Reopening Wekiva Island: What you need to know

Posted by Lauren Sedam | May 29, 2020

From the start, we at Wekiva Island have been dedicated to serving as a responsible business during the pandemic. We want to support all local, state and national efforts because we care about our Island family and because we want to put this behind us.

To do that, we have implemented some changes around the Island, following WISDOM. As we look ahead, we wanted to share some of the other changes to our operations you can expect.

Phase 1

  • We are currently operating at 50 percent capacity. This means our ability to welcome guests to the Island is severely limited. Because of that, we are currently focused on allowing guests who:
    • Want to eat at Without a Paddle Café
    • Want to rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard to enjoy the Wekiva River
    • Have rented a cabana, in a group of 10 of fewer
  • We understand this might mean you are turned away at times. We hope you understand that this is because we are extremely limited in capacity, and we hope we are soon able to welcome you for a fun day at Wekiva Island.
  • Our bar remains closed, as is required by the state of Florida. When bars in the state of Florida are allowed to reopen, we can begin serving alcohol again. No alcohol can be brought in.
  • Without a Paddle Café is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
  • Our current hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • Starting in June, our Sounds of Wekiva virtual concert series will also be available at Wekiva Island. Our musicians will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at The Tooting Otter, and fans can enjoy the music through open garage doors in socially distanced outdoor seating, in addition to still having the option to tune in live on Wekiva Island’s Facebook page.

Phase 2

Now that the state of Florida has moved into Phase 2, here are our operational changes:

  • Our bar will reopen.
  • We will be back at full capacity but will still be focused on allowing guests who wish to dine with us, enjoy a vessel, or who have rented a cabana during peak hours.
  • We will extend our hours to close at 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • Without a Paddle Café will extend its hours to close at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • Our music performances will move to Saturday night in July, with musicians performing from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Tooting Otter. Guests can enjoy the performance from distanced outdoor seating or tune in virtually on Facebook.

Again, we truly look forward to the day we can be together at the Island again, enjoying all Florida has to offer. We hope you understand the measures we have put in place to make Wekiva Island a safer, fun place for everyone, and we hope to see you soon.