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TPI Resort will transform blighted properties

Letter to the Editor

February 7, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

TPI Resort will transform blighted properties

To the Editor:

The proposed TPI Resort built on the blighted properties they purchased will transform the area from one in which derelict individuals loiter and create problems for vacationers, Sheriff's deputies, shop owners and decent families. The gateway to Estero Island will instead transform into one of beautiful aesthetics and desirability we can be proud of. My husband and I "shop small" as often as possible and are frequent purchasers at Local Color, Pier Peddler, Tunaskin and Salty Dog. More quality shops will not take away business from those stores but rather attract more shoppers to them. An Old San Carlos store employee was telling me how desperate they are for TPI to be approved. It will be a boon to business, as people will "park once" and walk everywhere shopping and dining. Vacationers staying at TPI's resort will be walking around, shopping and dining in Time's Square, not just hitting the bars and loitering. This is a win-win for the local tax base and businesses. Traffic onto the island in season, is nothing compared to heading north on Estero Island year-round from Publix. TPI will provide lovely landscaped and screened lower level parking, getting cars off the roadway.

The average renter and older home owner in Fort Myers Beach hasn't a clue how costly and complex it is to build near the coast. A developer's costs factors into what they must build to recoup their costs, and see a reasonable profit. What TPI has proposed in this beautiful development, is literally going to save Time's Square businesses and create a MUCH more family friendly environment we can be proud of.

The pedestrian walkover is a great asset. Now if something could be done about people crossing willy-nilly at Lani Kai. Once past that derelict building, traffic moves well.

Christy Hennessey

San Carlos Island



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