The New Downtown Fort Myers River District is Exciting, Fun and Deep in History!
The Historic Downtown Fort Myers River District is a Hidden Gem on the Waterfront That Creatively Melds its Rich History with its Unique and Delightful Present to Deliver an Unrivaled Urban Destination
On Florida’s Gulf Coast, most people are familiar with the pristine beaches, PGA Championship golf courses, and the elegant, upscale shopping and dining in Naples; and the beautiful barrier island of Sanibel, known for its abundance of shells and great fishing; but now Florida’s West Coast has another treasure to be proud of — the recently-revitalized, charming waterfront area of Historic Downtown Fort Myers. The culture and history-rich core of Downtown Fort Myers is the River District which combines walkable, waterfront neighborhoods with commercial and residential.
Long known for its rich history, most notably the winter residences of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, the sub-tropical area has taken on a new, exciting identity that beautifully blends the old and the new to create an area unmatched by any other on South Florida’s West Coast.
The City of Fort Myers just celebrated the 130th anniversary of its incorporation, but in the 1970’s and 80’s its downtown was vacant and neglected. Now, thanks to a redevelopment plan launched in 2003 by the Community Redevelopment Agency, it has been reinvigorated and brought back to life creating a vibrant, thriving urban core. The plan, which is now an ever-evolving reality, created by internationally-acclaimed town planner and architect Andres Duany, was to develop a walkable downtown where residents could live, work, shop, dine, socialize, and be entertained.