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Helmerich Plaza demolished

Fort Myers Beach buildings torn down to make way for Margaritaville project

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Sep 12, 2021
Helmerich Plaza on Fort Myers Beach has been demolished for the Margaritaville project. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg
Helmerich Plaza on Fort Myers Beach has been demolished for the Margaritaville project.
Fifth Street on Fort Myers Beach has been closed to traffic. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg
Helmerich Plaza on Fort Myers Beach has been demolished for the Margaritaville project. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg
Fifth Street on Fort Myers Beach has been closed off to public traffic. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg
Fifth Street on Fort Myers Beach has been closed to traffic. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg
Helmerich Plaza on Fort Myers Beach has been demolished for the Margaritaville project. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

Helmerich Plaza, which was the home to a paid parking lot on Fort Myers Beach with about 100 spaces for the public, has been demolished to make way for the Margaritaville resort. The plaza was also home to a bike rental shop, liquor store and previously the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Outreach Center.

Portions of the former buildings are currently sitting on the lot off Estero Boulevard, Crescent Street and Fifth Street. Fifth Street has been closed to traffic.

Nick’s Beach Discount Liquor and Wine relocated from Helmerich Plaza to Key Estero Shops on Estero Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach, in June.

Quicky’s Cycles and Scooters has since relocated to 2330 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has reached an agreement with the Town of Fort Myers Beach to utilize space off Fifth Street for a trailer that will serve as an outreach center.