As the busy season picks up in Southwest Florida, traffic around Fort Myers Beach turns into a nightmare, often taking hours just to reach the beach.
Fort Myers Beach announced they are close to signing a deal with Lee County Sheriff’s Office that will aid in helping move along traffic and reduce the congestion that builds up.
Every year FMB partners with LCSO to control the traffic at the base of the bridge, and help reduce crime as well.
The partnership is set to begin on December 26, and will run until late April when it begins to die down in the area.
This year LCSO is increasing the rate, bringing the total cost of the partnership to $60,000.
But beach goers say despite the deputies help, traffic is still a headache.
“Oh my gosh, coming from where I live to here, and I’m only 12 minutes away can take as long as an hour or more,” said Vicki Drummond of Fort Myers.
Vicki Drummond suggests, if you want to go to the beach to get your day started before 8 am.