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Vice Mayor unveils potential road design for island entrance

January 10, 2019
By JESSE MEADOWS ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Councilmembers on Fort Myers Beach hit the ground running at their first meeting of the year with a big idea.

A potential road design for the entrance to Estero Island was presented to the public for the first time.

Vice Mayor Joanne Shamp has been working with Lee County on the design since late last year.

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"This plan is very preliminary, already changes and adjustments are being made to it," she said.

"Remember one thing, Objective 7H of the comp plan is: experiment widely. The town shall constantly search for innovative solutions to long-standing traffic problems ... That's what we're going to do," Shamp said at the meeting.

She added that if this plan was in place, the town would have the opportunity to landscape and design an entry feature in the wide central median.

The design would require cooperation between the town, county, state of Florida and TPI, all of whom own property within its scope.

Councilmember Anita Cereceda stressed that this is merely a conceptual plan at this point.

"I would encourage people to keep an open mind about this and look at it as a possible moment where town and county can come to a resolution of many issues we have at the entrance to our island," she said.

Council has invited county staff and representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation to discuss the design concept, FDOT's recommended traffic plans and the ongoing joint construction project on Estero Boulevard at an upcoming management and planning session.



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