Spotlight On Southwest Florida: Fort Myers

Fort Myers In A Nutshell

​With a growing population of about 80,000 people, Fort Myers is the county seat of Lee County, Florida. Fort Myers epitomizes the tropical laid-back Southwest Florida lifestyle. The Caloosahatchee River separates the city of Fort Myers and Cape Coral. Just off the coast of Fort Myers are 3 amazing barrier islands, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, and Captiva, which are very popular with locals and tourists alike. The Fort Myers River District, just south of downtown is abound with historic homes, including Thomas Edison’s and Henry Ford’s Winter Estates. Fort Myers is also home to two of Southwest Florida’s most popular educational institutions, Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Southwestern State College. The largest international and domestic airport in Southwest Florida is in the area as well. 

Things To Do In Fort Myers

Fort Myers offers a fantastic downtown scene with bars, restaurants, shopping, and special events that are seemingly popping up every single weekend. Boating and fishing abounds, with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico via the Caloosahatchee River. There are beach opportunities on the barrier islands surrounding Fort Myers, and there are over 35 golf courses in the Fort Myers area, not including the various themed mini-golf options. Shopping is available in multiple areas of Fort Myers, including the Bell Tower Shops, Gulf Coast Town Center, the Sanibel Outlets, and much more. Visiting the Edison and Ford Winter Estates is a must, especially during the holiday season, when they are lit up and festive. If you like baseball, Fort Myers is the home to spring training complexes for the Boston Red Sox as well as the Minnesota Twins, so taking in a game or two during the beautiful spring weather is a great activity to enjoy. 


With an average annual temperature of 75 degrees, the weather is perfect from November-May, when it is less rainy and only mildly humid. The summer months of June-September are hot and humid, but daily afternoon thunderstorms work well to cool things off.In fact, about two-thirds of annual precipitation occurs June through September. Late summer/early fall tropical storms and hurricanes cause occasional torrential downpours, delivering perhaps 6 to 10 inches in 24 hours. It's the amazing climate of the Fort Myers area that draws so many residents, visitors, and snowbirds to the area year after year. 

The History Of Fort Myers

During the American Indian Wars of the 1830s, the United States built Fort Myers as one of the first forts along the Caloosahatchee River; it was used as a base of operations against the Seminole because of its access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. The Fort Myers community was founded after the American Civil War by Captain Manuel A. Gonzalez on February21, 1866 and the city is named after Colonel Abraham Myers.

Business Opportunity In Fort Myers

The Fort Myers area has been consistently ranked as one of the top areas in the nation for growth. According to the U.S. News and World Report, there are a ton of factors that are affected by the huge increase in people living in Southwest Florida. "Southwest Florida for by and large for many years has been a bit of a secret. It's not a secret anymore," said the director of commercial real estate for LandQwest, Brett Low. The Fort Myers area is at a 12 percent migration rate, among the highest in the country. It's a trend that experts estimate will continue for years to come. There is still lots of land available and it’s relatively affordable. Construction is booming, trying to keep up with the huge population growth that Fort Myers has seen over the last several years. Businesses are thriving and new businesses are popping up everywhere, as demand for goods and services grow.The employment rate is relatively low, because there is a high demand for more employees as businesses and industries grow here in Fort Myers.