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City of Palms: A Snapshot of Beautiful Fort Myers, Florida

Fort Myers:  A Colorful History 

Ponce de Leon came to Fort Myers when he explored areas along Southwest Florida's Gulf coast in 1513 & 1521. During the last half of the 1700s the area was a base of operations for bands of pirates raiding the cargo ships sailing to and from the port of New Orleans.  When Florida became a US Territory in 1821, no more than ten families lived in the original Fort Myers town. However, by 1885, Fort Myers had population of 349, and was the second largest town on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast. That same year Thomas Alva Edison was cruising Florida's west coast and stopped by to visit the village of Fort Myers.

Captivated with what he saw, Edison built his home and laboratory, Seminole Lodge, on the banks of the Caloosatchee River. He became Fort Myers most famous resident and a strong force in its growth and development. Edison had a deep respect for nature and through his efforts; the royal palms lining McGregor Boulevard were imported and planted. This is would become the reason for the "City of Palms" nickname. The City of Fort Myers annually celebrates Edison´s February 11th birthday with two weeks of citywide events, culminating in the parade, known as the Festival of Light. Henry Ford also shared Edison's enthusiasm for Fort Myers, eventually purchasing the property adjoining his friend's estate and became a frequent winter visitor as long as Edison lived.

During the building boom between 1898 and the 1920's, torrents of winter visitors from the north flocked to Florida seeking their fortunes in land investments. The opening of the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) linked Fort Myers to Tampa and Miami, adding more to the growth of the Big Boom in the 1920s. In the early 1940s, every county in Florida had air bases due to the advantageous flying weather. The Fort Myers area had Buckingham and Page Fields, and the city was home to thousands of servicemen, many of whom returned and became permanent residents. In the years following World War II, the city grew along with the rest of Southwest Florida. 

Most recently, Fort Myers has seen another big building boom. Residential and commercial growth has pushed development in all directions to create the other popular areas such as Cape Coral, North Fort Myers and Lehigh, as well as adding to the coastal settlements of Fort Myers Beach, Pine Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, and Bonita Springs. It seems that everyone has discovered what we in Fort Myers already know; that the City of Palms is a little piece of paradise.

About Fort Myers: Location, Location, Location!!

Fifteen miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, along the wide Caloosahatchee River, is where you´ll find the city of Fort Myers, Florida. Also known as the City of Palms, Fort Myers features a large downtown marina, museums, historic homes, shopping malls, restaurants and nightclubs. The beauty of the surrounding natural environment keeps visitors returning to the area. Fort Myers is located in an area of rivers, bays, harbors, canals and lakes. Nature tours and fishing are available. The nearby beaches of Fort Myers offer more than 50 miles of beautiful white-sand and the azure waters of the picturesque Gulf of Mexico are always welcoming.

Homes in Fort Myers: Choices and More Choices!

Fort Myers offers diverse properties. You can choose from a permanent home, an investment home or a vacation home. Single family homes, condominiums, investment lots, golf course properties, retirement communities, gated communities, beachfront condos, waterfront homes and new construction are some of the properties available in Fort Myers. Many great local and national builders are developing new home communities in the Fort Myers area right now. These communities offer retirement or family friendly neighborhoods. No matter what type of property you are seeking, Fort Myers has an incredibly wide range of choices to offer you.

Things to do in Fort Myers and surrounding areas:  We're all about FUN!

Within a few miles of the City of Fort Myers, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Fort Myers offers more than 50 miles of white sandy beaches. There are historical sites and museums such as the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford homes to visit. The Imaginarium Hands On Museum offers exciting interactive exhibits for all ages including live animals, a hurricane simulator, wide-screen movie theater, dino dig, and an early-childhood area. Daily Hands-On Fun Shows and 3-D Presentations.  Fort Myers is located in an area of rivers, bays, harbors, canals and lakes. Sailing, power boating, fishing, water skiing and dolphin and manatee tours can be enjoyed. Canoeing, swimming, beaching, hiking, nature tours are some of the other outdoor activities that are available almost year round!

Weather in Fort Myers:  Warm and Sunny!

The weather is Fort Myers is subtropical, so it is mostly warm throughout the year. The temperatures range from (60 F to  80 F) during midwinter. The winter months are the driest months. In the summer, things really heat up! The summer temperatures can get into the 90s. There are frequent late afternoon thundershowers that cool things off (somewhat). Because of the climate, outdoor activities can be enjoyed almost all year in Fort Myers

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