of Phase 2; the next of Governor DeSantis’s three-step re-opening plan. A copy of the corresponding Executive Order can be found here. EO 20-139 takes effect on June 5th at 12:01 am. In summary:
I am pleased to announce the following changes at Cypress Cove Nudist Resort:
On behalf of my entire team, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to all of you for your continued support of Cypress Cove Nudist Resort. Today marks the 80th day since the first of our COVID-19 closures; the beginning(s) of the upward climb toward recovery. It has been a tough road, to say the least. Yet, here we are (nearly 3 months older and equally wiser) just as we entered this dreadfully unique moment in history, together, in pursuit of a better day. We couldn’t have made it here without you, our valued residents and members. My staff thanks you. The park ownership thanks you. I thank you.
Cypress Cove Nudist Resort
Phase 1 of Governor DeSantis’s “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” plan has been in place for one week now. Under the guidance of Executive Order 20-112, we have re-opened many of the facilities and amenities here at Cypress Cove Nudist Resort in a way that mirrors the governor’s intentions… both cautiously and guardedly. As we continue to navigate our way through to the “new normal” it is important to remember we’re not out of the woods yet; we’ve just reached another tree line. However, based on last week’s operations, I’m happy to report that our members and residents have taken precautionary measures to heart. As such, I have renewed confidence in our collective ability to handle whatever comes next.
Executive Order 20-120 went into effect this morning at 12:01 am. It can be found here. This order essentially allows barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons to proceed to phase 1. Nature Hair welcomed back many of its clients this morning; clients graciously welcomed back Nature Hair! Though the team has a full calendar of appointments, they intend to work through each one of them in a safe manner, having adjusted protocols and procedures to meet the new guidelines. They are extremely happy to be at your service.
At this time, both Silver Lining Massage and the gym have yet to receive the green light.
Beginning Tuesday, May 12th, Cypress Cove front gate personal will no longer ask resident guests for their “purpose of visit” as per (temporary) COVID-19 procedure. Residents may simply call up to the gate, as they have in the past, and provide the details for those expected. Admission is governed only by the Prospectus of the Mobile Home Park. It is important to understand that certain services have yet to be identified as “essential” according to the governor’s directives and the provisions of Phase 1. Please be vigilant as to who you permit into your home, as well as in to our community, taking into account the well-being of yourself and your neighbors.
As always, be healthy and be safe.
Cypress Cove Nudist Resort
It was “all eyes on the Governor” yesterday afternoon as he released his “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” Plan for Florida’s Recovery. Admittedly, I was standing center stage in Cheeks amongst a few of my coworkers watching intently as DeSantis unveiled his 44-slide presentation. That presentation can be found here. Yesterday’s press conference was but an hour-long, yet quite a bit of information was disseminated. Please reference this website for a fantastic Q&A about the Governor’s plan.
Executive Orders 20-87 (as pertinent to vacation rentals) and 20-91 (known as the Safer-At-Home order) were effectively extended until 12:01 am on Monday, May 4th by way of Executive Order 20-111. This EO can be found here.
Executive Order 20-112 (Phase 1 of the recovery plan) takes up with the expiration of 20-111. It announces that the State of Florida – with a few county-by-county exceptions – is ready to enter into Phase 1 of recovery. This EO can be found here.
The Governor’s “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” plan is mostly consistent with President Trump’s “Opening Up America Again Plan” which can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/.
It is important to remember that the local government can implement further restrictions. At the time of this communique, Osceola County had not released intentions to do so subsequently to the Governor’s press conference. If there is a significant change, I will provide further updates as they are posted here.
This is how it all pertains to Cypress Cove Nudist Resort.
This next part is very important (I’m pulling this directly from the Executive Order).
“[…] senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure, and liver disease) are strongly encouraged to stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.”
For me, the last 30 days have served as an unfamiliar training ground for kicking a lifetime of poor social practices. I am fortunate; I wish I could say the same for others. When we all recognize our personal responsibilities in containing this virus, the quicker we arrive at “the new normal.” And I want as many of you as possible along for the ride.
Be vigilant. Be cautious. Be alert. Be safe.
Cypress Cove Nudist Resort
Good afternoon friends,
We have to stop meeting like this…
The following update is taken directly from the Osceola.org website with regard to Emergency Order Number 4. Please consider that this order went into effect this morning at 12:01 am and is currently being enforced.
The Executive Policy Group for Osceola County met on Friday, April 10 and voted to enact an order requiring all people working, living, visiting or doing business in Osceola County to wear face coverings (not face masks) while in public places until further notice. A face covering, according to the CDC’s guidance, can help stop the spread of the disease, especially if someone is asymptomatic. Face coverings should be a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands. Examples include bandanas, t-shirts, scarves, or any other piece of cloth.
The following exemptions are cited in Friday’s order:
- Persons under the age of two years; and
- Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition; and
- Persons working in a professional who do not have any face-to-face interactions with the public; and
- Persons working in a profession where the use of a face-covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession; and
- Persons exercising, while observing social distancing in accordance with the CDC guidelines.
This Emergency Executive Order will be in effect from 12:01 a.m., April 13, 2020, and remain in place until it is revoked. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department, Kissimmee Police Department, and St. Cloud Police Department will be enforcing this order. Many of you have expressed concern about Emergency Order Number 4 asking if it pertains to Cypress Cove Nudist Resort. The short answer is, yes, it applies to all locations outside of your yard, lot, or villa (i.e. “the public”) where you are not exempt by one of the conditions specifically outlined above.
I’ve prepared a short FAQ for your convenience:
Q. What is a face covering? Do I have to buy an expensive, unattainable mask?
A. According to the order, face coverings should be a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands. Examples include bandanas, t-shirts, scarves, or any other piece of cloth.
Q. I thought face coverings were pointless and ineffective against COVID-19. Who decided on this new idea?
A. Under guidance from the CDC, the Executive Policy Group for Osceola County asserted that face coverings can help stop the spread of the disease, especially if someone is asymptomatic.
Q. Doesn’t this Emergency Order only apply to places outside the Cypress Cove gate?
A. No, Cypress Cove is not exempt from Emergency Order Number 4.
Q. Do I need to wear a face-covering if I’m just going to get my mail?
A. If you are combining exercise – in this case, walking – with collecting your mail, you will not need a face covering. If you are not combining exercise – like riding a golf cart – yes, you will need a face covering.
Q. My mail is in the front office. Will I need a face covering to go inside?
A. Yes, you will need a face covering to go into the office for any reason, unless specifically exempt as outlined above.
Q. What if I want to pick up a to-go order from Cheeks?
A. Yes, a face-covering is required of visiting Cheeks, unless specifically exempt as outlined above.
Q. How about if I’m just going out to walk the dog?
A. Unless you are combining exercise with your pet parenting, yes, a face covering is necessary.
Q. I like to go for a golf cart ride around the park once in a while. Won’t I be moving too fast for the virus to catch me?
A. If you’re cruising the park, remember to bring your face covering. “Speed” is not a mitigating factor.
Q. Will bike riders need a face covering?
A. No, this activity is considered exercise just like walking and running.
There are, without question, hundreds of different scenarios that could exist. If you don’t see one that applies to you, specifically, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Beginning today, you will see our front gate attendants, our front desk team, our food & beverage personnel, our housekeepers, and our runners wearing face coverings. Our engineering team members are not required to wear face coverings throughout the day unless they are addressed by a member or guest. Please be patient with them while they grab one from a nearby cart. I have to say, you’re all doing a fantastic job at maintaining distancing around the resort. Confidently speaking, if the rest of the world was as conscience as Cypress Cove Nudist Resort’s members and guests, we’d be enjoying Mai Tais and Rum Runners at Cheeks in just a few weeks! Hang tough, friends; we’ll be back on top before you know it.
Cypress Cove Nudist Resort
On the announcement of Governor DeSantis’s newest Executive Order 20-91 mandating 'Stay at Home' for the entire state of Florida, which takes effect tomorrow, Friday the 3rd at 12:01am through the month of April, I want to make you aware of some new changes to operations and protocol here at The Cove.
· Effective immediately, the preferred payment method for Cheeks To-Go orders and front office retail purchases is by way of your established house account. This helps ensure a contactless transaction and protects our essential workers. Signatures will not be required on individual receipts; cashiers will notate the person picking up the order, the time, and the amount of gratuity you deem appropriate.
· Cypress Cove will not accept new Hotel reservations through April 30th. While we do appreciate your patronage, we must eliminate transient business cycling through the resort. Though we have already reduced numbers by more than 90%, with this new order, we are upping the ante and we hope others will follow suit.
· Long-term RV reservations will be honored, however, you must remain in self-quarantine for the first 14 days of your stay. Governor DeSantis has identified RV parks and campgrounds as essential services, and as such, we will continue this operation under the strictest of guidelines.
· No tent camping reservations are being accepted through April 30th.
· Gatherings of more than 10 people, or those not exercising acceptable social distancing protocol, will be asked to disperse one time by our inhouse team. We will require checkout on any subsequent call.
· Effective immediately, the front gate will ask all potential entrants the purpose of their visit. Food and supply deliveries registered healthcare workers/caretakers, and those holding existing reservations will be allowed entry. All others will be asked to return once the Stay at Home Order has been lifted as per the Governor's orders.
***NOTICE*** It has been brought to my attention that one of our winter RV campers has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual arrived in late January and recently departed for home. Once there, a test was administered and the camper was subsequently declared positive. While HIPAA law does not permit disclosure of identity, I can say that this person was otherwise healthy and believes the virus was contracted by way of a cycling rally attended on the 16th of March, where hundreds of other bikers gathered as well. The camper believes the communal bathroom facilities and the shared buffet lunch aided in contracting the virus.
This camper, a Cove regular and member, asked me to share this information as a warning to the community; while social distancing was part of a more immediate routine, the camper enjoyed socializing with the community. It is pure speculation as to where the virus was contracted, but the incubation period matches the timeline. As per my Facebook post last night, citing an article from AroundOsceola.com, “Most of the hospitalized patients, a few days ago, were probably with you at the supermarket, stores, restaurant, bus, taxi, or gas station.” Essentially, you can contract the COVID-19 virus anywhere.
Folks, with this report, COVID-19 is officially in Cypress Cove Nudist Resort. Practice social distancing as if YOU were infected yourself. Self-quarantine if you feel as if you may have been exposed to someone carrying the virus. Most importantly, seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY if you feel under the weather.
Please refer to the WHO and CDC websites for additional COVID-19 information including this important link for basic protective measures: https://www.who.int/
Cypress Cove Nudist Resort
Here’s what I’ve learned in the last two weeks based solely on personal experience(s):
But most of all, I’ve learned that anxiety amidst uncertainty is a bear. Uncertainty for daily or weekly hurdles; uncertainty for what challenges lie ahead; uncertainty for how long before any semblance of normal. I think we’ve all accepted conditioning at this point; a general nod to the fact that we’re in this for the long haul. And though it may not reconcile with some opinions on the matter, I think I speak for most when I say:
We love you, but KEEP YOUR REAR AT HOME WITH THE GEAR!
Here at Cypress Cove, we’ve been diligent in keeping up with the various changes required of Executive Orders and mandates. We are currently working with a skeleton crew, maintaining a 3-meal-per-day food & beverage operation as well as a lean front end system. Here are some changes to be aware of:
We are here to help, but if we do take a bit longer to respond than anticipated, please accept our apologies.
Cypress Cove Nudist Resort
The statement I wrote last Monday seems like a different world ago. Then, we were on the precipice of disaster; the worst point in the course of this pandemic known as COVID-19. Today, however, there is no question that we are in a far better position than any point in the immediate future. As such, Cypress Cove Nudist Resort is taking new preventative measures consistent with the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as those directed by Florida Governor, Rick DeSantis. The goal is to ensure the health and wellbeing of all residents, guests, and team members as we battle a formidable opponent.
In a press conference earlier this afternoon, DeSantis ordered all Florida bars and nightclubs to close for the next 30 days beginning today, March 17th. By the time you receive this communiqué, Cheeks Bar and Grill will have already observed closure at the 5 pm deadline. While service will not be available this evening, we have already begun preparations to flip the service model of Cheeks into “the world’s largest food truck,” beginning with breakfast tomorrow morning. All orders will be made “to-go” and you will be able to enjoy these in the comfort of your RV, your mobile home, your tent, or your villa. Table service will be unavailable; however, we anticipate a delivery service to follow in short order. Our service staff will be reassigned to fill delivery roles. The direct phone number to Cheeks is 407-933-3529. Please be patient during peak meal hours as we anticipate a fairly high number of phoned-in orders. Adult beverages will be available for purchase. However, our license does not permit the delivery of these consumables; this type of transaction must take place in person.
These measures are not intended to be drastic, but rather all-encompassing...and I can assure you that none of these decisions were made easily. However, the bigger picture – the long-term picture – must include the individuals that make up our nudist community...our Cove Family and our extended Cove Family. That means putting every one of you above all else. My team and I are willing to do it with full buy-in from the park ownership. I trust that I have your support as we move through this difficult time together.
Cypress Cove Nudist Resort
The last 24 hours have demonstrated the ever-evolving nature of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. Beginning with last night’s ban on inbound European travel (except the UK), we’ve watched as major league sports seasons were canceled, we’ve sat atop a wild stock market roller coaster, and most recently, we’ve witnessed an unprecedented closure of Disney World and other major theme parks. It begs the question: What do the next 24 hours hold? Well, it would be a disservice if I said, “All is well, carry on about your daily routine.” Truth be told, there is a scary virus out there and we want it as far away as possible. Here’s how we protect ourselves, our friends, and our loved ones.
First, make yourself familiar with the World Health Organization’s website, which can be found at https://www.who.int/. There you’ll find a treasure trove of information about the Coronavirus as well as a myth-busters FAQ page.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/, is another fantastic point of reference. There you’ll find a 4-page infographic which illustrates the proper techniques to keeping workplaces, schools, homes, and commercial establishments safe. You’ll want to visit the section entitled What You Should Know where there are additional links to Steps to prevent illness, What to do when sick, Symptoms, and a section called Older People & People with Chronic Diseases at Higher Risk. One could easily spend an hour or more on this website entranced by information… I speak from experience.
At Cypress Cove Nudist Resort, we have taken additional measures created in collaboration with global and local public health authorities (including the WHO and the CDC):
1. Our department heads are receiving ongoing briefings.
2. We have increased the frequency of cleaning our public areas (including the lobby, door handles, exercise room, bathrooms, restaurants, etc.).
3. We will continue to adjust the food and beverage service in accordance with current food safety recommendations.
4. We have increased the deployment of antibacterial hand sanitizers.
At this time, all activities as noted in the weekly reminder, the monthly calendar of events, and the 2020 weekend planner are intended to continue as scheduled. We require that all attendees observe and adhere to protocols disseminated by the WHO and the CDC for health and hygiene. This statement will be re-evaluated should either organization make a determination effecting the capacity of any Cypress Cove Nudist Resort venue.
It’s challenging times like these that the power of hospitality is needed most. We’ll continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updates as needed.
Cypress Cove Nudist Resort