Fort Myers is a city located in southwest Florida. Situated about 95 miles to the southeast of St. Petersburg, it is the county seat of Lee County and a major Florida tourist attraction. Early in the history of European settlement in Florida, Fort Myers was constructed along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River as an outpost during the American Indian Wars. The community is named after this fort, which in turn was named after Colonel Abraham Myers, a 19th century US Army officer.
Fort Myers includes a Tanger Outlet center that is located on Summerlin Road. Another prominent shopping destination in the city is the Edison Mall, which is located on Cleveland Avenue and includes about 160 different stores. Some of the largest supermarkets in town where residents of Fort Myers real estate can take care of everyday purchases are the Publix Super Market located at Colonial Crossing on Summerlin Road and the Walmart Supercenter located on Colonial Boulevard.
Those residing in Fort Myers real estate have many different dining options to choose from with cuisines from all over the world represented in the city. One of the most popular lunch spots in town is the Wisteria Tea Room & Cafe on 2nd Street. For European cuisine, Sasse's on Evans Avenue serves up Tuscan standards complemented by a diverse wine list. Those in the mood for Asian cuisine can try Origami on Daniels Parkway or India Palace on South Cleveland Avenue.
There are many parks in town in Fort Myers that offer community residents an opportunity to enjoy some rest and relaxation in nature. These include Dunbar Park, City of Palms Park, Shady Oaks Park, Dupree/Aztec Park, and more. Further afield, the Babcock Ranch Preserve and the Bob Janes Preserve- both of which are located to the northeast of the city- are great resources for those with an interest in nature and wildlife.
Lee County Parks & Recreation runs numerous recreational centers and facilities throughout the city. One prominent recreation center in the city is the North Fort Myers Recreation Center on North Recreation Park Way. Participants of all ages can take advantage of the athletic leagues offered at this Fort Myers recreational resource. Among the sports offered are basketball, pickle ball, volleyball, badminton, and table tennis.
Fort Myers is an affordable place to live with the cost of living index indicating that it is below average in terms of living expenses in comparison to the average United States community. At $101,900, the median home value in Fort Myers is more than $45,000 less than the median home value in Florida overall. In 2012, the population of the community was 65,725, and the population grew by 36.3 percent between 2000 and 2012. Although the unemployment rate was lower in Fort Myers (5.9 percent) than in Florida overall (6.3 percent) in the early summer of 2014, incomes tend to be lower in Fort Myers than in the rest of the state.
Public schools in Fort Myers are run by the School District of Lee County. This school district had an enrollment of about 87,000 students as of 2014. Public schools in the community include Fort Myers High School on Cortez Boulevard, Dunbar High School on Edison Avenue, and Edison Park Elementary School on Euclid Avenue. Young students residing in Fort Myers real estate might also attend one of the many private educational institutions located in the city. Bishop Verot Catholic High School, Canterbury School, and Sonshine Christian Academy are just a few of the options.
Emergency medical services are provided in Fort Myers at both the Gulf Coast Medical Center on Doctor's Way and at Lee Memorial Hospital on Cleveland Avenue. In addition, various healthcare services are offered at Hope Hospice and Community Services on Health Park Circle and by the Charter Glade Behavioral Health System on Colonial Boulevard. Residents of Fort Myers real estate who are on the lookout for the right primary care physician can contact Family Practice at Clayton Court, Constante Family Practice, or Family Health Centers to inquire regarding the family medical services offered at these practices.
Public transportation is offered to residents of and visitors to Fort Myers in the form of LeeTran bus service. LeeTran offers transportation services throughout much of Lee County, including in the communities of Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, and Bonita Springs. To the southeast of Fort Myers, the Southwest Florida International Airport is another important transportation resource. Though this is only a single runway airport, it is serviced by offer 15 airlines and handles over 200 aircraft operation on a daily basis.