- FICTION: The sand piled in several places along Estero Boulevard is free to residents.
FACT: NOT TRUE! This sand has been stockpiled for the highly important emergency beach berm replacement project that is underway. This project will help restore the beach from damage that was caused by Hurricane Ian. Read about that project at www.fmbgov.com/beach.
- FICTION: Town Hall has been left sitting damaged to rot for six months and this will make the rebuild of it much harder.
FACT: Town Hall was damaged beyond repair and will be demolished completely once the insurance claim is settled and the money to complete the work has been secured. What was salvageable from the building and the grounds has been removed. There has been no need to waste money or time to clear the building or grounds since it will be demolished. Town Council continues to discuss preliminary plans for a new Town Hall.
- FICTION: Town staff are going building by building and house to house to audit work that has been done without permits.
FACT: The Town has not been doing this. We understand that high volume has caused some insurance, contracting, and assessing delays following Hurricane Ian. As of April 14, 2023, a Town-wide immediate repair mandate for all storm damaged buildings has not yet been issued. However, please note the following:
- Certain buildings may be deemed by the Town to be unsafe, unfit for human occupancy, or otherwise unlawful due to being dangerous to the life, health, property, or safety of the public or the occupants of the structure. Such structures may be condemned pursuant to the provisions of the International Property Maintenance Code and a Code Compliance case may be opened to ensure that certain actions are completed by the property owner to resolve these unsafe conditions.
- It will become necessary to revise this repair mandate policy at a future date as the International Property Maintenance Code requires buildings to be kept in good repair.
Have you heard a rumor? PLEASE fact check it with the Town!