Just a few hours after we posted the news about a new $100 permit fee Fort Myers Beach residents had to pay to live in an RV or trailer on their property, the town suspended the fee until further notice.
In June the Fort Myers Beach Town Council passed Ordinance 23-05 for placement of temporary structures (ie: trailers and RV’s) that some residential and commercial owners are using. The town press release to inform residents stated that they would be charged a $100 fee to acquire the permit.
Apparently members of the Town Council had no idea about the fee and on Tuesday Town Manager Andy Hyatt suspended the fee until further notice.
Many people on Fort Myers Beach are living in temporary trailers as they go through the process of rebuilding their homes, or having them demolished and rebuilt. When they saw the news about the permit and $100 fee on our Facebook page Tuesday – which they would have been charged every six months – many were not very happy. Neither were members of the Town Council.
Town Councilman John King said he didn’t think the council agreed to a fee. Vice Mayor Jim Atterholt said the $100 fee was staff driven and is hopeful the fee can be addressed at the first council meeting in August. Mayor Dan Allers told us the ordinance does not say there will be a fee.
The town ordinance will most likely have to be rewritten due to SB 250 that was passed by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor on June 28th. SB 250 states that “counties and municipalities cannot prohibit a resident from placing a temporary residential structure on their property for up to 36 months following a natural emergency under certain circumstances.”