Insurance Villages planned next week in Fort Myers & Punta Gorda for policyholders to resolve claims on the spot
The Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) Division of Consumer Services will be hosting Insurance Villages in our area next week for property owners to meet with representatives of their insurance companies to resolve claims.
Tuesday, June 27
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Florida Southwestern State College 8099 College Parkway, AA177 Ft. Myers, Florida, 33919
Wednesday, June 28
Thursday, June 29
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Charlotte County Event Center 75 Taylor Street Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
The villages will be an opportunity for policyholders to meet with their property insurer in-person and work together to resolve outstanding claims. Representatives from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and more than a dozen insurers are expected to be on hand to assist insurance consumers.
Policyholders should bring as much documentation as they can, including:
A driver’s license or other form of identification (Passport/State issued ID)
Insurance cards and insurance policy information/documentation
Picture or documentation of the property being claimed as a loss resulting from Hurricane Ian
Any additional insurance-related information that is readily accessible.
Town Council tackled long agenda at
this week's regular meeting
Council meetings will resume in August
Visit the Meetings and Agendas section of the website and click on the June 20 meeting for more details about each item.
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Millage rate set to remain at current 0.9900
Times Square Clock
George and Linda Merschman graciously purchased a replacement clock for the downtown Times Square area and it was officially gifted to the Town. It resembles the original clock that was lost due to Hurricane Ian.
Donation from 7-Eleven
Bay Oaks Recreational Little League field was damaged from Hurricane Ian. The ball field is already getting a partial remodel from MLB / Scotts, but will need additional funds to complete the project. 7-Eleven, Inc., donated $25,000 to be used for the ball fields.
$10 MILLION Dollar grant from The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Governor Ron DeSantis announced on April 28, 2023, that the Town had received $10 million, the maximum possible, as part of the Hurricane Stormwater and Wastewater Assistance Grant Program. This program was created during the Florida legislature’s special session in December 2022. These funds will be used to repair the Town's stormwater system through a reimbursement process that requires an agreement with FDEP. This grant cannot be used for work prior to January 30, 2023.
Special event permit was approved for Shop Local Productions to hold a Saturday Farmer's Market.
Disaster Debris Monitoring contract awarded to Tetra Tech.
Road signs replacement project awarded to American Infrastructure Services.
Nonprofit formed to focus on the rapid recovery, resiliency and rebuilding of Fort Myers Beach
The group's first meeting with the public was Monday, June 19, at DiamondHead Beach Resort, and drew more than 100 participants!
A second public meeting involving the group's subcommittees is planned for 1 p.m. next Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at DiamondHead. Details
Funding through the Safe Streets project for eight new bus shelters on Fort Myers Beach was discussed at this month's meeting of the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization. The scope of work is currently being developed and will be brought to the LCMPO at a future meeting for approval. Councilor John King is the Town's representative with the LCMPO.
Do you need someone from the Town to address a utilities, street, beach, permitting, zoning, code, public record, or other issue? There's a button on the top of the Town's website that helps you submit an electronic form that goes directly to the Town employee who is responsible for your particular concern. You can also click the link below.
It’s time now to remind all property owners about the lighting that is required to help protect turtles and hatchlings during nesting season. Conventional lighting scares females from nesting and disorients hatchlings away from the Gulf, leading to exhaustion, dehydration, and death from falling into storm drains, passing cars, and predators.
Long wavelength amber bulbs in downward directed fixtures that shield the bulb from the beach are encouraged everywhere on the island, not just beachfront, because so many structures and vegetation that previously shielded light from the beach are gone due to Hurricane Ian. Besides lighting, it is also just as important to draw curtains closed at night.
When it comes to windows and glass slider doors, the Town adopted new rules in 2022 for Sea Turtle Conservation. Windows and doors/sliders are required to have a light transmittance of 45% or less AND have a window cover installed. Read the Sea Turtle Conservation Ordinance.
Need professional help with bulbs and fixtures? The Sea Turtle Conservancy recommends Frontier Lighting and Synergy Lighting. Long wavelength amber bulbs can also be found online. Search for “sea turtle amber LED” and the bulb type that you need. It’s important to verify that the spectrum specifications of the bulb indicate 560 nm or greater.
One of the cheapest FWC certified wildlife lighting options that staff have found online is the FEIT A19 Red Bulb that screws into classic Edison fixtures. Please note, filter wraps, gels, and colored party bulbs are not compliant because sea turtles are sensitive to their light.
The Town will monitor lights on the beach during season. Efforts will focus on educating property owners on solutions. Property owners are encouraged to walk on the beach to see if their property’s lighting is visible from the beach and install wildlife friendly lighting. The Town’s Environmental Projects Manager Chadd Chustz is available for questions and light inspections. Contact him by email at email@example.com.
The Town's annual fireworks display will not occur this year due to continuing recovery from Hurricane Ian.
Per Town Ordinance Personal displays of fireworks are not permitted anywhere in the Town, including the beach.
Sec. 18-30, (b) Fireworks and explosives. No person shall bring, possess, set off, or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn, any firecrackers, torpedo, rocket, or other fireworks or explosives of inflammable material, or discharge them or throw them into any such area from land or highways adjacent thereto. This prohibition includes any substance, compound, mixture, or article that in conjunction with any other substance or compound would be dangerous from any of the foregoing standpoints.
This is particularly important where the protected shorebirds are nesting from Flamingo to the south end of the island. Snowy Plover chicks that are running around now are highly vulnerable to human disturbance.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission FWC guidelines regarding imperiled beach nesting birds IBNBs harassment:
Actions that result in IBNBs flushing within or from Active Breeding Sites (i.e., adults or juveniles flying into the air or flightless young moving away from the source of disturbance, or adults displaying defensive behaviors cause take by significantly disrupting or impairing normal breeding behaviors.
Examples of this type of take include, but are not limited to:
A person enters an Active Breeding Site and subsequently flushes IBNBs.
A vehicle operator flushes IBNBs that are in an Active Breeding Site.
A dog owner fails to keep their dog from flushing IBNBs that are in an Active Breeding Site.
A person or organization uses fireworks that cause IBNBs to flush within or from Active Breeding Sites.”
is our duty
LEASH DOGS ALL OF THE TIME
Birds see dogs as predators, no matter how small the dog.
Leash dogs on the beach at all times. You are responsible for your dog’s actions.
No Dogs Allowed in the Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) on the beach from the Wyndham to Carlos Point Beach
GIVE BIRDS THEIR SPACE
Do not flush birds, they need the energy to fly 100’s of miles away
Walk around resting birds on the beach, giving them 50+ feet.
Stop children from running through birds.
When birds are aggravated, you are too close.
Never enter areas posted with shorebird/seabird signs.
Properly dispose of trash to keep predators away.
Do not fly kites near areas where birds may be nesting
Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve with Mound House. This unique tour offers a rare opportunity to experience the abundant life within an estuary.
Mound House kayak tours are conducted in accordance with Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism guidelines.
All paddling and safety equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Weather permitting. COST: $50 per person (MH Members $20) Museum admission included. Maximum of 12 paddlers per tour. Shoes required.
Monday, June 26 / 10 a.m. - Special Town Council Meeting - The meeting at 10 a.m. is to consider the selection of a Town Attorney. A meet and greet for the candidates will precede the meeting at 9:30 a.m. - DiamondHead Beach Resort, 2000 Estero Blvd.
Tuesday, June 27 / 9 a.m. - Local Planning Agency- DiamondHead Beach Resort, 2000 Estero Blvd.
*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.
Status of bids and proposals
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