Fort Myers Beach Homes - Luxury, Beach & Waterfront Properties & Golf Course Villas & Condos
Fort Myers Beach Homes for Sale: With miles and miles of white sandy beaches Estero Island & Fort Myers Beach offer incredible options for waterfront homes & ocean view properties along Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach Properties are designed exclusively for waterfront property buyers and sellers, with a few exemptions of off-water homes, condos and cottages. Search luxury beachfront and canal front homes, choose from an array of high-rise and mid-rise waterfront & beachfront condos in Fort Myers Beach. Fort Myers Beach Luxury Homes - Coastal living pure!!
Fort Myers Beach is a popular destination for visitors eager to engage in watersport such as boating, fishing, para-sailing, jet-skiing, surfing and kayaking, or just as eager to simply relax on the inviting beach. Fort Myers Beach sits on a little barrier island, about seven miles long, and the beach is fabulous, wide, gradually sloping and rich on the area's justifiably famed sugar sand.
You can fly high with scenic Fort Myers Beach parasailing flights, play some beach volleyball or just relax under the warm sun, take in the Fort Myers Beach scenery and fresh air or try one of the many tropical beverages and dishes offered at the many beach & waterfront restaurants and bars in Fort Myers Beach.
Besides Fort Myers Beach Homes, beautiful gulf & beach front condos, cottages & luxury beachfront estates on the South end of Fort Myers Beach you will find Fort Myers Beach Golf Club for the golf lovers.
History Fort Myers Beach
From the late seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century the political landscape of SW Florida was dynamic as the territory changed hands between British and Spanish control. Between times of turmoil, Cuban fishermen established small seasonal fishing villages known as Ranchos throughout SW Florida, including Estero Island. By the mid to late 1700s’ active trade was established between the Ranchos, Cuba, and Creek Indians who displaced the remaining Calusa. As Florida eventually became the 27th state in 1845, many of these families stayed and blended with the new American population. The first American settlements emerged on Fort Myers Beach following the Homestead Act of 1862. Robert Gilbert received a homestead grant in 1895 including the Calusa shell mound at the end of Connecticut Street “the still existing Mound House” a historic site on Fort Myers Beach & the highest point on Fort Myers Beach. By 1911, William Case resided on this same property and developed the first subdivision and cottage rental industry on the island. By 1914, all the island property was homesteaded with little industry beyond fishing, gardening and a saw mill operated by the Koreshan, and a hotel.
Development on Estero Island, then named Crescent Beach, was slow until the 1920s when Florida gained national attention as a vacation destination. By 1921 a toll bridge was opened connecting the beach to the mainland, followed closely by the construction of two casinos, hotels, a pier and the island’s first canal. A Fort Myers Press headline states “Crescent Beach Center of Most Intense Development in Florida Today” (October 1921). The land boom was short lived as the hurricanes of 1921 and 1926 challenged idyllic notions of southwest Florida’s climate and slowed further development. With a stagnated construction market, Florida fell into a quiet depression although small businesses and restaurants continued to crop up on Crescent Beach as well as new subdivisions and a school.
The 1950s brought modernization and tourist development to Fort Myers Beach with new hotels including the Rancho del Mar with the first swimming pool and the electrification of the swing bridge to facilitate traffic. The discovery of “pink gold” off shore sparked not only the shrimping industry but the ancillary businesses to support it as the population of the island increased by fifty percent from 1940 to 1950. Numerous civic organizations, churches, local newspapers, weather and US Coast Guard stations, the Beach Library and the annual Shrimp Festival were all initiated or expanded during this second land boom.
The development in Fort Myers Beach has continued to the present day where year round and seasonal residents coexist with a vibrant business community oriented to the steady stream of island visitors. As early as 1935 the residents of Fort Myers Beach began discussing incorporation. However, Lee County’s approval of high rise development on Estero Island brought incorporation efforts to a successful passage. In 1995 a referendum passed to incorporate Estero Island as a means to engage citizens of the island in the preservation of their own small town character. After legislation was enacted by the State of Florida, on December 31, 1995 the Town of Fort Myers Beach was born.
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Kirsten S. Prizzi
FL Lic Real Estate Broker / Fort Myers Beach Realtor
Immobilienfachwirt (IHK) / Immobilien Florida
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