A New Times Square is Getting Closer

A New Times Square is Getting Closer

Ed Ryan October 16, 2020 3

On Monday the Fort Myers Beach town council will get an update on all three of its major projects; Times Square, Bay Oaks and Bayside Park. The town is getting a $10 million bank loan to pay for the projects which are expected to be completed over the next several years.

All three projects are still in the design stages and at Monday’s meeting the council will get an update on how the projects are progressing.

Regarding the Times Square project, staff will ask for approval for another $179,550 to complete the design stage with consultant DRMP.  The total design cost for the Times Square project is approximately $368,000.

In addition to leveling out the walkway (which at one time not too long ago was a road), fire, water, and stormwater utilities will be upgraded as part of the installation of the new hardscape. The restaurants in the square will also be provided with new overhang structures as picture in the design photo.

Back in February the town council approved the conceptual design of the Times Square project and gave staff direction to begin the final design, permitting, and bidding services. The scope of that work was broken into two phases to correlate to the Town’s fiscal budgets: 60% design, which was completed and submitted on September 30th and this Final Design, Permitting, and Bidding Services phase that generally includes the furnishing of complete, permitted design plans and specifications for bidding and construction purposes as well as assistance during the bid phase.

If the council approves this latest phase on Monday we could find out the details on when the project might begin and how long it will take to completion.


 

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3 Responses to A New Times Square is Getting Closer

  1. Carol says:

    DITTO, BARB! This almost seems too commercialized and closed in. Please keep the quaint charm!

  2. Christy says:

    And patrolling at night to keep vagrants from sleeping there…..I hope.

    • Barb says:

      I hope everyone is keeping in mind that we love to be in Florida to see the sunshine, blue skies and palm trees. I hope in the end this doesn’t feel too closed in. The one picture certainly makes it feel like it might be. Also, part of why so many of us
      Love Fort Myers Beach is for its quaintness and old beach charm. I’m hoping these qualities do survive the change and it’s not over modernized.

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