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Fort Myers & Lee County Community Details



Ft. Myers and Lee County are situated along the Southwest Florida Coast on the Gulf of Mexico, between Port Charlotte and Naples. Lee County is home to several incorporated cities including Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Ft. Myers Beach, and the City of Sanibel. Each city has its own atmosphere, attractions, and activities making each a worthwhile place to visit or live. Lee County is also home to two major league baseball spring training facilities. The Boston Red Sox train in the City of Ft. Myers and the Minnesota Twins train in South Lee County. The Gulf of Mexico and several barrier islands lie within the boundaries of Lee County, offering miles of unspoiled beaches, world-class fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking and water activities to its residents. Wherever you live in Lee County you are only a short drive and a few minutes away from the finest waterfront living in the world and the most beautiful sunsets you have ever seen.

Lee County’s population as of the 2000 census was 440,880. Projected population by 2007 was 615,728. Lee County is the most populous county in Southwest Florida. The median age is 45.2 years and the median household income is $40,319. The average temperature is 91 degrees in the summer and 73 degrees in the winter. Lee County public schools are administered by the School District of Lee County. There are 47 elementary schools, 21 middle schools, 13 high schools, 13 special education centers, and 14 charter schools within the Lee County public school system. In addition to public schools Lee County is home to many fine private and parochial schools. Florida’s newest public university is also located in Lee County. Florida Gulf Coast University is home to nearly 10,000 students. FGCU offers 37 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs in their five colleges. Lee County is also home to Edison Community College’s Lee County Campus and the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Edison offers a variety of classes and flexible scheduling to meet your needs. In addition to FGCU and ECC, Lee County also is home to Hodges University and satellite campuses from Nova Southeastern and Barry University. Just to the south of Lee County lies Collier County, home to Ave Maria University currently under construction. Ave Maria is the first new catholic university founded in the US in over 40 years. Along with the university the town of Ave Maria is being developed. The town is believed to be the first town ever developed in conjunction with a university. There are many vacant buildable lots located in the various communities located in Lee County and DMI is ready to help you locate the perfect lot in the perfect neighborhood to build your new Dream Home.

The City of Fort Myers

The City of Fort Myers is named for a civil war era colonel and lies along the Caloosahatchee River. Also known as the "River District", the downtown area is home to shopping, parks, restaurants, theaters, museums, and clubs, all within a short walk of the river. The famous Edison/Ford Estate is located less than a mile from the city center. The winter estates are 17 acres of beautiful gardens situated along the Caloosahatchee River and are the most important historical treasure in Lee County.

The Town of Ft. Myers Beach

The Town of Ft. Myers Beach lies south of Ft. Myers along the Gulf of Mexico. Situated on the seven mile long Estero Island, the city has miles of unspoiled, white sugar sand beaches to enjoy. With a population of approximately 7,000 residents the city has many fine restaurants, great "beach" shopping, and beach activities. From swimming in the warm gulf waters, to shelling, parasailing, windsurfing, and jet skiing. Or you can rent a bike or moped and tour the island.

The City of Sanibel Island and Captiva Island

The City of Sanibel Island and Captiva Island lie across Estero Bay from Ft. Myers Beach. There was a time when you could only reach these islands by boat or the ferry that traveled every day between Punta Rassa and Sanibel. Today the islands are connected to the mainland by a 3 mile long causeway. The causeway was originally constructed in the 1960's and was just recently rebuilt. There are no stop lights on the island and buildings on Sanibel are no taller than the tallest palm tree. There are miles of unspoiled, natural beaches and the best shelling in the world is found on Sanibel. The island is also home to some of the area's finest restaurants, shopping, theater, and small museums. Sanibel/Captiva is also famous for its world class fishing. Bring your own boat or charter one of the many boats and captains available to experience the best in saltwater fishing in the area. Redfish, snook, grouper, snapper, and tarpon are plentiful in these waters. At the end of Sanibel Island lies Captiva Island. Visitors come from all over the world to visit Captiva. It is a small little village of homes, condos and home to the famous South Seas Plantation Resort. One of the most popular events on Captiva takes place every evening at sunset. If you have never seen the sunset here it is worth the trip.