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Town Council, approve this opportunity

Letter to the Editor

April 4, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Town Council, approve this opportunity

To the Editor:

TPI-FMB will be a wonderful addition to Fort Myers Beach. The sites where TPI proposes to place their development is an area of years of continuous disrepair. Since Hurricane Charley, it has been an extremely unwelcoming entrance to our town.

Twelve buildings occupy the beach side site. Ten will be demolished resulting with an unprecedented four-block street view of the Gulf where none is now. This pool area will never be built upon, though code allows. New metered parking will provide revenue to the town.

The hotel, located on the bay side, includes two pedestrian overpasses that will greatly reduce traffic stoppage at the Times Square signal. Yes, traffic backs up. It has been doing so since the swing bridge. TPI is endeavoring to help where it can on Estero Island on TPI land.

There is overwhelming support from neighboring businesses and residents island wide. Hired by the town, the author of the town's land use code wrote an 85-page report following a 6-month examination of the proposal. The town's LPA advisory committee, all local residents, voted 5-2 in favor of the development after reviewing the report. This proposal meets the spirit of the code and will tremendously improve our downtown area. I urge my FMB town council to approve this opportunity.

Jan Fleming

Fort Myers Beach



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