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Posted on: November 18, 2019

Solid Waste Thanksgiving holiday collection schedule announced

Solid Waste Truck

FORT MYERS, FL (Nov. 18, 2019) – In observance of Thanksgiving Day, there will be no residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on Thursday, November 28, 2019. City of Fort Myers residential and commercial trash and recycling normal...

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Posted on: November 12, 2019

Ward 6 Community Meeting takes place on November 20

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2019) – Fort Myers City Councilwoman Gaile Anthony will host a Ward 6 Community Meeting on Wednesday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the Treeline Fire Station meeting room, located at 9700 Treeline Avenue, Fort Myers. All...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

American Legion partners with city to honor veterans by cleaning headstones

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2019) – Local American Legion posts are coming together to honor veterans through cleaning veterans’ headstones at Woodlawn and Oak Ridge cemeteries in Fort Myers on Saturday, November 9 from 1-4 p.m.

Partnering with the City of F...

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Ward 4 Community Meeting takes place on November 13

Kevin Anderson

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2019) Fort Myers City Councilmember Kevin Anderson will host a Ward 4 Community Meeting on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Fire Station #1 located at 2033 Jackson Street, Fort Myers. All are welcome to...

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City - News
Posted on: November 5, 2019

Conceptual plans for City View Neighborhood Park available for viewing at public meeting

city hall government center image

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2019) – Conceptual plans for the City View Neighborhood Park will be discussed at a public meeting on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Dr. Carrie Robinson Center, located at 2900 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers.

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Posted on: November 5, 2019

Ward 2 Community Meeting takes place on November 7

Councilman Johnny W. Streets, Jr.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2019) – Fort Myers City Councilman Johnny W. Streets, Jr. will host a Ward 2 Community Meeting on Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Riverside Community Center, located at 3061 East Riverside Drive, Fort Myers.

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City - News
Posted on: November 5, 2019

Solid waste pickup on regular schedule for Veterans Day holiday

Solid Waste Truck

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2019) – There will be no changes in residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day). All residential and commercial trash and recycling will be collected as regularly schedu...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Florida Department of Environmental Protection to host monthly educational meetings

water treatment plant from Ford Street preserve July 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla.  (October 31, 2019) – In an effort to improve its communication with the regulated community, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is hosting free monthly educational meetings. The first meeting tak...

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Posted on: October 22, 2019

Ward 1 Community Meeting takes place on October 29

Teresa Watkins Brown (002)

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 22, 2019) – Fort Myers City Councilwoman Teresa Watkins Brown will host a Ward 1 Community Meeting on Tuesday, October 29, at 6:00 p.m. at the IMAG History & Science Center, located at 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fo...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Fort Myers named #1 best place to retire in the United States

westerly view over Caloosahatchee

FORT MYERS, FL (Oct. 9, 2019) –  U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, has named Fort Myers as the #1 best place to retire in the United States. Topping the 2020 list, Fort Myers had...

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Posted on: November 12, 2019

Ward 6 Community Meeting takes place on November 20

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2019) – Fort Myers City Councilwoman Gaile Anthony will host a Ward 6 Community Meeting on Wednesday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the Treeline Fire Station meeting room, located at 9700 Treeline Avenue, Fort Myers. All...

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Cheryl Thornton Earns FRA-RP Designation

Cheryl Thornton, Fiscal Manager for Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency

CRA Fiscal Manager Cheryl Thornton has earned the Florida Redevelopment Association’s Redevelopment Professional (FRA-RP) designation.

The FRA’s Redevelopment Professional designation is granted through their Redevelopment Academy, which provides a program of classes that promote a high level of knowledge and professionalism in the field of redevelopment. The goals of the academy are as ...

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CRA - News
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour Launch Event November 2, 2019

Dunbar Cultural Landmarks App-Based Self-Guided Tour seen in front of one of the stops, Dunbar Commu

The community is cordially invited to the Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour Launch Event this Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., starting at Williams Academy Black History Museum at 1936 Henderson Avenue in Fort Myers.

This free community launch event will debut the Fort Myers Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour on the Florida Stories app. Community members will be able to download the free app onto their smart device and follow the route to the narrated cultural stops. The ...

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CRA - News
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Antoine Williams Joins CRA as Assistant Director

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Assistant Director Antoine Williams

Antoine Williams has joined the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) as Assistant Director.

Antoine is a Fort Myers native, and previous to joining the Fort Myers CRA was employed with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), where his principal focus was on providing leadership in the areas of small business development and retention. In simil...

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CRA - News
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Michele Hylton-Terry Appointed to FRA Board of Directors

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Michele Hylton-Terry

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.

The FRA is the statewide organization that promotes redevelopment in Florida. Their Board of Directors are volunteer leaders who are responsible for the direction of the organization. The Board governs, develops policy, and sets a course for the future. T...

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CRA - News
Posted on: October 25, 2019

Fort Myers CRA Wins Two Redevelopment Awards

Fort Myers Collaboratory Photo from Southwest Florida Community Foundation

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of the City of Fort Myers received two prestigious awards in the “Large City” category at this year’s Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) Best of Florida Redevelopment Awards Program.

Founded in 1974, with a statewide membership of over 300+, comprised of nonprofit public and private sector stakeholders, FRA’s deep commitment and sincere dedication to supporting community revitalization throughout Florida culminates each year with an a...

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CRA - News
Posted on: October 29, 2019

MLK Royal Palm Gardens Apartments Approved for CRA Rebate

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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.

The Royal Palm Gardens Apartments will be a renovation of the Jones Walker Palm Gardens affordable housing community located at 2209 Blount Street, which was originally constructed in 1970. The community consists of ten two-story, garden-style residential...

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CRA - News
Posted on: October 2, 2019

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

Michele Hylton-Terry holding Lee Pitts Live 2019 Economic Development Person of the Year Award

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.

Mr. Pitts noted that he chose Ms. Hylton-Terry for her unwavering effort in leading the City of Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency in creating jobs, housing and economic growth in our underserved communities.

“As head of the Fort Myers CRA...

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CRA - News
Posted on: September 27, 2019

Downtown Hampton Inn Hotel Approved for CRA Rebate Approved for CRA Rebate

Hampton Inn by Hilton Fort Myers Rendering

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.

Developers Hos Management/HBH FTM HOTEL LLC will build the Hampton Inn by Hilton Fort Myers at 2017 McGregor Boulevard, a building site they already own. The project will incorporate Hampton Inn’s prototype contemporary, confident design scheme that refle...

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CRA - News
Posted on: September 27, 2019

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

Saint Peter Claver Place Apartments Rendering

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.

The 214-unit affordable-housing apartment complex will be built in two phases, with Phase I consisting of 120 two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments in two- and three-story buildings, along with a community building. Known as St. Peter Claver Place, it ...

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CRA - News
Posted on: August 28, 2019

Downtown Silver Hills Apartments/Edwards Companies & Silver Hills Development, Inc., Approved for CR

Silver Hills at Fort Myers Rendering

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.

Silver Hills at Fort Myers will be built at 2220 West First Street on a large 4.46-acre vacant parcel bounded on the south by West First Street, on the north by the Caloosahatchee River, and on the east by Altamont Avenue. The development will feature two...

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CRA - News
Posted on: August 8, 2019

The Collaboratory: Propelling Midtown into the Future (Video)

Collaboratory Video Opening Title Image

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.

Partnering with SWFL Community Foundation and the City, the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency suggested transforming the former 1924 Atlantic Coast Line Railway depot into the cornerstone of Collaboratory’s campus, along with a modern ad...

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CRA - News
Posted on: July 18, 2019

West End at City Walk To Begin Construction Mid-August

West End at City Walk Rendering of Outdoor Common Area

West End at City Walk, the apartment component of West First Street’s City Walk project, is expected to begin construction in mid-August 2019.

The plans for the 318-unit apartment building are finished and are currently in the permit approval process for both the site and the building. Approvals are expected within the next two weeks, after which the required construction fence and liner will be...

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CRA - News
Posted on: July 18, 2019

MLK Seaboard Waterside Apartments/Greenwald LLC Approved for CRA Rebate

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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.

The Seaboard Apartments will be built at the corner of Michigan Avenue
and Seaboard Street in Fort Myers in two phases. The development will offer 420apartments, with a two-story parking garage built into the eight-floor complex.
It will be the first ...

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CRA - News
Posted on: June 27, 2019

Luminary Hotel Topping Out Ceremony

Large American flag unveiled at June 2019 Luminary Hotel Topping Out Ceremony

Luminary Hotel & Co. celebrated a milestone on June 6, 2019, when its final structural beam was hoisted in place.

Community leaders were invited to a Topping Out Ceremony at Harborside Event Center, which included a sneak preview of two model hotel rooms, an introduction of the development team's luminaries, and a ride up to the top for selected leaders. 

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CRA - News
Posted on: June 27, 2019

Downtown Vantage Lofts/DevMar Approved for CRA Rebate

Vantage Lofts Apartments Rendering in the Downtown Redevelopment Area

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.

Vantage Lofts will be built west of the Caloosahatchee Bridge on Carson Street, located between First and Second Street. The sixteen-story development will offer 221 luxury loft style apartments with 5,000 square feet of retail space including a 5-story p...

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CRA - News
Posted on: May 24, 2019

Grand Central Update

Grand Central Apartment Construction Aerial View from the Southeast

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.

The Grand Central Luxury Apartments project, a 282-unit market-rate apartment complex with an estimated value of $50 million, is the first project to use stormwater treatment credits from the Cleveland Avenue Nutrient Bank. The Nutrient Bank is an additio...

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CRA - News
Posted on: May 24, 2019

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

New Landscaping Rendering for Dream Center along Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

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).

J.B. Schuetz, Parks and Beautification Manager with the City of Fort Myers, has been the City’s lead person working with Mr. Diserio. The plans, known as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Landscape Refresh Plans, have been approved by the City’s Beaut...

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CRA - News
Posted on: May 22, 2019

Holiday Inn Hotel/HIDEV Group LLC Approved for CRA Rebate

Fort Myers Downtown Holiday Inn Rendering 1

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.

Holiday Inn will be built on the three original city land parcels at 1651 Royal Palm Avenue, 2465 Second Street, and 2466 First Street, located on the northeast corner of Royal Palm Avenue and Second Street. The hotel will offer a restaurant/bar, meeting ...

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CRA - News
Posted on: May 22, 2019

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!

The monthly East Fort Myers Spotlight feature was developed to support the business community in the East Fort Myers redevelopment area, through using social media and website promotion to focus on various small businesses that may not otherwise have an o...

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CRA - News
Posted on: April 26, 2019

Frank Amati Joins Fort Myers CRA

Frank Amati Fort Myers CRA Community Redevelopment Manager

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is proud to announce that Frank Amati has joined the CRA as Community Redevelopment Manager.

As Community Redevelopment Manager, Mr. Amati will prepare, plan, develop reports, complete projects and programs related to Fort Myers’ redevelopment areas.

Mr. Amati had been employed by the City of Fort Myers Community Development Department (CDD) as a ...

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CRA - News
Posted on: April 26, 2019

Grand Central Apartments Construction In Progress

Grand Central Luxury Apartments Before and In Progress aerial photos

Exciting work continues along Cleveland Avenue! Here's an aerial view of the Grand Central Apartments project in progress (lower image) - and what the area looked like a year and a half ago (upper image).

The Grand Central apartments are under construction and appear to be on pace for completion by March 2020. All Retail is completed and open for business.

The Grand Central Luxury Apartments project, a 282-unit market rate apartment complex with an estimate...

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CRA - News
Posted on: April 26, 2019

FieldEdge Approved to Participate in CRA Job Program

FieldEdge company logo

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.

FieldEdge, the company that invented service software for contractors, was approved to participate in Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program. CRA commissioners approved FieldEdge’...

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CRA - News
Posted on: April 24, 2019

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!

The monthly East Fort Myers Spotlight feature was developed to support the business community in the East Fort Myers redevelopment area, through using social media and website promotion to focus on various small businesses that may not otherwise have an o...

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CRA - News
Posted on: April 11, 2019

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.

Please click the link below to access the article on redevelopment agencies from Gulfshore Business:

The Truth About Community Redevelopment Agencies article

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CRA - News
Posted on: April 26, 2019

Cheryl Thornton Joins Fort Myers CRA, Receives Promotion

Cheryl Thornton, Fiscal Manager for Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency

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.

As Fiscal Manager, Ms. Thornton will oversee financial processes such as the CRA’s budgets, financial reports, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) calculations, disbursements, etc.

Prior to joining the CRA, Ms. Thornton was a juvenile case manager for BAYS Flori...

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

First Company Approved to Participate in CRA Job Program

Cigent Technology Incorporated Applies for CRA Job Creation and Talent Attraction Program, cropped i

The first company approved to participate in Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program is Cigent Technology Inc.

CRA commissioners approved Cigent’s application and the firm is eligible to receive up to $8,000 if the new employee is both working and residing in a redevelopment area.

This program will incentivize the creation and retention of full-time employment with...

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CRA - News
Posted on: March 1, 2019

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

Barden Street Community Garden Learning Center Picture with curved beds

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.

More than just a garden, this urban initiative will infuse 21st Century agricultural skills and the beautification of a blighted neighborhood with art and culture. This multi-faceted effort combines community development, nutrition, education, entrepreneu...

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CRA - News
Posted on: March 21, 2019

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!

The monthly East Fort Myers Spotlight feature was developed to support the business community in the East Fort Myers redevelopment area, through using social media and website promotion to focus on various small businesses that may not otherwise have an o...

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CRA - News
Posted on: March 1, 2019

Grand Central Project Shaping Up!

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The Grand Central project on Cleveland Avenue is really shaping up!

The retail properties are all complete and open. The apartments
are under construction and are expected to be completed by February/March 2020.

Grand Central was approved for a CRA tax increment fund (TIF)rebate as well as Cleveland Avenue Stormwater Cr...

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CRA - News
Posted on: January 25, 2019

Cleveland Avenue Medians Completed

Beautification of the medians and underneath the Colonial Boulevard overpass has been completed!

The CRA and the City of Fort Myers have worked together to revitalize and improve the look of Cleveland Avenue (U.S. 41)!

The CRA provided a $194,200 funding match for a $100,000 FDOT Beautification Grant for the design, installation, and maintenance of me...

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CRA - News
Posted on: January 25, 2019

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!

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CRA - News
Posted on: January 25, 2019

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!

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Sheryl Rea Joins Fort Myers CRA

Sheryl Rea, Senior Administrative Assistant for the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency

The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is proud to announce that Sheryl Rea joined the CRA in January 2019 as Sr. Administrative Assistant.

As Sr. Administrative Assistant, Ms. Rea will manage the CRA office.

She is an accomplished administrative manager, having worked in private corporate sectors as well as in State and County government agencies.

Previous experience in a variety of sectors wi...

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CRA - News
Posted on: January 24, 2019

New Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program

CRA Job Creation and Talent Attraction Picture

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.

The City of Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is proud to announce the new Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program.

Targeted industries eligible for the program include research and development in the physical, engineering, computer or l...

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Posted on: January 23, 2019

CRA to purchase Medical/Fire Rescue Utility Task Vehicle for Fort Myers River District Special Event

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Medical Fire Utility Task Vehicle (UTV)

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.

At the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) January 23, 2019, Board meeting, commissioners recognized that the River District’s growing special events required improved first responder access in navigating the crowded streets&mdas...

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