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Residents invited to participate in a survey about the future of the Lee Civic Center

Lee County residents are invited to participate in a survey to share ideas about the features and amenities important to a reimagined Lee Civic Center. Go to www.leegov.com/CivicCenter for the survey and related information.

The Lee Board of County Commissioners is working with county staff to visualize a new, reimagined future for the Lee County Civic Center complex,11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers. This includes a commitment to maintaining activities for 4-H and the Southwest Florida Fair. This also includes a process to see what short-term repairs can be made to keep the site operational.

An assessment study of the property was conducted last year by a team of specialized local architects and engineers licensed in Florida.

The study evaluated all 14 buildings of the 96-acre property. The executive summary, also available on the website, provides an overview of the completed comprehensive structural and architectural assessment.

To watch a video of the Lee Board of County Commissioners discussing the Civic Center on March 21, go here. At that meeting, staff made a recommendation, which the Board approved, to temporarily close all buildings on the Lee Civic Center property effective immediately with the exception of the Civic Center main building, which remained open until Sunday, April 2, for the conclusion of the Ft. Myers Gun Show.

County staff will provide an update Tuesday at the regularly scheduled Board of County Commissioners’ meeting. This will include recommendations for the structures at the site, some of which will reopen soon to accommodate upcoming events.

The commission meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in Board Chambers in the Old Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main St., downtown Fort Myers.

The meeting can be viewed live on LeeTV, at www.leegov.com or on Facebook Live, https://www.facebook.com/leecountyflbocc. A video of the Civic Center discussion at meeting will be posted after it concludes at www.leegov.com/CivicCenter.

With input from the community, the board will keep as many activities as possible while envisioning a brighter future for what it can provide to the community.

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