Town ‘Sets Record Straight’ on Dune Walkover

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Town ‘Sets Record Straight’ on Dune Walkover

Fort Myers Beach property owners Eddie Rood and Kurt Kroemer have been using local news outlets to get their side of the story out about a dune walkover behind their homes. The town has denied Rood and Kroemer a special exception they need for the walkover and on Monday the town responded to what Rood and Kroemer have been saying.

Homeowners Respond to Town Statement

Eddie Rood and Kurt Kroemer, who are in an ugly fight with the town over a request for a dune walkover to the beach have issued a statement after watching the town council meeting on Monday and reading the town statement (which we've posted in the previous story). Here's what they say...

Letter The The Editor: Approve The Dune Walkover

On Monday both WINK News and The Fort Myers News Press carried a story on the dune walkover Eddie Rood and Kurt Kroemer have been fighting with the town of Fort Myers Beach over. We also received a letter from one of our readers that we wanted to share. It comes from Becky Van Dyke. Here's what she had to say. 

Atterholt Responds to Rood And Kroemer

Fort Myers Beach Town Councilman Jim Atterholt has become the target of the ire of homeowners Eddie Rood and Kurt Kroemer who are fighting with the town for approval for a dune walkover that would give them access to the beach.

Will The Critical Wildlife Area Be Wiped Out?

Beachfront property owners Eddie Rood and Kurt Kroemer, who've been asking the town to permit a dune walkover, for access to the beach from their properties, have filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida challenging the state's claim of ownership of the property behind their homes.

When Will We See The Margaritaville Shovels?

This week TPI gave the community a progress report on the Margaritaville Resort project now that the lawsuits are settled and the company is engaged in the financing phase. The one question that's now on everyone's mind is...when will the construction begin.

We Are Down to 24

Our friends at Turtle Time have updated the latest Fort Myers Beach turtle stats: There are now 24 remaining nests to hatch compared to last weeks 32. 

Councilman Atterholt Responds To Rood Attack

In our Tuesday newsletter Estero Boulevard resident Eddie Rood took aim at Fort Myers Beach Town Councilman Jim Atterholt after Atterholt said settling the dune walkover issue was not in the public interest. Atterholt has responded to Rood's comments. Here's what he had to say.

Council Rejects Dune Walkover Offer

By a vote of 3-2 the Fort Myers Beach town council voted to reject an offer made by Estero Boulevard homeowners Eddie Rood and Kurt Kroemer. The homeowners are seeking a special exception for a long walkway that would give them access to the beach behind their homes. They now plan to sue the town.

Rood Lashes Out at Atterholt

Eddie Rood was not at town hall Monday when the council rejected his offer. After the meeting he told us he's instructed his attorney to file a quite title search, which he says will result in the homeowners taking ownership of the Critical Wildlife Area. He also sent us the following statement...

Creation of Nuisance Abatement Board Moving Forward

It appears the Fort Myers Beach Town Council is moving forward with approving an ordinance that would create a Nuisance Abatement Board. The board is being created to help the community deal with public safety issues on the island. Councilman Jim Atterholt calls it "another tool in the toolbox."

How Much Will A New Bay Oaks Cost?

The answer to that question is still very much up in the air. While the council has earmarked about $6 million for the Bay Oaks rebuild, estimates have come in as high as $20 million. It will all come down to exactly how big and fancy the council wants to get with a final design.