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It’s been more than six months since Hurricane Ian wrecked this popular beach resort. However, today, there is another glimmer of hope for the battered island. Fort Myers Beach Diamond Head Resort reopens today.

The resort, like many beach properties, suffered severe damage when more than 15 feet of water was pushed through its doors and windows on September 28th by the powerful hurricane. Diamond Head had provided shelter to some first responders immediately following the storm. However, the public has not been allowed back until this weekend.

Fort Myers Beach

In this aerial view, cleared lots are all that remain of some homes and businesses that were destroyed by Hurricane Ian on January 25, 2023 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The process of rebuilding continues four months after the hurricane passed.

Fort Myers Beach Diamond Head reopens

Beginning Friday (April 14th), you can book your staycations and vacations at the beach resort. Officials warn that not all amenities have been restored. However, the kitchen is up and running for food service. That includes food and drinks at the famous Cabana’s Beach Bar.

The beach behind the hotel is open with chairs and umbrellas for rent. But the pool and the spa are still closed.

As far as other activities on Fort Myers Beach, they are still extremely limited. Some places, like the iconic Whale, have set up umbrella’s and make shift bars in the parking lot to welcome regulars back. Some restaurants have also opened food trucks until their places can be repaired or rebuilt.

Just across the bridge, on the back bay, places like Dixie Fish have reopened. However, Doc Ford’s remains closed.

Gallery: Life On Fort Myers Beach 4 Months After Hurricane Ian


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