Coronavirus: Florida man arrested after camping at Disney’s Discovery Island

Coronavirus: Florida man arrested after camping at Disney’s Discovery Island
FILE PHOTO: A Florida man was arrested after authorities said he tried to quarantine on a shuttered island within Walt Disney World, thinking it was a “tropical paradise.” (Handout/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida man was arrested after authorities said he tried to quarantine on a shuttered island within Walt Disney World, thinking it was a “tropical paradise.”

Richard McGuire, 42, was found on Disney’s Discovery Island on Thursday, police said.

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He told investigators he had been there since Monday or Tuesday and had planned to stay there for at least a week.

A security guard noticed McGuire using a company boat Thursday and called authorities.

Despite numerous “no trespassing” signs and multiple locked gates, McGuire told investigators he did not realize the area was off-limits.

“Richard stated that he was unaware of that and that it looked like a tropical paradise,” according to the arrest report.

McGuire was arrested and charged with trespassing.

Discovery Island was previously called Treasure Island and was the site of a zoological attraction that closed in 1999.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.