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Lee County, Florida, Post Hurricane Irma Update

FORT MYERS, FL. September 27, 2017 – The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel has turned the corner and the business of tourism continues.

While most hotels throughout the destination have resumed operations, visitors with reservations in the next few weeks should call their hotel or vacation rental first to confirm details of their stay. There are still a few areas in the process of regaining power. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is moving quickly through its recovery and reopening phase.

The beaches are open. Following completion of water testing by the Florida Department of Health, all beaches in Lee County are open for shelling and swimming. For more information, please visit the Department of Health’s website.

All primary roadways and bridges are open and access to Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel are clear. Inbound/outbound flights from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) have resumed. All rental car agencies are open and operating, and taxi service is available.

Lastly, the entire community looks forward to celebrating Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, which begins Sept. 22, 2017. Island Hopper brings 80 songwriters to 24 venues in our tropical paradise. It also brings the healing power of music to uplift and unite ​the community. Come join the celebration.

For updates and full list of openings (restaurants, attractions shops, and more), please check and

About The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel includes Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Boca Grande & Outer Islands, North Fort Myers, and Lehigh Acres. The southwest Florida destination goes beyond sun and sand, offering a variety of nature and outdoor, arts and cultural, as well as fun and educational experiences for visitors of all ages. It is a place to kickback and relax; and a place to rejuvenate the mind and body whether by biking, birding, observing the bottlenose dolphin at play or shelling on Sanibel Island. Fishing enthusiasts will thrive on the miles of coastline and diversity of aquatic life, while history buffs and those who love innovation will enjoy a visit to attractions like the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Combining history, nature, culture, beauty, culinary invention and unlimited outdoor activities, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel beckon and inspire. For more information visit

Shannon Overholser,

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Coming Up In The November Online Hotel Business Review

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Architecture & Design: Authentic, Interactive and Immersive
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