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Annual Town Hall meeting on Wednesday

February 28, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Some of the hottest topics affecting North Fort Myers will be front and center, from the area's growth to what's being done to make it a destination, especially in the downtown area.

The annual Town Hall meeting, sponsored by the North Fort Myers Community Planning Panel, will take place Wednesday, March 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center.

The Chamber of Commerce and the Civic Association will be there in support and answer any questions in what has traditionally been one of the most important town meetings of the year, where everything is put on the table.

"We're trying to bring the community together and give them a yearly update on what's going on," said Doug Dailey new president of the civic association. "People will have a chance to speak their minds."

The event will feature Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman who will discuss revitalization; Rachel Busch, of the Economic Development Office specializing in North Fort Myers, will talk about economic opportunities; and a presentation will be made by Dennis J. Fullenkamp, local Realtor and developer.

"I'll give an update on the regulatory financial incentives that are available now such as the mixed-use overlay and the flexibility it affords developers," Busch said. "We're in discussions with in-state and out-of-state developers and property owners, but haven't received our first applications yet."

In the main event, attorney Chuck Bassinait will speak on behalf of "Paradise Isles," the largest, most expensive, and perhaps most important development in the area's history.

The developers are using the same architects from Sarasota that designed Tarpon Point in Cape Coral and are developing what used to be Lochmoor Estates and Marina at the western edge of town.

Their vision is to create a destination with a first-class hotel, high rises, condos, restaurants, shops, and single-family residences, while improving the marina and refurbishing the golf course.

The program will end with an open meeting of the "communities" of North Fort Myers, featuring leaders of some of the 55-plus communities and neighborhoods identified in NFM discussing common problems, solutions and ideas.

Dailey said he hopes the community comes out to give their views on how they see North Fort Myers right now and in the future.

"It's a good time to come out with any concerns in the neighborhoods they want to bring up. We'll here about aspects on what people think revitalization should entail," Dailey said.



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