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HURRICANE IAN RECOVERY UPDATES


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Lee County offices and operations are open, although some locations remain unavailable for typical operation due to storm damage or are in use as a recovery site. For additional details go to Operational Adjustments.




Regular Yard-Waste:

Lee County Solid Waste has resumed regular yard waste collection in all county-served areas.

Residents are asked to use containers, paper lawn and leaf bags or clear plastic bags to set vegetative material – including palm fronds – curbside on their regular collection day. Black plastic bags and bundled yard waste will not be collected with curbside yard waste at this time. Those items will be collected at a later date by the county's storm-debris contractor using specialized equipment. 


Lee County hit a new milestone with 3 million cubic yards of debris collected.

Total collections from Hurricane Irma in 2017 were 1,749,948 cubic yards in 111 days. Hurricane Ian debris collection crews beat that number on Nov. 1 – only 28 days into collections.

Crews are setting new industry records with daily debris collection totals ranging from 78,000 cubic yards to nearly 100,000 cubic yards. There are 133 specialized debris trucks working continuously in Lee County each pulling a trailer that doubles collection capacity.


The Gulf Coast Landfill will accept Hurricane Ian construction/demolition storm debris only – not household garbage or horticulture waste – on an emergency basis. Waste Management and the county estimate the landfill could be used for 18 to 24 months.

Solid Waste is holding three informational meetings for residents to learn more about how this landfill will be used as Lee County recovers from Hurricane Ian. The meeting format will be come-and go with informational stations for discussion and questions.

Anyone with a question or concern about the Gulf Coast Landfill, or activity at the landfill, can call the Gulf Coast Reporting Line at (239) 645-4285.  Your call will be answered by a live person who will take your question or concern and relay it to a WM staff person, who will return your call.

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FDEM, in collaboration with Lee County, is now accepting applications from private and commercial property owners who would like assistance for the assessment and removal of qualifying debris, including vehicles, vessels and other title property. 

FDEM is also accepting applications from owners of vehicles, vessels and other title property lost or displaced due to Hurricane Ian. Residents can apply at www.IanDebrisCleanup.com or by phone at 850-961-2002. The Hurricane Ian Debris hotline is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. People can also email IanDebrisCleanup@em.myflorida.com


Public drop-off sites for vegetative and structural debris are available. Click here for more information on debris removal.

Storm debris is collected separately from household garbage. Storm debris collection is already underway throughout the county.

Click here to view guidelines so that work crews can quickly and efficiently remove storm debris from your property.

Town of Fort Myers Beach residents can now access the Town any day of the week. Monday/Tuesday daily access is no longer restricted. Curfew will still apply every day, which is 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. For those who need to travel during curfew time, passes are not required. Curfew is in place to protect the community from looting and loitering, not to keep residents from their daily routine such as driving to/from work or appointments.

Find more information on the Town of Fort Myers Beach website.

The Sanibel Causeway will be open daily to Sanibel and Captiva residents and private contractors who possess a Valid 2021 or 2022 Sanibel Re-Entry Pass that is prominently displayed or, to those residents who have a valid Florida Driver’s License with a Sanibel or Captiva address ready to present when approaching the causeway checkpoint. 

Anyone attempting to gain access to Sanibel or Captiva without a re-entry pass or a valid driver’s license with a Sanibel or Captiva address will be turned away at the checkpoint.

The City of Sanibel is issuing Hurricane Reentry Passes at the Fort Myers Regional Library located at: 1651 Lee St. Ft. Myers, FL 33901. For hours and details click here.

The City will evaluate its progress with debris collection weekly. Should it be necessary to limit access to the islands to expedite debris cleanup in the future, the City will issue an updated news release.


Residents are encouraged to monitor local media outlets for updates and to regularly check this page, which will be updated as new information becomes available and follow Lee County Government Facebook.

To report fuel outages or quality issues consumers should contact the department's Division of Consumer Services at 1-800-HELP-FLA, 1-800-FL-AYUDA en Español, or FloridaConsumerHelp.com.


State of Local Emergency

A State of Local Emergency is something municipalities and counties declare to help them prepare for and respond to situations such as hurricanes. A SOLE helps with governmental procurement processes, helps the community receive funds for recovery, and enables the ability of government to make decisions in response to the emergency that can be subsequently ratified.

Current State of Local Emergency Resolutions

State of Florida Executive Orders

Emergency Resolution - Gulf Coast Landfill Operations - 11/1/22

Emergency Resolution - Declaration of Curfew for Captiva - 10/18/22

Emergency Resolution - Repealing General Curfew - 10/18/22 

Emergency Resolution - Repealing Evacuation Order - 10/14/22

Emergency Resolution Rescinding Countywide Curfew, except Pine Island and Captiva - 10/5/22

Emergency Resolution Amending Curfew - 10/3/22

Emergency Resolution Declaring Curfew9/30/22

Emergency Resolution - Hurricane Ian Evacuation Order - 9/27/22


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