Public Meeting Notice: Fort Myers CRA to host Community Zoom Meeting - Public Art at MLK-VSSB Intersection
March 29 at 6 pm
We are so excited to tell you that the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the City of Fort Myers Public Art Committee have joined forces to bring a landmark sculpture to the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Veronica S. Shoemaker Blvd. As you already know, this intersection is a main arterial road into the City of Fort Myers that is traveled by thousands of people each day. We envision bringing a piece that is both interesting and representative of our community.
We are actively seeking input from all members of the public as to the aesthetic, design, look and feel of the sculpture. This information will be incorporated into the Request for Proposals (RFP) and will guide artists submitting in response to what our community envisions. 
Join us on March 29, 2021 at 6 pm on Zoom. This is your opportunity to be a part of the process.
2021 Edison Awards
April 21-23

The Edison Awards™ is an annual competition designed to honor excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. Winners represent “game changing” products, services and excellence and leadership in innovation around four criteria: Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact.
Started in 1987, The Awards are named after inventor Thomas A. Edison and symbolize the persistence and excellence in innovation personified by him. This event, thanks in small part to the City of Fort Myers, the CRA and other partners, will be held in the downtown Fort Myers River District at the beautiful new Luminary Hotel and Caloosa Sound Convention Center. Also, we are excited to share that a number of our own local Fort Myers businesses are finalists.
Join us for the prestigious 2021 Edison Awards April 21-23, 2021.
Act now to receive $350 off your ticket using the code: SWFLRES
Oxbow Bar & Grill
Open for Business!

On March 22, the waterfront Oxbow Bar & Grill officially opened for business. The waterfront restaurant, located at 1300 Edwards Drive within the former City Pier building, is the fifth food and beverage outlet for the Luminary Hotel & Co. The restaurant will offer a mix of casual dining and shopping. It is open daily for lunch and dinner, with a weekend brunch.
The Oxbow Bar & Grill seats 150 indoor and outdoors, and offers fresh oysters and seafood, craft sandwiches, burgers and steaks. The 2,400 square foot second floor event space accommodates up to 150 guests. It features a private-access patio and a catering kitchen. The retail store provides shoppers a selection from Boaters Republic, including sportswear, accessories and Fort Myers souvenirs. This summer, kayak and paddleboard rentals will also be offered from the Oxbow.
Business Spotlight: Pier One Yacht Sales
Pier One Yacht Sales, located at 1310 Lee Street in the Fort Myers Yacht Basin, is a new business in the Downtown redevelopment area. This is a new location that opened on February 26 for Pier One, one of the leading and largest brokerage firms in Florida. The company has gbeen in business since 2004 in other locations throughout Florida. Services include buying, selling, chartering, financing, insuring, and shipping boats worldwide.
Business Spotlight: Fred's Award World
Fred's Award World, located at 3512 Palm Beach Boulevard, is a legacy business in the East Fort Myers redevelopment area that opened in 1977. It is a family-owned and operated business that is a one-stop shop for top-grade awards. These include personalized, corporate, and small recognition awards, as well as trophies, plaques, name tags, signs, banners, key chains, pens, picture frames, personalized gift items, and screen printing for a variety of clothing including specialized team uniforms.
FieldEdge Applications Selected for Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program

Congratulations to FieldEdge (legal name dESCO, LLC), a leading vertical SaaS business located in the Downtown redevelopment area, for three new employees who were hired and selected by the Fort Myers CRA to participate in the Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program! Joining FieldEdge are a Customer Support Manager and a Sr. Software QA (Automation).

The purpose of the Job Creation & Talent Attraction Program is to bring high wage jobs to the Downtown redevelopment area. FieldEdge is the leading vertical SaaS business that enables contractors to run their small businesses with ease, save time and make more money through targeted marketing and improved resource utilization. They have helped thousands of service-based organizations increase sales performance and overall workforce productivity by managing all aspects of their daily operations since 1980. It is talent-based, full-time opportunities like this that the Fort Myers CRA encourages in its redevelopment areas through this program.
In Case You Missed It...
March 11, 2021 Construction Video (Courtesy of Nick Stewart/NPS Engineering & Consulting).
West End at City Walk

West End at City Walk is slowly adopting its completed shape as the stucco is being applied. The Amenities building has started to resemble its rendering, with the trim around the window openings and the ground level archways exuding a pleasing finished look. Pre-leasing is available on the leasing website at
Silver Hills at Fort Myers

The project is coming along nicely. The South side has drywall working inside and soon will start with cabinets and other finishes. The North side is about 30-45 days behind and has interior framing going on along with mechanical, electrical and plumbing, and then will start drywall after inspections. The exterior stucco is moving along but is often stalled as we wait for Florida Power & Light (FPL). The garage began construction in mid-March. The developer expects to open the clubhouse and first units at the beginning of the Summer!
March 16, 2021, Construction Video of Silver Hills at Fort Myers Phase I (Courtesy of DeAngelis Diamond/Eagle Eyes UAS Drone Service)