About Fort Myers, Florida

This beautiful Florida town has been one of the most popular vacation spots in the nation for nearly a century. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford often stayed here during the winter season, and is the current spring training camp home of the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. Originally built in 1850 as a military fort, this city has come a long way to become the county seat of Lee County and be a thriving source of vacation rentals.

Of Florida's 130 reknown private and public, over fifty are in the Fort Myers area, including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Estero Island, Lehigh Acres, and Sanibel Island. The temperate climate and sunny weather have made this not only a vacation rental haven, but a golfers paradise.

Fort Myers, Florida
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City of Fort Myers, Florida
—  City  —
Fort Myers
Nickname(s): City of Palms
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits
Coordinates: 26°37′54″N 81°51′26″W / 26.63167°N 81.85722°W / 26.63167; -81.85722Coordinates: 26°37′54″N 81°51′26″W / 26.63167°N 81.85722°W / 26.63167; -81.85722
Country United States
State Florida
County Lee
Founded March 24, 1886
 - Mayor Randy Henderson, Jr.
 - City 40.4 sq mi (104.7 km2)
 - Land 31.8 sq mi (82.4 km2)
 - Water 8.6 sq mi (82.4 km2)  21.25%
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (2008)[1]
 - City 65,394
 - Density 2,056.4/sq mi (794/km2)
 - Metro 593,136
   U.S. Census estimate
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 33900-33999
Area code(s) 239
FIPS code 12-24125
GNIS feature ID 0282700
Website http://www.cityftmyers.com

Fort Myers is the county seat and commercial center of Lee County, Florida, United States. Its population was 48,208 in the 2000 census. According to 2008 estimates, the population is 65,394.

The city is one of two major cities that make up the Cape Coral-Fort Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area, the other being Cape Coral. The population estimate for the metropolitan area was 593,136 as of July 2008.

Established in 1886, Fort Myers is the historical and governmental hub of Lee County. It is the gateway to the Southwest Florida region, which is a major tourist destination in Florida. The winter homes of Thomas Edison (Seminole Lodge) and Henry Ford (The Mangoes), which are both primary tourist attractions in the region, are located on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.

On August 13, 2004, Fort Myers was hit hard by Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall north of the area. In 2005, Hurricane Wilma struck south of Naples, but caused extensive damage nonetheless in Fort Myers and its southern suburbs.

Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is located southeast of the city in South Fort Myers, near Gateway and Lehigh Acres.

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