Water-Related News

Green space or detention ponds: Fort Myers asks which would you like near your home?

Fort Myers could have a new green space for residents to enjoy or a new storm water detention feature – options that 550 people will be asked to choose from in a survey to help the city decide the next incarnation of its former South Street landfill.

Spanning close to four acres in a residential neighborhood, the site that contained toxic lime sludge was recently cleared and excavated after 56 years, sparked by reports in The News-Press.

The city worked with landscape architect Sharon Fowler and a hand-picked steering committee to come up with the two options. Residents who live in the vicinity can expect a survey to arrive by mail possibly as early as Tuesday. The package will contain drawings of the choices and questions asking what kinds of amenities they would like to see, public works director Richard Moulton said.