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New parking app for Fort Myers Beach

Town's website will update parking availability

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Sep 1, 2021

The Town of Fort Myers Beach has unveiled a new parking app visitors can check on for update's on town parking lots, though not ones such as this private lot off Old San Carlos Boulevard. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

More than a year after an idea for a parking app was floated and worked on, the town has rolled out a trial of a new parking app in time for the Labor Day weekend.

While parking has not been an issue during the week, the app should get a good test during the holiday.

Town of Fort Myers Beach Manager Roger Hernstadt said the app came together over the past week as the town has been addressing its long-term parking situation. The town has dedicated a page on its website to parking, which shows all of the areas where the town operates parking spaces.

The town is updating its website three times a day at http://www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov/140/Parking showing whether 50% or more of its 349 spaces are available, 25% or more are available, 15% or less and 5% or less.

The same information will be available through the app for those who wish to text 239-FMBeach, according to information published by the town on its website.

Town of Fort Myers Beach Councilmember Jim Atterholt said he think it’s a good start though he would like to see a more detailed amount of data provided through the app.

“It’s a good (first) step,” Atterholt said. “I think we have to take a significant step further out.”

Atterholt thinks the app can be programmed to provide more specific information. “I would like for someone coming to our island from across the bridge to know where the spots are, what sports are closer to them from the shortest direction. I think the technology is there, we just need to work with the vendors and work with the private lots. It’s one piece of the puzzle to solving our traffic congestion,” Atterholt said.