Fort Myers approves annexation of 180 acres into the city

Author: andrew scheinthal

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Fort Myers City Council met for 10 hours over two days before deciding to annex 180 new acres into the city. Dozens of people from Pelican Preserve packed the meeting.

Residents from the community located off Treeline Avenue didn’t oppose the expansion if three needs were met.

“Fitness rooms, the outdoor pool, the cardio renovated,” said Carole Brokke.

They got two of those three wishes and residents say they’re thrilled.

WCI is the real estate development firm that owns Pelican Preserve. The firm wanted the city to annex 180 acres so they can build more homes in their community.

The addition of homes is something residents said they didn’t have a problem with, as long as WCI updated the town center and added more fencing to the property.

All that was part of a deal that has now been reached. Officials with the development would not comment on this week’s meeting.

WCI will have two years from today to make the changes that they have now agreed to do.

“I think the developer is being reasonable in terms of what it is agreeing to do and with the help of City Council, we’ve now put it into the ordinance,” said Chris Vanhise, lawyer for the residents of Pelican Preserve.

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