Mind the Gap: Be Careful Shopping on Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers beach is a great place to enjoy the mild Florida winters! It can also be a busy time of year as part-time residents and vacationers alike flock to the coast. Many residents will not only take time to enjoy the beach, but browse the local shops and businesses as well.

During this busy season, and with all the current construction, it’s important to be vigilant while walking along the beach. Road construction and increased traffic can make it difficult and potentially dangerous for pedestrians to traverse the roadways. New footpaths and drivers unfamiliar with the area and traffic patterns can be a dangerous combination.

Lee County residents should be aware of their surroundings when walking and enjoying the Fort Myers beach and surrounding shops. Unfortunately, even the local businesses can create dangerous hazards for patrons. Recently, our firm assisted a client who severely injured her leg while shopping on Fort Myers Beach. A local business failed to maintain their property up to proper building codes and the ramp leading to the entrance of the store ended abruptly and was not flush with the sidewalk. This unmarked sharp change in elevation posed a tripping hazard to for residents and visitors. Our client’s injuries as a caused by of the fall resulted in surgery and several months of physical therapy. Building code violations whether small or large can create serious hazards and can result in devastating injuries. So when you’re out enjoying the sun this year be sure to watch your step and “mind the gap!”

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