Overview

Introduction to Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Fort Myers Beach, Florida, in Lee county, is 7 miles S of Cape Coral, Florida (center to center) and 108 miles S of Tampa, Florida. It is within the Fort Myers-Cape Coral metropolitan area.

Fort Myers Beach History

The Calusa Indians were the first inhabitants of the present day town of Fort Myers Beach. The territory was under British and Spanish control from the the late 17th to the mid 19th century. In the mid 18th century, the Calusa Indians were displaced, and the Cuba, Ranchos and Creek Indians took control of the region. Following the Homestead Act of 1862, American settlements were established. William Case established a cottage rental industry on the island in the early 1900s. Estero Island, where Fort Myers Beach is located, was known at that time as "Crescent Beach." Development remained slow until the 1950s, when the tourism industry gained momentum. Fort Myers Beach was incorporated as a town on December 31, 1995.

Fort Myers Beach and Nearby Attractions

  • Bailey Matthews Shell Museum.
  • Museum of the Islands.
  • Thomas Edison Winter Estate.
  • Lovers Key State Park.
  • Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Naples Zoo.

Things To Do In Fort Myers Beach

Exhibits in the Museum of the Islands and Bailey Matthews Shell Museum focus on local history and nature. The Henry Ford Estate and Thomas Edison Winter Estate are two nearby historical sites. Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is situated on the Gulf Coast, and Fort Myers Beach features miles of white, sandy, "natural beaches." Pier & Lynn Hall Memorial Park and Bowditch Point Regional Park are two of the popular parks within the town. Since both are along the Gulf of Mexico, they offer numerous opportunities for hiking, swimming and sunbathing. The Lovers Key State Park is home to a variety of wildlife including bottlenose dolphins, marsh rabbits, West Indian manatees, roseate spoonbills and bald eagles.

Fort Myers Beach Transportation

The closest major airport is Southwest Florida International Airport.

Fort Myers Beach Higher Education

Edison Community College, Florida Gulf Coast University and Manatee Community College are near the town of Fort Myers Beach.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,966
Male Share of the Population46.9%
Female Share of the Population53.1%
Senior Citizens55.6%
Employed Population 16+1,993
Age of the Population67

Families

% of people married58.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.7%
Median Earnings25+$36,328
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,688
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,528

Wealth

Median Family Income$78,045
% Above Poverty Level87.6%
% Below Poverty Level12.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home13.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work10.3%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone30.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,153
Median House Value$397,200

Ancestry

German22%
Irish18%
English12.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.6%
Italian9.3%
Polish4.8%
French Except Basque4.7%
Russian2%
Scottish2%
Norwegian1.8%
Dutch1.7%
Finnish1.3%
Welsh1.1%
Canadian1%
Austrian1%
Lithuanian0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Slovak0.5%
Slovene0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Belgian0.5%
Arab0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Czech0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Moroccan0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Romanian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Fort Myers Beach Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lee County
Standard Zip Codes33931
P.O. Box Zip Codes33932
Phone Area Codes239
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude26.45
Approximate Longitude-81.94

Fort Myers Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationFORT MYERS (PAGE AP)
Distance10.4 miles
Jan Temp55 to 75 F
Apr Temp63 to 85 F
Jul Temp74 to 92 F
Oct Temp69 to 86 F
Annual Precip54.1 inches
StationIMMOKALEE 3 NNW
Distance31.9 miles
Jan Temp50 to 75 F
Apr Temp58 to 84 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp66 to 86 F
Annual Precip50 inches
StationARCADIA
Distance53.2 miles
Jan Temp48 to 73 F
Apr Temp57 to 83 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp64 to 85 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bonita Springs53,812$73,848
Cape Coral178,593$65,644
Fort Myers76,591$54,762
Naples21,564$147,074
North Fort Myers41,690$56,945
Sanibel7,224$125,491

Fort Myers Beach Public Libraries

Fort Myers Beach Public Library
2755 ESTERO BLVD.
Fort Myers Beach, Florida
(239) 463-9691

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Fort Myers Beach Public Schools

Amikids Southwest Florida
1190 Main St
ZIP: 33931
(239) 765-9696
Other
Total Enrollment 37
Fort Myers Beach Elementary School
2751 Oak St
ZIP: 33931
(239) 463-6356
Primary
Total Enrollment 117
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