Water-Related News

Ft. Myers water quality initiatives, Centennial Park projects receive state funds

FORT MYERS – The City of Fort Myers will begin three water quality initiatives with funding approved in the 2020-21 state budget signed today by Governor Ron DeSantis. Funding for the final phase restoration of Billy Creek was approved, along with planning projects for next generation stormwater systems for the Midtown area of the city. In addition, money was allocated to help the city’s septic tank abandonment initiative.

The city will also receive funds to refurbish Centennial Park, adding features for children with unique abilities. Replacement of the more than 25-year-old playground equipment, modernization of grounds and pathways, and focused, programmable spaces will promote community access to green spaces and play spaces for all ages and abilities on the scenic banks of the Caloosahatchee.

The budgeted amounts are as follows:

  • Final Phase, Billy Creek Restoration - $1,000,000
  • Midtown Water Quality Planning Initiative - $250,000
  • City of Fort Myers Septic Tank Abandonment - $100,000
  • Centennial Park upgrades for Children with Unique Abilities - $1,000,000

“In a year with a record number of vetoes, the City of Fort Myers owes a debt of gratitude to its legislative delegation, who championed and prioritized these local projects,” said City Manager Saeed Kazemi. “The grassroots citizen support we received for these initiatives was tremendous.”