'90% of Fort Myers Beach is pretty much gone'
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Published: | Updated:The scale of destruction in southwest Florida continues to become apparent in the wake of Hurricane Ian, with new photos showing how the monster storm devastated coastal communities.
Fort Myers Beach, a town of about 5,500 on one of the barrier islands off Fort Myers, was '90 percent' destroyed in the storm, one official said.
'I made it about two-thirds down the island and I'd say 90 percent of the island is pretty much gone,' Fort Myers Beach Town Councilman Dan Allers told CNN.
'Unless you have a high-rise condo or a newer concrete home that is built to the same standards today, your house is pretty much gone,' he added.
Walking amid the wreckage of destroyed marinas on Friday morning, the mayor of Fort Myers, the larger mainland city, marveled at the Category 4 storm's destructive power.
'Just look at the boats. These are
some large boats. And they've been thrown around like they were
toys,' Mayor Kevin Anderson told CNN. 'They were thrown around like they