Monday, February 6, 2017

Life on Fort Myers Beach


Estero Boulevard Improvements

Chapel Street – Lovers Lane
Beginning Monday night, Feb. 6, crews will start shifting traffic to the outside lanes of Estero Boulevard to begin construction in the center turn lane from north of Chapel Street to south of Lovers Lane. During this work, a barrier wall or construction barrels will be necessary on both sides of the center lane due to a 1 to 1 ½ -foot difference in elevation between travel lanes and the work zone. This project replaces or relocates underground utilities, and builds new roadway and bicycle and pedestrian facilities along the entire length of Estero Boulevard. Improvements include sidewalks on both sides of the road, trolley stops and drainage improvements.  Sanitary sewer force main and water mains are also being replaced. Utility crews are relocating FPL power poles and facilities and services such as telephone and cable. TECO is adding a gas main along Estero Boulevard.  FULL STORY

Council and LPA Discuss 50% Rule
On Wednesday, the Fort Myers Beach Town Council and Local Planning Agency met in a two-hour joint workshop to discuss changes to the Town Floodplain and Survey requirements. Council has met with the LPA before to discuss the current code pertaining to the 50% rule that includes a 5-year cumulative cost versus a possible 1-year cumulative cost of improvements or repairs to an existing home. Residents have complained that it is the main cause of the disappearance of many cottage grade-level homes. The 50% Rule is a regulation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In a nutshell the 50% rule states that any repair or remodeling that equals or exceeds 50% of the market value of the building (not the land) is considered new construction and must meet current building codes, including elevation of the first livable floor. On Fort Myers Beach that elevation ranges from 10-17 feet depending on location. LPA Chair Hank Zuba told the assembled boards that the LPA had determined that they were in favor of reducing the 50% rule requirement from 5 years to one year after learning from the Town’s former Senior Planner Megan Will that such a change would not impact the Town’s Community Rating System (CRS) rating for flood insurance.  FULL STORY

Weekend FUN on the ISLAND

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10am, Mound House. Take a walking tour of the grounds that were once a Calusa Indian Village and learn about the history of the site, the variety of plantings and what lies beyond the mound. $5 plus museum admission. $15 includes museum admission. 239-765-0865,

10:30am, Beach Library. Patrice and Dan Robson share their stories about the joys they experienced living in such a historically rich and amazingly beautiful country.
5-10pm, Times Square. Live music, food & fun with High Tide.
7pm, Center for the Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. Tickets from $13. Performances also on Feb 11 at 2 and 7pm and Feb 12 at 2pm. 239-495-8989

Saturday, February 11th
8am, Bunche Beach, 18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers. Experience the beautiful birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide. Bunche is an excellent spot to see both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Free with parking $2/hour. Bring binoculars, sunscreen shoes that can get wet, water your curiosity and love of nature. 239-707-3015.

9am-3pm. FMB Art Association Art Gallery. Public invited to create thank you cards for veterans returning on Honor Flights from DC. All materials provided. Call to sign up 239-463-3909.

10am-5pm, Riverside Park, Bonita Springs. Over 200 National and International artists display their work. Fine art, paintings, glass, jewelry, clay, photography, sculpture, wood and more. Festival runs SA and SU. Suggested donations $5 benefits the Center for the Arts, Bonita Springs scholarship programs. 239-495-8989.

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5-7pm, Chapel by the Sea, Silver Hall. All are invited to this monthly dinner. This month features Mama Chapetti’s world famous homemade sauce. Open to the public. $10/person; $5 kids 10 and under.

5-7pm, Saint Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams, FMB. Enjoy all you can eat Pink Gulf Shrimp, cole slaw, homemade baked beans and cornbread, soda and coffee. Beer also available. $20.

Sunday, February 12th

8-11am, Bayside Estates. Bayside Estates Men’s Club hosts its monthly breakfast every 2nd Sunday in the Bayside Recreation Hall. Open to all. Enjoy scrambled eggs, sausages, coffee, orange juice and all you can eat pancakes for $5. Order an omelet for $1 more. Next breakfast Mar 12. Bayside Estates is just off San Carlos Blvd, south of Pine Ridge Rd. Watch for signs at both entrances.

2pm, Center for the Performing Arts Bonita Springs


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