On Tuesday night at Diamondhead Resort, Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce members got their first look at the proposed plans to rebuild the Neptune Beach Resort at 2310 Estero Boulevard.
The owners of the property, Continental Hospitality Group, detailed the history of the resort (it’s been around since the 60’s), when they purchased the property (September of 2021), and why they want to rebuild on Fort Myers Beach.
Before the storm the resort was performing well for the company, despite not having any any food or beverage available for guests and the furniture getting “a little tired.”
Here are some details about the new Neptune:
They will be asking for more height (6 floors compared to 2).
They will be asking for more density (140 rooms compared to 71).
They will have 164 parking spaces for guests.
They would have a beach-side restaurant open to the public.
They would donate 16 parking spaces to the town.
They would add a beach access that is currently not there.
They would provide bigger beach view corridors.
They say they’ll be keeping the beachy vibe.
If you want to make a comparison, the new building is as high as the Fort Myers Beach library which is relatively close to this property. We should know when the general public will get a full viewing of the plans in the next week or so.
Continental Hospitality Group will be submitting a Commercial Planned Development (CPD), for this design to town staff within the next few weeks. Town staff will review the plans and make recommendations to the LPA. Once this goes through the LPA process, the Town Council will get a crack at it. If it passes with 3 votes on the council the project is approved. If everything went smoothy, applications, permits, LPA and council votes, etc. it would be 2 1/2 years before the resort opens its doors again.
The resort, which is right on the Gulf, suffered substantial damage during Hurricane Ian on September 28th, 2022. The ruined resort has not been demo’d. In fact the owners have no idea when the demo and cleanup will begin. They say it’s tied to whether or not they get this project approved.
The old Neptune Resort