City council and Pitch Prime move forward on City of Palms Park redevelopment

Reporter: Claire Galt
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The Fort Myers City Council decided to move forward with “Pitch Prime” developing the City of Palms Park.

This is all after the second-place developer United Soccer Leagues, or USL, filed a protest. USL said council members broke their own rules by putting zeroes on a one to five score sheet, and therefore skewing the results.

The latest drama surrounds the bid process for the redevelopment of the stadium and surrounding property.

Even though City Manager Marty Lawing wanted the council to start from scratch, that won’t happen after Tuesday’s decision.

“A lot of negotiations to take place,” said Lawing. “A lot of moving parts and a lot of commitments, made a lot of big dollars to be spent a lot of time schedules to be met, so I’m optimistic that negotiations will go well, but you just never know.”

The council initially selected Pitch Prime to lead the project.

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