Although it does not have nearly the track record of violent crime that Miami has, there ARE incidents in the Ft Myers area. Mainly, it is a mecca for property crimes. Car thefts
are rampant in ALL parts of the metro. Even in broad daylight, it is a good idea to have
a "club," or some sort of security device to gaurd against car thieves. My wife's car was stolen from our "very good" neighborhood 2 times and broken into 2 times during a two-year period.
Gators are a problem at times. There was a recent death of a 20 year-old girl who unfortunately decided to swim in a pond. Gators are often difficult to spot along a shoreline or in the water, but they share this
area with humans. DO NOT allow small children to "wander" along shorelines
unsupervised. Also, it is a good idea to keep pets in close proximity. Many dogs who have been allowed to "sniff" around the shoreline
have ended up as lunch. ONE NOTE: If you spot an alligator that has wandered into someplace it should not, call the DNR. Killing a gator yourself is a serious crime
in Florida as (oddly enough) they are a protected species.
Traffic in the summer is usually pretty decent when it comes to getting anyplace you wish to go. However, during "season." as locals call it, the same drives over the causeways
to Sanibel and Ft. Myers Beach become tediously slow creeping drives that can be over an hour and a half (no exaggeration).
Also, there are a lot of older people who
are (sorry but it IS true) really too senile to even be NEAR a car, let alone driving one.
They will do some of the strangest things when it comes to driving so beware. This is a great area, but it has its share of downsides.
During Peak hours even on the off season US Route 41 also known as
Cleveland avenue and South Tamiami trail which goes through The city of Fort Myers and South to Bonita Springs could be very difficult. The problems I have seen are first of all many tourists dont know where they going so they make quick turns without out signals. Also i seen many illegal Ut-urns that almost were accidents on this roadway. Speeding and people driving like complete idiots is also a common theme on this roadway. Traffic Lights at peak hours take up to Five Minutes so when you go somewhere leave earlier.
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