Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman told Beach Talk Radio Thursday that FEMA has given the county the go ahead to start the process to design and rebuild the Fort Myers Beach pier and Lynn Hall Park bathrooms.
Hamman said it will take about 6 months to hire a designer for the pier then another 6-8 months to design a new pier with input from the community. It’s not yet clear if the pier has to be built back exactly as it was or can be altered at all for FEMA to pay 100 percent of the cost. On Beach Talk Radio last weekend Hamman said there may be an option for FEMA to cover the cost to make the pier more resilient which could mean higher and or wider.
In all Hamman expects the pier project to take 36-41 months before its complete.
The pier was totally destroyed by Hurricane Ian on September 28, 2022. Both the pier and Lynn Hall Park are owned by Lee County. Hamman expects the Lynn Hall Park bathrooms also to take 36-41 months from demo to design to construction.
The Lynn Hall Park bathrooms, also destroyed by the hurricane, are expected to be demolished and removed any day now.
In recent weeks, Commissioner Hamman has been very vocal in wanting to see the pier and Lynn Hall Park bathrooms built back and built back as soon as possible. He’s also been frustrated with how long it takes FEMA to make decisions.