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Area organizations come together on common goals

April 25, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Three North Fort Myers organizations are joining forces to build a better community based on common goals.

On Wednesday, at the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce monthly business leader's luncheon at the Shell Factory, guest speaker North Fort Myers Civic Association President Doug Dailey announced what could be a potential game changer for the area.

Dailey told those gathered that the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary would team up with Civic to create the North Fort Myers Community Coalition.

The new coalition will create a dialogue among the organizations and bring together any factions and create one solid voice for the area.

The groups will retain their individual identities, but will meet to discuss common issues, problems, goals and things that one organization might see as helping the others for the betterment of the community.

The process started three weeks ago, when Chamber president-elect Al Giacalone and Rotary president David Rice got together for the first time to bring the area service and civic groups into one coalition.

The three boards signed off on it and the group very quickly became a reality.

"This is a historic thing for us. It has never been done in North Fort Myers, and we're inviting all the other service organizations that want to better North Fort Myers as well," Dailey said.

Dailey said that there are many factions in North Fort Myers, with the challenge being to bring everyone together.

The one common thread, Dailey said, was that everyone cares about North Fort Myers. This accord among the organizations could go a long way toward starting the process.

"We've been split into different voices. It will be a pleasure to start bringing together our community and we wanted to start where the service-oriented people in the community are," Dailey said.

"It was his idea and it's going to be great. We're going to need three more hammers," Giacalone said in reference to what Dailey uses to bring meetings to order.

Dailey, who was invited to speak, told Chamber members what the civic association does. He described it as a group of citizens joined together for collective action on community affairs for the benefit of North Fort Myers.

He said their goal is to help and enhance each other in pride and spirit.

"I told people when I was elected that I don't live in North Fort Myers. North Fort Myers lives in me," said Dailey a 50-year resident of North Fort Myers. "This is about the community, and we're on the precipice of taking the next step."

Dailey said the first project the group took on to test its influence was to have the sign at Hancock Bridge Square removed. Code enforcement committee chairman John Lightbody got in touch with county code enforcement and committee members wrote letters to them to have something done with the sign.

Last week, a hearing was held on the sign, with civic association members present.

It was ruled that the old sign will have to be taken down by July 12.

"That was a big step. We took something, brought attention to it and got a resolution," Dailey said. "We want to see development between the 41s and take down unsightliness and clean up the area."



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