Fort Myers City leaders are discussing the idea of annexing at least part of North Fort Myers to make the incorporated area part of their own city.
The two areas are currently separated by the Caloosahatchee River. Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson, said, “Some people think that the river is a natural barrier and it’s not.”
Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson said the city is considering expanding Fort Myers’ boundaries across the Caloosahatchee River into North Fort Myers because areas for the city to grow are becoming harder to find. Becoming a part of the city would mean neighbors could get city services like sewer, fire, and police.
“We know at some point there will be no inventory. We’re just trying to look toward the future,” Anderson said.
“There hasn’t been that much development. It could be prime for those landowners to say ‘Hey, maybe by incorporating we could get some attention and we might be able to spur some growth.’”