Sitting right in the middle of all the Fort Myers Beach action is Lynn Hall Memorial Park. Located at the foot of the County Pier and adjoining Times Square, it serves visitors and residents alike by providing parking, restrooms, showers, shelters and a fishing pier. A gift shop is located on the pier, Rudy’s Treasure Chest, offers snacks, souvenirs, gifts and all the gear you need to fish, including fishing pole rentals, frozen bait and tackle. Fishing from the pier does not require a license.
A wooden fishing pier was built in the 1930’s and the area nearby was used for parking, picnicking and sunbathing and became known as Ft. Myers Beach Park. Lee County acquired the 5-acre facility in 1949. In 1953 a bathhouse was built. In the 1970’s the current concrete pier was built and paid parking was instituted at .25/hour. The current bathhouse was built in the late 1980’s. In May 1991, a storm caused extensive damage to sidewalks, accesses and roads. Parts of the pier collapsed. The park and pier were repaired as is and a beach access constructed adjacent to the pier.
Who is Lynn Hall? A Lee County Deputy who lost his life in the park in 1979 during a routine traffic stop that turned into a struggle with a fugitive led to Hall’s death. The name was changed in 1981 at the request of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Lynn Hall Memorial Park is located just north of the foot of Matanzas Pass Bridge at 950 Estero Blvd. Parking is $2/hour, payment by change, bills or credit card. No change given. Maximum vehicle length is 20 feet. The park and restroom facilities are open from dawn to dusk daily. The parking lot is open from 7am-11pm daily. Website: www.leegov.com/parks Phone: 239-533-7275.