Floridas Lee County welcoming visitors again

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Accommodations and attractions in the Lee County area are reopening as efforts to clean up the mess left by Hurricane Charley progress, according to the Lee Country Visitor & Convention Bureau.

We didnt suffer any catastrophic damage, said D.T. Minich, executive director of Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau. There is some roof damage, pool cages are down on private pools, a lot of vegetation is down, but all the roads are navigable.

Electric power has been restored to most of the county, Minich said. Fort Myers Beach is open, but Sanibel and Captiva islands are open only to residents and business owners. The Southwest Florida International Airport also is operating again.

Hotels will be reopening between now and Oct. 1 with some reopening by Labor Day. Many attractions, such as Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Bonita Springs, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers and Lovers Key State Park at Fort Myers Beach, already have reopened to visitors. Meanwhile, the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers is reopening with an offer of 1,000 complimentary dinner and show tickets for its current shows to people affected by the hurricane.

The Sanibel lighthouse, dating from 1884, survived the storm and is operating. State parks and county recreational facilities have not yet reopened.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to David Cogswell at [email protected].

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