A variety of construction, sidewalk, traffic signal, and road projects are in process to improve the Downtown District of Fort Myers Beach and are expected to impact traffic at times.
CLOSING on October 6
Crescent Street from Estero Boulevard north to 5th Street
1st Street starting at Old San Carlos Boulevard and continuing east then south up to the north side of 2nd Street
Remaining OPEN on October 6
Fifth Street will be the way off of the island
2nd Street and 3rd Street will be the east-west detour of 1st Street
Administrative services of the Mooring Field will transfer to the Town October 1
Starting October 1, 2021, administrative management of services for the Matanzas Harbor Mooring Field will change to the Town from Estero Bay Hotel Company dba Matanzas Inn. The Town will manage the administrative functions of the Mooring Field from leased office space (Unit G109) in nearby Harbour House at 450 Old San Carlos Boulevard.
Matanzas Inn will continue to provide facilities such as restrooms, the dock, trash, water, and laundry while these will be maintained by the Town's staff.
This change is coming after several months of discussion and planning by Town Councilors, Town staff and members of the Anchorage Advisory Committee about the future expansion and management of the Mooring Field.
Town Councilors authorized this change at the August 2 Town Council meeting by approving a modified lease agreement with Matanzas Inn. This action provides for continuity of services while the Town explores options for the future.
The Town needs your input about plans for its next leadership conference to educate interested community members about Town government and services.
When these conferences have been held in the past (the last one was in 2019) they received rave reviews. Participants get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Town serves residents, visitors, and businesses, and how Town government works. Past participants had this to say:
I liked the special tours at all of the stops on the field trips. I had been to all of the places except the historical cottage and yet I learned so much at each stop.
The variety and breadth of experiences provides a superb overview of what FMB has to offer.
The emphasis on how to access different services, individuals and locations was extremely helpful.
EVERYONE on FMB should take this conference!
It really instilled a feeling of pride for our community and a desire to be a good steward of our island.
Tentative plans are for the 2022 conference to have four to six sessions. Participants will be introduced to Town Councilors and staff, departments and committees, facilities, services, and functions.
Field trips to locations that the Town operates - Bay Oaks Recreational Campus, Mound House, Newton Beach Park, Mooring Field, Bayside Park - as well as sessions about emergency services and environmental services are planned.
Thanks for taking the survey. Watch for more details about the conference (and how to sign up!) in the months ahead.
Town owned spaces are spread throughout Estero Island’s 26 public beach accesses along Estero Boulevard as well as in the downtown business center. Availability of the Town's public parking spaces is tracked and posted on the Town's website three times a day, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., by the Beach and Street Enforcement (BASE) team.
The Town does not manage parking at Lynn Hall Memorial Park adjacent to Times Square and Bowditch Point Park on the north tip of Estero Island. Both of these properties are managed by Lee County. These Lee County spaces (and private parking lots that are scattered throughout FMB) are not included in the Town's notices of available parking.
Since February, a company called REDD, Inc., DBA Town Lighting Engineers, has been under contract with the Town to consider street lighting options for Estero Boulevard that are safety and wildlife-friendly. Town Lighting Engineers have collected feedback from stakeholders and advisory committees in addition to reviewing possible lighting solutions. A report with options for solutions was presented to Town Council in September.
From the report's executive summary:
"It is the goal of this report to provide information to help Council arrive at a preference for light color (amber, white, or both), and system ownership (utility program, Town-owned, or a combination of both) so the design process can begin. The uniqueness of the Town of Fort Myers Beach cannot be overstated. The island features protected natural areas near busy commercial zones with heavy tourist traffic. The stewardship of Estero Island includes duty both to the environment and to the residents and visitors of Fort Myers Beach. This mix of tourism and protected natural areas presents the opportunity to provide a unique solution, or rather, two solutions. One size does not fit all.
Sea turtle nesting season lasts through October 31
Thanks for everything you are doing to keep the turtles and their hatchlings safe. Read more
Fort Myers Beach
Distance: 7 miles Nests: 87 NNE*: 130 Nests Hatched: 50
*NNE stands for “Non Nesting Emergence” which means that the turtle crawled ashore, but did not nest
ATTENTION Beachfront property owners
Sea turtle lighting retrofitting might be covered by a grant
BEACHFRONT property owners might be able to get the costs of retrofitting lighting fixtures and bulbs that comply with sea turtle regulations paid for by The Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Beachfront Lighting Retrofit Program.
The Sea Turtle Conservancy is a non-profit research, conservation, and education organization in Florida. The Conservancy has received grant funding designated for the lighting retrofit program through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environment Benefit Fund.
To learn more about the lighting grants and the program, call The Conservancy at (352) 373-6441 or visit www.conserveturtles.org
Fort Myers Beach is dog-friendly
Please follow a few simple rules while enjoying the Beach with your pet
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
For the Town's next FREE drive-through Household Chemical Waste Collection Day
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8 a.m. to Noon Bay Oaks, 2731 Oak Street
Representatives from Lee County Waste Management will be conducting the event
Watch an educational session about permitting from a Town Council meeting led by staff from the Building Services Department.(Starts at 1 hour, 30 minutes, 40 seconds.)
It is best to contact the Town's Building Services Department early on in the planning process of any kind of building or remodeling project to find out what permits are needed. If you are remodeling in a condo, permits for any kind of work are nearly always needed.
Per Florida Building Code (102.2), a permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, alter, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system; the installation of which is regulated by technical code.
The Town's online permitting service is called iWorQ and can be used to:
Search and view permits
Download/ print approved documents
PERMIT SEARCH If you are searching for record information or paying fees, you are not required to create an account.
Keep up on the schedule of Town Council and advisory committee meetings
All meetings are at Town Hall, 2525 Estero Boulevard
Live and recorded meetings can also be viewed on the Town's YouTube channel and live meetings can be watched on Comcast Channel 98
Monday, October 4 / 9:00 a.m. Town Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 5 / 9:00 a.m. Bay Oaks Recreational Campus Advisory Board (BORCAB) Meeting
Thursday, October 7 / 9:00 a.m. Town Council Management & Planning Session
*Meetings are subject to change; please refer to the agendas posted on the Town's Website.
Town Hall is open for walk-in service from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are strongly encouraged to minimize wait times. Call 239-765-0202 to schedule an appointment with the appropriate department.
NOTE: All employees in Town Hall might not yet be fully vaccinated against COVID.
Status on bids and proposals
The Town of Fort Myers Beach has partnered with DemandStar which is open and accessible to all businesses and gives instant access to RFPs, RFQs, and ITBs