STORM RECOVERY INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Friday, November 11, 2022
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For after hours emergencies, please contact Utilities at 866-578-2705
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
The next Town Council meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at 9 a.m. The location will be in the meeting tent at the Town Hall temporary complex at 2545 Estero Boulevard. This is the property beside the current Town Hall that was destroyed by Hurricane Ian. Parking is behind the complex off Tropical Shores Way and at Chapel by the Sea.
BOIL WATER NOTICE RESCINDED
We are happy to report the Boil Water Notice is no longer in effect for Fort Myers Beach residents. It is safe to consume regular water.
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.
TEMPORARY USE PERMIT
To expedite the rebuilding process for property and business owners, registration is required to have recreational vehicles, mobile homes, trailers, retail stores, or food trucks. When applying for a temporary use permit for your property, you must do the following:
- Provide a simple site sketch of where the temporary structure will be located.
- Upon completion of all requirements, your application is automatically forwarded to the Town’s Utilities department for water/sewage hookup.
- The property owner will then contact Florida Power & Light service center at 1-888-988-8249 (M-F 8a-7p, Sat 9a-5p) to schedule an electrical connection.
- The form can be found at https://fortmyersbeachfl.gov/1253/Temporary-Use-Permit
HOUSEHOLD WASTE PICKUP
The landfills designated for Hurricane Ian debris cannot accept household waste. If possible, place household waste in a trash can. Bagged material will be picked up if separated from debris. Please put bagged household waste in a separate pile at the end of your driveway away from storm debris. Household waste is picked every Thursday morning (weather dependent). Recycling will begin Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
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 of the vessel, are for the removal and destruction of their Hurricane Ian-damaged vessels. Owners must apply by Tuesday, November 15, by calling the FWC Hurricane Ian Vessel Hotline at 850-488-5600 and request to turn over their derelict vessels. More information can be found at https://myfwc.com/news/all-news/dv-update-1122/
COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTERS
All Community Resource Centers are open as of this morning and each will have meals available daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also have ice, showers, laundry, restrooms.
- Santini Marina Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd. – Air compressors are available at this site from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for filling low tires.
- Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St. – Multiple FEMA resources (federal, state, local), and non-profit partners available at this site.
- Times Square, 1035 Estero Blvd. – laundry is not available at this site.
FEMA PAPERWORK ASSISTANCE AND DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER (DRC)
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.
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.
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.
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. For more information visit https://www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov/1250/Hurricane-Ian-Resources.
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 their Florida license number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Florida Power & Light reports 993 FMB properties have been restored with power.
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 email@example.com.
You MUST be present when water is restored should any issues arise.