Monday, February 20, 2017

Life on Fort Myers Beach


LPA Approves Surplus Parking Code

An effort to wrangle the madness that is Fort Myers Beach visitor parking took another step Tuesday morning when the LPA unanimously approved changes to the Land Development Code (LDC) related to surplus parking. The Town recently took steps to clean up its parking rules in the LDC by eliminating seasonal parking lots, resulting in several lots becoming permanent parking lots and thereby required to meet requirement for permanent lots. Several business lots have sold their parking spaces to visitors during season, with a few selling parking year round, sometimes creating a parking shortage for existing tenants and business customers. The surplus parking code was born of an effort to regulate which properties could sell their surplus spaces. The ordinance defines surplus parking as “additional parking spaces above and beyond those spaces required by the (LDC) to support specific land uses…” The change will only apply to lots having over 10 spaces. A permit would require a plan that includes the total number of spaces, the number of required spaces for existing uses and the number of designated surplus spaces. The cost of the use permit is not spelled out in the proposal. The ordinance now goes to Town Council for their approval. FULL STORY

Bike & Pedestrian Committee Hosts 1st Forum
Jacobs Engineering and Alta Planning & Design hosted the initial forum for public input for the first-ever Bicycle and Pedestrian master plan for the Town of Fort Myers Beach in Town Hall on Wednesday, February 15. Despite the apparent popularity of walking and biking on Fort Myers Beach, it attracted a surprisingly small turnout of under ten people, once you excluded Town and Lee County staff and consultants, Council members and candidates, program presenters, and the press. Ned Baier of Jacobs Engineering stated that “this will be the first Bicycle and Pedestrian plan in the history of Fort Myers Beach, making it a crucial document. We are here to provide you with information and statistics, hear your opinions, and answer questions to formulate the best-possible outcome. Our team members often bike and walk to our jobs, and we performed this service for other local communities, including the Town of Cape Coral that will go before its Council on March 27. This is essential, to all work together to make overall bicycle and pedestrian plans as efficient as possible.”  FULL STORY

reFresh FMB Updates
Contractors for the Town of Fort Myers Beach and Lee County are installing new water main, and sanitary sewer force main, storm drainage, sidewalk and rebuilding roadway on Estero Boulevard from Crescent Street to Madera Road. Two travel lanes are expected to remain open the majority of the project; however, motorists may experience daytime or nighttime one-lane traffic on Estero Boulevard. Flaggers will alternate traffic frequently, but motorists should expect delays. Crews are expected to work Monday through Friday and most Saturdays. Construction will be year-round. This schedule may change due to underground conditions and inclement weather.  This week, reFRESH Estero Boulevard crews are scheduled to perform the following activities on Estero Boulevard. The active work zone is from Lani Kai/Avenue C to Strandview Avenue. Motorists should expect travel lanes to be shifted on Estero Boulevard from Lani Kai south to Strandview Avenue. Two travel lanes will remain open the majority of the time; however, intermittent lane closures may be necessary. Motorists should use caution. CLICK HERE for more updates, images and live video feed. 

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Weekend Beach Fun

Friday, February 24th

9am-1pm, Health Park Farmer’s Market in The Village Shoppes at the corner of Summerlin & Bass.

10am, Lovers Key State Park. Enjoy a leisurely one-mile walk over the estuary and along the beach with a park naturalist. Find out what washes ashore and learn about coastal wildlife. Free with park entry. Reservations required 239-463-4588.

10:30am, Beach Library. Meet local author W.C. Highfield, son of Lt Harlan Highfield, who tells of his father’s experiences as a P-40 fighter pilot.

1:30pm, Beach Library. Sam Parish of the Holocaust Museum will bring a survivor with him who has an amazing story to tell.
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5-10pm, Times Square. Live music, food & fun with High Tide.
7-9pm, Fish Tale Marina. Support the arts on FMB by attending this February concert in the Friends of the Arts Concert Series in the Propeller Lounge. Catch a wave with coastal sounds of Beach Boys-related California Surf, Inc. Tickets $25 239-463-3600;

8pm, Center for the Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. Every song is fresh, Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. Tickets $37. 239-495-8989.

Saturday, February 25th

9am-1pm, Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Rd, FMB. Travel back through time as your guide leads you along the trail to visit and hear from the Calusa Indians, Spaniards, Explorers, Pirates, Homesteaders, Koreshans and Pioneers of Estero Island/Fort Myers Beach. Experience facts, folklore and customs of these bygone eras. Free guided walks are held every 20 min starting at 9am. Reservations strongly encouraged. Call 239-432-2154 or email Donations gratefully accepted by the Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve. Food, crafts vendors and tours of the Historic Cottage also available.

Sunday, February 26th
10am-noon, Beach Pool

12-6pm, Bay Oaks Rec Center, 2731 Oak St. See Feb 5.ET CARAVAN 8pm, Center for the Performing Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. Enjoy this high energy, acoustic based quintet of guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion and keyboards has emerged as one of the shining lights of savannah’s burgeoning music scene. . Tickets $22. 239-495-8989.


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