Hurricane Ian One Year Later: Fort Myers Is On the Rise

Fort Myers Beach is recovering after Hurricane Ian

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ian approaches, it provides an opportunity to reflect on the devastating impacts of the storm and the remarkable resilience exhibited by the communities affected.  It also provides an opportunity to celebrate the progress achieved towards recovery.

From rebuilding homes and businesses to restoring vital infrastructure, communities have shown remarkable resilience and unity in their pursuit of recovery. Neighbors supported neighbors, strangers became friends, and together, they faced the hardships as one cohesive unit. The tireless efforts made by individuals, volunteers, and organizations to rise above the devastation and rebuild stronger than before cannot be overlooked. With a strong determination to bounce back, businesses are reemerging, offering a glimmer of hope and economic rejuvenation. Local entrepreneurs have seized the opportunity to open their doors, bringing a fresh wave of energy to the area.  

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Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau announced they are running a new campaign called “Savor the Shore” to help return visitors to support local businesses that are open again. “The heart of Fort Myers Beach has always been its people and its local businesses,” said Jacki Liszak, president of Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. “This campaign is a testament to our resilience, community spirit, and determination to bounce back stronger than ever.” 

The Sanibel Causeway is toll-free on Sundays until September 10 and a toll-free weekend September 23-24 as the island encourages people to come and visit. On the island there are roughly 34 restaurants that have reopened, 22 shops and of course, the beach. It is a great way to spend the day and help support the community.  

We can also look forward to the farmers market returning to Times Square beginning in September. In addition, the family-owned Lani Kai Resort just recently opened up its beach access, along with furniture rentals, one of its bars, parasailing and water recreation vehicle rentals. The new and highly anticipated Margaritaville Beach Resort – which will be right at the entrance to Fort Myers Beach – is scheduled to open by the end of the year.  

Although there is still a long way to go, each day brings progress, excitement and hope for what is to come.  For more information on “Savor the Shore” and to learn how you can be a part of this campaign, visit