Local resident Debora Gillen is partnering with the Fort Myers CRA beautify Downtown's First Street by adding square planters featuring attractive plants and palms suited to Florida's environment. 16 lamp posts will be adorned by two planters each. Ms. Gillen has offered to pay installation and first-year maintenance costs. This sort of beautification project is one of the main tools of redevelopment, because an attractive area promotes safer neighborhoods and improves the economy.
Ms. Gillen was directed by the City of Fort Myers to speak with the Fort Myers CRA with her objectives, due to the beautification aspect of her offer. Following several discussions with CRA staff and obtaining estimates, together Ms. Gillen and the CRA decided that the most attractive and appropriate option for Florida's environment would aqua-framed square planters containing assorted palms, Neoregelia Outdoor Bromeliads, associated foliage, and a mix and match variety of Decorative Pineapple, Vinng Ice Plant, DMR Colorama, and Jasmine. 16 lamp posts would be adorned with two planters at each pole.
CRA staff continues moving forward with the planning process. Interior Plant Scapes, which would be responsible for delivery, installation, planting, and monthly plant program maintenance, presented project details to CRA staff and City of Fort Myers Public Works Director Richard Moulton. After receiving Richard Moulton's approval, CRA staff presented the project to the City's Beautification Advisory Board and ordered a sample planter with aquablue trim, which was presented to the CRA Board of Commissioners at their June 23 meeting. In July, CRA staff will submit an application to the City's Historic Preservation Committee.
Proposed cost would be a one-time fee of $650 for delivery, installation, and planting, and a monthly plant program cost of $2560 for maintenance. Ms. Gillen will pay these costs as a way to give back to the City.
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