Welcome to Downtown Fort Myers-Sanibel, FL

A community of history worth exploring

"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.

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2310 Edwards Drive
Fort Myers-Sanibel, Florida

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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


27-hole championship golf course.


SPADA Salon & Day Spa

Health / Wellness

A blissful retreat for the senses


Downtown Jewelry & Watch Company


Rolex Specialist - Certified Jeweler


Sunset Beach Inn


The best value on Sanibel


Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque


Florida's best BBQ and home-cooked favorites


Fuzzy's Taco Shop


Fresh, handmade Baja-style Mexican food




Japanese/Chinese cuisine


Thistle Lodge


Fine dining in Sanibel Island


Twisted Vine Bistro


Eclectic menu, full liquor bar and boutique wine list


University Grill


Fresh fish, hand-cut steaks, pasta and salads


YOLO Watersports


We rent fun for land or water


Joe's Record Exchange


We carry vinyl records, comics, books, etc.


Main Street Antiques and Collectibles


We are not your


McGregor Antique Mall


A wide selection of antiques and collectibles


Norman Love Confections


Impressive array of gourmet chocolate specialties


Potomac Bead Company


All things bead and jewelry


Swap Shop


Antiques, Collectibles, Nautical Antiques & Decor


Tuttles Seahorse Shell Shop


Unique tropical gifts and souvenirs


Vessel Vixen


Inspired and artisticvessels and home decor


Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery

Winery / Brewery

Florida's Craft Rum!