The Lee County Commission discussed plans to revitalize the North Fort Myers area at their work session on Tuesday. The plan looks to capitalize on the success of the downtown Fort Myers revitalization and extend it across the water. A study conducted by DCG Corplan Consulting presented the Commission with a number of possible infrastructure improvements and 13 strategic initiatives that could help the revitalization process.
A big part of the revitalization plan would include transportation options to allow for better access between North Fort Myers and downtown Fort Myers. The study suggested that adding bike and pedestrian lanes to the Edison bridge, creating a fare-free program for buses crossing the bridge, and providing a water taxi service across the Caloosahatchee River would make it easier for shoppers and tourists to move between downtown and North Fort Myers.
This would allow hotels, shops and other businesses on each side of the river to benefit from increased cross-traffic. The plan also suggested a few different options for creating better East-West travel in North Fort Myers including the extention of Hancock Bridge Parkway.
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