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Fort Myers mayor pitches city


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  • | 10:00 a.m. May 16, 2014
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It would be hard to find a better pitchman for the city of Fort Myers than Mayor Randy Henderson.

That's because Henderson is a real estate developer and investor himself. So he knows the challenges of building projects in urban locations.

The city's salesman-in-chief recently touted development opportunities to real estate executives, bankers, attorneys and engineers gathered at a meeting of the Real Estate Investment Society in Fort Myers.

Consider:

The city is negotiating to bring a hotel to downtown Fort Myers so it can boost convention business at Harborside Event Center;

Henderson says three or four prospective investors are “nosing around” First Street Village, a mixed-use project that stalled during the recession;

Henderson says developer Todd Gates is working on plans for a mixed-use development on an island in the middle of the Caloosahatchee River across from downtown;

The city wants to work with a private developer to manage the marina on the river. Already, six restaurant companies have shown interest in the City Pier if a hotel is built;

Henderson suggested Edison State College might use the former spring training baseball stadium at City of Palms Park for its reborn athletic program.

Interested? Just call the mayor's office.

 

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