Lee County Property Appraiser has released 2023 Tax Roll Values
On July 1, Lee County Property Appraiser Matt Caldwell released the tax roll values for municipalities and taxing authorities which includes the Town of Fort Myers Beach.
The release of the tax roll values starts the process that allows the Town of Fort Myers Beach to hold public hearings and set proposed ad valorem tax rates that will apply to property in the Town. Caldwell would like to remind everyone that the Property Appraiser’s Office will send out individual Notices of Proposed Property Taxes (TRIM Notices) in mid-August once the proposed tax rates are set.
The Town has changed the permittng process based on a council action in early June that allows temporary use of trailers and structures such as RV’s, mobile homes, food trucks, retail structures and others that qualify.
Everyone who is using trailers and structures like RV’s, mobile homes, food trucks, and other retail structures, are asked to renew their temporary placement permit by submitting the Temporary Placement Application.
Map or other documentation indicating the proposed location of the manufactured home, mobile home, motor home, recreational vehicle, or other temporary residential unit
State Department of Health, State Department of Environmental Protection, and Town permit(s) authorizing the connection of the manufactured home, mobile home, motor home, recreational vehicle, or other temporary residential unit to an on-site or existing community wastewater treatment system.
The applicant must be the property owner/commercial tenant of the lot and the vendor must have a Lee County Tax-ID; or with the Town’s consent, have the permission of the property owner to operate at that location. Permission must be supplied with application.
All vehicles and structures must be completely on the lot and may not extend into the public right-of-way.
Vehicles and structures placed on commercial lots must be setback by no less than the width of the vehicle/structure (i.e. track width) from any property line and not protrude into the right of way.
Food Service Kitchens are permitted on their brick-and-mortar commercial site that is zoned for that type of activity.
Other retail stores may not accommodate food trucks.
This report covers all drinking water testing from
January 1 to December 31, 2022.
JOIN US FOR MOUND HOUSE CLASSES
Join us at Mound House on July 25 at 5:30 p.m. as we host Brent Newman, Chief Curator at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Brent will present "Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in the Wilds of Florida".
Learn about how these two famous men and their families explored Fort Myers Beach and other remote locations in Florida. General price is $15, but Mound House member pricing is $7. This includes museum admission and light bites.
Once a complete permit application is received, a permit number is created and the permit is created in the iWorQ permit portal. From this point, to check the permit status, pay fees, print permits and approved job site plans, schedule inspections, and check inspection results, here is the link to the iWorQ permit portal: https://portal.iworq.net/FORTMYERSBEACH/permits/600
Hurricane season is underway, and Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) encourages businesses and professionals to protect themselves before and after a storm. We've been hearing sad stories about issues with construction contractors.
It's prompted us to share this reminder about making sure you are using a licensed Florida contractor to rebuild. You can verify licenses (see instructions below) and file complaints online or by email.
Property owners are reminded about the lighting that is required to help protect turtles and hatchlings during nesting season. Conventional lighting scares females from nesting and disorients hatchlings away from the Gulf, leading to exhaustion, dehydration, and death from falling into storm drains, passing cars, and predators.
The Town will monitor lights on the beach during season. Efforts will focus on educating property owners on solutions. Property owners are encouraged to walk on the beach to see if their property’s lighting is visible from the beach and install wildlife friendly lighting. The Town’s Environmental Projects Manager Chadd Chustz is available for questions and light inspections. Contact him by email at email@example.com.
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Report a Concern
Do you need someone from the Town to address a utilities, street, beach, permitting, zoning, code, public record, or other issue? There's a button on the top of the Town's website that helps you submit an electronic form that goes directly to the Town employee who is responsible for your particular concern. You can also click the link below.
Please send us your questions and we will address them: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the most recent questions received:
1) We've had a few requests to share data about the length of time it takes to issue a fully approved permit and the average number of times that a permit is denied.
Since it's not data that is electronically kept, it would be a long manual process to collect and maintain. Our permitting team is using every resource to produce permits. Taking someone away from that work to collect this data would not help complete permits.
One piece of data demonstrating the permitting magnitude is that more than 9,200 permits have been issued since October 2022. The average number of permits issued prior to Hurricane Ian was approximately 2,000 annually.
2) Another comment that we've heard has been about if Town Councilors are required to live in the Town. The answer is yes. Here's a link to the ordinance that addresses this: https://ow.ly/Xohn50P2WvM
"Each member of the council shall be a resident of the town and a registered voter and shall have resided within the corporate limits of the municipality for a minimum of 1 year prior to qualifying for election."
Visit MOUND HOUSE
Grounds are open Monday through Saturday from 7:30am to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30am to 3 p.m.
Museum and Museum Store are open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 11 9 a.m. - Local Planning Agency (LPA)- DiamondHead Beach Resort, 2000 Estero Blvd.
Wednesday, July 12 10 a.m. - Marine & Environmental Resources Task Force (MERTF)- Mound House, 451 Connecticut Street
*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.
Status of bids and proposals
The Town has partnered with DemandStar which is open and accessible to all businesses and gives instant access to RFPs, RFQs, and ITBs