Revitalizing the Waterfront
The Old San Carlos area in Fort Myers Beach is an older waterfront neighborhood that was once the downtown heart of the island. Spikowski Planning Associates and Dover-Kohl jointly created the Town’s first Comprehensive Plan in 1999, placing emphasis on the area’s unique beach-to-bay connection as a place of character and high visibility. Detailed concepts for the Red Coconut, Villa Santini, and Civic Center areas were proposed as part of the plan, with a Special Area Plan subsequently designed for the Old San Carlos Boulevard/Crescent Street area of the town core. A form-based code was created with the architectural assistance of Chael, Cooper and Associates, to ensure that the community’s vision was realized during the implementation phase.