FMB Beaches and Parking Lots Open Saturday

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State Parks Open Monday

In a Special Meeting Friday morning to consider altering the Town’s Emergency Regulations the Fort Myers Beach Town Council voted to open the beach and beach access parking lots effective Saturday. In addition the grounds of the Mound House, Newton Park and Bay Oaks will be open for exercise. They also approved a motion supporting Governor DeSantis’ reopening plan, “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery,” noting that the plan allows the town to have additional restrictions, which led to a long discussion about lodging restrictions. Council voted down a motion by Vice Mayor Rexann Hosafros 2-3 with only Hosafros and Atterholt voting yes, to allow time-share owners to occupy their units.

Council ultimately decided to postpone any other action on changing lodging restrictions until after further discussion at their Management and Planning Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, May 7 at 9am.

Fort Myers Beach opened the beach to island residents for exercise during a three hour period each morning from 7-10am on Tuesday, April 28. Lee County opened their beach parks and parking, including three parks and beach accesses on Fort Myers Beach the next day, Wednesday, April 29. Lee County’s beaches opened with only one restriction, that those using the beach parks practice social distancing.

As of Saturday morning, May 2, all beaches in the Town of Fort Myers Beach are open, along with parking. All reopening steps taken by the Town come with the caution that people continue to practice social distancing.

Town Council will meet for a Regular meeting on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 9am.

Later Friday morning, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida State Parks will open on Monday, May 4.

Full coverage of the Friday Town Council meeting to follow.