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Debate Over Luminary Hotel Comes to a Compromise Between City, Family

3:26 PM, Oct 16, 2018


Chloe Nordquist

This land where the Harbor Side Events Center used to be will be home to the Luminary Hotel. It finally looks the hotel deal in Downtown Fort Myers is going to go through.

Debate Over Luminary Hotel Comes to a Compromise Between City, Family

There was a lot of back-and-forth, and a potential lawsuit between the City of Fort Myers and the family that owns this property. The family said they didn’t want any kind of business there.

The City had other plans and started construction for Luminary Hotel. As of Tuesday, the dispute seems to have simmered down.

The City reached an agreement with the family. And here’s the compromise: in exchange for the City moving forward with hotel plans, a city-owned island will be re-purposed into a park in honor of the family. The City said they will spent $500,000 on the project.

HelloSWFL asked the City where that money is coming from, but we haven’t heard back yet.

A family representative said in a press release:
“We are pleased that we reached an agreement with the City that recognizes our family’s contribution to Fort Myers and honors our family’s wishes to create waterfront parkland.” - Charles Powell

All of this started more than a year ago when the City wanted to build a $52 million hotel in the heart of downtown. But there was a restriction on what the land could become according to its deed. The family wanted it to be a park or yacht basin, but the City tied to get around that and filed a lawsuit.

We reached out to family representatives, the lawyers involved, and city representatives, but no one would go on camera to talk about what seems like a win-win situation.

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