Welcome to the Fort Myers CRA Resource Site!


PLEASE NOTE that the official website of the Fort Myers CRA is located at www.cityftmyers.com/Community-Redevelopment-Agency


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:

  • CRA Overview
    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.
  • Redevelopment Division
    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 neighborhoods.


  • Parking Operations
    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.

Links


www.cityftmyers.com/Community-Redevelopment-Agency

Official Website of the Fort Myers CRA

www.filmfortmyers.com

Official website of the Fort Myers Film Office

www.cityftmyers.com

Official City of Fort Myers, Florida, website

www.riverdistrictevents.com

Official website of the River District Alliance

www.myriverdistrict.com

River District Info & Events

What is…


(Click titles below for more information)

  • …a CRA Area or District?
    Under Florida law (Chapter 163, Part III), local governments are able to designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas when certain conditions exist. Since all the monies used in financing CRA activities are locally generated, CRAs are not overseen by the state, but redevelopment plans must be consistent with local government comprehensive plans. There are currently 178 Community Redevelopment Areas in the State of Florida. The designation is used by Florida cities of all sizes.
  • …a CRA Agency?
    The activities and programs offered within a Community Redevelopment Area are administered by the Community Redevelopment Agency (“CRA”). A five- to seven-member CRA “Board” created by the local government (city or county) directs the agency. The Board can be comprised of local government officials and or other individuals appointed by the local government. Although one local government may establish multiple CRA districts, there generally may be only one CRA Board. Each district must maintain separate trust funds, and expend those funds only in that district. The Fort Myers City Council serves as the CRA Board.
  • …a Redevelopment Plan?
    The Community Redevelopment Agency (“CRA”) is responsible for developing and implementing the Community Redevelopment Plan that addresses the unique needs of the targeted area. The plan includes the overall goals for redevelopment in the area, as well as identifying the types of projects planned for the area.
  • …Tax Increment Financing?
    Tax increment financing is a unique tool available to cities and counties for redevelopment activities. It is used to leverage public funds to promote private sector activity in the targeted area. The dollar value of all real property in the Community Redevelopment Area is determined as of a fixed date, also known as the “frozen value.” Taxing authorities, which contribute to the tax increment, continue to receive property tax revenues based on the frozen value. These frozen value revenues are available for general government purposes. However, any tax revenues from increases in real property value, above the frozen value—referred to as “increment,” are deposited into the Community Redevelopment Agency Trust Fund and dedicated to the redevelopment area.
  • …a FAQ Summary?
    CRAs are a specifically focused financing tool for redevelopment. CRA Boards do not establish policy for the city or county – they develop and administer a plan to implement that policy. The CRA acts officially as a body distinct and separate from the governing body, even when it is the same group of people. The CRA has certain powers that the city or county by itself may not do, such as establish tax increment financing, and leverage local public funds with private dollars to make redevelopment happen. The CRA term is limited to 30 years, 40 years if extended. After that time, all revenues (presumably much increased from the start of the CRA) are retained by each taxing entity that contributed to the CRA trust fund.

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