The 2021 Holiday Boat Parade coordinated by the FMB Chamber of Commerce was a great success on Saturday, Dec. 4. Below is one of the two Town boats that were in the parade.
The route started at Salty Sam's Marina in the back bay and turned at the tip of Bowditch Point Park before heading back to end at Salty Sam's. Hordes of cheering spectactors lined the shore, decked out in holiday garb.
Please enjoy a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!
Interested in attending the FMB Citizens Academy in 2022?
The dates have been set and the application process will be open next week! Get ready to sign up quickly. Space is limited for this popular event.
(This Citizens Academy was formerly known as the Leadership Conference.)
Learn about the inner workings and special projects of the Town of Fort Myers Beach, meet staff and officials, ask questions, and get the insider tours of our beautiful island and Town facilities, Bayside to Gulfside, bridge to bridge.
Wednesday, February 9, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Town Hall Day
Wednesday, February 16, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Heart of the Island - Bay Oaks, Mound House, Newton Beach Park
Wednesday, February 23, 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. Downtown District and Island Tours
Monday, March 7, 9 a.m.
Graduation with Town Council
Teen Night and Youth Holiday Festival at Bay Oaks Gymnasium at Bay Oaks Recreational Campus, 2731 Oak Street
Register now, these events are near!
Thursday, December 9
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Teen Program Interest Night
Games, pizza, and video games ages 12 to 17 Time for teens and preteens to check out the Teen Program.
Thursday, December 16
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Youth Holiday Festival
ages 5 to 13 refreshments, games, holiday art, Gingerbread making, movies and a gift-wrapping contest. $5 per child Parents are invited to attend and enjoy the refreshments.
The beach tram offers fare-free tram service running from Bowditch Point Park to Matanzas Pass Preserve
Beach service includes three trams estimated to run every 15 minutes, depending on traffic, seven days a week starting at 8 a.m. from Bowditch Point Park. The last pickup is at 11:30 p.m. at Matanzas Pass Preserve.
The open-air, multi-car trams provide an easy, fun way to travel along the beach from hotels to restaurants to shopping and other attractions.
When visiting the Downtown District - Times Square, the Pier, Bayside Park - or the Beach, keep in mind that the Town has several hundred public spaces in those areas and nearby. There are also spaces operated by Lee County and paid commercial lots.
Consider enjoying the beach from a public access point that you have not been to before. Spread along Estero Boulevard are 26 public beach accesses - many with paid parking - for five or so miles from the Matanzas Pass Bridge on the north end of Town toward the Big Carlos Pass Bridge on the south end of Town. Look for the beach access signs hanging from poles at each entrance.
Text PARKING to 239-FMBeach (239-362-3224) for more information about parking and to find out the percentage of spaces that are currently available.
The Town's Beach and Street Enforcement (BASE) Team is monitoring the Town's spaces at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. daily and posting the percentage of spaces that are available here.
Parking in the right of way or on private property (unless it is a designated parking area) is not permitted.
Town Hall at 2525 Estero Boulevard now has paid parking spaces after business hours and on the weekends with a couple of beach accesses within easy walking distance.
Before you head out, check the Town's traffic cams located at Town Hall and near Newton Beach Park to see how things are moving.
Newton Beach Park at 2650 Estero Boulevard (mid Island) is a great place to spend a day at the Beach! The park has a spectacular beach with nearby restrooms and showers, Tiki Huts, picnic tables, and an accessible ramp.
Environmental education booth schedule for December
Representatives from the Marine Resources Task Force (MRTF) are hosting a pop-up educational booth
When is a permit required? Visit the Town’s Website to see the list of projects that require a permit and projects that do not.
The Town's online permitting service is called iWorQ and can be used to:
Search and view permits
Download/ print approved documents
PERMIT SEARCH If you are searching for record information or paying fees, you are not required to create an account.
Frequently Asked Question
Open fires are PROHIBITED on the beach and in the Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area
on the south end of the beach
Permits may be appliedfor through Town Hall (2525 Estero Boulevard) for small cooking fires (12” x 12”) on the beach, excluding Little Estero Critical Wildlife Area, from November 1 through April 30 of each year. The permit requires a $30 deposit for cleanup.
Fires are not permitted on the beach during sea turtle nesting season from May 1 through October 31
Birds are migrating to FMB for the winter
Please help them rest and feed by not chasing or otherwise disturbing them. Migrant shorebirds are protected by state and federal law.
Thursday, December 16 / 11:00 a.m. Special Magistrate Hearings
*Meetings are subject to change; please refer to the agendas posted on the Town's Website.
Town Hall is open for walk-in service from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are strongly encouraged to minimize wait times. Call 239-765-0202 to schedule an appointment with the appropriate department.
NOTE: All employees in Town Hall might not yet be fully vaccinated against COVID.
Town offices will be closed on the following days in observance of the upcoming holidays
Thursday, December 9 Noon to 1 p.m.
Thursday, December 23 Christmas Eve (observed)
Friday, December 24 Christmas Day (observed)
Thursday, December 30 New Year’s Eve (observed)
Friday, December 31 New Year’s Day (observed)
Status on bids and proposals
The Town of Fort Myers Beach has partnered with DemandStar which is open and accessible to all businesses and gives instant access to RFPs, RFQs, and ITBs