Hurricane Ian Recovery Resources

This page is intended as a central location for information and resources as we move through recovery from Hurricane Ian.

STAY CONNECTED

Visit www.fmbgov.com, follow the Town of Fort Myers Beach, FL on social media, or email publicinfo@fmbgov.com.

To sign up for text or email alerts, visit http://fmbgov.com/list.aspx, enter your email and cell phone number, then select News Flash/Advisories.

 To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here

To read the Daily Update, click here.

For after hours emergencies, please contact Utilities at 866-578-2705

BOAT ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE IF IMPACTED BY HURRICANE IAN

Boat owners whose vessels have been damaged and destroyed by Hurricane Ian, but are unable to pay costs for salvage and disposal, could get help from the state under a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Hurricane Ian waiver program, but time is running out to apply. 

The waivers, which require boat owners to release ownership, are for the removal and destruction of their Hurricane Ian-damaged vessels. Owners must apply by the end of December by calling the FWC Hurricane Ian Vessel Hotline at 850-488-5600 and requesting to turn over their derelict vessels. More information can be found at https://myfwc.com/news/all-news/dv-update-1122/ 

TEMPORARY USE PERMIT

DO I NEED A PERMIT?

Visit our Building Services page for information on permits, what activities require a permit, and how to get a permit. 

Still have questions? Email buildingpermits@fmbgov.com

The Town is currently accepting rebuild permits. To find forms for submitting rebuild information, visit https://www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov/1069/Building-Services-Applications-Forms

For updated permitting information, please continue to check the Town's Building Services Webpage at www.fmbgov.com/building.  Only permits submitted through the website will be accepted.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTERS

Community Resource Centers have been set up at two locations to provide services to residents.

  • Beach Baptist Church – 130 Connecticut St. This location is open 24 hours a day. Services provided: ice, non-perishable food, water, showers, laundry, restrooms, water spigot. Food 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. FEMA Disaster Recovery Assistance 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Florida Dept. of Children & Families 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Various national non-profits. Air compressors are available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for filling low tires.
  • Santini Marina Plaza – 7205 Estero Blvd. Services provided: non-perishable food, water, showers, laundry, restrooms, water spigot. Food 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fuel for residents (regular unleaded and diesel) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Air compressors are available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for filling low tires.

NON-POTABLE WATER

Water spigots are available for residents to use for cleaning, and are located at both the Beach Baptist Church and Santini Marina Plaza Community Resource Centers (CRC). DO NOT DRINK

Beach Baptist Church – 130 Connecticut St., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (near parking lot entrance on Connecticut St.)
Santini Marina Plaza – 7205 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 (next to Fire Station 33 on Lenell Rd.)

FEMA TO PROVIDE DIRECT TEMPORARY HOUSING

At the request of Gov. Ron DeSantis, FEMA will provide temporary housing to eligible hurricane survivors in Lee, Charlotte, Collier and DeSoto counties. For more details, click here.

Gov. DeSantis has provided for the “Unite Florida Portal” for state sheltering and housing assistance. People must be registered with FEMA for individual assistance at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

The deadline was just extended to January 12 but this new portal is a way to connect residents with additional resources.

The portal is at: https://ianrecovery.fl.gov/ and the news release about the portal can be found here: https://www.flgov.com/2022/11/21/governor-ron-desantis-announces-unite-florida-portal-for-state-sheltering-and-housing-assistance/

DEBRIS REMOVAL

Residents can apply for debris removal services on their property by using the website: iandebriscleanup.com. This debris removal includes displaced and abandoned vehicles, vessels, and other titled property from qualifying private and commercial properties, as well as waterways throughout Lee County.

The state launched this website awhile ago and has added resources to this landing page, including a fact sheet that clarifies how residents can use this site to connect with resources.  https://iandebriscleanup.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/FDEM_Info-Sheet_11.15.22.pdf

All residents are advised to not block roadways with debris. Trucks will not be able to pick up debris if they do not have space to drive down roads. The Town has been divided into 28 zones for debris collection, and each zone has its own assigned truck. To view an active map of debris removal in the Town, click here: Debris Removal Data.

There are also sites in Lee County where residents can take their own debris in a truck or pull-behind trailer. Read more

FEMA PAPERWORK ASSISTANCE

FEMA assistance is still available. If you need help filling out paperwork, please call 1-800-621-3362 or visit DisasterAssistance.gov. FEMA Representatives are also available in person at the Beach Baptist Church site.  

PROPERTY APPRAISALS

For information about property appraisals following the hurricane, visit www.leepa.org.

TEMPORARY E.R. OPEN

A free-standing emergency room is now open at 6890 Estero Blvd. The E.R. is open 24/7 for anyone in the Town of Fort Myers Beach requiring immediate medical care or access to a physician. You will not be billed for these services.

TOWN ACCESS / CURFEW

Town of Fort Myers Beach residents can access the Town seven days a week. Curfew hours for Matanzas Pass Bridge on the north end of Estero Island are 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  For the Big Carlos Pass Bridge on the south end, residents can use the new 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, but contractors need to adhere to the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew. 

Residents should be prepared to show proof of residency if they are traveling on and off the Island during the curfew hours.   The curfew is in place to protect the community from looting and loitering, not to keep residents from their daily routine such as driving to/from work or appointments.

SAND REMOVAL

Sand is considered debris. However, it is a resource that the Town wants to conserve to restore beaches. Keep sand debris separate from other types of debris as you stage it. There are two options for sand removal:

  • Use the sand to restore your beach property.
    • Separate and remove manmade debris from sand and sift it prior to returning to the beach.
    • Vehicles used on the beach to return sand should be permitted with the Town.
  • Stage the sand in the sidewalk right of way, keeping it separate from other types of debris.
    • Know that this sand may not be returned to you after debris contractors remove it

For more information: visit https://www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov/1250/Hurricane-Ian-Resources

CALCULATING THE 50% RULE

The Town has released a revised FAQ document to assist residents in calculating the 50% rule, based on a decision by Town Council at the October 25 meeting to add an adjustment pursuant to the Town’s ordinances. Link to more information: Click here.

PRECAUTIONARY SWIM ADVISORY

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) has issued a countywide precautionary swim advisory for all public beaches and swimming pools and is advising the public to not enter the water due to the possible increase of waterborne illnesses. The water quality has been affected by Hurricane Ian, and swimming is not recommended.

LOAN INFORMATION

The U.S. Small Business Administration has made disaster loans available for homeowners, renters, nonprofits, and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit this link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance/hurricane-ian.

MOBILE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM

The Center for Progress and Excellence’s Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) has resources available for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. Call 844-395-4432 to connect with a mental health professional who can assist you during this time of recovery.

WATER AND POWER RESTORATION

Residents must have an inspection from a Florida-licensed structural engineer and a Florida-licensed electrician for power to be turned on. Email inspection reports along with the property address and the contractor’s  Florida license number to buildingpermits@fmbgov.com. To have water service restored to your home: 

  1. Secure structural and electrical inspections.
  2. Submit the inspections by email to buildingpermits@fmbgov.com
  3. The Town’s Utility Department will notify you when your home is scheduled for water restoration. 
  4. You MUST be present when water is restored.

WATER RESTORATION UPDATE

According to Fort Myers Beach Utilities personnel, side streets on the bay side have water utilities restored with the exception of the Red Coconut area. Gulfside water remains limited. There are no issues with the sewer system. To have water service restored to your home, contact Beach Utilities at utilities@fmbgov.com.

You MUST be present when water is restored should any issues arise.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

United Way is working with local emergency managers to coordinate volunteer opportunities. Please do not self-deploy. Check the United Way site to register as a volunteer, and they will contact you with available opportunities. The areas impacted by Hurricane Ian are considered hazardous at this time. To learn more and to register as a volunteer, click here. The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce also has ways you can help. Click here for more information.

WRISTBANDS

In order to ensure that supplies and services intended for FMB residents are going to residents, we have implemented a wristband program. Residents can bring proof of residency (such driver's license, piece of mail with address, purple hurricane re-entry pass) to a Community Resource Center (Santini Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd.; Beach Baptist, 123 Connecticut St., or Times Square, 1035 Estero Blvd.) to get a wristband. Please wear it until further notice, to access non-perishable food, water and ice at the Community Resource Centers.

SAFETY INFORMATION FROM THE FMB FIRE DISTRICT

Carbon monoxide detectors are now available at Community Resource Centers. Safety Tips include:

  • Do not attempt to move any leaking or damaged propane cylinders. If you encounter a leaking or damaged propane cylinder, call 911. For non-emergency removal of intact propane cylinders, call the Town of Fort Myers Beach at 239-765-0202 and have the address of the propane cylinder ready. 
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and conditions as you return to your home.
  • As the temperature rises, remember to stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade when possible. 
  • Keep the road and fire hydrants clear of debris piles. If a hydrant is opened, contact the Fire District. 
  • Wear proper footwear (closed-toe, sturdy shoes). Debris piles cause uneven walking surfaces and tripping hazards. 
  • Treat all downed wires as live and electrified; do not touch downed wires. 
  • Point the exhaust of gas-powered machines away from any activity. 
  • If possible, avoid walking or working in high-dust areas or wear at least a N-95 mask.

STATE AND NATIONAL RESOURCES

General Info & Resources: FloridaDisaster.org/Info
SAIL: 1-800-342-3557
Disaster Assistance: DisasterAssistance.gov
Donate: Volunteerflorida.org/donatefdf
Volunteer: Volunteerflorida.org
Debris Removal: IanDebrisCleanUp.com

Click here for a listing of other state and national resources available.