Here’s a picture of how the final reconstructed arch will look when the county constructs the structure in Bowditch Park. The county was also considering a beach access in Lynn Hall Park, however, the Bowditch location was made official April 26th.
For now, it’s all about raising the funds needed for the engineering and construction costs to get the structure in place. Of the $40,000 needed, $3,166 is in the bank so far.
One way you can help the Restore The Fort Myers Beach Arches organization raise money is by purchasing a brick that you can have engraved and put down near the arch. It’s a very cool way to be a part of bringing back a piece of Fort Myers Beach history.
Starting next week, 4X8 bricks will be sold for $100 and 8X8 bricks for $225.
You can also make a monetary donation HERE.
Lee County will construct the arch at Bowditch and all the funding will come from Restore The Arches, which is a 501(c)3. In addition to Restore The Arches President Steven Ray McDonald never giving up on this project, Lee County Commissioner Ray Sandelli and Fort Myers Beach town councilman Jim Atterholdt have really worked together and taken the lead on working this project through.
There are 17 stones from the original arches remaining, about 1/3 of the original structure. That amounts to 60,000 lbs of stone.
The arches welcomed residents and visitors to Fort Myers Beach, where the Matanzas Pass bridge now sits, from 1924-1979. When they were knocked down to construct the new bridge not all the pieces were saved. Those that were are now in storage.
This is an amazing effort to recreate history that should not have been removed to begin with. Thank you
It’s important to note that family’s can write anything they want on the bricks and they get a replica brick for their own. This is significant information when soliciting for donations.
Let’s all keep our eye on the prize and get this done. It’s our heritage.
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