Lee County Info
FORT MYERS CITY - Established in 1886, the City of Fort Myers is the historical and governmental hub of Lee County. Nestled along the scenic shoreline of the Caloosahatchee River, the City has become an interesting blend of young and old. Sporting the youngest population in Lee County with a median age of 32, the City of Fort Myers is also home to the historic winter residents of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. Extensive renovation of Fort Myers historic, waterfront downtown is underway, with new restaurants, nightclubs, apartments and artistic venues providing energy and growth. Throughout the year, SW Florida residents and visitors enjoy cultural events overlooking the River at Centennial Park and the Yacht Basin.
SOUTH FORT MYERS with ESTERO are unique communities composed of older homes nestled along the Caloosahatchee River; planned communities designed with families, golfers or retirees in mind; and extensive environmental preserves including the wetlands of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. It’s also home to Lee County’s largest cultural facility, the Barbara B. Mann Theatre, where residents and visitors can catch Broadway Shows and Emmy winning entertainers. For sports buffs, the Lee County Sports Complex is home to the Minnesota Twins during spring training and a variety of other sporting events through the year. South Fort Myers’ diverse population of 65,000+ enjoys a variety of upscale restaurants and shopping experiences to chose from in this growing community.
FORT MYERS BEACH on Estero Island - A vacation mecca, Fort Myers Beach is an island, seven miles wide, with plenty of sand, surf and fun. No more than one mile across at its widest, Fort Myers Beach residents number around 6,900. A mere drop in the sand bucket compared to a million-plus visitors each year. The lifestyle is casual, but business is serious, even when conducted in shorts and sandals. Tourism fuels the restaurant, hotel and amenities industries on the island. With Gulf of Mexico water temperatures ranging from 66 degrees in January to 87 degrees in August, and weather ranging from a balmy 74 degrees in January to 91 degrees in July and August, Fort Myers Beach will continue to be a choice vacation destination.
NORTH FORT MYERS - Stretched along the Caloosahatchee River, just north of Cape Coral and across the river from Fort Myers, the community’s 40,000+ residents enjoy a variety of lifestyles from waterfront living to golf course communities, and everything in between. North Fort Myers is home to the historic Shell Factory, Children’s Science Center and the Lee County Civic Center where County residents can take in concerts, festivals and a variety of trade shows throughout the year.
CAPE CORAL CITY - One of Southwest Florida’s best kept secrets, Cape Coral is the largest city in Lee County with a population of 120,000 residents, and Florida’s second largest city in land mass at 114 square miles. Cape Coral’s history is built around the development of some 400 miles of canals offering abundant and waterfront living for residents. An active community, Cape Coral has something for everyone including: golf, tennis, fishing, community parks and even Sun Splash Family Waterpark. The past few years have seen tremendous growth in the business community with the development of a number of commercial & manufacturing sites. Reasonable labor costs, available land, workforce and quality of life, will continue to fuel Cape Coral’s residential and commercial growth in the coming years.
SANIBEL CITY & CAPTIVA ISLANDS are recognized worldwide as a vacation destination. Outstanding shelling and a deep concern to preserve the island environment, have positioned Sanibel as a jewel on the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida. Sanibel is home to pristine white beaches, balmy gulf waters and an unsurpassed lifestyle for both visitors and the islands some 6,000 residents. Art galleries, theatres and upscale resorts and restaurants dot this island getaway. For nature lovers, the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is a protected estuarial ecosystem of mangroves and mud flats, where exotic birds, alligators, and a variety of fish can be enjoyed by all.
BONITA SPRINGS CITY is one of Southwest Florida’s newest and fastest growing cities. Located between Naples and Fort Myers, Bonita Springs offers a lifestyle for just about everyone. From award winning planned golf communities to serene waterfront living, Bonita Springs exudes an urban setting with small-town charm. As Gulf breezes merge with the winds of change, a dynamic business environment is emerging. Commercial parks, office space and retail services are keeping pace with residential growth, all with an eye towards preserving the community’s outstanding quality of life.
LEHIGH ACRES is one of Lee County’s fastest growing communities, with more than 33,000 residents now calling the community home. Affordable housing and a casual rural lifestyle are attracting a younger population, dominated by families, with a median age of 38. With a plentiful supply of land, convenient access to the Interstate and Southwest Florida Regional Airport, and a growing workforce, Lehigh Acres is poised for explosive growth in the coming years.