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Letter to the Editor

February 8, 2017
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer


To the Editor:

My family has been coming to enjoy Fort Myers Beach activities for many years. In fact at one time we owned a house on Avenida Pescadora Boulevard and still retain a number of timeshare weeks between Royal Beach Club and Estero Island Beach Club.

Last year we could not visit the island so we rented our January units out to friends. Everyone enjoyed the resorts: clean rooms, on the beach and helpful staff but commented that Times Square is littered with cigarette butts and the streets are filled with empty store frontsthe town looked "down at the heels".

We used our two January time share weeks this year to stay on the beach and had to agreethe island is losing its appealfast. Helmerich Plaza is a rundown decrepit skeleton of what once was a vibrant active vacation community. This is sad because our family has enjoyed the beach, its restaurants and local shopping for many years. But next year we will trade our time share weeks (and vacation $$s) for another locationwe're disappointed and bottom line is...we want a more enjoyable vacation experience.

Speaking with our "year rounder" friends on the island, we discovered there are plans to develop the Times Square area and give the island a modern updatesomething the community desperately needs. But the "town fathers" resist change which is sad. Everyone in the community would benefit: hotels would bring in year long jobs, business would enjoy increased vacation money, the town an increased tax base and who knowsmaybe enough revenues to build the second bridgewhich is desperately needed.

We can understand and "put up" with constructionbut to let the island's charm slip away is not right.

In closing, we will check back in a few years and hopefully the town overseer's will accept change and approve the developer's investment into the community. But for now we are taking our vacation $$s elsewhere.

Thank you,


John and Karen Evans

Farmington Hills, Michigan



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