Be Safe. Be Kind.


I am a full time resident of FMB and frequent Publix on the island. Yesterday, I shopped at Publix and was pleased to see the staff wearing masks and sanitizing carts and products.

I was astonished, however, that most shoppers were not wearing masks. I wear one in public to protect others, but these shoppers did not show the same respect for me or others in the store. Do they think that this health crisis is over?

We are reaching over 100,000 deaths in this country. It is not just a number. Each one is a mother or father, a grandmother or grandfather, a daughter or son, a sister or brother, a wife or husband, or a dear friend.

Is it too much to expect that you cover your face, especially when handling food? The package or box that you touch and put back on the shelf might be the one I pick up later.

Isn’t it time that we care about one another and protect each other? Please wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and pray that we get through this. Be safe and keep others safe. Let’s show a little love and kindness to each other.


Pamela Pohlman
Fort Myers Beach