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Redevelopment of Times Square area is key

Letter to the Editor

March 28, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Redevelopment of Times Square area is key

To the Editor,

I am writing in response to the letter submitted by Ron Ustruck, who seems troubled that the 5Decide leadership team, who support TPI-FMB, are in his assessment, neighbors of the Torgenson family.

I am a member of the core 5Decide group and I live on the south end of Estero Island, one mile north of the Big Carlos bridge. Many citizens of this seven mile long island want the community to thrive. The redevelopment of the Times Square area is KEY! The 5Decide group formed to provide an opportunity for FMB voters who support the TPI-FMB project an opportunity to "shout out support" via parades and beyond and to counter false information spread by opponents of the project.

As an example, on January 24th, in a letter to the editor of the Sandpaper, Doug Speirn-Smith, owner of Matanzas writes "I would like to see what a plan consistent with our Development codes would look like." In a March 7th, letter to the editor of the Observer, he writes "TPI could have easily suggested a more modest planway out of scale with our entire core." On March 11th, TPI-FMB released a density graph on six existing developments on the "north" end of Estero Island, in comparison to the proposed TPI-FMB development. This graph shows Harbour House (also, owned by Mr. Speirn-Smith), approved and built after the incorporation of FMB, at a greater density than the proposed TPI-FMB project. Since the release of that information, no one from the VOICE camp or other known stakeholders, have made a statement to debunk the information.

The decline of the Time Square area in the aftermath of hurricane Charlie in 2004 and the Great Recession in 2008 created a sorry stew of decline. TPI-FMB is great project. We NEED to embrace it.

Ellen Vaughan

Fort Myers Beach



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