On Monday the Fort Myers beach Town Council voted to approve a $391,808 contract to replace street signs on the island. Nearly every street sign was dislodged, destroyed or washed away. In the weeks following the storm, residents created their own signs which have become the talk of the town.
V+H Construction with the second lowest bidder for the island-wide project to replace the lost signs at a cost of $391,808. Based on a town staff review, V+H submitted the lowest responsive and complete bid and they were deemed the most responsible qualified bidder.
Do not worry, the artistic signs you have some to love will not be removed. In the resolution to approve V+H as the bidder, it clearly states how much the community loves the handmade homemade signs and they need to stay: “The community has shown great resilience and engagement by creating artistic road name signs. While these do not meet the legal requirements of road signage, this project is not to remove any existing of these artistic signs. It is the desire of the town to retain the artistic signs currently erected and to promote continued engagement, creativity and demonstrations of community resiliency in recovering from Hurricane Ian.”
The money to pay for the signs will be reimbursed to the town by FEMA.
Thankful for volunteers to make the signs.
Is the $391k the best use of our limited monies FMB has in its reserves at the moment. Understand the cash crunch to use FEMA money in the allotted timeframe. Let’s cross our fingers FEMA comes thru with the money sooner than later. Won’t hold my breathe.😳😳😳
Our Historical Society cottage would be the perfect place to host a Hurricane display, and it’s still standing!
What a great group of local residents that took it upon themselves to get together and paint these whimsical street signs so the whole community would not have to guess what street you were passing. Love seeing them
Maybe an additional source of town revenue, the town should have a Hurricane Museum?; and the street signs could be displayed there