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Welcome to Downtown Fort Myers-Sanibel, FL

A community of history worth exploring

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A little about Fort Myers-Sanibel

Fort Myers-Sanibel Island is popular for its beaches, fishing, shopping – and the opportunity to learn about two of the nation’s most famed inventors and business leaders. You and your family can experience one-on-one natural encounters, play on top-notch beaches and treat yourselves to endless family-friendly attractions, restaurants and resorts in Fort Myers and surrounding areas along southwest Florida’s sunny Gulf Coast. And don’t miss the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford winter estates. Back in 1916, Ford bought land in downtown Fort Myers, next door to Edison, his mentor. Now, both estates serve as museums that honor their founders and remind all of us about what they overcame and what they accomplished.

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The history of Fort Myers-Sanibel

Fort Myers was one of the first forts built along the Caloosahatchee River as a base of operations against the Seminole Indians during the American Indian Wars. During the Seminole Wars, Fort Myers was a strategic location for its visibility and access to Atlantic waterways. After the Wars, Confederate blockade runners and cattle ranchers called Fort Myers home. These settlers prospered through trading with Seminole Indians and Union Soldiers. On May 10, 1904, access to the Fort Myers area was greatly improved with the opening of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, connecting Punta Gorda to Fort Myers. In 1908, the Arcade Theater was constructed in downtown Fort Myers. It served originally as a vaudeville house, and was an auditorium that Fort Myers resident Thomas Edison sat in to view his first films, with his friends Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. The Arcade Theatre was eventually converted into a full movie house.

Contact Information

Address:
2310 Edwards Drive
Fort Myers-Sanibel, Florida
33901

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Businesses in Fort Myers-Sanibel, Florida

Here is a collection of downtown Fort Myers-Sanibel, Florida businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

 

Pelican Preserve Golf Club

Entertainment

27-hole championship golf course.

 

SPADA Salon & Day Spa

Health / Wellness

A blissful retreat for the senses

 

Downtown Jewelry & Watch Company

Jewelry

Rolex Specialist - Certified Jeweler

 

Sunset Beach Inn

Lodging

The best value on Sanibel

 

Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque

Restaurants

Florida's best BBQ and home-cooked favorites

 

Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Restaurants

Fresh, handmade Baja-style Mexican food

 

Ichiban

Restaurants

Japanese/Chinese cuisine

 

Thistle Lodge

Restaurants

Fine dining in Sanibel Island

 

Twisted Vine Bistro

Restaurants

Eclectic menu, full liquor bar and boutique wine list

 

University Grill

Restaurants

Fresh fish, hand-cut steaks, pasta and salads

 

YOLO Watersports

Services

We rent fun for land or water

 

Joe's Record Exchange

Shopping

We carry vinyl records, comics, books, etc.

 

Main Street Antiques and Collectibles

Shopping

We are not your

 

McGregor Antique Mall

Shopping

A wide selection of antiques and collectibles

 

Norman Love Confections

Shopping

Impressive array of gourmet chocolate specialties

 

Potomac Bead Company

Shopping

All things bead and jewelry

 

Swap Shop

Shopping

Antiques, Collectibles, Nautical Antiques & Decor

 

Tuttles Seahorse Shell Shop

Shopping

Unique tropical gifts and souvenirs

 

Vessel Vixen

Shopping

Inspired and artisticvessels and home decor

 

Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery

Winery / Brewery

Florida's Craft Rum!