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The original item was published from 10/2/2022 11:18:00 PM to 10/2/2022 11:18:43 PM.

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Posted on: October 2, 2022


hurricane ian updates sept 26 2022

UPDATE October 2, 2022

We don’t have to tell you that the Island has experienced such serious damage from the impacts of Hurricane Ian that the recovery will be long and involved.  Thank you being patient and kind as we all work through this recovery one step at a time.

Access to the Town of FMB was closed on Saturday, Oct. 1, by the FMB Fire District and FEMA's Urban Search and Recovery services.  Search and recovery missions are ongoing and many emergency crews are participating in  this effort.  We need to give time and space for those who are working on those missions to accomplish them.

Town Hall as you likely know has been damaged and no one is available there until further notice. However, please feel free to contact one of the following people if you have questions. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Communications are still very challenging for Town staff as we are without reliable power, internet, and cell service. Text at the moment seems to be the best way to reach us. 

Daphnie Saunders, Community Development Director / 239-537-5960

Jenny Dexter, Communications Coordinator/Public Info Officer / 239-470-1090

Other items that we have been asked about:

  • The Big Carlos Pass Bridge is closed due to the results of an engineering inspection that was conducted after the storm.
  • Mound House appears to have survived the storm but will require repairs.
  • We do not know when power or water will be able to be restored.
  • We realize that power and internet are unreliable at the moment, but we hope that starts improving in the coming days. When you do have service, please pay attention to this website, the Facebook page for the Town of Fort Myers Beach, the Lee County Government website and social media, the Lee County Sheriff's website and social media, and the FMB Fire District's website and social media. 

Lee County announces Hurricane Ian hiring event 

Fort Myers, FL, Oct. 2, 2022 – Lee County’s disaster debris monitoring partner, Thompson Consulting Services, will be hiring local residents to support Lee County’s Hurricane Ian debris removal efforts. 

 Positions are for immediate work; there is no physical labor, no experience is necessary and training is provided. Qualified candidates have the potential to earn more than $1,300 per week.

Candidates must attend a hiring event in person to be considered for employment.

If candidates have access to internet, they can preregister at

 There will also be an on-site registration kiosk available for residents without internet service.


 Location: Jury Parking Lot, 2050 Broadway Circle., Fort Myers, FL 33901 


4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 

11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 5 through Oct. 7.


Debris Removal Monitors, also known as Data Collector or Field Monitors, are responsible for documenting debris collection and other activity performed by disaster recovery contractors. Training is provided.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

    Must be at least 18 years of age

    Must be able to read, write and speak English 

    Must have a valid driver license and safe driving history 

    Must have your own working vehicle and cell phone 

    Must have the ability to work in the outside elements for long periods of time (this may include standing outside for the duration of daily debris removal (rain or shine) 

    Must have a flexible schedule with the availability to work up to 12 hours a day and seven days a week; may be required to work some days in excess of 12 hours 

    Must be able to travel to various work locations within the recovery area 

    Must have high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.  Must pass random drug screening 

    Provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S.

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