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City of Fort Myers hosts third workshop for Downtown/Midtown/Gardner’s Park redevelopment strategy


A third Advisory Committee Workshop was held last Thursday, January 11, 2018.  A summary of the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments were presented to the Advisory Committee members.  Members were then asked to discuss the proposed plan changes recommended by USF based on input previously received from the Committee members.  After discussion about the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments, committee members broke into groups to further discuss the vision plan for Midtown.  The meeting concluded with a brief summary of the afternoon’s workshop and what to expect moving forward.


Comprehensive Plan Amendment Next Steps

  • January 18, 2018 - Public Meeting at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • February 5, 2018 – City Council Meeting to present the Comprehensive Plan Amendment recommendations and Transmittal Hearing to the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)
  • March 2018 – DEO to provide comments on proposed amendments to Comprehensive Plan
  • Final adoption hearing to take place within 180 days


Work on drafting land development code updates consistent with proposed comprehensive plan amendments will happen concurrently.




On November 1, 2017, more than 50 people gathered on November 1 at the City Pier building for the second Fort Myers Integrated Redevelopment Strategy Advisory Committee workshop. Committee members rotated to work stations throughout the room to create modified charrettes, and to brainstorm their vision of the Downtown, Midtown and Gardner’s Park areas of the City.


After the working sessions, facilitators from the City along with faculty and students from the University of South Florida presented the ideas that were gathered. The committee will reconvene early in January to take the next steps toward creating a vision for future developments in the City.


This project is intended to build on previous planning efforts in Downtown Fort Myers. It will address some needed updates to the different documents that regulate density and height in the Downtown core and Gardner’s Park, and assist local residents, government agencies, investors, property owners and other stakeholders in crafting a long-term urban design vision for private and public investment in the Midtown area.




On August 23, 2017, the City of Fort Myers held the first Advisory Committee Listening Session to listen to and understand the concerns, ideas and insights of local stakeholders regarding an integrated approach for the redevelopment of key areas within the City of Fort Myers: Downtown, Midtown and Gardner’s Park. As a critical resource to this effort, this initial session was also intended to garner input from Advisory Committee members, and to help identify priorities and a strategic direction for this effort. The City will hold public workshops, presentations and additional Advisory Committee meetings throughout the planned one-year project time frame.


The seven questions below were discussed at the Advisory Committee meeting, and the City welcomes your input as well. If you have questions or would like to comment, you are invited to submit your comments on Contact Us page.

Video of Fort Myers Integrated Redevelopment Strategy Advisory Committee Workshop January 18, 2018

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Fort Myers Integrated Downtown Redevelopment Strategy