Mayor’s Report

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Though traffic was a bear this morning, I am pleased to share with you that the installation of our new water main on Estero Boulevard from Times Square to Lovers Lane is nearly complete! Crews will close the last gap between Diamondhead and Hooters by Thanksgiving (this week).

In the coming weeks, the new water main will be tested and approved for placement in service and connections will be made to all properties within the construction zone. While this work has been challenging, we’ve made it through the very difficult first step of improving Estero Boulevard and our Town. I know we’re used to having our “run of the beach” during the summer months and early fall and this has been a hassle for all of us especially those of you commuting to work off island every day. I want to thank you for hanging in there and for recognizing that this work is essential for the future of our community. I ask for your continued patience while Lee County crews begin their portion of the Estero Boulevard project.

There is never a convenient time for construction, especially on our island; however, these utility projects with the added bonus of streetscape improvements are badly needed to upgrade our infrastructure, safety and the aesthetics of Estero Boulevard. It’s good for Fort Myers Beach and Lee County and it is good for all of us. This is essential for our ability to support and maintain our residents, businesses and visitors on the island.

Our teams at Mitchell and Stark and Tetra Tech as well as our Town Staff have done everything possible to minimize the inconvenience and will continue to do so but as we all know, it’s a tight squeeze!

Thanks to everyone who has been kind to people making left turns, easing each other into the line off side streets and just all in all understanding the process.

Anita Cereceda

Mayor, Fort Myers Beach