Projects Around Town

Bayside Park Redesign

Redevelopment plans for Bayside Park have been under discussion for the past few years by Town Council. The park is near the downtown area of Fort Myers Beach in a residential and commercial area on the bay at the end of Old San Carlos Boulevard. The design firm DRMP, Inc., was contracted by Town Council in 2019 to design improvements to the park. 

Designs have undergone several revisions based on feedback from Town Council and community members. Town Council voted to approve the design that was presented by DRMP in January of 2021 with bids expected to be distributed in the spring of 2021 for a fall construction start. Flexible space has been allocated in the plans for a veterans tribute with input in process by community members and veterans. 

This project is being conducted in partnership with improvements to two other iconic areas of FMB - Bay Oaks Recreational Campus and Times Square. In November 2020, Town Councilors finalized a $10 million loan secured through First Florida Integrity Bank to fund all three projects. Grants to help offset the cost of these projects are also being pursued. 

Bay Oaks Recreational Campus Redesign

Plans to redevelop the six-acre Bay Oaks Recreational Campus at 2731 Oak Street have been in discussion by Town Council and the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus Advisory Board (BORCAB) since 2018, with several opportunities for community input. The design firm DRMP, Inc., is expected to have final plans to put out for bid in the spring of 2021 with construction expected to start at the end of 2021.

The redevelopment will include a new building for a variety of youth and senior programs and activities, floor exercise, passive recreation, amphitheater, a gym and weight room, and welcome center, along with space for multiple uses and other new recreational amenities. Redevelopment of the grounds will include large and small ball fields with lighting, improved entrance and exit for pedestrians and vehicles, outdoor basketball, pickleball courts, and tennis courts. Space for a future active recreation facility and a standalone amphitheater is also included in site plans for the grounds.

This project is being conducted in partnership with improvements to two other iconic areas of FMB - Bayside Park and Times Square. In November 2020, Town Councilors finalized a $10 million loan secured through First Florida Integrity Bank to fund all three projects. Grants to help offset the cost of these projects are also being pursued.

View the most recent status of this project and draft designs.

Aerial view of Bay Oaks

Aerial of Bay Oaks

Big Carlos Pass Bridge Project by Lee County 

The Lee County Department of Transportation (DOT) is in the process of assessing improvements needed to the Big Carlos Pass Bridge on Estero Boulevard (County Road 865) on the south end of the Town/Estero Island, with preliminary plans to make improvements.

Visit the website that has been set up to share status and information about this project.

Connecticut Street Sidewalks

The Florida Department of Transportation started a project in the Fall of 2020 to construct sidewalk and drainage on the east side of Connecticut Street from Estero Boulevard to Shell Mound Boulevard. This project was completed in March of 2021.

Read more about the Connecticut Street Sidewalk project. 

Estero Boulevard improvement project - reFresh Estero Boulevard 

Since 2007, the Lee County Department of Transportation and the Town of Fort Myers Beach have been working together to first develop plans and then reconstruct Estero Boulevard from Crescent Street to Big Carlos Pass. The two major goals of this project have been to improve safety for ALL users (motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians), and improve drainage on Estero Boulevard.

Find current updates on a website specifically devoted to this project.

Estero Boulevard lighting project 

On February 16, 2021, Town Council approved a $185,000 contract with REDD, Inc., DBA Town Lighting Engineers, to address longstanding safety and wildlife-friendly lighting concerns on Estero Boulevard. FPL representatives also attended that meeting to help Town Councilors understand the level of support that can be expected from FPL for this project.

At the Monday, March 15, Town Council meeting, Councilors recommended selection of members for a community stakeholder group to provide input for the project. The stakeholders group has met twice, on March 24 and May 12, hosted by Redd, Inc. 

Watch the stakeholder group kickoff meeting from Wednesday, March 24.

Watch the stakeholder group's second meeting on Wednesday, May 12

Watch REDD, Inc.'s presentation to the Public Safety Committee on May 18

 Read about the Town's need to balance safety lighting with turtle-safe lighting. 

Read the stakeholder feedback report from REDD, Inc., June 7 2021

Watch June 9 Town Council Management and Planning session that includes update from REDD, Inc.  (Presentation starts at about 22 minutes and 33 seconds.)

Margaritaville 

TPI Hospitality is in the process of building a Margaritaville Resort on Estero Boulevard in the downtown area of Fort Myers Beach. 

 Keep up on the progress of construction on the TPI Facebook page devoted to that project. 

Watch a video of the design of the resort.

Town action related to Margaritaville

Matanzas Pass Bridge base traffic and landscaping

Lee County Government is planning improvements to streets, stoplights, traffic flows, and landscaping in the areas at the base of the Matanzas Bay Bridge, at the north end of Estero Island. County officials briefed Town Council on a couple occasions in 2020, with preliminary designs expected in the spring of 2021. Public hearings and the bidding process will follow, with construction expected to begin in 2022. 

Presentation by Lee County officials to town Council on October 19, 2020

Matanzas Pass Mooring Field Upgrade

The upgrade that the Town is seeking is to provide an additional 19 moorings west of Matanzas Pass Bridge, which will accommodate vessels up to 85 feet in length.

The Town is responsible to apply for and obtain all permits and funding authorizations for the proposed expansion, and for selecting the contractor and construction oversight. Numerous state and federal agencies are involved in this process, including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC.)  

This permitting and funding authorization process began in 2020 and is expected to take about 12 months to complete. The bidding process for a contractor to perform the work will follow. Once a contractor has been selected, construction is expected to take about six weeks.

Learn more about Matanzas Pass Mooring Field.

Minutes and agendas of Anchorage Advisory Committee

Traffic light at intersection of San Carlos and Estero Boulevards

A new traffic signal is scheduled to be constructed in 2021 at the intersection of San Carlos and Estero Boulevards. At the January 11, 2021, Town Council meeting, authorization was given to the Town Manager to award the traffic signal project to Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. The Local Agency Program (LAP) through the Florida Department of Transportation is the funding source for this project that is estimated to cost $776,511.

Times Square Redesign

Since 2018, the Town has been in the process of planning for a fmb23redesign of Times Square, one of the most iconic areas of Fort Myers Beach. Times Square, on the north end of Estero Island at the base of Matanzas Pass Bridge, has a variety of beachfront retail and restaurant establishments and is considered the downtown area of the Town of Fort Myers Beach.

The redesign will include updates to the square's aesthetics including walkways, common areas, and an entertainment stage. DRMP, Inc., has provided the architectural design and engineering for the project. Requests for bids on the project are expected to be distributed by the summer of 2021 with construction expected to get underway sometime in 2022. 

This project is being conducted in partnership with improvements to two other iconic areas of FMB - Bay Oaks Recreational Campus and Bayside Park. In November 2020, Town Councilors finalized a $10 million loan secured through First Florida Integrity Bank to fund all three projects. Grants to help offset the cost of these projects are also being pursued.

See the site plans.

Waterline replacement project "reFresh Estero Boulevard"

The reFresh waterlines program is a replacement of existing water mains with a new and more efficient water main system that began in 2014 and is ongoing in cooperation with Lee County and the Town. The reFresh waterlines team is coordinating with Lee County Utilities to replace sanitary sewer in some areas of the project. 

Find current updates on a website specifically devoted to this project.