Everyone on the south end of Fort Myers Beach is anxiously awaiting something, anything, to open in Santini Plaza. Those that live and vacation on the south end not only miss their favorite retail location at Santini, they despise getting stuck in the traffic to the north end.
Vice Mayor Jim Atterholt who basically been stuck at the hip of the owner of Santini Plaza, trying to help him get what he needs to get open, tells us some of the tenants may finally get keys to get inside their units in about a month.
As of this week, according to Atterholt, the Santini owners are still putting in the firewalls and getting the basic electrical work which requires regular inspections.
Atterholt says the new Fort Myers Beach Building Inspector is personally doing the inspections in order to help keep things moving forward. “During this time, negotiations are on going between the real east broker hired by the owner and the existing tenants as well as potential new tenants. All existing tenants will be given priority.”
Atterholt says that the target date for tenants to receive keys to their units is now March. At that point the business owner would have to build out their units from the inside so any target date for a business opening is still only a guess.