PBS and NPR for Southwest Florida
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

No Lodging Reservations In Ft Myers Beach For 90 Days

6902815426_125028b674_c.jpg
flickr.com
/
Fort Myers Beach

In a move similar to the one made by the City of Sanibel last week, members of the Town Council of Fort Myers Beach voted in favor of prohibiting accommodation rentals during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Fort Myers Beach Mayor Anita Cereceda said it was necessary for the town to adopt its own version for prohibiting rentals in the foreseeable future.

“We felt it was essential because as one community shifts, another community is effected,” Cereceda said during a virtual council meeting held Monday.

Council members voted to cancel stays for the next 90 days at hotels, motels, timeshares and any other place of public accommodation that provides lodging to transient guests.

For now, hotels and other lodging providers will be able to take reservations when those 90 days are up.  But, the council said the prohibition period will remain fluid as long as the town remains under a state of emergency.

Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and was also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.