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Save on parking at many of Fort Myers area parks with an annual parking sticker

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Bowman's BeachLee County Parks and Recreation

The Lee County park system, owned and managed by Lee County Parks and Recreation, provides residents and visitors with a wide variety of interesting and enjoyable facilities for fun and frugal activities in the Fort Myers area. From its beaches and boat launches, to its recreational areas; from its hiking trails and nature preserves, to its campgrounds, you can enjoy our outdoor parks all year.

Use of the County’s facilities is generally free, but parking is not. Parking fees vary from location to location, and range from $1 per hour ($5 maximum) to $2 per hour (no maximum). Premium fees apply mainly to beaches and boat launches. If you are a frequent visitor to these county parks, the parking fees can really add up over the course of a year.

Fortunately, the parks department has a solution: the annual parking sticker. For $60 per year, you can obtain a sticker for your vehicle which can be used without limit at more than a dozen county facilities. No more feeding the meter, no more watching the clock.

Here’s the fine print. The sticker is only good at the listed facilities, and is only good for the one vehicle you register (if you have a Disabled Veteran tag, or a wheelchair access vehicle, you don’t need one). Note that the list does NOT include the main beach parking in Fort Myers Beach (the Times Square lots by the pier) or Bonita Beach. Do not be dismayed, however, it DOES include parking at Bowditch Point beach at the northern tip of Fort Myers Beach as well as two beaches on Sanibel Island (Bowman’s Beach and Turner Beach). You should call the facility to make sure that there are no further restrictions.

Anyway, here’s the list:

1 - Imperial River Boat Ramp
27551 South Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs, FL

2 - Bowditch Point Regional Park
50 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL

3 - Punta Rassa Boat Ramp
18500 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL

4 - Bowman’s Beach
1700 Bowman’s Beach Rd, Sanibel, FL

5 - Turner Beach (Blind Pass, NORTH SIDE ONLY)
Sanibel - Captiva Rd at Blind Pass Bridge, Sanibel , FL

6 - Alva Boat Ramp
21580 Pearl Street. Alva, FL

7 - Matlacha Boat Ramp
4577 Pine Island RD NW, Matlacha, FL

8 - Lakes Regional Park 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, FL

9 - Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve 7751 Penzance Crossing, Fort Myers, FL

10 - Manatee Park 10901 State Road 80, Fort Myers, FL

11 - Davis Boat Ramp 2227 Davis Blvd., Fort Myers, FL

12 - Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park 17980 Palm Beach Blvd., Alva, FL

13 - Caloosahatchee Regional Park 18500 North River Road, Alva, FL

14 - Pine Island Commercial Marina* 6001 Maria Dr. St. James City, FL
*Monday thru Friday the activity at Pine Island Commercial Marina is limited to commercial use only. Recreational Boaters may use the ramp on Saturdays, Sundays, and Lee County recognized Holidays.

15 - Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve 17100 McDowell Drive, North Fort Myers, FL

16 - San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve 18201 John Morris Road Fort Myers, FL

Check out these facilities, and if you think you will be spending on average more than $5 per month, then the annual parking sticker is the way to go. Don’t worry if you plan on changing cars during the year. Replacement stickers are available for $5.

You can buy your annual parking sticker at the following locations:

Terry Park - 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916

Estero Recreation Center - 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero FL, 33928

North Fort Myers Recreation Center - 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers, FL 33903

Veterans Park Recreation Center - 55 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center - 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908

Matlacha Community Center - 4577 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, FL 33993

You can also purchase your sticker online.

If you need further help, call Lee County Parks & Recreation Administration- (239) 533-7275, Mon.-Fri.