Hurricane seasons are unpredictable. Beach residents and business owners never know when they will be asked to evacuate and, subsequently, they cannot be sure when they will be allowed to return to Estero Island.
With that in mind, getting back on the island after a major weather event requires some documentation. The Town of Fort Myers Beach has already begun helping with that process by offering hurricane re-entry passes for residents, business owners, and property owners who are within the jurisdiction of the Town of Fort Myers Beach are qualified to apply.
Applications and instructions are available at www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov and at Town Hall. Once on the Town website, click on "Islanders" and then "Emergency Preparedness/Operations." This service is provided to qualified folks free of charge, however registration and annual renewal is required.
Applicants are asked to bring photo ID/ drivers license and vehicle registration for each vehicle in need of a re-entry pass. Property/ landowners must bring property appraisal or deed, which can be acquired at www.LeePA.ORG. Renters must bring lease or letter from landlord and a recent utility bill. Business owners must bring current tax bill or business license or occupational license and list of employees and their license plate numbers for those that need re-entry passes.
"Believe me, we will do everything we can not to restrict people's ability to get back to their homes and businesses," said Town Manager Terry Stewart. "However, there may be times that there may be a neighborhood or specific area on the island that, because of the particular dangers, we might have to make that particular area off-limits."
Call 765-0202 for more information.