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Town council tackles hedges, fences

February 26, 2020
By NATHAN MAYBERG ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Town of Fort Myers Beach Council switched course on hedges and approved changes to its town code by which hedges in front yards and side yard would not be limited in height. They will, however, have to be six feet away from the edge of pavement.

The council had previously been considering limits to the height of hedges and had expressed concern about hedges becoming safety issues for bicyclists and motorists. According to Councilmember Rexann Hosafros, the previous proposals had garnered a lot of public input.

According to the code revisions supplied by the town, no fence or wall, excluding seawalls, shall be erected, placed, or maintained: within any street right-of-way or street easement, or within six feet of the edge of pavement and travel lane of a road or closer than three feet to any sidewalk, or bike path or to the right-of-way of Estero Boulevard.

In addition, chain link and wire fences with slats or fabric installed will not be allowed to be used as permanent screening materials but may be appropriate for temporary construction fencing.

Fences will be limited to 48 inches, according to town planning consultant Sarah Propst. Previously, fences were limited to 42 inches.

Hosafros said the council has received a lot of input from the public on this issue and asked Propst if those with special situations could get variances from the town. "If there is a quirky, unique situation somebody can still come in and ask for consideration for that?"

Propst said they would be able to.

The board approved the new code changes unanimously.



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