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Posted on: September 20, 2017

City Council Wrap-Up: September 18 Council Meeting

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Fort Myers City Council met on September 18, 2017 at Fort Myers City Hall. You may download a copy of the meeting agenda on the City's website (www.cityftmyers.com/agendacenter).  To watch the full meeting video, click here.

Permit Fees Waived

The City is providing relief for property owners who are suffering Hurricane Irma-related hardships. City Council passed a temporary waiver of building and inspection permit fees for repairs related to storm damages.  The waiver extends until November 14, 2017.  The waiver only applies to hurricane-related repairs. Construction must still meet City of Fort Myers building code.

The Building Division of the Community Development Department has also opened a satellite office to process accelerated permit requests.  Staff will expedite out-the-door permits at the Dr. Ann Murphy Knight S.T.A.R.S Complex. The satellite office will remain open until demand for emergency permits decreases.

Disaster Declaration

The City of Fort Myers was declared a “Major Disaster Area” after the impact of Hurricane Irma.  Irma caused extensive damage to public utilities, public buildings, public communication systems, public and private streets and roads, public drainage systems, and commercial and residential buildings.

The City’s Major Disaster declaration follows FEMA’s Major Disaster declaration for Lee County, which allows for federal assistance to the region.

Election Date Changed

City Council officially revised the date of the City’s primary election to October 3, 2017, following Governor Rick Scott’s Executive Order No. 244.  The change helps to protect the integrity of the electoral process and provide for maximum citizen participation in the election after Hurricane Irma. 

Early voting dates were rescheduled to September 28th, 29th, and 30th in coordination with Lee County Supervisor of Elections. Early voting sites will remain the same:

  • The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers (4224 Renaissance Preserve Way)
  • Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library (3095 Blount St.)
  • Fort Myers Regional Library (2450 First St.)
  • Fire Station No. 5 (9700 Treeline Ave.)

Pledging Support

City Council passed three resolutions in support of the Florida League of Cities and other municipalities across the state.  The first resolution urges the Florida Legislature to oppose proposed changes that would restrict or eliminate community redevelopment agencies.  Second, Council passed a resolution in support of individual municipalities’ “home rule” powers, which have allowed cities to govern themselves for nearly half a century. Third, Council resolved to support legislation that preserves local control of transportation planning across the state.

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