Hurricane Irma: Post Storm News And Resources

The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce is open for business. Stop in or call 239-454-7500.

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 visit . 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 [email protected]

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: and select the “Hurricane Irma” event.

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.

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 [email protected]

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.

FEMA Assistance
– Residents seeking assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA may apply online at, 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.