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We invite you to search our site for information regarding the best Fort Myers Beach hotels & resorts, vacation rentals, condos, bed-and-breakfasts or motels, as well as fantastic dining and shopping experiences. If you are ready to make the beach your home, you’ll find information you can trust on Fort Myers area real estate and more. You can also search the entire Fort Myers Beach Chamber Membership Directory to find businesses that will make your stay on Fort Myers Beach memorable.
Local Entertainment & Events
This afternoon the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce announced that the 12th Annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival scheduled for Oct 6-8, 2017 will be held, however, it will have a Modified Format and Schedule.
“Because of the continuing effect of Hurricane Irma on the businesses and residents of Ft Myers Beach and all of Florida, and due to the outpouring of support we received from this morning’s cancellation announcement, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to hold the 2017 Pirate Fest with a modified schedule.” said Jacki Liszak, President of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Liszak added, “The focus of our island right now is getting our business and residential life back to normal and we are working with limited resources. We feel that with a modified schedule and format, our Pirate Fest Weekend will still bring much needed stress relief and normalcy to our residents and guests while allowing our businesses to rebound from the Hurricane’s financial impact.”
The event will go on; however, there will a number of elements that we will not be able to provide this year. In addition, the event will be spaced out along Old San Carlos and there will be NO admission fee!
The 2018 event is full steam ahead and currently scheduled for October 5-7, 2018. Pirate Festival Entertainment and Vendor Coordination Belinda Hadcock is happy that there will still be an event, “There’s always a silver lining,” said Hadcock, “and we’re going to take advantage of this year’s event changes to bring an even bigger and better Pirate Fest to Fort Myers Beach next year!”
For those who need more information about this year’s changes or next year’s event, please contact the Fort Myers Beach Chamber at 239-454-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For entertainer and vendor questions please contact Belinda Hadcock at email@example.com.
The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce main office will be open for business Monday Sept 8th at 8am. Our internet and phones are still down, but calls are being forwarded to one line at 239-454-7500. We’ll see you on the beach!
Small Business Disaster Assistance
Businesses: The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center business damage assessment surveying tool has been activated for businesses to report damages resulting from Hurricane Irma. Businesses are encouraged to visithttp://flvbeoc.org/index.php . Click on Hurricane Irma.
For Insurance Claims: Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. For a list of licensed insurance agents in Florida, click HERE.
Business Damage Assessment Survey
Click here to see a summary information of the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) Business Damage Assessment Survey Responses received to date for Hurricane Irma. Hopefully this information will be of assistance in your efforts to both individually and collectively reach out to affected businesses to offer those services and assistance available through your organization.
Please continue to encourage businesses across the state and included in the Governor’s Executive Order for Hurricane Irma to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey that can be obtained at: http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda and select the “Hurricane Irma” event.
Free Charging and Cooling
St Mary’s Episcopal Church
Need a break from the heat? Need to recharge your phone?
There is a charging and cooling station located at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church located at 9801 Bonita Beach Road. It will be open daily 10am-4pm. Except Sunday, on Sunday they will open 1:00pm-5:00pm. Also, they will have free WiFi!!
Grandview at Bay Beach
Town Hall Fort Myers Beach
2525 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach
Estero Island Medical Care has been open since a day after Irma. If you need care please go and see them in Santini Plaza 7205 Estero Blvd. Their hours are 8-5 M-F and 9-1 on Saturday. Phone is 239-463-5741. Thank you!
For Comcast Business Customers
What is Comcast doing to restore my Comcast Business Services?
Our network maintenance teams are out in the field right now accessing, locating, restoring and repairing cut lines. Our Comcast Business network automatically alerts us about areas affected by a system outage after the storm, so we know where we need to take action. There were over 165,000 customers without services, we have decreased it to under 100,000 and it is getting better by the minute.
How do I forward my business calls?
You can forward your calls by dialing 888-710-6080 or utilizing this link: Your phones will automatically un-forward when your services are up. https://businessvoice.comcast.net/
What do I do when my power is restored?
If the Comcast network is up and/or has been restored in your area rebooting your modem may be needed to completely restore services.
For any additional question please contact Jamie_Muia@comcast.com
Latest Update from the Town of Fort Myers Beach
Town Hall is open 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday
Power restoration throughout Lee County is at 61%; there are still 100,000 people without power. They should be getting more linemen when the east coast is buttoned up.
Town staff are available to offer assistance with questions regarding permits or home repairs. “Make it safe” minor repairs or repairs that must be done immediately may be done before a permit is issued, but residents are urged to come to Town Hall with any questions.
All county tolls will remain OPEN (waived) until further notice
Lee county school is cancelled through September 25th. We are putting more resources into getting programming started at Bay Oaks asap. Newton and Mound house openings are tied to the county debris removal program. The remainder of the towns restoration activities remain ahead of schedule as we enter the contracting phase of restoration work. The on island grocery stores and gas station are operational. Cellular service is more stable. Power has been restored to most of the island.
Town Hall has a limited number of tarps for those in need.
Do not set household chemicals at the curb – those need to be taken to the Topaz Court Solid Waste Annex in Fort Myers.
For individual FEMA assistance, you can call 800-621-3362 for information or assistance.
At this time, LeeTran will run a modified schedule due to road conditions and flooding . Buses will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Passport will also be taking reservations.
Fares will be collected for both regular Fixed Route and Passport Service. However, no fares will be collected on any emergency service or reverse evacuation trips from shelters.
Future service levels will be determined as LeeTran continues to assess route conditions.
Latest News From Lee County Emergency Management
Lee County Emergency Management is working on locations to set up points of distribution where residents can come for water and other essential items. Location details can be found here.
Emergency Management also is working with partners to set up a Disaster Recovery Center. This will be a physical location where impacted residents who have signed up for FEMA assistance can walk in and apply for State and Federal Assistance.
Many roads in the community are still flooded and may be impassible. Please observe warning signs and do not drive through standing water. A list of roads where caution is needed is at www.leeeoc.com. Intersections without working traffic signals must be treated as four-way stops.
For wellbeing checks, please continue to call 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900. Do not call 9-1-1 for wellbeing checks.
Other News (thanks to the Island Sand Paper for compiling this information)
Food and Water Distribution available locally 1:00pm-4:00pm at:
Naples/Ft. Myers Greyhound Track
10601 Bonita Beach Road SE
Estero High School
21900 River Ranch Road
– FPL continues to restore power on Fort Myers Beach, however it is not on a block-by-block basis. One block may have power but the adjacent street does not. If your power is on, you are asked to reach out to neighbors without power to offer them any assistance possible. Anyone with a need or something to loan is asked to contact Town Hall 239-765-0202.
The Town has a limited supply of ice available. Residents are asked to bring a container to Bay Oaks Recreation Center on Thursday after 10am.
Captain Tony’s Fishing Adventures has free ice. Please bring a tip for the guys.
Boil Water Order Lifted
– On Friday morning, the Precautionary Boil Water Notice was rescinded for Fort Myers Beach after satisfactory completion of the bacteriological survey showing that the water is safe to drink. Call Beach Water at 239-463-9914 with any questions.
Free Hot Meals-
Beach Baptist Church is offering free hot meals from 12:30-5:30 pm. Beach Baptist is located at the corner of Estero Blvd. and Connecticut St.
Division Chief Ron Martin of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District asks that anyone using a generator be aware of the following:
1. It is never safe to operate a generator in your home.
2. Never attempt to fuel a hot generator, heat from the generator can easily ignite flammable vapors from fuel.
3. Place your generator and make connections in a dry area.
As always if you need emergency assistance call 911. For all other needs or services please visit a Fire station. Fire Stations are located at 3043 Estero Blvd, 121 Lenell Rd and 17891 San Carlos Blvd.
Trash Pick Up-
Regular waste pickup starting next week (9.18.17)
Storm debris will be collected separately from your normal household trash and recycling. Place debris at the curb in separate piles and clear of low hanging obstacles like trees or power lines or near anything like water meters, fire hydrants or mail boxes.
Yard waste from this storm event does not need to be bundled. Place it in piles that can easily be managed by collection personnel with a claw truck.
Be sure to have spoiled food securely tied in plastic bags and at your curb on your regularly scheduled collection day.
Beach Businesses Open-
Most accommodation are open, please call to confirm availability. Almost all of the islands restaurants and bars are open or will be in the next couple of days. The supermarkets, gas stations and CVS pharmacy are also open for business. Gas is available on the island. Snook Bight Marina has gas and supplies for boaters.
Lights Out = 4-Way Stop!
While traffic signals are slowly being brought back online, many in SWFL remain dark. Lee County Sheriff’s Office asks motorists to use extreme caution while driving during this post-storm period. Debris remains on many roads and intersections with dark traffic lights are especially dangerous. Any intersection with dark traffic signals should be treated as a 4-way stop.
Lee County Schools will remain closed and resume classes on Monday, September 25th. Check the Lee Schools website for more information www.leeschools.net
–The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) out of an abundance of caution and in order to protect residents and visitors, has issued a precautionary swim advisory for all public beaches due to potential effects on water quality related to Hurricane Irma. At this time, swimming is not recommended in areas that have not been tested since the storm on Sept. 10. Local environmental health staff has been augmented with DOH environmental strike teams statewide to conduct testing. DOH-Lee expects all results to be complete in five days. Until test results are available, assume that water contact may pose an increased risk of disease, particularly for immuno-compromised individuals. To view test results visit the Florida Healthy Beaches Program at bit.ly/beachesLee
Residents are also advised to avoid contact with floodwaters, which may contain fecal matter from sewage systems, agricultural and industrial waste and septic tanks. Wash hands after any contact with floodwaters. For more information visit floridahealth.gov.
– Residents seeking assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA may apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, via the FEMA app or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Registrants will receive a registration number. If you don’t have a number, you are not registered.
Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St, Fort Myers Beach is setting up a FEMA application assistance station that plans to be open Sunday, Sept. 17 from 1-5pm and then 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. They will be able to assist 10 applicants at a time.
– The United Way Storm Help Line continues to operate from 8am-8pm daily. Dial 211 or 239-433-3900 for any storm related assistance or question.
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