Florida deputies incarcerated a man who was living out his quarantine on a closed Disney World island, telling police that it felt like a “tropical paradise.”
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies found Richard McGuire on Disney’s Discovery Island on Thursday. He said he’d been there since Monday or Tuesday and was planning to camp there for a week, according to the arrest report.
The 42-year-old said he didn’t hear numerous deputies searching the private island for him on foot, by boat and by air because he was asleep in one of the buildings. He told deputies he didn’t know it was a restricted area, despite there being “no trespassing” signs.
“Richard stated that he was unaware of that and that it looked like a tropical paradise,” according to the police report.
Orange County Marine deputies on Bay Lake used a PA system to tell McGuire that he was not allowed to be on the property, but he remained on the island, anyway, according to the report.
A security representative for Disney said she saw McGuire using a company boat Thursday, noting that the area had several “no trespassing” signs and two closed gates. She asked the agency to press charges.
McGuire was arrested on a trespassing charge and taken to jail without incident.
Previously called Treasure Island, Discovery Island had been the site of a zoological park before the island was shut down to visitors in 1999.