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City of Fort Myers - News

Posted on: April 2, 2020

Continuing Services During COVID (subject to change):

COVID-19 information center

City buildings/lobby areas: the City of Fort Myers has limited access to all lobby areas of city buildings. Members of the public are asked to conduct city business over the phone or by email. Access to city hall is limited to employees with key card entry. If it is determined an in-person meeting is required, it will be conducted by appointment, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing guidelines, and take place in the common area outside of city hall when possible.

City of Fort Myers Public Safety: FMFD and FMPD have restricted access to public areas and are using social distancing precautions along with established COVID-19 protocols.

FMFD: Please utilize the intercom system located at the front door entrance of the lobby at Fire Station 11 (2033 Jackson Street) to contact staff. Fire industry contractors and service providers are being contacted to explain the processes to submit plans electronically, via drop box and by mail.

FMPD: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, established several procedural changes have been established. The FMPD lobby is closed until further notice. Citizens will continue to receive police services but without physical access to the police department lobby, law enforcement window, or Records Section window. The emergency call box, located next to the lobby’s front doors, can be used to request police services or if someone needs immediate assistance.

For minor crimes, reports may be taken over the phone. Examples of such reports include, but are not limited to; past-occurring crimes, lost property, etc. Also, our dispatchers may be asking additional screening questions and asking the parties involved to step outside to speak with responding officer(s) to maintain a safe social distance. All fingerprinting for the general public will be suspended until further notice.

Community Development Department: Building, Permit and Inspection services, located at 1825 Hendry Street, continue to operate, with customers observing social distancing. The city encourages members of the public and clients use online resources and phone assistance where possible. Building inspections will continue except for the interior physical inspections of occupied structures due to virus transmission concerns.

The lobby for Community Development Department is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday. All paper documents/plans will be quarantined for 48 hours prior to staff handling the documents/plans. We encourage all permit applications to be submitted electronically to e-permits@cityftmyers.com.

Online payments are accepted, or customers can pay by check or credit card at the cashier’s window, located at 1825 Hendry Street. Cash payments will not be accepted.

In-person inspections within interior spaces are suspended until further notice. Customers may schedule a video conference by calling 239-321-7925 to schedule an appointment for inspection of the following:

  • A/C Changeouts
  • Water Heater Changeouts
  • Window Replacement (not available for video inspection)
  • Door Replacement (not available for video inspection)
  • Interior inspections for remodels/renovations of occupied buildings
  • Inspections will continue as normal for the following:
  • New construction
  • Exterior inspections
  • Roof inspections
  • Pools
  • Docks/seawalls

All workers on the job site shall step away from the job site when inspector shows up for inspection.

Building permits are not impacted by COVID-19 adjustments.

Fort Myers Cemetery: All Fort Myers Cemetery business will be conducted by appointment only. The public may drop off or mail payments. Client services will be provided by phone and internet. To make an appointment, please call 239-321-7040 or email gcarlisle@cityftmyers.com.

City of Fort Myers solid waste and recycling services will continue with regularly scheduled routes: https://www.cityftmyers.com/1561/Schedules-and-Routes.

Boat ramps remain open at this time. Please follow CDC guidelines of keeping gatherings to 10 people or less, and practice safe social distancing from other boaters. 

Golf facilities: Eastwood Golf Course will reopen on Friday, May 1 with one person per cart rules and social distancing guidelines observed. All carts will be sanitized between rounds. Concession dining and outdoor seating remain closed. The food service window will be open for pick-up and to-go orders, operating in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. 

Fort Myers Country Club continues to be open and operating under the same provisions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

LeeTran has waived all fares and riders are asked to observe recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control for social distancing. Riders are asked to enter from the rear doors of the bus to limit person-to-person contact.

LeeTran is on a modified (Sunday service-only) schedule beginning Wednesday, April 8. LeeTran will operate the modified schedule seven days a week under the safer-at-home order for non-essential services. LeeTran’s Passport service is not impacted by this operational change. Applications and reservations for ADA (Passport) service will be conducted over the phone by calling 239-533-0300.

Until further notice, all routes that run on a typical Sunday – except the previously suspended Gold Line, beach trams and trolleys – will remain in operation. Any routes that do not normally offer Sunday schedules will not be in service until further notice. 

Riders can access schedules for each route at http://www.leegov.com/leetran/covid19modifiedschedules. To follow service related updates or learn more about LeeTran, visit www.RideLeeTran.com.

NEW: 

In addition to the current schedule, the Route 10 (servicing the Edison Mall and Dunbar areas) and the Route 20 (servicing the Downtown corridor) will be reactivated and operate Monday through Saturday. The Route 100 (servicing the Riverdale, Palm Beach Blvd and Fort Myers areas) will increase its services. It will operate on its Saturday schedule, Monday through Saturday and its Sunday schedule as-is. The River District trolleys will end their seasonal services, effective Monday, May 4, 2020. The Route 140 (servicing the US 41 corridor) will increase frequency by adding two additional vehicles.

Riders are asked to observe recommendations from the Centers For Disease Control for social distancing. Please visit https://www.leegov.com/leetran/covid19modifiedschedules for updates on route schedules, or the Lee Tran Facebook page @LeeTranFL . 

To encourage outdoor recreation opportunities for the health and wellbeing of its citizens, the City of Fort Myers is resuming limited operations in parks and recreation areas beginning Wednesday, April 29 2020.

Recreation Trails – All recreation trails are reopen. Continued observance of social distancing recommendations and adherence to Centers for Disease Control precautions should be followed when using these public amenities.

City Baseball Fields –  Baseball fields will open on April 29 for groups of 10 or less who want to practice baseball or softball, with related dugouts and bleachers remaining closed due to the lack of space for social distancing. The suspension of league play is still in effect until further notice. Outdoor tennis and pickleball courts will also reopen on April 29. The sites will resume normal operating hours.

Indoor Recreation Centers – At this time, indoor recreation centers (including the Skatium and Riverside Community Center) remain closed. Bleachers are closed at all locations.

NEW:

In conjunction with full Phase 1 implementation, the City of Fort Myers is reopening pools, playgrounds, pavilions, courts, multipurpose fields (soccer/football) and fishing piers beginning Friday, May 22.Park users are advised to observe all CDC guidelines, with social distancing procedures in place where applicable. Park restrooms are open in locations where facilities are available. 

City baseball fields remain open for groups of 10 or less who want to practice baseball or softball, with related dugouts, benches and bleachers remaining closed. The suspension of league play is still in effect until further notice. Outdoor tennis and pickle ball courts are open with normal operating hours. The Fort Myers Country Club and Eastwood golf courses are open. 

At this time, indoor recreation centers, including STARS Complex, Skatium and Riverside Community Center, remain closed to the public. 

Pool usage and guidelines: The Fort Myers Aquatics Center and Golfview pools will be available for physical exercise seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by reservation of 90-minute time slots. 

  • One swimmer per lane, per 90-minute time slot is allowed.
  • Indoor showers and changing rooms are not available at this time. 
  • Youth swim teams will be available to practice under USA’s swimming guidelines.  

For more information, please visit https://cityftmyers.com/1388/Aquatics. To make a reservation, please contact the Aquatic Center at 239-321-7553.

Multipurpose field and softball/baseball guidelines: Multipurpose fields and city baseball fields are open for groups of 10 or less who want to practice. 

  • Dugouts, benches and bleachers remain closed.
  • The suspension of league play is still in effect until further notice.

To reserve a baseball or multipurpose field for practice, please contact Matt Fairchild at 239-321-7527.

For a list of public city parks that are now reopen please visit: https://www.cityftmyers.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1101 

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