A $60,000 study revealed the town of Fort Myers Beach must make over $2 million worth of property modifications, in seven different areas, to become compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. So far $50,000 has been set aside to make the changes.
On Thursday, September 3rd the town council heard a report from consultant Castellanos & Tramonte. The biggest problem was sidewalks. $660,000 worth of work needs to be done to sidewalks to make them accessible for handicapped. Some town sidewalks are only about ten years old and will have to be fixed.
$150,000 worth of fixes will need to be made for beach access in order for handicapped people to have easier access to Fort Myers Beach.
Here’s a full list of the work and the cost:
The town council will need to decide on a long-term plan to make the fixes which includes how many years it should take and how much money to set aside each year.
The article says some town sidewalks are only about 10 years old. Most of our sidewalks are newer than that. Does this maybe mean that the new sidewalks are compliant but older ones aren’t?
with all the money that was spent on the road improvements and new sidewalks, no one thought to do ADA compliant sidewalks when they were redoing them??? ADA compliant has been around for awhile – this is nothing new – and would have been easy to do it at the time you were redoing them. Someone should be held accountable!! now they have to be torn up and redone in certain areas – RIDICULOUS!!!
TELL ME AGAIN HOW THE BUSINESSES IN THIS TOWN ARE NOT NEEDED? THE RESIDENTS WILL BE TAXED RIGHT OFF THE BEACH DUE TO THE INCOMPETENCE OF THE TOWN. ENJOY THE VIEW FROM ACROSS THE BRIDGE AS THE TOWN COUNCIL KEEP BORROWING MONEY. LETS HELP THE BUSINESSES DRAW MORE PEOPLE SO WE CAN KEEP PROPERTY TAXES LOW AND FIX ALL THESE ISSUES. STOP FIGHTING THEM AND FEEING THEM TO DEATH. HELP THEM SO THEY CAN HELP MAKE THE ISLAND A BETTER PLACE FOR RESIDENTS AND GUESTS
There is going to be a major deficit issue in the Town very soon because the 2020 revenue is down due to the Covid restrictions related to tourism taxes, parking, etc, yet there are numerous unbudgeted expenses like this and the Dune Walkover. When is the last time anyone has heard a finance update from the Town Manager? Will it be a surprise when taxes are increased and businesses must pay more for space?
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