FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla – The sound of silence won’t fill the air of Fort Myers Beach as long as there’s a local musician around.
Derick Nangle, a senior student in music therapy at Florida Gulf Coast University, plays his tuba on Fort Myers Beach, gathering advice from generous beachgoers who enjoy his tunes.
“The newest street that I just learned that a lot of people love, is Country Road,” Nangle said. “Everybody knows that song.”
In Fort Myers Beach Town, however, he violated town orders. However, this is not the first time.
The real story starting in July 2021. Derek will be walking on the beach in a body-hugging tuba and a sign in hand. That is until the beach patrol stops him.
“They told me not to. You know, follow the rules, do what I’m told,” Nangle said.
The town said he broke a signage ordinance, so he dropped it for a while.
“I just started doing it again and nobody said anything for about three weeks,” Nangle said. “About two weeks ago, the beach patrol discovered, ‘Hey, you’re not allowed to do that.'”
This time, with the help of some smart members of the community, he found the “solution”.
Nangle says: “Ed with Beach Talk Radio made these shirts for me.
T-shirts that read “College musicians are making music for you! Let’s say hello! They also include virtual payment methods for tipping Nangle.
We checked with town leaders to see if Nangle was in the clear without a sign. A spokesman said he is still breaking Ordinance of the Street Performer. That law covers the Times Square area and Old San Carlos Avenue.
It doesn’t mention sand or beaches but we asked for clarification on this.
“I don’t know what is breaking the law? I understand the sign ordinance, but what’s the point of just making music? “Nangle said.
Times Square is great, but it was claimed with other activities. Plus, his tuba is loud.
“I don’t want to overestimate them. I would rather sit and listen to them if I go to Times Square,” he said.
The tips he gets help pay for college, but it’s not really money for Nangle.
Gage Goulding: “So what drives you to come here every day and play and create this music on the beach?”
Derick Nangle: “The smiles I put on everyone’s faces.”
A shining example for Nangle. While playing Baby Shark, a young woman with Down syndrome lights up with joy.
“The big smile I saw on her face made my day and it was one of the biggest reasons,” Nangle said. “That’s definitely better than any tip I could get. Seeing someone smile like that.”
https://nbc-2.com/news/local/2022/01/24/music-to-continue-for-tuba-player-despite-pushback-from-fort-myers-beach/ Music continues for tuba players despite feedback from Fort Myers Beach