A proposed plan to build four high-rises, a parking garage and a seawall on a Fort Myers Beach property sent some residents out in protest Sunday.
Ruth Stuessel and her husband have spent six months on Fort Myers Beach every year for the past 12 years.
“When we come over that bridge, we see this ocean. My heart just… I love it. I love it here,” Ruth said.
That’s why they joined the protest, hoping to keep the view at Fort Myers Beach just as it is.
“I am against it. Very much against it,” Ruth said.
She said she wants to protect the beach and the plans for four high-rises are threatening it.
The new hotels would straddle Estero Boulevard close to the Matanzas Pass Bridge.
John Heim is leading the rally. He said he’s worried about the construction of a seawall.
“It will create beach erosion and unnatural river flows of trenches where the water will basically carve its way in,” he said.
The developers said the seawall would protect the area from a hurricane.
Heim disagrees. “I think we’re going in the wrong direction with so much concrete and infrastructure.”
It’s a direction they hope to redirect.
“I would like our island to stay the same forever, and maybe that’s not possible, but if it was up to me and if I can prevent it, I will,” said Karen Nichols.
Heim said he’ll be calling for the resignation of the Fort Myers Beach mayor and one of the commissioners at the town council meeting Monday.