It really is been rather a ride for Fort Myers Beach Mayor Dan Allers the previous 5 months, and in lots of methods the function is just starting. At a current industrial genuine estate skilled meeting, I asked him about
comments by TPI Hospitality, who presented a view that seems to differ significantly 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 mentioned,” mentioned Allers. “I would not say that we’re on opposite ends of the spectrum. I assume we’re saying the similar items just in diverse methods.”
Allers recounted the very first TPI program from a couple of years ago, which did not get quick approval from the town.
“If there is one particular 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 study, and if you ask Mr. Torgreson or Mr. (John) Dammerman this, what they did study is that ahead of they do something additional, they are going to listen to the neighborhood. They are going to locate out what does the neighborhood have the backbone for.”
Ellers did concede that the island will in no way be the similar.
“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 ahead of the storm is in all probability going to be considerably diverse than the neighborhood we’re gonna have now. We all know that some persons are deciding on 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 aspect in redeveloping the island, Eller mentioned, “Obtaining communication with each day persons that come there, residents, vacationers, I assume that gets you to a program. If you can get the neighborhood behind you, the council is going to help it no matter what it is. If it is additional density, triple density, quadruple density, and the town supports it, then we’ll help it. That is who we function for.”
Eller mentioned that TPI does have a huge aspect in that redevelopment.
“They got a incredibly good piece of home that I assume we’re all going to get to love. Who would have believed? Two years ago that they had 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 These days.