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Gardner’s Park: An Artisan District in Fort Myers


Thursday at 1:00 p.m.:  We wrap up this week’s series of conversations about development in Southwest Florida with a closer look at plans to develop Fort Myers Gardner’s Park neighborhood into an artisan district including art studios, small shops, galleries, living spaces and much more.  The idea is intended, in part, to attract millennials to Fort Myers.  

City Council members unanimously approved a redevelopment concept for the region last year, which extends north of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Fowler Street and Evans Avenue.  We’ll hear from Jonathan Romine, the Principal and Director of Landscape Architecture for the urban planning and design firm EnSite, which was contracted to develop the plan.  We’ll also hear from other stakeholders in the redevelopment concept including Jerry Miller who owns several undeveloped parcels in the district.

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida. Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.