Water pressure back on Fort Myers Beach, mayor discusses that and more

Writer: Paul Dolan
Fort Myers Beach destruction from Hurricane Ian. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Homes on top of homes while some still don’t have water or electricity with debris scattered all around the ground. People living on Fort Myers Beach are starting to get upset with the way officials are handling the mess from Hurricane Ian.

Ray Murphy, the mayor of Fort Myers Beach, spoke with WINK News on Friday about the slow cleanup process.

While Fort Myers Beach officially has some running water, it is more than what the area had just a day or two ago when the town hall meeting took place where a lot of people were angry.

What some of Fort Myers Beach looks like after Hurricane Ian. (CREDIT: WINK News)

You can officially see water pressure at the water mains and then it will start to trickle to the other people on the barrier island.

WINK News asked Murphy directly what the status of water is on the island as of Friday.

“The water is up and down the island, our main from Big Carlos Pass all the way up to Bowditch Point and including Old San Carlos is established,” Murphy said. “It’s holding pressure at 60 pounds per square inch. Now they’ve gone back and checked for breaches and breaks along the way, haven’t found any of course with that kind of pressure. So now the water is being sent down on the laterals, to the side streets. And now people are getting the water turned on to their houses. There’s been reports of some today and naturally, there will be lots and lots more here as time goes on.”

Residents at the meeting on Thursday were also concerned because they don’t want Fort Myers Beach to become too commercial. They don’t want big amusement parks or anything of the sort.

Residents want to retain the quaint hometown feeling to remain on Fort Myers Beach.

On Friday, Murphy told WINK News exclusively, he is committed and dedicated to making sure that Fort Myers Beach stays like that and keeps the hometown feeling that he and others love.

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