Beach Recovery

The Town's goals are to restore and maintain critically eroding shorelines using high quality sand to construct an “engineered beach design.” This will provide storm damage reduction benefits to properties, enhance recreational space, and improve critical habitat for threatened and endangered shorebirds, tortoises, and sea turtles.

FEMA BERM PROJECT installed over 15,000 shoreline feet of berm between Margaritaville and Carlos Pointe Beach to mitigate storm surge impacts to upland properties.  The berm was a trapezoidal design approximately 6 feet in elevation above mean high water.  The berm also benefitted sea turtle hatchlings with improved nest hatching and emergence rates.  The FEMA berm project was complete in December 2023. The project was funded by FEMA and the Florida Department of Emergency Management. See project plans here.

ESTERO ISLAND BEACH SAND TRUCK HAUL PROJECT will bring mined sand to fill scours and install and repair berms on the beach from Margaritaville south to Carlos Pointe Beach. A notice to commence was given on February 9th, 2024, and the project is expected to take 3 months to complete.  This project is funded by a Florida Department of Emergency Management grant appropriated by the Florida Legislature.

ESTERO ISLAND SHORELINE PROTECTION PROJECT, also known as the Beach Renourishment Project, will dredge approximately 1 million cubic yards of sand from offshore to construct an engineer designed beach. This project is in the pre-bid process, and scheduled to begin in late spring / early summer of 2024.  The project includes installation of dune vegetation in accordance with the Town's Dune Management Plan. The renourishment project is funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Lee County Tourism Development Council, and the Town of Fort Myers Beach.   See project plans here.

ATTENTION BEACHFRONT PROPERTY OWNERS

Please support the implementation of the Town’s Nourishment Projects by executing the Temporary Beach Management and Access Easement for your property.  The person or entity who holds title to the property must sign the easement in the presence of a Notary Public and two subscribing witnesses who do not have an interest in the property. If two individuals hold title to the property, then both must sign the easement, with each of the signatures similarly witnessed. 

If the property owner on the recorded deed is:

  • Singular or Plural Owner(s) (e.g., “as husband and wife”) -  Who Signs? The singular or plural owner(s) 
    • As shown on the recorded deed
  • Corporation or LLC  - A duly authorized corporate representative
    • As shown in a Corporate Resolution
  • Partnership  - The designated managing partner 
    • As shown in Partnership Documents 
  • Trust  - The Trustee 
    • As shown in the Trust Document
  • Condo Association (see Corporation or LLC above) - The Condo Association Chair or President on behalf of the Association for the Common Element 
    • The Town does NOT need easements from Individual Condo Owners

Florida Hurricane Restoration Reimbursement Grant Program

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has published the application for the Hurricane Restoration Reimbursement Grant Program. Eligible Fort Myers Beach residents include single family homes, residential condominiums, and cooperatives seeking reimbursement to remedy coastal beach erosion and eligible construction costs for sand placement, temporary coastal armoring, or permanent coastal armoring construction projects.

It is important that residents read the application instructions and Emergency Rule 62ER23-2, F.A.C. for definitions and eligibility requirements. Please visit www.floridadep.gov/hurricane for information, instructions, and the application form.  The FDEP will make the application portal live on February 1, 2023. Please email hrrg@floridadep.gov  with any questions.

All fill waterward of the Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) requires a separate authorization from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the Town (TOWN BEACH FILL APPLICATION HERE). All fill waterward of the CCCL shall be beach compatible sand unless otherwise authorized by FDEP.   Beach Fill Applications should be submitted via the Building Services Page.

The following upland sand source products were reviewed by FDEP and authorized for use on Fort Myers Beach: non-shelly sand product from Stewart Mining Industries’ Immokalee Mine, Vulcan Materials Company’s Witherspoon Mine, E.R. Jahna Industries’ Ortona Mine, and CEMEX Lake Wales Mine. Any additional upland sand sources will require review and authorization through the FDEP permit modification process.

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Update on beach berm project from Council meeting on November 6, 2023


The Town’s emergency berm project moved several steps forward at the November 6 meeting with action by Town Council and notice of additional funding to be received that covers the entire cost of the project.

The Town received word from FEMA that the completion of the beach emergency berm will receive an additional approximately $1.3 million. This project began last spring and was halted for a few months due to shorebird nesting season on the south end of the Island. It started back up again in September.

“In September, we requested a change in scope for this project from FEMA due to the need for additional sand, which included a request for additional funding,” said Environmental Project Manager Chadd Chustz.

At the Town Council Meeting on Monday, November 6, the expansion of the scope of the project was approved and Chustz announced the approval of the additional funding. 

To listen to this discussion, watch the recording of the November 6 Town Council meeting on the Town’s YouTube channel starting at 54 minutes and 45 seconds.

To read more about this project’s current status, visit the November 6 meeting agenda packet, starting on page 253.