Coconut Collecting

Coconut Collectors Came Knocking

Andy told me about the coconut collectors on Fort Myers Beach, but I had never seen them before. Today, I was around when they came knocking asking to collect our coconuts.

Knocked Coconuts on the Ground
Knocked Coconuts on the Ground

The Equipment

Not a lot of tools involved. One guy moves a blade-like end on a very long pole to reach the coconuts on the tree. The other stands by with a big heavy-duty looking pillow to cushion the coconuts’ fall. Then they load up the felled coconuts into a wheelbarrow to move to the van parked in the driveway.

Pick Up Coconuts from Wheelbarrow
Pick Up Coconuts from Wheelbarrow
Throw Coconuts in the Van
Throw Coconuts in the Van
Van Full of Coconuts
Van Full of Coconuts

Watch the Coconut Collectors

Notice how there’s a lot of looking upwards! Imagine their neck pain by the end of the day. And should they not pay attention, they’ll have a pain on the head too!

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