FAQs

Estero Boulevard Project

 - General

  • What is the Estero Boulevard Improvements Project?

    The reFRESH Estero Boulevard project involves the reconstruction of the six miles of Estero Boulevard from Crescent Street to Big Carlos Pass consistent with the vision outlined in the Town of Fort Myers Beach Streetscape Master Plan.  Two major goals of this project include improving safety for all users (motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians), and improving the drainage on Estero Boulevard.  Some of the key elements in this project include sidewalks on both sides of Estero Boulevard for the entire length, center turn lanes along much of the corridor, trolley pull-offs and stops, on-road bike lanes from Red Coconut RV Park to the south end of the island, and safety improvements at crosswalks.    The construction of the project has been programmed to be completed in approximately one-mile segments to allow for construction of one segment while the design and permitting of the next is being finalized.  Lee County is examining ways to accelerate completion of the project.

     

    Estero Boulevard Segment 1 – Crescent Street to Lovers Lane

    Construction of the first segment between Crescent Street and continuing south to near Lovers Lane began in November 2015 and is expected to be completed by April 2017.  Improvements in this segment include sidewalks on both sides of the roadway, trolley pull-offs or stops, and improvements to the drainage along Estero Boulevard and connection to drainage improvements the Town completed as part of the reFRESH Waterlines Program.  The project also involves the relocation of several utilities including FPL power poles, telephone and cable lines, sewer force mains and water lines.  In March 2016, the Town’s reFRESH Waterlines crews completed installing new waterlines along the beach side of Estero Boulevard from Times Square to Red Coconut RV Park.  In addition, TECO Gas crews installed a gas main through this segment during the waterlines construction.

     

    Estero Boulevard Segment 2 – Lovers Lane to Strandview Avenue

    In October 2016, Lee County accelerated the sanitary sewer force main installation (bay side) on Estero Boulevard from Lovers Lane to Strandview Avenue to coincide with the Town’s water mains installation work (beach side).  Lee County expects to present a GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) for roadway improvements and storm drain work to the Board of County Commissioners for approval in March/April 2017.  Roadway improvements and storm drainage construction is planned for after Easter 2017.

     

     

    Although this project is not designed to ease seasonal vehicular traffic congestion, improvements will help travelers safely shift to alternative transportation modes such as bicycling, walking or using the trolley.

     

     

  • How did we get here?

    A Streetscape Master Plan which outlines the Town’s vision for Estero Boulevard was approved by the Fort Myers Beach Town Council in 2000.  The Streetscape Master Plan divides the island into six segments:

     

    • North End
    • Civic Complex
    • High Rise Resort
    • Core Area
    • Quiet Center
    • South End

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Conceptual designs were developed for each section based on the specific area and on the available right-of-way.

     

    In 2007, Lee County began the Estero Boulevard Project to analyze, design and evaluate the segments.  Lee County held a public workshop in 2008 and another in 2013 to gain public input.  Comments were compiled by Lee County and were presented to the Town of Fort Myers Beach. Town Council provided direction on the project by requesting specific elements be included in the design for the entire corridor.  Those elements are included in the design where possible.

     

     

 - Construction Schedule

  • What is the construction schedule?

    In January 2015, Lee County approved Chris-Tel Construction as the Construction Manager to manage construction and utility relocations for the first mile of Estero Boulevard from Crescent Street to Lovers Lane.  Construction in Segment 1 began in November 2015 and is expected to be completed by April 2017.  Click here for current construction schedule.

     

    Roadway improvements and storm drainage construction for Segment 2 from Lovers Lane to Strandview Avenue are planned to begin after Easter 2017.

     

    No definitive start or end dates are set for future segments as plans are being designed and are not complete at this time.

     

     

  • Will I be notified before construction starts?

    In August 2015, Lee County held a preconstruction public meeting prior to construction of Segment 1 from Crescent Street to Lovers Lane.  Lee County plans to host preconstruction public meetings prior to the start of construction in each future segment.  Meetings will be noticed via mailing, flyers, advertisements, local media and message boards.

     

    In August 2016, a joint Lee County and Town of Fort Myers Beach letter was mailed to property owners and residents adjacent to Segment 2 Estero Boulevard from Lovers Lane to Strandview Avenue.  This letter informed property owners and residents about the water main and sanitary sewer force main work starting in Segment 2.  The letter also provided information about right-of-way staking to help property owners and residents identify personal property items in the right-of-way.  Lee County and the Town worked with property owners and residents to relocate or remove items in the right-of-way.  A joint letter was sent to adjacent property owners and tenants in Segment 1 and letters similar to these will be sent to in future segments.

 - Contact Information

  • Who can I contact to get information about the Estero Boulevard Improvements Project?

    For more information about the project, please contact the reFRESH Estero Boulevard public information consultant, Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc. You may use the Contact Us page or contact Kaye Molnar at Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc. at 239-337-1071 or toll-free at 1-877-496-1076. You may also write to kmolnar@cella.cc or to 1631 Hendry Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901.

Waterlines Project

 - General

  • What is the Town of Fort Myers Beach Waterline Replacement Project?

    The Town of Fort Myers Beach Waterline Replacement Project is a replacement of existing water mains with a new, more efficient water main system.  In October 2016, construction began to install new water mains on Estero Boulevard from Lovers Lane to Madera Road.  In 2015, new water mains were installed on Estero Boulevard from Times Square to Red Coconut RV Park.  Waterlines were also replaced in several beach neighborhoods over the past few years.  Future phases of the reFRESH Waterlines Replacement Program will replace existing water main in other beach neighborhoods until all waterlines on Fort Myers Beach are replaced.

  • How did we get here?

    In 2007, citizens of Fort Myers Beach overwhelmingly approved a referendum to finance an island-wide potable water system rehabilitation program. In 2008, the Town completed a water system analysis to help prioritize the areas in greatest need of improvements.  The Town successfully completed a water main replacement project on North Estero in 2011.  In 2015, the Town completed installation of new waterlines in the Basin Based Neighborhood, Bay Beach Lane, and Laguna Shores.  In 2015, waterlines were installed on Estero Boulevard from Times Square to Red Coconut RV Park.  In October 2016, crews began installing new water mains on Estero Boulevard from Lovers Lane to Madera Road.

 - Construction Schedule

  • What is the construction schedule?

    Phase 1 Estero Boulevard from Times Square to Lovers Lane was completed in early 2016.  Installation of water mains on Estero Boulevard Phase 2 from Lovers Lane to Madera Road began in October 2016. Phase 2 waterline work is being done in coordination with Lee County’s Estero Boulevard Improvements Project.  It is important to note that the schedule and phasing may change depending on coordination with other utilities, inclement weather and unforeseen underground conditions.

  • What is the daily construction schedule?

    The reFRESH waterlines team will typically work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.  Some night and weekend work may be necessary.

 - Utilities

  • Utilities Replacement - What is the construction process?

    Initially, construction workers will remove existing roadway and clear right-of-way areas as needed. New water mains will be installed.  Once the water main is installed, it will be inspected and tested and finally connected to private properties.  Once the new services are operational, existing waterlines will be abandoned or removed, and the roadway will be repaired.

  • Why is the Town of Fort Myers Beach replacing underground utilities?

    The existing water infrastructure is a mixture of different materials from different time periods dating back to the 1950s.  There are various reasons for replacing the old water mains.  The old potable water mains are a combination of materials and these mains are reaching the end of their life expectancy.  The new water system will be more reliable and will handle existing and increased demand while maintaining acceptable pressure.

 - Personal items located in the Town's Right-of-Way

  • Will I need to remove landscaping, irrigation, or other items located in the right-of-way?

    Many property owners have installed vegetation and irrigation systems, lighting, signs, planters, statues, etc. within the right-of-way. Unfortunately, these items may be in the path of upcoming construction and will need to be removed or relocated by the property owner prior to construction.  The reFRESH Waterlines team can help property owners and tenants identify items located in the right-of-way.  Our team will remove any private property remaining in the right-of-way once construction begins.

     

    Any existing lighting or irrigation systems located within the right-of-way must be removed or capped at the property line.  Once construction begins near your property, unnecessary damage to your irrigation system may occur if they remain within the right-of-way.  Repairs or excess water consumption, which would result from damaged irrigation systems located within the right-of-way, will be the responsibility of the property owner.

     

    Property owners do NOT need to remove or relocate their mailbox.  Construction crews will temporarily relocate mailboxes if necessary.

 - Water Shut-Offs/Boil Water Notices

  • Will our utilities be shut off during the construction?

    Utility interruptions will be unavoidable. You will experience several planned water shut-offs usually lasting anywhere from 2 to 6 hours at time.

  • How will I know if my water will be shut-off?

    You will receive advance notification (via notices or door hangers) of planned water shut-offs that will be delivered to your residence or business.  Immediately following the water shut-off, you will be advised to boil your water until bacteriological tests have been taken and cleared.  This boil water period can last from three to seven days.  You will receive written notice (via notices or door hangers) of planned water shut-offs and water rescission notices that will inform you when the water is safe to drink.  You may also check this site for current boil water/water shut-off information.  You may want to keep bottled water on hand for planned and emergency water shut-offs.

     

    Although you will receive notification about planned water shut-offs, you may also experience unplanned water shut-offs in which you will not have received a notice.  Please keep in mind, portions of the existing water system dates back to the 1950s.   Old water lines can be damaged or disintegrate unexpectedly during construction.  Some existing valves in the water system do not function properly and can be problematic in the case of a water main break. An expanded area of the water system may have to be shut down to make the repair.  In this case, we have an emergency plan in place to notify you and work to restore service as soon as possible.

  • What does a water shut-off/boil water notice mean?

    The Department of Health and the Department of Business and Professional Regulations both require a Boil Water notice to be issued after any water shut-off, planned or emergency. Click here to find boil water regulations for residential or commercial properties.

  • How long will I need to boil my water?

    You will need to boil your water from the time service is restored until you receive a Rescission of Boil Water notice stating the water is safe to drink.  This period can last anywhere from three to seven days.  Click here to find boil water regulations for residential or commercial properties.

  • I have not received a boil water notice and I do not have water. What do I do?

    Call the reFRESH waterlines team Public Information Officer, Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc. at (239) 337-1071 to report your outage.  Most likely you are experiencing an emergency water shut-off due to a water line break.  You may be instructed to boil your water when service is restored.

 - Water Meters

  • Will I receive a new water meter?

    All properties will receive a new water meter as part of this project; however, water meters will remain in their existing locations.  The reFRESH Waterlines team will work with property owners that would like to move their meters off their property and into the right-of-way.  Relocation of water meters requires a plumber to move private property plumbing to the new location at the property owner’s expense.  Property owners may be able to get a discount by using the same plumber for several properties on the same street or in the same area.

 - Access

  • Will I always have access to my residence/business?

    The reFRESH waterlines team will work to minimize any inconveniences due to construction.  There may be times when entering or exiting your property you may need to wait briefly for construction activities.  Some activities such as water main pipe installation and waterline crossings may require lane closures and/or access delays.   You may also need to park your vehicle in an area other than your driveway during some construction activities.  Our team will notify you when this is necessary.  If you have a problem accessing your residence, contact the reFRESH waterlines Public Information Office, Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc. at (239) 337-1071 immediately.

  • Will I continue to get mail?  What about garbage and lawn service? (i.e., mail, garbage, LCSO/Fire/EMS)

    During construction, the reFRESH waterlines team will ensure continuing public services such as mail delivery, garbage/recycle and lawn services.  Sheriff/Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be notified of lane closures and water shut-offs.

 - Project Funding

  • Will there be any cost to homeowners to connect to the new water system?

    The reFRESH waterlines project is funded through utility rates.  Property owner special assessments will not be collected for this work.

 - Contact Information

  • Who can I contact to get information about the reFRESH waterlines project?

    For more information about the project, please contact the reFRESH waterlines team Public Information Officer, Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc.  You may also use the Contact Us page or contact Kaye Molnar directly at 239-337-1071 or toll-free at 1-877-496-1076.  You may also email to kmolnar@cella.cc or write a note to 1631 Hendry Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901.

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