Hurricane Irma: Post Storm News And Resources

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

U.S. Small Business Administration

Emergency Bridge Loan Program

Resources from the Florida Chamber of Commerce

Other Disaster Assistance Programs

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.

For consultations with the Small Business Development Center at FGCU please contact Duane Hoversten at dhoversten@fgcu.edu

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.

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Town Hall Fort Myers Beach

 Open 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday
2525 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach

Medical Care

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 linkYour 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

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.

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.

Lee Tran

Lee Tran is now running full regular service.

Other News

Alert to Private Well Owners
Please click here for more information.

Generator Safety-
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-

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.

Both Plumbing Nerds and Reflow Plumbing are standing by to help with your plumbing needs.

For a list of beach businesses that are confirmed to be open please click here.

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.

Schools Closed-
Lee County Schools will remain closed and resume classes on Monday, September 25th. Check the Lee Schools website for more information www.leeschools.net

FEMA Assistance
– 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.

Help Line
– 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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SBA Disaster Assistance for Businesses and Residents Expands to Additional Florida Counties

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration has added more counties to the disaster declaration in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma that began on Sept. 4, 2017.

The disaster declaration covers the counties of Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota and Saint Johns in Florida which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Marion, Martin, Nassau, Okeechobee, Pasco, Polk, and Volusia in Florida.

Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates are as low as 3.305 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by mobile device at m.fema.gov. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.

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For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster.

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New Member Shout-Out September 2017 Edition

The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce was joined by four new members in August. They are:
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It’s Tapa Hop Time!

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Advertising Opportunities Available for The American Sandsculpting Championship

Put your business in the spotlight with advertising opportunities with one of the largest events on Fort Myers Beach!

Our Annual American Sandscultping Championship which spans the course of 10 days this year from Nov 17-26, is one of the top sandsculpting competitions in the nation with 47,000 attendees last year. Full and half page advertising is available in the program that will be offered to all entering attendees. For more information on pricing Please click here.

For more information on this opportunity please contact the chamber at events@fmbchamber.com or call 239-454-7500.

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DiamondHead Beach Resort to Host Island Hopper Songwriter Performances

SunStream Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce that DiamondHead Beach Resort will host several talented artist performances during the latter portion of the 4th Annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. DiamondHead guests and locals are invited to enjoy the live music and excitement, Friday, September 29th – Sunday, October 1st at DiamondHead Beach Resort, located on Fort Myers Beach.

Performances will be held Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon at Cabañas Beach Bar and Grille, located just steps away from the sand at DiamondHead Beach Resort. Guests and visitors can catch live performances by nationally acclaimed songwriters, including Tim McGeary, Lance Carpenter, Paul McDonald, and more, right at Cabañas. Many of the songs that will be performed have been recorded by top acts from a variety of genres. Island Hopper attendees will have the opportunity to not only enjoy exceptional music performances, but to also hear the back stories of the songs and artists performing.

“We’re excited to welcome so many talented musicians to perform at our resort,” says DiamondHead’s General Manager, Neil Hopgood. “We are thrilled to be such a big part of the Songwriter Fest once again this year and look forward to being a part of the event as it continues to grow.”

DiamondHead Beach Resort is offering a Beachside Beats package, which includes accommodations for two in a one-bedroom gulf view suite, two complimentary welcome cocktails in a souvenir Cabañas cup, a $25 credit toward food and cocktails per night, along with poolside access to live music, and food and cocktail service. You won’t want to miss out on this exclusive offer, as these packages are limited. Sister resorts GullWing Beach Resort and Pointe Estero Beach Resort are also offering 20% off accommodations during the songwriter fest. To learn more and book any of these offerings, please call 855-946-5644.

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Grandview At Bay Beach Is Taking Donations For The Harry Chapin Food Bank

Please click on the link below for more information.

Invitation Food Drive Grandview at Bay Beach

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Businesses That Are Open On Fort Myers Beach

This post was last updated Saturday September 23rd.

Due to Re-Open

Marina Village at Snug Harbor – Re-Open Saturday.
Gulf Breeze Condos – Will re-open Monday 9-25
Anchor Inn Cottages – Will re-open this weekend.
Adventure Watersports – Will be open on Monday 9-25
Adventure Watersports – Will be open on Monday.
Anchor Inn Cottages – Will re-open this weekend. 

Now Open for Business

Pierside Grill
Southwest Florida Dolphin and Nature Cruises
The Beached Whale
Smokin’ Oyster Brewery
ReMax Under The Sun
Southern Hospitality Waterfront Vacation Rentals
Paradise Parasail
The Salty Crab
Royal Scoop
Parrot Key Caribbean Restaurant
Matanzas on the Bay
Gulf Coast Sling Shot
The Cottage
Estero Island Medical Care
Publix
7-11
Snook Bight Marina
Gulview Manor Resort
Gulf Waters RV Resort
Haines A/C
Holiday Water Sports
Holiday Court Motel
Hooters
Hot Heads on the Beach
Iberia Bank
Island Time Dolphin and Shelling
Indian Creek
Matanzas Inn – Open for Business. No dockage.  The dock is gone.
Pete’s Time Out
Yucatan Beach Stand
SunDeck Suites – Open for business – Currently full with first responders from Texas and taking reservations for next week.
Lighthouse Inn
Island Girl & Warm Sands
Abaco Beach Villas
Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
Adventures In Paradise Boat Cruises
All Water Excursions
Beach Theater
Nauti Parrot
Truly Scrumptious
Castaways
SouthBeach Grille
Sanibel Outlets
Island Jewel
Carousel Inn
Outrigger
Estero Island Beach & Tennis Club
Manatee Bay Inn
Diamondhead Beach Resort
GullWing Beach Resort
Pointe Estero Beach Resort
Krusty Pete’s
Mango Street Inn
Wyndham Garden Hotel
Myerside
Print Shop Ink
Sunstream Realty
Seaside Resort
Casa Playa Resort
Cornerstone Beach Resort
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Fort Myers Beach Accommodations Step Up To Help Families of Lee County First Responders.

After the email went out from the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce asking for help to house families of Lee County First Responders calls were received from:

Lani Kai – Bethany (5) – Electric
Wyndham – Ellis (5)
Distinctive Rentals – Amy
Paradise Point Cottages – Dennis Greenspon (3)
Island Winds – Dennis Dubios Mgr (9)
Anchor Inn – Michelle Mgr
Mango Rentals – Roseanne Reilly
Outrigger Beach Resort
Gulf Motel – Mike
Century 21 Tripower – Judy Haataja (2)

Everyone was so amazing in offering either free places and paid cleaning fees, or a discount on rent, or free places and pay the cleaning fees.

These were offered to all first responders , LCSO, CCPD, FMPD, FHP , Fire , and electric companies in town to restore electric.
Working with Jen in the sheriff office 19 LCSO and 5 Electric Workers were placed. Thanks to everyone who helped!

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