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Posted on: June 26, 2020

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 20-180

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Suspend and toll any statute providing for final action at the conclusion of a mortgage foreclosure proceeding under Florida law solely when the proceeding arises from nonpayment of mortgage by a single-family mortgagor adversely affected by the COVID-19 ...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 20-179

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The order also expands the authority to conduct business in virtual or telephonic means to the following:

Any taxing authority holding a millage and budget hearing under Chapter 200, Florida Statutes

A local governing board holding a hearing or meeting rega...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Cleveland Avenue Redevelopment Area Commercial Property Grants

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Landscape/Facade Grants - Up to $50,000

These matching grants fund exterior commercial property work such as repair, awnings, landscaping, and lighting in the Cleveland Avenue redevelopment area. Design criteria apply. Two grant levels: Maximum of 10% of t...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Order 2020-09

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Effective immediately, the DBPR’s order states that all vendors who sell alcoholic beverages on premises and derive over 50% of their revenue from these sales shall suspend on-premises sales. Bars can continue to sell alcoholic beverages in seal...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Enterprise Center Reopens with New COVID-19 Protocols

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The mission of the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center is to be a learning laboratory for entrepreneurial enterprises and to provide assistance and support to the entrepreneur so that he or she may realize the full potential of their enterprise and of the...

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

TIF Rebate Guidelines Updated

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"We are very pleased to have found some creative solutions that support the community local community in several ways," stated CRA Chair Fred Burson. The CRA’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the changes to the program at i...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

CRA Offers Free Parking for Downtown Customers

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The FREE parking program is valid on Mondays – Thursdays after 4:00 p.m. It began on Monday, June 15, 2020; and is offered at the two City garages located at City of Palms Garage on 2118 Bay Street and  Main Street Garage on 2286 Main S...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

COVID-19 Executive Order 20-139

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Effective June 5, 2020, the Governor’s order allows for expanded activities with social distancing precautions including: allowing restaurants to use bar top seating; entertainment businesses, bars and pubs to operate at 50% capacity indoors/ful...

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Business Resources in response to COVID-19 Impact

Resource Page Important Links, Updates and Information. Stay Home Be Well. Fort Myers Community Rede

In Case You Need it: We have compiled a group of important sources for latest COVID-19 updates, responses, and post recovery information.

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Businesses Moving Forward In Fort Myers Redevelopment Areas

We're ready for you! Business Moving Forward Image. Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Log

Small businesses are essential to our local economy and are vital to our community. The CRA staff has compiled a list of companies within our CRA redevelopment areas that are open for business. Please join us in marketing and promoting their services.

Plea...

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Posted on: May 22, 2019

Business Spotlight: Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls

Masons Famous Lobster Rolls Fort Myers CRA Business Spotlight Redevelopment Works Pictures of Owners

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

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Governor's Plan for Reopening the State

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Governor Ron DeSantis presented this slideshow to reopen the State of Florida (Click on picture or text link to view): 

Link to Governor’s Slideshow

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Executive Order 20-131

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The Governor’s order allows the reopening of organized youth activities including youth sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs, and child care, as well as summer camps and youth recreation camps.

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

FGCU Coronavirus Economic Impact Study Report

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Due to  unprecedented circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert College of Business has created a survey to help understand the economic impact the pandemic is having on Southwest Florida...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

COVID-19 Executive Order 20-95

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The Governor’s order allows employers receiving money from the federal CARES Act to use the full dollar amount to pay their rent and help their employees, and ensures that no payment of documentary stamp taxes will be required.

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Announcing: 2019 Fort Myers CRA Annual Report

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Please feel free to disseminate it as you see fit. Our annual report is statutorily required to be available by March 31st each year.

Click this link to read a PDF of the 2019 Fort Myers CRA Annual Report.

You may also visit this link to access the report: ...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Executive Order 20-91

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The City of Fort Myers and Fort Myers CRA are both still open and operating with appropriate modifications due to COVID-19. 

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

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

McCollum Hall Aerial view in 2019

In addition, a new Performance Schedule and a Consent to Lease was approved at the CRA Board of Commissioners meeting on December 11, 2019. The project is on schedule for a December 2020 Grand Opening.

McCollum Redevelopment Associates, LLC, through its pa...

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

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

Four images demonstrating Art on the Ground

On December 11, 2019, Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners authorized CRA’s grant application/ project submission to Bloomberg Philanthropies. The CRA will apply for a $25,000 to enhance the safety and pedestrian experien...

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Posted on: December 20, 2019

Fort Myers CRA Job Creation & Talent Attraction: 17 Candidates, $81,000 Grant Funds

Three coworkers viewing laptop computer

On December 11, 2019, at the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board of Commissioners meeting, new applications for the program participation were accepted from two businesses located in the Downtown redevelopment area. Cigent Technologies, ...

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

One Allure TIF Agreement Amendment Approved by CRA Board of Commissioners

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The Developer, Cedar River at Fort Myers II, LLC, the residential development brand of JAXI CMD, LLC, requested that the construction start date be extended six months, from its original start date of December 31, 2019. At this time, Cedar River has spent...

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Michele Hylton-Terry Appointed to FRA Board of Directors

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Michele Hylton Terry

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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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour App Available

Dunbar Cultural Landmarks Tour App Map

Community members are invited to download the free app onto their smart device and follow the narrated tour of ten cultural stops.  Look for the Florida Stories app on your iPhone through the App Store, or get it on Google Play. Once the app is d...

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Antoine Williams Joins CRA as Assistant Director

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Assistant Director Antoine Williams

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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Posted on: October 29, 2019

MLK Royal Palm Gardens Apartments Approved for CRA Rebate

Royal Palm Garden Apartments Rendering

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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Posted on: September 27, 2019

Downtown Hampton Inn Hotel Approved for CRA Rebate

Hampton Inn Fort Myers Rendering

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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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

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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Posted on: August 28, 2019

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

Silver Hills Apartments Rendering

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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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Cheryl Thornton Earns FRA-RP Designation

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Fiscal Manager Cheryl Thornton

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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Posted on: October 2, 2019

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

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Executive Director holding Lee Pitts Live 2019 Economic De

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, Michele ...

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Posted on: August 8, 2019

The Collaboratory: Propelling Midtown into the Future (Video)

Title Image of Collaboratory: Propelling Midtown into the Future video

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 addition and...

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Posted on: July 18, 2019

West End at City Walk To Begin Construction

West End at City Walk Exterior Sitting Area image

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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Posted on: July 18, 2019

MLK Seaboard Waterside Apartments/Greenwald LLC Approved for CRA Rebate

Seaboard Waterside Apartments Rendering

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 420 apartments, with a two-story parking garage built into the eight-floor complex. It will be the first pro...

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Posted on: June 27, 2019

Luminary Hotel Topping Out Ceremony

Luminary Hotel Exterior at Topping Out Ceremony

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. 

Vis...

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Posted on: June 27, 2019

Downtown Vantage Lofts/DevMar Approved for CRA Rebate

Vantage Lofts Apartments Rendering in the Downtown Redevelopment Area

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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Posted on: May 24, 2019

Grand Central Update

Grand Central Apartment Construction Aerial View from the Southeast

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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Posted on: May 24, 2019

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

New Landscape design for Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard

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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Posted on: May 22, 2019

Holiday Inn Hotel/HIDEV Group LLC Approved for CRA Rebate

Fort Myers Downtown Holiday Inn Rendering

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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Posted on: May 22, 2019

EFM Spotlight: Alma's Fashion Boutique, Inc.

East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight Alma's Fashion Boutique

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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Posted on: April 26, 2019

FieldEdge Approved to Participate in CRA Job Program

Logo of FieldEdge company that was approved to participate in CRA Job Creation and Talent Attraction

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’s application, and t...

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

Art Stumble 2020 Approved by CRA Board of Commissioners

Photo of Wall Art showing possibilities for Fort Myers Art Stumble

Art Stumble 2020 will be an artistic mural painting event designed to promote pride in the Fort Myers Dunbar community, as well as a way to support economic growth with aesthetic enhancement. The Art Stumble 2020 block party will be held on April 25, 2020...

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Posted on: April 24, 2019

EFM Spotlight: La Michoacana Ice Cream Shop

East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight La Michoacana

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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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Cheryl Thornton Joins Fort Myers CRA, Receives Promotion

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Fiscal Manager Cheryl Thornton

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: April 11, 2019

The Truth About Community Redevelopment Agencies

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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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Posted on: March 1, 2019

First Company Approved to Participate in CRA Job Program

Cigent Technology Incorporated logo

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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Posted on: March 1, 2019

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

Barden Street Community Garden Learning Center design example

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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Posted on: March 21, 2019

EFM Spotlight: Andy's Mini Market & Grocery

East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight Andy's Mini Market

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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Posted on: January 25, 2019

Cleveland Avenue Medians Completed

Completed medians along Cleveland Avenue

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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Posted on: January 25, 2019

EFM Spotlight: El Caribe Latin Flavor Cuban Restaurant & Bakery

East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight El Caribe Latin Flavor Cuban Restaurant and Bakery

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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Posted on: January 25, 2019

EFM Spotlight: Neenie's House

East Fort Myers redevelopment area spotlight Neenie's House

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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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Sheryl Rea Joins Fort Myers CRA

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Senior Administrative Assistant Sheryl Rea

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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Posted on: June 1, 2019

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

Customized Medical/Fire Rescue Utility Task Vehicle, also known as UTV

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—so the Board appro...

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Posted on: January 24, 2019

New Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program

Three coworkers viewing laptop computer

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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