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Fort Myers Beach mayor announces plan for temporary structures while residents rebuild

Fort Myers Beach
Posted at 1:28 PM, Nov 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-04 13:28:46-04

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Fort Myers Beach mayor Ray Murphy announced today that property and business owners will be able to register for temporary use of recreational vehicles, mobile homes, trailers, retail stores or food trucks.

“My priority is getting our residents, stores and restaurants back up and running as soon as possible, so we can all recover together and be a stronger community," Mayor Murphy said.

Requirements to register for a temporary structure:

  • Applicant must be the property owner/commercial tenant of the lot, and the vendor must have a Lee County Tax-ID or, with the Town’s consent, have the permission of the property owner to operate at that location (permission must be supplied with registration form)
  • All vehicles and structures must be completely on the lot and may not extend into the public right-of-way
    • Vehicles/structures must be oriented to be parallel to the right-of-way and there must be sufficient separation so that all commercial activity takes place entirely on the applicant’s lot. A site sketch must be provided as part of the application
  • Vehicles and structures must be setback by no less than the width of the vehicle/structure (i.e. track width) from any property line and not protrude into the right of way
  • Food Service Kitchens are permitted on their brick-and-mortar commercial site that is zoned for that type of activity
    • Other retail stores may not accommodate food trucks
  • Must be placed on a solid concrete slab, pavers or similar hard surface, stabilized surface or a tarp placed under the vehicle/ structure
  • Temp power/utilities must be properly installed within 14 calendar days of application
  • Vehicle and mobile home must be on wheels and be able to quickly disconnect utility connections and be removed from the property after a hurricane watch has been issued