City of Palms Post Masthead
Spirit of Fort Myers (Rachel at the Well)

"Rachel" to Receive Facelift

After 91 years watching over the entrance to the Edison Park neighborhood, “Rachel” was due for a facelift.  Restoration work has begun on the neighborhood’s iconic entrance and the sculpture known as “The Spirit of Fort Myers,” also known as “Rachel at the Well.”
The restoration begins by fortifying the entrance’s four columns, then the City will begin cosmetic improvements and minor structural work on the columns and entrance arches. The monument’s lighting will be improved before moving on to restoration of “The Spirit of Fort Myers” sculpture itself.
The full project is expected to take about two months.

McGregor Blvd.

Improvements Coming Soon to McGregor

Big improvements are coming to McGregor Blvd.  The historic roadway will receive upgraded stormwater drainage and resurfacing between Colonial Blvd. and Poinciana Rd.  You’ll also see some new curbing, sidewalk and pavement—but the historic look and feel of McGregor will remain unchanged.
Residents and drivers can get up-to-date information about construction, detours, and delays on the project’s website:

Dunbar Little League on Opening Day

Little League Baseball Season Opens

Play Ball!
Little League baseball and softball season has started in Fort Myers. Fort Myers American and Dunbar Little Leagues hosted their opening ceremonies at Sam Fleishman Regional Sports Complex and the Ann Murphy Knight S.T.A.R.S. Complex. Teams will compete through July, with the ultimate goal of earning a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA

Firefighters rescue the Bell

Firefighters "Rescue" Church Bell

The First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Myers may be leaving, but its bell will live on.  Firefighters from the Fort Myers Fire Department rescued the bell, which was given to the church by the family of its founder F.A. Hendry. The FMFD returned the bell to one of Hendry’s descendants.

Smoke Detector

FMFD Participates in Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

The Fire Department is coordinating with the local American Red Cross to educate residents and make our community safer from fire danger. The Home Fire Campaign provides free smoke alarms to homes that need them and teaches people how to be prepared in case of fire.
This year's event will take place in the Love Joy Park neighborhood.  Residents will have the opportunity to sign up for smoke alarms on April 5, and installation will be held later in the month.

Fort Myers Police Department

Police Department Gets High-Tech Upgrade

The Fort Myers Police Department recently unveiled its 142 new body cameras and tasers.  The FMPD is one of just a few police departments in the entire country to provide cameras for all of its patrol officers.
City Council has also approved funding for two dozen new computers and portable printers for officers, as well as several new positions, as part of the Police Department’s continuing improvement efforts.

FMPD Badge

Register now for FMPD Camp

Each summer, the FMPD sponsors “Respect for Law Camp.” The four-day, three-night camp provides local youth (age 11-14) with a close-up look at local law enforcement in an action-packed weekend. The staff and instructors are state and local law enforcement, fire, and rescue personnel.
Respect for Law Camp improves self-esteem and self-confidence while teaching respect for the law.  Early bird registration is $110 for the June 8-11 camp.  Register online here.

Florida League of Cities- Councilwoman Teresa Watkins Brown

Councilwoman Watkins Brown Graduates from Leadership Program

Fort Myers Councilwoman Teresa Watkins Brown has graduated from the Florida League of Cities’ Institute for Elected Municipal Officials’ (IEMO) III: The Leadership Challenge.  The Councilwoman represents the City’s Ward 1.
IEMO III is the third class in the FLC’s training course for municipal officials. The leadership program revolves around participants’ ability to connect and work effectively with others.  

Fort Myers Cemetery- Indigent Monument

Grave Monuments Get New Life

Four large stone monuments that list the names of hundreds of indigent burials are receiving new life at the Fort Myers Cemetery.  The monuments, which were showing signs of age and beginning to crumble, are new being replaced by new markers.
Indigent burials, sometimes called “pauper’s graves,” honor those who were unable to provide for a funeral.  In the case of the Fort Myers Cemetery, four monuments pay tribute to these individuals.  The largest of the monuments lists more than 400 names.
So far, two of the monuments have been replaced, and the last two will be installed in coming months.

Derek Lamely

FGCU Graduate Wins 55th Yuengling Open

For the second time in three years, Derek Lamely has won Southwest Florida’s oldest golf tournament. Lamely claimed the Yuengling Open’s $10,000 first prize at the Fort Myers Country Club.
 “This year’s field was the best ever in terms of talent,” explains Rich Lamb, director of golf for the City of Fort Myers.  “The course was also the best ever in terms of condition.”
Lamely, a Florida Gulf Coast University alumnus and Fort Myers resident, is the eleventh two-time winner of the Yuengling Open in the tournament’s 55-year history. 

Dunbar HS Career Fair

High School Students "Step Up to Work"

Representatives from the City met 1,200 potential future City employees at a recent Career and Volunteer Fair at Dunbar High School.  The Career Fair is an important step toward career planning, service learning, and understanding the educational commitment required to reach their goals.
The “Step Up to Work” 2017 Summer Youth Program is coming soon. This student aide program provides 6-week summer jobs for 22 high school students (age 16-18). Positions pay $8.10 per hour. Applications will be accepted online from April 10-28 at (household income limits apply).

Aerial photo of Edison Ford Estates

Facebook Drone Video Highlights Edison & Ford Estates

Like and follow the City’s Facebook page ( to watch spectacular live birds’ eye view videos of our beautiful city.  In March, hundreds of Facebook fans watched the first-ever live drone video broadcast from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates!
Facebook visitors are encouraged to view, like and share the video clips. Viewers who “like” or comment will be eligible for a prize giveaway once the full video project is completed.

LPN Graduation at SWFL Enterprise Center

Enterprise Center Hosts Nursing Graduation

The Southwest Florida Enterprise Center held a special evening for the West Lawrence School of Nursing as they graduated eighteen students through their Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program.  The school, which has utilized the Enterprise Center for the past seven years, has grown with the help of Enterprise Center staff and programs. 
For more information about the SWFL Enterprise Center, visit or call (239) 321-7085

Curtains Up on FREE Movies in the Park

Our Recreation Division is pleased to present the final FREE Movie 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

Last Movie in the Park of the Season:

Finding Dory

April 28, 2017
Centennial Park
8 p.m.

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