Welcome to the Fort Myers CRA Resource Site!
PLEASE NOTE that the official website of the Fort Myers CRA is located at
The site you are currently on is the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency's repository website holding high resolution files. PLEASE NOTE that
this is a very large site due to the size and quantity of downloads, which may at times may seem slow to download depending on your internet connection speed.
This is where you may access and download:
- Redevelopment Plans
- Annual Reports
- Advisory Board, CRA Board, and Special Meetings
- High Resolution (Printable) Images
- Text and Articles for Publication
- District Redevelopment Advances, as well as District Maps and Brochures
- Audio Clips
- Video Clips
Please navigate the website by using the menu at the top of this page. In addition, the CRA also manages the
Southwest Florida Enterprise Center (a business incubator), and CRA staff oversees downtown parking.
Click titles below for basic information on Fort Myers CRA:
The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was established in 1988 as a dependant special district
and is governed by the Mayor and City Council in their role as CRA Commissioners. The CRA manages the city’s
redevelopment areas, Enterprise Center and parking operations.
Southwest Florida Enterprise Center Division
The Southwest Florida Enterprise Center (SWFEC) was established in 1988 by the City as a business incubator. The mission of the
Center is to help startup or early-stage businesses succeed by providing technical assistance and a physical location from which
they can operate. Initially the Center was operated by the City’s Community Development department, but in 2002, oversight of SWFEC
was transferred to the Community Redevelopment Agency. Although directed by the CRA, SWFEC is funded by rental income and the City’s
General Fund and it does not receive tax increment funding, with the exception of occasional special purpose grants from the Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard district in which the Center resides.
The Redevelopment Division, originally known as the Downtown Redevelopment Agency (DRA), was created in 1984, at the request of
Councilwoman Veronica Shoemaker, to combat the deteriorating conditions within the downtown commercial area. Originally established
as an Independent Special District, the City Council appointed itself the governing body of the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency,
under the auspices of Florida Statute Chapter 163, in 1988, and the DRA then became a division of the CRA. The role of the DRA was
expanded in the early 2000s to manage the City’s thirteen other redevelopment districts. To better reflect the Agency’s redevelopment
efforts throughout the City, the name was updated to Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency in keeping with the naming conventions
of similar agencies around the state. The original governing body continues to serve as Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board.
The Agency, along with the City’s Community Development Department, prepares plans for the revitalization of each district and
coordinates the implementation of the plan’s recommendations. Tax increment funds generated by each district, combined with other
funding sources, are used to upgrade the public infra-structure and to stimulate redevelopment. The Agency’s motto, “New Direction –
New Energy – New Life,” aptly describes the desired outcome for the redevelopment program. The plan provides the “New Direction”
for the future of the neighborhoods and commercial corridors; the “New Energy” is created by the extensive citizen and business
involvement in creating the plan; and the “New Life” results from implementing the plan to create viable commercial and residential
The CRA staff also manages the downtown parking operations through a contract with a national parking company. A dynamic parking
program is critical for the continued growth and success of the downtown redevelopment district and the CRA has the largest stake
in the program, so it was logical for the CRA to oversee parking on a daily basis. Despite its organization structure, the parking
fund remains a City Enterprise Fund and falls under the jurisdiction of City Council.