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Safety board tracks 'dangerous' intersection

April 10, 2014
By BOB PETCHER ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

An intersection on the south end "walking district" of Estero Island has been deemed unsafe for some time.

The Fort Myers Beach Public Safety Committee is discussing ways to reduce pedestrian/bicycle versus vehicle issues that have arisen where Lenell Avenue meets Estero Boulevard. The committee met last Wednesday at Town Hall.

"That is the most confusing and congested intersection on the island," said Safety Committee chair Bruce Butcher. "It's hard to see."

The busy intersection involves a 7-11 store and a condominium on the west side of Estero Boulevard and a CVS pharmacy and Santini Marina Plaza on the east side of the County-owned road. The committee has been discussing visibility triangles -known as an area created by an intersection of property lines at the corner of two abutting streets involving the view from a stop bar to the traffic zone- at certain spots on the beach. The intersection in question is No. 1 on the list.

"We feel that intersection is in violation of the visibility triangle," said Butcher.

Town officials have been asked to inform CVS that the visibility triangle from Lenell Avenue looking north on the boulevard appears to be blocked by store landscaping. A draft letter will be crafted, then is expected to be reviewed and signed by Town Attorney Derrick Rooney and sent to CVS to ask them to maintain relative height limitations that are outlined within the Town land development code.

According to Town Planning Coordinator Josh Overmyer, shrub height within the visibility triangle is limited to two feet in height, and trees must maintain a six-foot clearance height.

"This provides drivers with a clear space from 2-6 feet above ground to view oncoming pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles," he stated via email.

Committee member Al Durrett, who recommended the letter, believes the letter should explain the concept of the visibility triangle and compliance to LDC Sec. 34-313 would help the sight line and thus safety.

"Lenell (Avenue) is the most dangerous intersection on Fort Myers Beach," he said "One of the things that would help improve that is for (CVS) to redo their hedge line. It's a hazard."



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