Farewell Times Square


Hurricane Irma is taking aim at Fort Myers Beach. We all need to say farewell to Times Square… Enjoy one last meal at the great restaurants… Take some final photos…

It is very distressing to think about when (not if!) a major storm surge will destroy Times Square. Times Square will never be rebuilt as it is now. FEMA will not allow buildings on the ground at pedestrian level and the financing and property insurance would be nearly impossible to obtain.

It is so frustrating to know that our town had an opportunity to work with TPI Hospitality and prevent such a disaster! Mr. Torgerson was willing to invest millions of dollars into our community, but before a proposal was even formally submitted a few uninformed vocal residents began a campaign to destroy any new idea. The town council responded horribly and did the property owners of this island a huge disservice.

Why is the FMB town council so adversarial with a developer that wants to work WITH us?!! We could have had the coastal protection system (and a nice boardwalk along the shore) in place by now.

Now it is too late to get a protection system in place for hurricane Irma. It is also likely too late to work with a friendly developer… Even after the rude reception TPI Hospitality received, Mr. Torgerson offered to DONATE the coastal protection system design to the town. But our totally irresponsible town council would not even accept the gift!!

Notice to all the residents and politicians that do not want “their” island to change:

Change is on the way! It is moving right at us at 14 miles per hour with sustained winds of 185 MPH.


Dale Bonnema
Fort Myers Beach