The North Fort Myers Civic Association has lent its support to the installation of a central sewer system and stormwater runoff in the town center, an area community leaders hope will become one of Lee County's hubs in the coming years.
As approved by the association last Tuesday, the improvement project would be funded by the county and state
NFMCA president Michael Land has already formed a flood committee to especially look at the constant problems at the Hancock Square Shopping Center. Tuesday, he made the motion to form a sewer committee to help force the issue for the need of central sewer.
Without that, major development will be all but impossible, not to mention the consequences to the water coming down the Caloosahatchee River, members said.
In a related action, the group also voted to support the creation of an "opt-in" riverfront zoning district for a parcel of three acres or more that fronts the Caloosahatchee River to be used for a hotel, restaurant, shopping area, entertainment, etc Land said this would encourage assemblage, investment and development as recommended by a recent county-funded market assessment report.
"We have 18 miles of riverfront, but little commercial space. It's all residential. This has held back North Fort Myers. About 99 percent of the riverfront is residentially zoned," Land said. "Nothing happens without rezoning."
In other business the Civic Association:
n Approved a pancake breakfast fundraiser to be held at Applebee's for some time in early March. The last breakfast was held in late 2015 and was sold out, raising more than $1,000 for the civic association and allowing it to be able to pay for liability insurance.
The NFMCA has a promotion with Perkins where, if you go there to eat with a certain coupon, 10 percent of the bill will go to the organization.
Land said the fundraiser has gone well, but is going to look at other places, such as Wendy's, to also do the same type of campaign.
n Agreed to do another cleaning of Old 41, which the NFMCA has recently adopted, from the bridge to Littleton Road, an area of 2.8 miles. That cleanup will also happen sometime in March, likely on a Saturday morning.
n Voted to support the creation of a digital sign for the recreation center and library, for which the group also voted to support a new cultural center, again as recommended by the market assessment.
n Agreed to print copies of the group's pamphlet and map of North Fort Myers being created by Rudy Berndlmaier. The NFMCA is looking to sell ad space for the map, for which Land said he was willing to give a 10 percent commission to those who are able to sell space as an incentive to get more people involved.