The entire state of Florida is now under a Stay at Home order issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, April 1 and effective from 12:01 Friday, April 3 until April 30 in an attempt to control the spread of COVID-19 infection. Those 65 and over as well as those with high risk health conditions are instructed to stay home. All others are to stay at home other than for essential activities and essential work. The list of essential businesses can be found on the website or via the link below for Lee County Government.

Who’s Open?

See Fort Myers Beach Carryout for a current list of which restaurants on Fort Myers Beach are open for carryout service. The list is updated every Friday and Monday.

Town Council

A Special Meeting of the FMB Town Council will be held at 10:30am, Friday, April 3. The meeting will be available through Zoom, on Comcast Channel 98 or live on YouTube via the Town of Fort Myers Beach channel. See the agenda at for detail on how to participate.

The regular Town Council meeting set for 9am, April 6, will take place with the three winners of the March 17 election being sworn in. Dan Allers, Jim Atterholt and Bill Veach will join council members Ray Murphy and Rexann Hosafros. Anita Cereceda, Bruce Butcher and Joanne Shamp will depart council. The meeting will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 98 and on YouTube on the Town of Fort Myers Beach channel. Anyone who wishes to make public comment is asked to send their comments to at least 30 minutes before the meeting. See the agenda at for final information on ways to watch the meeting and participate and an agenda for the meeting.

A Special Meeting of the FMB Town Council will be held at 10:30am, Friday, April 3. The meeting will be available through Zoom, on Comcast Channel 98 or live on YouTube via the Town of Fort Myers Beach channel. See the agenda at for detail on how to participate.

Beach Library Closed
The Fort Myers Beach Library is currently closed until further notice. Any items that are currently checked out will be renewed for the period they are closed, any subsequent fines will be waived for that period. The electronic book drop on the Bay Road side of the library will still be available 24/7 for items to be returned. Questions can be emailed to Updates will be posted on the library’s social media pages and also available by calling the main number 239-765-8162.

Fort Myers Beach

The sandy beach is closed. The Fort Myers Beach Town Council has enacted emergency regulations calling on all those providing transient and non-transient accommodations to cease checking in people for the next 90 days, effective March 31. Those that were already checked in by March 30 are allowed to complete their stay, but no new check ins are allowed. The order applies to all hotels, motels, resorts, time-shares, RV parks, condos and vacation rentals.

All Town-owned property and associated activities are closed until further notice.

No Print Issue

The Island Sand Paper will not be printing a hard copy of the newspaper until further notice. All of our articles on Fort Myers Beach news will be published on our website. Drop by and take a look at our virtual newspaper! Follow us on Facebook for notifications of new articles. The print edition will be back as soon as our Island advertisers’ doors are open again.

Food for Kids

The Lee School District is offering their Feeding Program while school is out. Any child under age 18 can pick up a bag with breakfast and lunch in it at Beach Baptist Church at Connecticut and Estero Blvd, between 9am and 12:30pm Monday – Friday. Drive up to the white tent in the front of the parking lot.

Need Food?

The Harry Chapin Mobile Food Bank will be at Beach Baptist every Tuesday from 10am – 12pm providing a box of food with protein and shelf stable items, plus some produce. Anyone who needs food is welcome to stop by.

A hot breakfast to-go is offered at Beach Baptist every Sunday morning at 9am. On Thursdays from 10am – 3pm, Choice Market food bank is open for anyone living in the 33931 zip code area who needs food. Stop by with an ID or mail showing your 33931 address.

Medical Supplies Needed

Lee Health is in critical need of Masks, Gloves, Gowns and Tyvek protective gear. Donations can be delivered to: Lee Health Foundation 9800 S Healthpark Drive, Suite 405 Fort Myers, Florida 33908. Call 239-343-6950 for questions.

Local Restaurants

Any local restaurant with unused food is asked to contact Pastor Shawn Critser at Beach Baptist to arrange for pick up or delivery of your unused food. 239-247-1029. Donated items will be shared with those who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lee Schools

The Lee County School District has announced that schools will be closed until May 1, 2020. Check with your school for online resources.


Do your part to help local hospitality workers who are out of work due to COVID-19, buy a #WeAreFMB t-shirt. Monies raised from the T-shirt sales will allow disbursement of grocery store gift cards to those in need. This effort is being led by a team of local business leaders in partnership with Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation. Shirts are $15. For more information, to apply, make a donation or order your t-shirt email or visit

Fire Board Seat Available

There is an opening on the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department Board of Commissioners. Those interested in filling Seat One until the November 2020 election, are asked to provide a Letter of Interest and a resume to the board by 4pm April 9, 2020. Since all April Fire Board meetings have been canceled, the board plans to discuss applications at their May 13 meeting. Any registered voter in the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District is eligible to apply. The district extends from Pine Ridge Road south, including all of Estero Island, ending at the Big Carlos Bridge. Applicants are asked to send their materials via email to, in person or via USPS mail to FMB Fire Chief – Fire Commissioner Selection, 100 Voorhis Street, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Additional information about the position and the Fire Department can be found at

Business Loans

There are a number of emergency, disaster and bridge loans available for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the FMB Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 page for more information on qualifications and applications.

2020 Census

Lee County residents are encouraged to complete their census form online as soon as possible. For the first time ever, the Census is available to complete online, over the phone or by mail. With three convenient options, it’s easy for Lee County residents to complete the Census without needing to eventually interact with Census staff. Those who do not complete a form will receive additional contact from census officials. All census field operations have been suspended, but the Constitutional directive remains.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to state and local communities for the next 10 years. Each household should have received census information by mail with your unique address-related census number. Whether you still have that mail or not, you can go to to complete the census questionnaire.

COVID-19 Resources

United Way 211: General information about COVID-19 and related impacts – reach helpline by dialing 211 or 239-433-3900 between 8am-6pm.

Florida Dept. of Health

Lee County Government

http://www.coronavirus.govCDC COVID

Lee Health: COVID info page