The Fort Myers Beach Town Council has approved $68,200 to pay for Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies to help move traffic along at two busy locations on Fort Myers Beach. Here are all the details.
Starting today and running through March 31st, traffic control officers will be located at the corner of Crescent Street and Estero Boulevard (the location of the new Lee County light) and at the corner of Old San Carlos and Estero Boulevard.
The goal is to prevent pedestrians from darting out into the roadways anywhere they’d like and to keep the traffic flowing as much as possible during the busy season. Traffic on Estero Boulevard has been very heavy over the last month with many people laying full blame on the new Lee County Crescent Street/Estero Boulevard light. However, it is season, there are a lot more construction vehicles on the island and with only about 25% of rental rooms online many beach visitors are making day trips rather than parking and walking around.
Deputies and volunteers will be working weekdays from 12PM to 8PM and weekends from 11AM to 7PM. Volunteers will be working the detail to fill in the time gaps when LCSO deputies are not on duty. The town is also training some of its staff to help.
The money to pay LCSO will be taken from a portion of the Fort Myers Beach’s share of the gas tax.