Fort Myers, Sanibel Island Reopen After Hurricane Irma

Bob Fiorile, 72, and Todd Brown, 42, right, pull a tarp onto the exposed roof of Fiorile's home in Big Pine Key.
Hurricane Irma Recovery in the Florida Keys //Photo by Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP, Newscred

The Lee County, FL, area is slowly returning to normal after the destruction of Hurricane Irma. Facilities, businesses, and transportation continue to reopen as the county turns the corner on the recovery process.

The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel travel company announced that all of its beaches have resumed operations and reopened. The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel include Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Boca Grande and Outer Islands, North Fort Myers, and Lehigh Acres.

The company's beaches in Lee County were not hit with the worst of Irma and they reopened once the primary roadways and bridges were cleared of debris. Many of its attractions, restaurants, parks, and recreation centers are also beginning to reopen.

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The Florida Department of Health confirmed the reopening of beaches in Lee County after they completed water testing to determine their safety. The swim advisory under effect for almost all beaches in the area has also been lifted.

Southwest Florida International Airport has resumed inbound and outbound flights, and rental car agencies and taxi services are now available.

On Friday, The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel community will celebrate the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, which will bring 80 songwriters to 24 venues in the area.

The event will last until Oct. 1, with shows at Captiva Island from Sept. 22- Sep.24, Downtown Fort Myers from Sept. 25-Sept. 28, and Fort Myers Beach from Sept. 29- Oct. 1.

For more on the Songwriter Fest, visit

And for more on The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, visit

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