Downtown (River) District Images

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Downtown (River) District Overview

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River's Edge Aerial

Thumbnail Featuring High Rise Buildings

River Aerial with Basin

Thumbnail CR: "MainSail Video Productions"

First Street - Day V1

Thumbnail Looking West from Jackson Street

First Street - Day V2

Thumbnail Looking East from Hendry Street

First Street Holiday Nite

Thumbnail Looking East from Broadway

Hendry Street Nite

Thumbnail Looking South from First Street

Downtown Renderings - Plan Drawings

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Riverfront Dev Before

Thumbnail Before View Rendering

Riverfront Dev After

Thumbnail After View Rendering

Riverfront Dev South

Thumbnail Rendering Looking South

Riverfront Dev West

Thumbnail Rendering Looking West

Riverfront Dev North

Thumbnail Rendering Looking North

Luminary Hotel 1

Thumbnail Rendering Looking South

Luminary Hotel 2

Thumbnail Rendering Looking West

Luminary Hotel 3

Thumbnail Site Aerial Rendering

Luminary Hotel 4

Thumbnail Lobby Level Plan

One Allure

Thumbnail Credit: JAXI Builders

Allure Towers 2 & 3

Thumbnail Credit: JAXI Builders

Prima Luce

Thumbnail Credit: MacFarlane Group

Downtown Grants/District Advances - Before/After

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Riverfront Development

Thumbnail Before-After Rendering from River


Thumbnail Looking North from Main Street

First Street V1

Thumbnail Looking East from Hendry Street

First Street V2

Thumbnail Looking West from Dean Street

Patio de Leon

Thumbnail Looking North from Patio Center

Art Galleries/Culture

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Arts for ACT 1

Thumbnail Floral Exhibit Opening

Arts for ACT 2

Thumbnail Photography Exhibit Opening

Arts for ACT 3

Thumbnail Front of Gallery

Arts for ACT 4

Thumbnail Central Gallery

Bootleggers Alley 1

Thumbnail Alleyway Gallery

Bootleggers Alley 2

Thumbnail Outdoor Gallery

Florida Rep

Thumbnail Interior/Credit: Florida Rep

Florida Rep Play 1

Thumbnail Boeing-Boeing/Credit: Florida Rep

Florida Rep Play 2

Thumbnail Dancing at Lughnasa/Cr: FL Rep

Reverie & Rock 1

Thumbnail Viewing Rock Photography

Reverie & Rock 2

Thumbnail Show Opening

Reverie & Rock 3

Thumbnail Gallery Anniversary Celebration

Saturday Art Market 1

Thumbnail Artwork Available for Sale

Saturday Art Market 2

Thumbnail Art Market in Patio de Leon

SBD Art Center

Thumbnail Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

SBDAC Artwork Exhibit

Thumbnail 4-Color, 2-Dimensional Work

SBDAC Exhibit Opening

Thumbnail Multimedia Exhibit

Art Center Live Drawing

Thumbnail Sketching during Art Walk

SBDAC Outdoor Concert

Thumbnail The Nowhere Band

The Butterfly Estates

Thumbnail Credit: The Butterfly Estates

Butterfly Habitat

Thumbnail The Butterfly Estates

Butterfly Estates - Nite

Thumbnail Holiday Decorations - Lights

True Tours

Thumbnail Guided Walking Tours


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First Street Cafés 1

Thumbnail Looking E toward Art Center

First Street Cafés 2

Thumbnail Looking W toward Arcade Theatre

First Street Cafés 3 Nite

Thumbnail Looking E toward Art Center

First Street Cafés 4

Thumbnail Looking E toward Dean Street

First Street Cafés 5

Thumbnail Twilight Dining at Art Walk

Patio de Leon Nite 1

Thumbnail Picturesque Outdoor Dining

Patio de Leon Nite 2

Thumbnail Apéritifs & Dining

Ford's Garage Twilight

Thumbnail Sidewalk Café Dining

Bayview Court Dining

Thumbnail Outdoor Café - Holiday Lights

Holiday Nite Café

Thumbnail The Connection Outdoor Dining

Downtown Publix

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Publix Aerial

Thumbnail Award-Winning Design

Publix Overview

Thumbnail Project Features


Thumbnail Publix Proximity to High Rises

Scenic Highway

Thumbnail McGregor Blvd. View

Serving Residents

Thumbnail Community Gathering Spot

Water Detention

Thumbnail Underground Runoff Basin

Covered Dock

Thumbnail Maintains Attractive Setting

Screening Trellis

Thumbnail Hides Parking Lot from View

Fort Myers Regional Library

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Library Courtyard

Thumbnail View toward SE

Library Entrance

Thumbnail Inviting Covered Entry

Fountain with Statue

Thumbnail Celebrates Cattle Drive Heritage

Library at Night

Thumbnail Library, Courtyard Open Evenings

High Rise Residential Buildings

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All Downtown High Rises

Thumbnail Credit: "Jerry Miller"

Alta Mar

Thumbnail Residential High Rise

Beau Rivage

Thumbnail Credit: "Jerry Miller"

Campo Felice 1

Thumbnail Credit: Campo Felice

Campo Felice 2

Thumbnail Senior Living - Side View

Campo Felice 3

Thumbnail Senior Living - Back View

Campo Felice 4

Thumbnail Front Drive - Street Level

Campo Felice 5

Thumbnail View from Fowler Street

High Point Place

Thumbnail Credit: "Jerry Miller"

Oasis Towers

Thumbnail Credit: "Jerry Miller"

St. Tropez - Riviera

Thumbnail Credit: "Jerry Miller"

Eastern High Rises

Thumbnail Credit: "Jerry Miller"


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First Street Ratail

Thumbnail Shops - Art Gallery - Café Dining

Enjewel Boutique V1

Thumbnail Jewelry - Ladies' Clothing

Enjewel Boutique V2

Thumbnail Accessories - Purses

Franklin Shops V1

Thumbnail Holiday Shopping

Franklin Shops V2

Thumbnail Many Shops Under One Roof

Franklin Shops Exterior

Thumbnail Window Display Draws a Crowd

Goodwill Boutique

Thumbnail Designer Fashions

Joe's Record Exchange

Thumbnail Buy, Sell, Trade

Joe's Record Exchange

Thumbnail Records, Comics, Posters

Naples Soap Company

Thumbnail View through Holiday Window

Rossy Fashion

Thumbnail Handmade S. American Jewelry

River Basin

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Completed Basin

Thumbnail Aerial View toward River

Basin Aerial

Thumbnail Credit: "MainSail Video Prod."

Aerial from SouthEast

Thumbnail Credit: "Wright Construction"

Aerial from SouthWest

Thumbnail Credit: "Wright Construction"

Additional Waterfront

Thumbnail Hotel/Restaurant/Retail Footage

ArtFest Fort Myers - Day

Thumbnail Credit: "E. Pennington/ArtFest"

ArtFest - Nite 1

Thumbnail Credit: "E. Pennington/ArtFest"

ArtFest - Nite 2

Thumbnail Credit: "E. Pennington/ArtFest"

Basin "Bridge"

Thumbnail Event crowd on Edwards Drive

Basin at Dusk

Thumbnail Looking N toward Basin Curve

Basin Promenade

Thumbnail Landscaping Palms line Walk

Northern Walkway

Thumbnail Mangrove Rail Design

Seawall Remnant

Thumbnail Commemorating Original Seawall

Historic Wheel

Thumbnail Excavated Blacksmith Wheel

Historic Horseshoes

Thumbnail Horseshoes found while building

Mounted Sign

Thumbnail Educational Signs around Basin

Sign 1 - Watershed

Thumbnail Caloosahatchee River Watershed

Sign 2 - Caloosahatchee

Thumbnail River Water Quality

Sign 3 - Runoff

Thumbnail Nonpoint Source Pollution

Sign 4 - Mechanical

Thumbnail Mechanical Water Treatment

Sign 5 - Biological

Thumbnail Biological Water Treatment

Sign 6 - Ecosystem

Thumbnail Clean Water = Healthy System

Sign 7 - Before/After

Thumbnail From Parking to Waterfront


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Thumbnail Fort Myers from the River

Yacht Basin

Thumbnail Looking West at Yacht Basin

City Yacht Basin

Thumbnail Looking South toward City


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Streetscape Aerial

Thumbnail Streetscape Completed in Phases

Streetscape Overview

Thumbnail Brick-Lined First Street

7-Up Triangle

Thumbnail Commemorating First Sidewalks

Streetscape Furniture

Thumbnail Coordinated Street Furniture

First Looking East

Thumbnail First Street Original Brick

First Looking SouthEast

Thumbnail Downtown Lunchtime

First & Dean at Twilight

Thumbnail Looking East along First Street

First Looking West

Thumbnail High Pointe Place on Horizon

West-Northwest View

Thumbnail From First & Jackson streets

First Street - Nite

Thumbnail Looking West during Holidays

First & Jackson - Nite

Thumbnail Decorated for the Holidays

Hendry & Main - Nite

Thumbnail Looking Southwest during Holidays

Hendry & Main streets

Thumbnail Looking North along Hendry

Main Street

Thumbnail Looking Northeast

Patio de Leon

Thumbnail Twilight in the Patio


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Trolley - Art Center

Thumbnail Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Trolley on First Street

Thumbnail Heading West in Downtown Core

Trolley on Broadway

Thumbnail Blue Line heading North

Trolley at Nite

Thumbnail First Street Holiday Lights

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Image Credit & Use Policy

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Except when noted otherwise, all photos were taken by Fort Myers CRA and if photo credit is issued, please use "Fort Myers CRA" on the photo credit line. You are allowed to copy, distribute, transmit, crop, and use the work in both personal and professional creative projects. Attribution is not required although we would be pleased if you do provide photo credit according to the guidelines above if that is your policy. These images are provided for use free-of-charge, however, you can not claim ownership of the image.


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What is…

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  • …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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