For more than a half-century, dual arches symbolically marked the entrance to Fort Myers Beach, before eventually succumbing to the need for new development. Now, decades later, though, it seems the infamous arches could be making a comeback. First erected in the mid-1920s, the Fort Myers Beach Arches were well known for welcoming people to the beach, and it seems nearly every local or visitor who passed through the arches had their own story to tell.
While the Fort Myers of today is noted mostly for its beautiful homes and sensational beaches, generations ago the area was better known for supplying the legend of Billy Bowlegs. The leader of the Seminole tribe in the mid 1800s, Chief Billy Bowlegs led the Third Seminole War against the white settlers infringing on tribal territory, with a series of attacks that spanned for several years.