City of Palms Post- March 2017
Yuengling Open at FMCC

Annual Tradition Brings Pro Golfers to "The Fort"

The Yuengling Open returns to the Fort Myers Country Club on Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5. This will be the 55th year for the tournament, which is the longest running golf event in the region.
Defending champ Derek Gillespie will be among the 144 anticipated players. Other players include past winners Tommy Tolles and George McNeill, both natives to the Fort Myers area. PGA tour notables Nolan Henke, Tim Herron, Lonnie Nielsen, and Derek Lamely, a former FGCU Eagle, will also compete.
Admission and parking are free, and spectators are welcome to walk the course. Pairings and tee times will be available on the Fort Myers Country Club website.  

Preliminary Hotel Plans

Downtown Hotel Plans Unveiled

Fort Myers is one step closer to seeing its long-awaited convention hotel break ground.  Mainsail Lodging and Development unveiled preliminary plans to City Council on February 6.
The still-unnamed Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott will stand twelve stories with approximately 225 guest rooms and suites. It will feature a signature restaurant along with a local diner, rooftop bar, and culinary theater.  The four- to five-star hotel will also encompass a parking garage with 210 parking spaces.  Street-level retail storefronts will match the character of existing downtown architecture.
Mainsail anticipates completion of the project in late fall 2018.

STARS Complex Performers

S.T.A.R.S. Complex Kids "Roar!"

Kids from the Dr. Ann Murphy Knight S.T.A.R.S. Complex recently got a special performance from The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and Gulf Coast Leisure, including magicians, rap artists, singers, dancers, and musicians, all with special inspiring messages. 
In the second act, S.T.A.R.S. Complex kids took the stage in a performance of ROAR!
The City's S.T.A.R.S. program enables "Success Through Academic and Recreational Support" to help Fort Myers’ youth set and obtain goals for a bright future.

Dr Knight

The S.T.A.R.S. Complex's namesake, Dr. Ann Murphy Knight, was an influential educator who grew up in the city and went on to serve its children and residents for several decades.  
Dr Knight was elected to Fort Myers City Council in 1984 and served Ward 3 for more than 20 years. With her strong focus on youth, Dr. Knight was responsible for improvements in the city, in particular on reduction of juvenile crime and improving childhood education.  The S.T.A.R.S. Program was initiated during Dr. Knight's term of office. (Photo Credit: Maryah Burney)

Media K-9 Training

Media Visit FMPD for Training Day

Thirteen local reporters and photographers spent a Saturday afternoon in January with the Fort Myers Police at the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy. The 6-hour media training day was planned to help local reporters better understand law enforcement procedures.
The class was put together at the request of local media personnel who wanted a better understanding about what goes on behind the scenes. 
Participants got an in-depth look at homicide investigations and the importance of witness testimony and crime scene investigations.  The class also provided a “Hands on” experience with the Police Department's Firearms Training Simulator, as well as high risk traffic stop scenarios.  A K-9 demonstration was also provided, with several participants taking a “Bite” from the K-9. 
The class evaluation was extremely positive, and many said they would recommend the training to their peers and supervisors.  

Distinguished Firefighter Award

Chandler Named FMFD Distinguished Firefighter of 2016

At a January City Council meeting, Interim Fire Chief Vincent DiCristofalo honored Firefighter Daniel Chandler as the 2016 FMFD Distinguished Firefighter of the Year.
The George and Mary Jo Sanders Foundation established this award to recognize an individual, selected by his or her peers for “a highly credible accomplishment or outstanding service to the Fire Department."
Daniel was selected for providing selfless aid to those in need while off duty, including assisting a possible drowning victim while on vacation in North Florida.
Congratulations, Daniel!

Employees of the Quarter

Kudos to our Employees of the Quarter

Congratulations to the City of Fort Myers’ Employees of the Quarter for 4th Quarter 2016 (L-R):

Fire Department: Keith Cortner, Patrick Isherwood, Frederick Cooley
Police Department: Ashley Schindler
City Staff: Linda Jones, Information Technology Services

Thank you for everything you do to make the City a great place to live and work!

Workforce/Attainable Housing

Preserving Affordable/Workforce Housing Top Priority

The City’s Housing and Real Estate Division manages several major housing initiatives to help facilitate home ownership and improve the city’s workforce through mortgage, rehabilitation, and employment assistance programs.
During the last five years, the City has helped rehab 92 homes, rebuild six homes, and managed a maintenance and repair program that benefited 53 households.  The city also partnered to build 12 single-family homes and four rental units. These projects provided nearly 2,000 construction jobs.
Moving forward, the City is working with the National Resource Network on a strategic plan to focus and identify other resources to leverage the City’s housing dollars.

Matt Johnson

So Long, but not Good-Bye

A big congratulations and a fond farewell to former Interim Assistant City Manager Matt Johnson-- who left City Hall at the end of January to become the new General Manager of the Fort Myers Imaginarium.  In Matt’s 15 years with the city, he left quite an impression—working in Community Development, the History Museum, Harborside and at City Hall. Best of luck, Matt!

Blue and Green Goes Blue and Black

Walk Unites Community & Police

Dozens of college students and Fort Myers residents joined Fort Myers Police officers in a unity walk from FMPD headquarters to the Lee County Black History Society on February 4.  The National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) of Florida Gulf Coast University sponsored the “Blue and Green Goes Blue and Black” unity walk.
Participants wore blue and black: blue to symbolize the police force and black to symbolize the black community.  The unity walk’s organizers wish to bridge the gap between the police department and the community, and show that partnership, peace, and unity are possible.
Event planners hope the walk will become an annual tradition.

Curtains Up on FREE Movies in the Park

Our Recreation Division is pleased to present this season’s series of FREE Movies in the Park! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, enjoy family activities up to one hour before “show time.” Onsite parking is free and concessions only $1. Please note that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 239.321.7530.

Finding Dory

The Secret Life of Pets

March 25, 2017
Centennial Park
8 p.m.

Finding Dory

April 28, 2017
Centennial Park
8 p.m.

Secret Life of Pets

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