1. 2021 Edison Awards Nominate your innovation reduced fees end October 30 2020 Gold Silver Bronze

    Edison Awards Call for Nominations

    The Edison Awards has issued a Call for Nominations for the 2021 Edison Awards. Companies who've recently launched outstanding innovations are invited to apply by November 20, 2020. Read More
  2. AC Hotel Rendering in daylight

    AC by Marriott Hotel to add 132 hotel rooms to Downtown redevelopment area, Approved for Rebate

    AC by Marriott Hotel, a 132-room hotel to be built in the Downtown redevelopment area, was approved for a tax increment rebate of $5.57 million at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on October 14, 2020. Read More
  3. Hampton Inn Groundbreaking October 15, 2020 Groundbreaking and hotel images Fort Myers CRA logo

    Hampton Inn Groundbreaking Ceremony

    The groundbreaking ceremony for the Hampton Inn by Hilton was held on October 15, 2020. Read More
  4. Commissioners Henderson and Anthony, Congratulations, CRA Logo, Redevelopment Works

    CRA Commissioners Awarded for Years of Service

    CRA Commissioners Randall P. Henderson, Jr. and Gaile H. Anthony were recognized for their years of service on the CRA’s Board of Commissioners. Read More
  5. Silver Hills at Fort Myers Apartments Phase Two Courtyard

    Silver Hills at Fort Myers Apartments Phase II Approved for CRA Rebate

    Silver Hills at Fort Myers, Phase II, a 126-unit luxury multi-family apartment community to be built in the Downtown redevelopment area, was approved for a tax increment rebate of $4.965 million at the Board of Commissioners meeting on September 23. Read More
  6. View of St. Peter Claver Place Apartments Phase Two

    St. Peter Claver Place Phase II to Add 78 Affordable Apartments, Approved for TIF Rebate

    St. Peter Claver Place Apartments, Phase II, a 78-unit workforce housing apartment community to be built in the Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd. redevelopment area, was approved for a tax increment rebate of $2.6 million by Fort Myers CRA Commissioners on September 23. Read More
  7. Michele Hylton-Terry, Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Square Image

    Michele Hylton-Terry Spotlighted by FutureMakers Coalition

    Fort Myers CRA Executive Director Michele Hylton-Terry was featured the FutureMakers Coalition August 28, 2020 newsletter as the issue's spotlight. Read More
  8. Progressive Women&#39s Day 2020 A Virtual Power Hour An Inspirational Hour with Progressive Women of

    Michele Hylton-Terry Participates on Progressive Women's Day 2020 Panel

    Fort Myers CRA Executive Director Michele Hylton-Terry appeared on Progressive Women's Day 2020 on September 26. It was a virtual hour with progressive women of Southwest Florida. Read More
  9. State of Florida Seal

    COVID-19 Executive Order Number 20-244

    On September 25, Florida Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244 which moves Florida into Phase 3 of reopening. Read More
  10. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Business Spotlight Babyland Christian Academy

    Business Spotlight: Babyland Christian Academy

    This month's redevelopment area spotlight is Babyland Christian Academy, an early education school, located at 2329 Union Street, Suite 1 in the Downtown redevelopment area. View their presentation for more details! Read More
  11. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget Cover

    FY 2020-2021 Fort Myers CRA Budget Adopted

    Fort Myers CRA's budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021 was adopted at the Board of Commissioners meeting on September 23, 2020. Several exciting new items have been added to the budget. Read More
  12. McCollum Hall Aerial view in 2019

    McCollum Hall Update: Exciting Vision & Design Features Presented, Timeline Extended

    McCollum Hall Redevelopment Associates/REVA Development Corporation have presented their vision for the historic landmark's new use and design finishes that highlight McCollum Hall's historic character. Read More
  13. Community Redevelopment Agency Leadership Gaile Anthony, Michele Hylton-Terry and Fred Burson

    Luminary Hotel & Co Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    The Luminary Hotel & Co Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Thursday, September 17, 2020. A number of local dignitaries were in attendance. Read More
  14. Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Logo

    COVID-19 Emergency Order 2020-10

    On September 10, at the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) issued Emergency Order 2020-10, which states that DBPR is allowing bars to operate at 50% indoor capacity. Read More
  15. Photo montage of artists who will paint murals on McCollum Hall and their proposed artwork

    McCollum Hall Mural Artists Selected at Public Art Committee Meeting on Sept. 15

    Finalists J.P. Almonacid and Erik Schlake were both chosen as the mural artists for the Buck’s Backyard Mural Project at McCollum Hall by the City of Fort Myers Public Art Committee on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Read More
  16. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Business Directory 2020-2021 Map Marker Image

    2020/2021 Business Directories Online

    The Fort Myers CRA has created business directories for its redevelopment areas. They are available online. Read More
  17. Edison Awards Image Innovations and Innovators Thomas A. Edison Signature and Likeness

    CRA Supports Prestigious Edison Awards

    Together with the Horizon Foundation, the City of Fort Myers, the Fort Myers CRA has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to support the Edison Universe. Read More
  18. School heroes wear masks donate to the community mask drive new cloth masks fort myers cra

    Fort Myers CRA is Drop Off Location for School Mask Drive

    The Fort Myers CRA is a Community Partner Drop Off Location for the School District of Lee County’s first Community Mask Drive! Read More
  19. State of Florida Seal

    COVID-19 Executive Order Number 20-180

    On July 29, Florida Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-180 which extends for an additional 30 days prior orders providing for moratoriums on mortgage foreclosure and evictions. However, the order also amends prior orders. Read More
  20. State of Florida Seal

    COVID-19 Executive Order Number 20-179

    On July 29, Florida Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-179 which extends local government the authority to conduct business in virtual or telephonic form through September 1, 2020. Read More
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Fort Myers Downtown and River image

    TIF Rebate Guidelines Updated

    New criteria for the CRA's Tax Increment Rebate (TIF) Program were approved at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting on June 24, 2020. Read More
  25. 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
  26. State of Florida Seal

    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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. Live, Work, Play redevelopment CRA Newsletters Subscribe Now www.cityftmyers.com/cra CRA Logo

    CRA Newsletters

    Subscribe to the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) newsletters to keep up to date on the latest news! Read More
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. Three coworkers viewing laptop computer

    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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
  51. 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
  52. 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
  53. 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
  54. 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
  55. 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
  56. 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
  57. 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
  58. 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
  59. 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
  60. 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
  61. 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
  62. 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
  63. 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
  64. 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
  65. 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
  66. 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
  67. Completed medians along Cleveland Avenue

    Cleveland Avenue Medians Completed

    Beautification of the medians and underneath the Colonial Boulevard overpass has been completed! Read More
  68. 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
  69. 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
  70. 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
  71. 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
  72. 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