They Are Coming Back


Another favorite on Fort Myers Beach plans to rebuild. The owners of the Royal Beach Club, at 800 Estero Boulevard, voted “overwhelmingly” last week to rebuild. The Royal Beach Club, made up of Condo and Townhouse Units, was heavily damaged from Hurricane Ian.

Royal Beach Club Board President George Andrew told Beach Talk Radio News they are supposed to get architectural drawings back by the end of June and the hope is to start rebuilding by November, but he admits that may be a little ambitious.

Royal Beach Club is made up of 3 buildings. Andrew says with the city “build back” provision, they are allowed to build back exactly what they had, “same foot print, same locations, number of units, and floor plans. We have to build to all current codes: ADA, fire, flood plan height, turtle lighting, etc. One building with 16 units with a combination of 1 & 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, one building with all 2 bedroom units and 2 baths and one building with all 3 bedroom units and 2.5 baths.”

Andrew says for those that have been there since the beginning with decades of family memories, this is great. “When we bought our 3 bedroom unit, our first visit was with my parents, me and my daughter and my grandmother – 4 generations.  Sad to say, my grandmother and parents have since past and now it is 3 generations: us, our kids and our grandkids.”

When we posted the Royal Beach Club decision to our Facebook page over the weekend, the response was very positive.

Shelly Helman Meinzer posted: “So happy have been staying there for over 35 years! Royal beach club is our home away from home.”

Denise Dwyer Knue: “That was the 1st place I ever stayed in Fort Myers Beach was back in 1995. Had a time share there. Fell in love with the community.”