Remembering & Rebuilding Paradise.


We’re writing a book about you. Every home, every cottage, every resort, every restaurant on Fort Myers Beach is filled with stories and memories from locals and visitors from all over the country. Many of those structures are gone, but the memories must live on.

We’ve started gathering pictures and your memories for a book we plan to release on September 28, 2023. That working (tentative) title is Remembering & Rebuilding Paradise.

Here’s how you can help make this a great book for everyone to read on Fort Myers Beach and for future visitors to the island

Keep e-mailing me your before and after pictures (

Every home, cottage, resort, business and restaurant on Fort Myers Beach has a unique and interesting story behind it. Help us tell those stories and spread the word about Fort Myers Beach to everyone across the country.

The idea for the final product is to have your pictures on one page and your story on the opposite page of the pictures. We’re hoping to tell 100 stories in the book.


  1. As a former resident of Fort Myers Beach, I’m heartbroken for everyone who lives there. I’m looking forward to this book, as I think about how this little beach town will rise from the damage of Ian.

  2. We had just moved to Fort Myers January 2006. Our first trip to Fort Myers Beach, I was determined to eat outside on the beach. We landed at The Cottage and enjoyed the bacon wrapped BBQ shrimp. But it was cloudy, windy and temps in the 50’s and froze!

  3. Here’s a great memory from before. As an owner at the Sandcastle Beach Club, the Beach Pub was a favorite spot to go.. I just had to paint it, and sad that it’s gone!!

  4. Februarys for 12 years rented a home, from two different owners, on Estero Bvld near Sterling – Ian swept it away. So sad

  5. Sent a bunch of pictures from through the years, hopefully it worked 😂 Anyways,this is an awesome idea, FtMyers Beach is our second home and our hearts are beyond broken, prayers sent for y’all as the community rebuilds and we cannot wait to come back, still praying we can someday retire in our beautiful Ft Myers beach, God bless y’all ❤️

    • Everyone who encountered Ian wether on the beach, just a few miles from it (our case) or nowhere near it was affected. Everyone who encountered Ian has an unimaginable story…my heart to all of you daily as we slowly rebuild our homes, our community and especially our hearts & souls♥️


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