Estero Boulevard Lighting
If you've been to the intersection of Old San Carlos and Estero Boulevard at night you've probably noticed the amber lights above the new traffic signal. There's a growing number of people on the beach who believe these amber lights will eventually be the lights we'll see up and down all of Estero Boulevard. Here's what we know.
Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy wants to take over Estero Boulevard from Lee County. Of course, along with that, comes the upkeep, maintenance and every other cost associated with owning one of the most traveled roads in Lee County. Here's why Murphy wants that road.
Lee County will contribute $1.4 million toward lights on Estero Boulevard. That's the dollar amount the county and the Fort Myers Beach government agreed to as part of the Estero Boulevard road construction project.
On Monday the Fort Myers Beach town council approved a resolution recommending Lee County install amber lighting along Estero Boulevard and authorized the Mayor to coordinate that implementation. Here's what the county had to say about that resolution.
At the Fort Myers Beach Town Council Management & Planning meeting Thursday it was decided that Estero Boulevard should have Amber lights year round. How that becomes a reality could be as complicated as it was to choose which light to use.
Marine Resources Task Force committee member Mary Rose Spalletta does not have rave reviews for the consultant the town hired to come up with a plan to light Estero Boulevard. In fact, it was quite the opposite.
Following the 2nd stakeholder's committee meeting last week, Town Lighting, the consultant company the town council is paying to put together a lighting plan for Estero Boulevard, will be making the rounds this week.
The consulting firm charged with putting together a lighting plan for the 6 miles of roadway that make up Estero Boulevard held its second meeting this week with the stakeholders committee. Representatives from Town Lighting say they've now collected data on the current lighting setup and are formulating their plan.
According to Fort Myers Beach Public Works Director Chelsea O’Riley the next stakeholders meeting to discuss the lights on Estero Boulevard will be the second week in May. And she says recomendations from the consultant will be presented.
According to Suzanne Lansford from Town Lighting Engineers, the firm the town is paying to conduct the Estero Boulevard lighting study, their work must be completed by the end of September. And, she said, that's pretty quick for such a big project.
Wednesday's Estero Boulevard Lighting stakeholders meeting will not be open to the public. Last week, when a member of the Public Safety Committee inquired about the meeting, Public Works Director Chelsea O'Riley said, "It's not open to the public, unless (Town Manager) Roger Hernstadt chooses otherwise."
The Fort Myers Beach Town Council will be forming a group of "Stakeholders" regarding the upcoming lighting study on Estero Boulevard? That group will include 2 members of the community and one hotel or vacation rental owner.
The Fort Myers Beach Town Council is moving forward with hiring lighting consultant REDD Inc. out of Scottsdale, Arizona to develop a plan for lights on Estero Boulevard. The contract calls for the consultant to provide the town with a plan from design to build.
It could be the most studied road in Lee County, perhaps the United States. The Fort Myers Beach Town Council has been trying to figure out how to light up Estero Boulevard since at least 2013. The Boulevard is back in the spotlight and you'll be writing another consultant a big check.
The lack of lighting on Estero Boulevard could be one of the most studied issues on Fort Myers Beach. Last week the town council decided to hire its 4th consultant on the issue. Estero Boulevard is one of the busiest roads in all of Lee County, especially during season, and one of the darkest once the sun goes down.