Fort Myers Beach is a beautiful tourist island in southwest Florida, located just south of Fort Myers on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Part of its allure is due to excellent night life and its proximity to Sanibel Island. With seven miles of beachfront, Fort Myers Beach is comprised of Estero, San Carlos, and Black Islands as well as a portion of the mainland. Two preserves are located within Fort Myers Beach. Bowditch Point Park is located at the northern tip of Estero Island, and Lovers Key/Carl Johnson State Recreation Area is located on Black Island.
The first development on Fort Myers Beach was a subdivision named Seminole Sands built in the early 1920s by Capt. Jack DeLysle, who came to the area after World War I. DeLysle joined the Crescent Beach Road and Bridge Company, which built a wooden toll bridge to the island in 1921. The bridge, with a toll of 54 cents, brought a development boom to the island. In 1928 a highway was built from Fort Myers to the island along with a new, sturdier bridge.
Fort Myers Beach’s first high-rise complex, Island Winds Condominiums, was built in 1974. Many of Fort Myers Beach’s modern buildings were built in the high-rise boom of the 1980s and 90s.