New FMB ordinance could regulate seasonal parking

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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- A new ordinance on Fort Myers Beach could require all public parking lots to operate year-round, instead of just during the seasonal months.

The Fort Myers Beach Town Council discussed the proposal set forth by Vice Mayor Dan Andre at a meeting on Monday.

“The beach is no longer seasonal, it’s a year-round process,” said Andre.

Two lots on the beach currently hold seasonal permits, one on Mango Street and another on Crescent Street.

Andre says both lot owners have been very cooperative, and says no one needs to worry about a decrease in parking availability.

“We’re not taking anybody’s parking privileges away. All we’re saying is, let’s clean up the lots a little bit, let’s make them look nice. We’re not preventing anyone from parking and we’re not decreasing the size of any of the lots,” said Andre.

At Monday’s town council meeting, the ordinance was read for the first time with no input from the public. Worried the seasonal lot owners didn’t have enough time to prepare, Andre offered a compromise, amending the ordinance so it won’t take effect until next October.

The ordinance will be up for final approval at the next town council meeting on January 4.

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