The planned redevelopment of Myerside Resort was well received by a crowd of about 40 people Thursday who showed up at DiamondHead to hear a presentation about the boutique hotel Beverly Milligan and Rolland Weinmann hope to build on the one acre piece of land they own on Estero Boulevard next to the library.
Ken Gallandar, VP of the Neighborhood Company, made the presentation explaining in detail the plans for the new hotel which would sit over a street level commercial area. The proposal is for 42 lodging units with an additional 4 workforce units. Pre-Ian Myerside had 14 cottage units.
Currently Myerside can build 30 lodging units by right and will seek rezoning from the town to gain the additional units. At it’s highest point, the hotel would be 4 stories which would be 45 ft high ground to roof. For a comparison on height, the library, which is across the street, sits at 60 ft high.
The proposal includes 56 parking spots.
Questions from the audience last night centered on infrastructure, landscaping, and proximity to the street. The presenters assured the audience that a capacity analysis would be done to address impact.
There was also a discussion about density and the lack of beds now operational on the beach after Ian. Comments from the audience included praise for the design. Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce President Jackie Liszak complimented the developers for listening to what local residents are saying.
Roz Grady, who attended with her husband Bill, was impressed with the renderings, “We are totally in favor. I’d like to drive by it soon. I like the architectural detail.” Roz went on to say she hasn’t been in favor of others but likes this one.
Longtime local Fort Myers Beach resident Ellen Vaughn commented on the “charming, coastal design” that she says is consistent with the community.
No application has yet been submitted to the town for the Myerside proposal. The next step would be to submit plans to town staff for feedback before eventually going before the LPA and ultimately the Town Council for votes.