The Fort Myers Beach Fire District Board has agreed to pursue spending $3.4 million to purchase a piece of property on Shrimp Boat Lane, just over the Matanzas Pass Bridge. If the deal goes through, the location would eventually be used for a Fire District administration building and training tower.
The 1.75 acre piece of property sits between The Key West Express and Erickson & Jensen Seafood. There are currently 3 code violations on the building at 1101 Shrimp Boat Lane. The current property owners need to get the code violations taken care of with Lee County before the Fire District can close on the purchase. The plan would be for the building on the property to be demolished and a new admin building and training tower built.
Fire Chief Scott Wirth has been looking for property off the island where it’s less expensive and where a new admin building can be built more resilient to weather another major hurricane. The Shrimp Boat Lane location would include water access for a Fire Department boat. There is a submerged land lease at that property that allows for 8 shrimp boats. The submerged land lease comes up for renewal later this year.
The land being purchased for $3.4 million will be paid for by the eventual sale of the back half of the Topps property after a new fire station is built on that property. The back half of the Topps lot will be 1 acre which was recently appraised at $5.7 million.
The Fort Myers Beach Fire District currently has two operating fire stations and an administration building: Fire Station 32 at 17891 San Carlos Blvd, Fire Station 33 at 121 Lenell Rd (next to Santini Plaza) and headquarters at 100 Voorhis Street (across from old the old Junkanoo location)
The Fire District Board of Commissioners has been holding its meetings at DiamondHead Resort since the storm. Before the storm they were holing meetings on the 3rd floor of the library.