Tue. Mar 21st, 2023

It is been very 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 genuine estate expert meeting, I asked him about
comments by TPI Hospitality, who presented a view that seems to differ drastically 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 feel we’re saying the identical points just in distinctive strategies.”

Allers recounted the very first TPI program from a handful of years ago, which did not get quick approval from the town.

“If there is 1 point that Margaritaville did, they did come out with that very first grandiose program and it ended up like a turd in the punch bowl, pardon my language. And they they got quick 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 in no way be the identical.

“You know, we lost most of our cottages. It 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 likely going to be substantially distinctive than the neighborhood we’re gonna have now. We all know that some folks are deciding upon to leave that never want to wait for 5 to ten years. It 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 aspect in redeveloping the island, Eller stated, “Possessing communication with each day folks that come there, residents, vacationers, I feel that gets you to a program. 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 large aspect in that redevelopment.

“They got a pretty good piece of home that I feel 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 more?”

Karen Moore is a contributing companion for WGCU and the publisher of SWFL Company Now.

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