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Neighborhood will choose future of redevelopment according to Dan Ellers, Fort Myers Beach mayor: Moore About Small business


Mar 18, 2023

It really is been rather a ride for Fort Myers Beach Mayor Dan Allers the previous 5 months, and in lots of strategies the function is just starting. At a current industrial true estate skilled meeting, I asked him about
comments by TPI Hospitality, who presented a view that seems to differ tremendously from the Fort Myers Beach town council’s.

“I wasn’t there, but I did study the story and I did speak to (Tom) Torgerson personally about what was stated,” stated Allers. “I would not say that we’re on opposite ends of the spectrum. I consider we’re saying the very same items just in diverse strategies.”

Allers recounted the initial TPI strategy from a handful of years ago, which did not get instant approval from the town.

“If there is one particular issue that Margaritaville did, they did come out with that initial grandiose strategy and it ended up like a turd in the punch bowl, pardon my language. And they they got instant backlash. But what they did find out, and if you ask Mr. Torgreson or Mr. (John) Dammerman this, what they did find out is that prior to they do something additional, they are going to listen to the neighborhood. They are going to come across out what does the neighborhood have the backbone for.”

Ellers did concede that the island will under no circumstances be the very same.

“You know, we lost most of our cottages. It really is unfortunate. I am a history guy, so I truly hated to see that. We know we’re not going to get these back now. Our neighborhood that we had prior to the storm is in all probability going to be significantly diverse than the neighborhood we’re gonna have now. We all know that some individuals are selecting to leave that never want to wait for 5 to ten years. It really is going to take to get back to September 27th, what it looked like or what ever the new appear is going to be.”

In reference to any developer’s component in redeveloping the island, Eller stated, “Obtaining communication with each day individuals that come there, residents, vacationers, I consider that gets you to a strategy. If you can get the neighborhood behind you, the council is going to assistance it no matter what it is. If it is extra density, triple density, quadruple density, and the town supports it, then we’ll assistance it. That is who we function for.”

Eller stated that TPI does have a massive component in that redevelopment.

“They got a really good piece of house that I consider we’re all going to get to get pleasure from. Who would have believed? Two years ago that they have been going to be the the kickstart to Fort Myers Beach once again?”

Karen Moore is a contributing companion for WGCU and the publisher of SWFL Small business Right now.

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