1. Fort Myers CRA Attention Cleveland Avenue Redevelopment Area Tools Commercial Grants Image

    Cleveland Avenue Redevelopment Area Commercial Property Grants

    The Fort Myers CRA is offering several Commercial Property Grants in the Cleveland Avenue redevelopment area. Receive up to $50,000 in grant funds! Read More
  2. Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Logo

    COVID-19 Emergency Order 2020-09

    On June 26, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), has issued Emergency Order 2020-09 which states that DBPR is suspending the “on premises” consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. Read More
  3. Southwest Florida Enterprise Center Exterior Photograph

    Enterprise Center Reopens with New COVID-19 Protocols

    Southwest Florida Enterprise Center will reopen all of its public spaces in accordance with Florida's re-opening order. Deep cleaning, a social distancing plan, and ordering supplies for safe hygiene are protocols implemented in advance of opening day. Read More
  4. Downtown Fort Myers Our Home Sweet Home Shop Local Dine Local By Locals Kevin Boyd American Legion38

    CRA Offers Free Parking for Downtown Customers

    Participating restaurants and retail shops will distribute parking vouchers to their customers to be used any time after 4:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday. Read More
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    COVID-19 Executive Order 20-139

    Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order: On June 3, Governor DeSantis issued an executive order which allows Florida to enter Phase 2 Recovery and Reopening plan for all counties except Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. Read More
  6. Resource Page Important Links, Updates and Information. Stay Home Be Well. Fort Myers Community Rede

    Business Resources in response to COVID-19 Impact

    In Case You Need it: We have compiled a group of important sources for latest COVID-19 updates, responses, and post recovery information. Read More
  7. We&#39re ready for you! Business Moving Forward Image. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Log

    Businesses Moving Forward In Fort Myers Redevelopment Areas

    This News Flash will let you know about businesses in our redevelopment areas that are open according to COVID-19 reopen guidelines and ready to serve you at this time. We recommend calling the businesses prior visiting them. Read More
  8. Masons Famous Lobster Rolls Fort Myers CRA Business Spotlight Redevelopment Works Pictures of Owners

    Business Spotlight: Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls

    Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls is in the Fort Myers business spotlight! Mason’s opened in January 2020 at 2122 First Street in the Downtown redevelopment area. Read More
  9. Safe Smart Step by Step Plan for Florida&#39s Recovery State of Florida Seal

    Governor's Plan for Reopening the State

    Governor Ron DeSantis presented this slideshow to reopen the State of Florida. Read More
  10. State of Florida Seal

    COVID-19 Executive Order 20-131

    Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order: On May 22, Governor DeSantis directed an emergency order extending the opening of organized youth activities. Read More
  11. Florida Gulf Coast University Coronavirus Impact Survey Results Image

    FGCU Coronavirus Economic Impact Study Report

    Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) has published its Coronavirus Economic Impact Study results in this report. Read More
  12. State of Florida Seal

    COVID-19 Executive Order 20-95

    Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order: On April 6, Governor DeSantis directed an emergency order suspending the assessment and collection of taxation on all notes for employers who receive federal CARES Act money. Read More
  13. 2019 Fort Myers CRA Annual Report Cover image

    Announcing: 2019 Fort Myers CRA Annual Report

    We are thrilled to deliver our 2019 Annual Report for your information. The CRA staff has worked diligently to produce a document that captures the activities of 2019 in a very professional well-crafted report. Read More
  14. West End at City Walk Exterior Amenity Building Rendering from December 2019

    City Walk TIF Agreement Amendment Approved by CRA Board of Commissioners

    An amendment to the Fort Myers City Walk Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Rebate Agreement that severs the hotel portion of the project was approved at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on December 11. Read More
  15. State of Florida Seal

    COVID-19 Executive Order 20-91

    Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order: On April 1, Governor DeSantis directed Floridians to limit movements and personal interactions outside of their home. Read More
  16. McCollum Hall Aerial view in 2019

    McCollum Hall Update: Financing Secured, Performance Schedule & Consent to Lease Approved

    McCollum Redevelopment Associates, LLC/Reva Development Corporation has secured financing to complete the restoration of historic McCollum Hall, a former dance hall and retail center in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. redevelopment area. Read More
  17. Four images demonstrating Art on the Ground

    Connecting Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Project / Grant Application Submission Authorized by CRA Board

    Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to apply for a $25,000 to enhance the safety and pedestrian experience through the deployment of meaningful asphalt art installations along the route of Walk Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour. Read More
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    Fort Myers CRA Job Creation & Talent Attraction: 17 Candidates, $81,000 Grant Funds

    The Fort Myers CRA Job Creation and Talent Attraction Program, a grant available to businesses in targeted industries, has welcomed a total of 17 candidates and a possible total of $81,000 to companies in targeted industries since December 2018. Read More
  19. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Color Logo

    One Allure TIF Agreement Amendment Approved by CRA Board of Commissioners

    An amendment to the One Allure Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Rebate Agreement to extend the construction start date to July 1, 2020, was approved at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on December 11. Read More
  20. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Michele Hylton Terry

    Michele Hylton-Terry Appointed to FRA Board of Directors

    Fort Myers CRA Executive Director Michele Hylton-Terry was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) on October 17, 2019, at the FRA’s Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida. Read More
  21. Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour App Map

    Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour App Available

    Now Available for Free Download: The Fort Myers Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour on the Florida Stories app. Read More
  22. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Assistant Director Antoine Williams

    Antoine Williams Joins CRA as Assistant Director

    Antoine Williams has joined the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) as Assistant Director. Read More
  23. Royal Palm Garden Apartments Rendering

    MLK Royal Palm Gardens Apartments Approved for CRA Rebate

    Royal Palm Gardens Apartments, a renovation of the already-established, 80-unit affordable housing community Jones Walker Palm Gardens Apartments, was approved for a tax increment rebate at the Fort Myers CRA Board of Commissioners meeting on October 23. Read More
  24. Hampton Inn Fort Myers Rendering

    Downtown Hampton Inn Hotel Approved for CRA Rebate

    Hampton Inn by Hilton Fort Myers, a four-story, 118-room hotel to be built in the Downtown redevelopment area, was approved for a tax increment rebate of $1.9 million at the Fort Myers CRA Board of Commissioners meeting on September 25. Read More
  25. Saint Peter Claver Place Apartments Rendering

    MLK St. Peter Claver Place Apartments Approved for CRA Rebate Approved for CRA Rebate

    Phase I of St. Peter Claver Place Apartments, to be developed by National Development of America and the Diocese of Venice, was approved for a tax increment rebate of $4 million at the Fort Myers CRA Board of Commissioners meeting on September 25. Read More
  26. Silver Hills Apartments Rendering

    Silver Hills Apartments/Edwards Co. & Silver Hills Dev, Inc., Approved for CRA Rebate

    Silver Hills at Fort Myers, a two-building, four-to-five-story luxury apartment community to be built in the Downtown redevelopment area, was approved for a tax increment rebate of $12.96 million, at the CRA Board of Commissioners meeting on August 28. Read More
  27. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Fiscal Manager Cheryl Thornton

    Cheryl Thornton Earns FRA-RP Designation

    CRA Fiscal Manager Cheryl Thornton has earned the Florida Redevelopment Association’s Redevelopment Professional (FRA-RP) designation. Read More
  28. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director holding Lee Pitts Live 2019 Economic De

    Michele Hylton-Terry Presented with 2019 Economic Development Person of the Year

    At the NAACP Freedom Fund Gala on Sept. 21, Master of Ceremonies Lee Pitts presented Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Executive Director Michele Hylton-Terry with the Lee Pitts Live 2019 Economic Development Person of the Year Award. Read More
  29. Title Image of Collaboratory: Propelling Midtown into the Future video

    The Collaboratory: Propelling Midtown into the Future (Video)

    The Collaboratory is southwest Florida’s first public sphere where people from different backgrounds, interests and areas of expertise exchange ideas—either in person or virtually worldwide through the ultra-high-speed Florida Lambda Rail network. Read More
  30. West End at City Walk Exterior Sitting Area image

    West End at City Walk To Begin Construction

    West End at City Walk, the apartment component of West First Street’s City Walk project, will begin construction soon. Read More
  31. Seaboard Waterside Apartments Rendering

    MLK Seaboard Waterside Apartments/Greenwald LLC Approved for CRA Rebate

    Seaboard Waterside Apartments, an 8-story, 420-rental unit to be built in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (MLK) redevelopment area, was approved for a tax increment rebate of $11.48 million at the CRA Board of Commissioners meeting on July 17. Read More
  32. Luminary Hotel Exterior at Topping Out Ceremony

    Luminary Hotel Topping Out Ceremony

    Luminary Hotel & Co. celebrated a milestone on June 6, 2019, when its final structural beam was hoisted in place. Read More
  33. Vantage Lofts Apartments Rendering in the Downtown Redevelopment Area

    Downtown Vantage Lofts/DevMar Approved for CRA Rebate

    Vantage Lofts, a luxury rental apartment complex to be built in the Downtown redevelopment area, was approved for an increment rebate of $11.4 million, at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on June 26. Read More
  34. Grand Central Apartment Construction Aerial View from the Southeast

    Grand Central Update

    The Grand Central apartments under construction and appear to be on pace for completion by March 2020. All Retail is completed and open for business. Read More
  35. New Landscape design for Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard

    New CFM Landscaping Plan for Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd

    David M. Jones and Associates, Inc., Gregory J. Diserio, RLA, has worked with J.B. Schuetz, Parks and Beautification Manager with the City of Fort Myers, to create a new landscape design for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (State Road 82). Read More
  36. Fort Myers Downtown Holiday Inn Rendering

    Holiday Inn Hotel/HIDEV Group LLC Approved for CRA Rebate

    Holiday Inn, a 6-story, 135-room full-service hotel to be built in the Downtown redevelopment area, was approved for a tax increment rebate up to $3,300,000, at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on May 22. Read More
  37. East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight Alma&#39s Fashion Boutique

    EFM Spotlight: Alma's Fashion Boutique, Inc.

    This month's East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight is Alma's Fashion Boutique, Inc., dress and gown shop, located at 3623 Palm Beach Boulevard. View their video for more details! Read More
  38. Logo of FieldEdge company that was approved to participate in CRA Job Creation and Talent Attraction

    FieldEdge Approved to Participate in CRA Job Program

    FieldEdge, formerly dESCO, was approved to participate in the CRA Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program. FieldEdge is the company that invented service software for contractors. Read More
  39. Photo of Wall Art showing possibilities for Fort Myers Art Stumble

    Art Stumble 2020 Approved by CRA Board of Commissioners

    Art Stumble 2020, a mural-painting project on the wall behind McCollum Hall and a corresponding event by the Fort Myers Mural Society, was approved at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on December 11. Read More
  40. East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight La Michoacana

    EFM Spotlight: La Michoacana Ice Cream Shop

    This month's East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight is La Michoacana ice cream shop, located at 3629 Palm Beach Boulevard. View their video for more details! Read More
  41. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Fiscal Manager Cheryl Thornton

    Cheryl Thornton Joins Fort Myers CRA, Receives Promotion

    The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is proud to announce that Cheryl Vaughan Thornton, who joined the CRA in September 2018 as Community Redevelopment Manager, and was promoted to the role of Fiscal Manager for the Agency in March 2019. Read More
  42. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Color Logo

    The Truth About Community Redevelopment Agencies

    These community-minded entities can be structured differently but have common goals. April 2019 Gulfshore Business article by Lori Johnston. Read More
  43. Cigent Technology Incorporated logo

    First Company Approved to Participate in CRA Job Program

    The first company approved to participate in Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program is Cigent Technology Inc. Read More
  44. Barden Street Community Garden Learning Center design example

    More Than Just a Garden – Barden Street’s New Community Garden Selected for $13,000 Grant

    On February 27, 2019, CRA commissioners approved a grant for up to $13,000 to complete the $246,000 Barden Street Community Garden Learning Center (BCG), requested by the I Will Mentorship Foundation. Read More
  45. East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight Andy&#39s Mini Market

    EFM Spotlight: Andy's Mini Market & Grocery

    This month's East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight is Andy's Mini Market & Grocery, located at 3805 Palm Beach Boulevard. View their video for more details! Read More
  46. Completed medians along Cleveland Avenue

    Cleveland Avenue Medians Completed

    Beautification of the medians and underneath the Colonial Boulevard overpass has been completed! Read More
  47. East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight El Caribe Latin Flavor Cuban Restaurant and Bakery

    EFM Spotlight: El Caribe Latin Flavor Cuban Restaurant & Bakery

    This month's East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight is El Caribe Latin Flavor Cuban Restaurant & Bakery, located at 3917 Palm Beach Boulevard. View their video for more details! Read More
  48. East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight Neenie&#39s House

    EFM Spotlight: Neenie's House

    This month's East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight is Neenie's House, located at 481 Marsh Avenue. View their video for more details! Read More
  49. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Senior Administrative Assistant Sheryl Rea

    Sheryl Rea Joins Fort Myers CRA

    The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is proud to announce that Sheryl Rea joined the CRA in January 2019 as Sr. Administrative Assistant. Read More
  50. Customized Medical/Fire Rescue Utility Task Vehicle, also known as UTV

    CRA purchases Medical/Fire Rescue Utility Task Vehicle for Fort Myers River District Special Events

    CRA Board approved the purchase of a customized Medical/Fire Rescue Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) for $26,000 using Downtown redevelopment area funds, to be used by the Fire Department to better navigate through the River District’s growing special events. Read More
  51. Three coworkers viewing laptop computer

    New Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program

    The CRA’s program will incentivize the creation and retention of full-time employment within the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Areas by offering a grant payment to companies that create or relocate high wage full-time jobs within an area. Read More