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