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Wind and Rain Delete 08/28/2012 at 3:15pm

IsaacIsaac Sends Wind and Rain

Though hundreds of miles away, the outer bands of Isaac continued to affect Southwest Florida on Monday and Tuesday as tropical storm force winds churned up the normally placid Gulf of Mexico at Fort Myers Beach.

The combination of high astronomical tides, near a full moon, and storm surge, caused the Gulf to cover the beaches and sent Back Bay waters over seawalls around the island.

Islanders were under a mandatory evacuation issued Sunday morning that was rescinded Sunday evening. Many locals and visitors never left, trusting that the storm was moving away from the Southwest Florida coast.

Some brief power outages were reported on Monday evening on the island. The Pier and beaches saw a steady stream of traffic as residents and visitors unaccustomed to a turbulent Gulf came to the shore for a close-up view.

The Town of Fort Myers Beach cautions islanders and visitors to be careful on the beach. Their efforts to clean up tropical storm debris from the sandy beaches has been compromised by continued high winds and high tides.
 

Isaac Delete 08/26/2012 at 12:50pm

Beach Evacuated for Isaac

The Lee County Emergency Operations Center has ordered a mandatory evacuation for the following areas of the county:

Bonita Beach
Fort Myers Beach
Big & Little Hickory Islands Black Island
Lovers Key
San Carlos Island

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center is calling for 3 to 5 foot storm surge above ground, posing a danger for people living in those areas.

In light of the mandatory evacuation order, five hurricane shelters will be opened this morning:
 

Storm Notices Delete 08/23/2012 at 2:53pm

STORM NOTICES FOR THE BEACH

BUSINESSES AND VENDORS:

All beach chairs, cabanas, jet skis, and parasail equipment, along with booths, must be evacuated within 8 hours of the issuance of a Tropical Storm or Hurricane Warning for this area.

Times Square Merchants: All outdoor tables and chairs must be securely stowed indoors or moved off the island within 8 hours of the issuance of a Tropical Storm Warning for this area.

All other businesses: Properly secure and stow all outdoor furniture, displays, and any removable signage within 8 hours of the issuance of a Tropical Storm Warning.

Businesses with dry-floodproofing methods: Be sure to activate your dry-floodproofing techniques. Failure to do so can invalidate your flood insurance policy.

NOTICE TO BEACH RESIDENTS:

Obtain re-entry pass from Town Hall.

Review your tropical storm/hurricane evacuation plans in anticipation of the arrival of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac.
 

Library Closes Delete 08/11/2012 at 1:17pm

Fort Myers Beach LibraryLibrary Closes for Move

The Fort Myers Beach Library addition is ready. The District has received approval to move into their new addition and plans to waste no time doing so.

The Library will be closed from Monday, August 13 to Saturday, August 18 for the move. Library staff and volunteers will work moving library materials into the new building as well as into the Friends of the Arts Bookstore location throughout the week.

Library Director Leroy Hommerding explained that the Library plans to place items into the new building in the location they will stay, which necessitates placing some items that will eventually have a home in the existing library space in the bookstore location temporarily. Renovation work on the existing library space will begin as soon as materials have been removed. Library officials expect the renovation to be complete and ready to host a Grand Opening by the end of the year.