CRA History

The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Fort Myers (Agency) was established in 1988 to carry out redevelopment efforts in three redevelopment areas within the City of Fort Myers which had each been declared blighted and were in need of revitalization. Now over 30 years later, the Agency oversees fourteen redevelopment districts located within the City limits.

Under Ordinance 2249, the City of Fort Myers created the Fort Myers Downtown Redevelopment Agency (DRA) in 1984 to combat the deteriorating conditions within the downtown commercial area. Originally established as an independent special district, the City Council passed Ordinance 2426 in 1988 appointing itself as the governing body of the Agency, under the auspices of Florida Statute Chapter 163. With the passage of this ordinance, the DRA became a division of the CRA-CFM and the Agency itself was converted to a Dependent Special District.  Currently, the City Council, along with the Mayor, continue to serve as the Community Redevelopment Agency Board.

The name of the DRA has since changed to the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (FMCRA) in order to better reflect its redevelopment efforts throughout the City as it oversees the

The FMCRA works together with the City’s Community Development Division to prepare plans for the revitalization of each district and coordinate the implementation of the plan’s recommendations. Tax increment funds generated by each district, combined with other funding sources, are used to upgrade the public infrastructure and to stimulate redevelopment.

  • Central Fort Myers Redevelopment Area
  • Cleveland Redevelopment Area(s)
  • Downtown Redevelopment Area
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Redevelopment Area(s) 
  • Dunbar Redevelopment Area
  • East Fort Myers Redevelopment Area
  • Velasco Village Redevelopment Area
  • Westwood Redevelopment Area

The Agency’s motto, “New Direction – New Energy – New Life,” aptly describes the desired outcome for the redevelopment program. The plan provides the “New Direction” for the future of the neighborhoods and commercial corridors.  The “New Energy” is created by the extensive citizen and business involvement in creating the plan.  The “New Life” is expressed in the viable commercial and residential neighborhoods which result from the implementation of the plan.