Take A Trip Down FMB’s Memory Lane


The Estero Island Historic Society will hold a public meeting Monday, February 13th at 2:00 p.m. in the Diamondhead Resort ballroom on Fort Myers Beach.

Estero Island Historic Society President Ellie Bunting will give a historical tour of Fort Myers Beach before and after Hurricane Ian, starting where the arches used to be and continuing down Old San Carlos Blvd. to Times Square and the pier. Bunting will highlight historic structures that have been destroyed or damaged.

Features include Bigelow Center, Cotton Shop, Silver Sands Motel, Mermaid Club, Surf Club, Gulf Shore Inn / The Cottage, the original library, Beach Hotel, and more. We will view the condos and hotels on the south end and finish with a short trip to Bowditch Point.

Bunting will also review the work that has been done, and that still needs to be done, on the two EIHS historic cottages.

Ellie Bunting grew up primarily on Fort Myers Beach and has lived here since graduating from the University of South Florida. She has taught English at Florida SouthWestern State College since 1980 and has been on the Board of Directors of EIHS for the past 21 years.



  1. There is no need to register for the event. Lunch is not part of the program but we are encouraging people to come early or stay later and support Diamondhead’s restaurant which is now open. We are very glad that Diamondhead has offered us their meeting room at no charge since the library is closed (that is where we usually have our pubic meetings). For more information on the event, visit us on Facebook.

    • This is the historic society’s first public meeting this year. Diamondhead has graciously offered us their meeting room. Lunch is not included in the event but we are hoping people will come early or stay after to eat at Diamondhead’s restaurant which is now open. I will present a PowerPoint highlighting all of the historic structures we have lost since Ian. Please join us at 2:00 for the presentation.


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