FORT MYERS BEACH
A pedestrian bridge for the upcoming Margaritaville Beach Resort was installed late Thursday night, bringing the highly anticipated attraction closer to Fort Myers Beach, but mixed feelings remain about the resort.
The Margaritaville Resort is expected to attract more people to Fort Myers Beach, which means more traffic. The new bridge was installed so that people could cross the street safely. City officials are also hoping for an economic windfall.
When complete, Margaritaville Beach Resort will occupy more than six acres and will feature 254 hotel rooms, a beach club and restaurants. Those who come to Fort Myers Beach, or live there, can see the pros and cons of this development. People there who spoke to WINK News say they think the look of the seaside town is about to change.
A man says he’s fine with the station coming as long as it doesn’t take away from existing businesses.
“It’s always been, in my experience, family shops, small businesses, stuff like that, not big business,” said the man, who did not wish to be named. “Although, you know, with that, like I said, that can be a good thing, because it will attract more business to the area.”
The Margaritaville Beach Resort will surely also mean busier beaches as well as roads, in addition to any economic gain. This eventuality was the source of many mixed feelings that the neighbors expressed to WINK.
“It will be a zoo,” said North Fort Myers resident Linda Walccyk. “It will be people wall to wall, the traffic will be unbearable. I mean, it’s unbearable now. Especially in high season? Forget. No one is going down here.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Cape Coral resident Jim Nielsen. “A lot of the buildings that were in that area that were demolished needed to be redone, anyway, so I think that’s going to bring in some good customers and a lot more business for the locals. And it always feels good. »
The Margaritaville Beach Resort is scheduled to open in 2023.