Debris, rubble litters downtown Fort Myers as area becomes DeSantis’ command center


Downtown Fort Myers saw a catastrophic storm surge like other areas of Southwest Florida when Ian came onshore.

The Caloosahatchee was raised by close to 20 feet and flooded the businesses downtown. Nearby homes took on water.

Almost a week later, debris still lines the sidewalks.

Piles of rubble remain in front of storefronts on First Street. Store lights are off and there is no indication of what is to come.

The few businesses that are open are swamped.

The small Italian eatery, Bruno’s of Brooklyn, has been a sweet spot for many, slinging hot meals of pasta

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