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TPI-FMB Development – The time is now!

Letter to the Editor

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

TPI-FMB Development The time is now!

To the Editor:

It is due time to rejuvenate our vital downtown area. Fort Myers Beach deserves an upgrade from the unattractive eyesore that island residents and visitors have endured every single day since Hurricane Charley damaged the area more than 13 years ago. Especially so since the blighted area encompasses such a high-profile location. Mr. Torgerson and TPI have devoted a significant amount of time, energy, hard work and capital into the project and worked diligently to present an attractive and functional proposal. Mr. Torgerson has remained positive-minded, cooperative and professional throughout the process. He has solicited input from Island residents, business owners and the Town Council and has been receptive in welcoming feedback and constructive criticism. The TPI proposal has been amended to make it reflective of the feedback he has received. The timing is perfect to develop the area as Mr. Torgerson and TPI have made improvement possible by purchasing numerous properties and investing in our community. This is the best (if not only) opportunity to implement positive change that involves the area as a whole. I understand there is a formal process and codes and regulations to follow; each Council member has a choice to either work constructively to reach a resolution or consciously stand in the way of progress. TPI-FMB, LPA and each Town Council member should work together to reach an agreement to finally move forward with a plan to revitalize the downtown area. Now is the time. And I am in support of TPI-FMBs proposal to make that happen.

Steve Duello

Fort Myers Beach



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