The first week of 2020 is over. Everyone is talking about setting goals, and personal/business growth.That got us thinking about area growth - there's lots of it.

The first week of 2020 is over. Everyone is talking about setting goals, and personal/business growth.That got us thinking about area growth - there's lots of it.

You’ll leave this week's post informed and excited about the major growth happening in Ft. Myers. We have 5 top new attractions coming, and we’ll go into detail on all of them, as well as what that growth means for our area.

We’ve put together a short guide summarizing all of these. So if you want details on their location or you want something to print out to share with your spouse or a friend below.

But first, some area growth stats:

  • The Ft. Myers/Cape Coral area has grown 22% from 2010 to 2018.
  • According to HubWallet, Ft. Myers is the fastest growing city in America
  • Our area is ranked No. 7 for top metropolitan areas in percentage growth from ’10-’18

This Week's Freebie: 


Let's jump right into the 5 new attractions coming in 2020

1. Top Golf

The landscape of golf has been changing rapidly throughout SWFL. Traditional courses are expensive to maintain, and memberships across the state have seen a drastic dropoff.

In 2020, two new attractions are coming to Ft. Myers that will breathe new life into the old game of golf. Imagine a 3-story building with climate controlled bays, food, and beverages.

TopGolf will attract a younger demographic to the game of golf from private parties to corporate events, and with over 50 locations, including Tampa, Oralndo, and Miami, TopGolf is bound to be a major new attraction coming to Ft. Myers.

2. Luminary Hotel & Co.

With 237 rooms spanning 12 stories, the Luminary Hotel will bring an upscale and fresh hotel option to downtown Ft. Myers with 3 new restaurants:

It's flagship restaurant, Silver King Ocean Brasserie will feature fresh seafood in an upscale environment. Ella Mae's Diner will feature an all-American menu with lighter versions of common favorites. Beacon Social Drinkery is the Luminary's rooftop bar. Overlooking the Caloosahatchee, you will find alcoholic beverages of all kinds, as well as small plates here.

The hotel's focus will be on community events and involvement, with an on- site culinary theater offering cooking classes and events for private and corporate gatherings.

Indoor and outdoor fitness options are in the plans, too, as well as indoor and outdoor wedding and event venues. This will be so much more than just another hotel.

3. Gateway High School

Set to open doors in August of 2021, classes will officially start 2020 inside 20 portables staged at Lehigh Senior High School.

Once completed, the high school will house approximately 2,000 students in the East Zone of Ft. Myers.

As Lee county's newest school, this is slated to be the most secure campus. A variety of classes will include carpentry, cybersecurity, veterinary and medical assisting.

Additional schools in the East zone of Ft. Myers will continue to support a rapidly growing area.

4. 30+ New Housing Developments

There are over 30 new housing developments currently in permitting inside the Ft. Myers city limits alone.

These include primarily apartment complexes, as an answer to demand for more affordable and short term housing.

As the city population continues to grow, particularly apartment complexes are becoming more and more popular.

Additional multi-family and mixed-use developments, as well as a handful of single family home communities are in the works, as well.

Several downtown Ft. Myers projects include mixed-use developments that promise top floor condos with ground level retail options.

5. PopStroke

Another fresh take on traditional golf! PopStroke of Ft. Myers will be a tech infused golf entertainment venue with electronic scorekeeping golf balls and simulators..

This Tiger Woods backed venture will consist of a high-end mini golf style putting green with a full service restaurant, large screen TVs, and golf simulators. This will be a fun attraction for all ages.

PopStroke will have a full range of events from happy hour specials to mommy and me golf, kids events, karaoke, trivia night, and football game specials.