County leaders vote to rebuild Fort Myers Beach Pier

Reporter: Asha Patel
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The decision to spend more money and time to rebuild an iconic landmark has some people scratching their heads.

Only pillars are left from what was once the Fort Myers Beach Pier.

Since Hurricane Ian destroyed it, repairing the pier has never been questioned.

It’s been a matter of how and how much.

On Tuesday, Lee County Commissioners picked a plan to rebuild it.

They had three options. The first two would have made slight changes to the pier at little or no cost to the county.

The county picked option three, which adds about $11 million to its tab.

According to commissioners, the total construction cost is estimated at $17.1 million, with about $11.6 million coming from Lee County Tourist Development Tax reserves to supplement the FEMA reimbursement.

Currently, the pier is 585 feet and 3 inches. The option commissioners chose will make it 414 feet 9 inches longer, nearly double the size.

People have mixed views regarding whether this new and expensive pier will be worth it.

Some people think this is what the town of Fort Myers Beach needs, while others don’t think the pier needs to be increased by nearly 70%.

However, one thing everyone can agree on is that the pier currently reminds them of Hurricane Ian.

The question on everyone’s mind is when will crews begin construction?

The beach pier committee chairperson told WINK News they hope to see crews with shovels in the sand by September 2025, the third anniversary of Hurricane Ian.

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