The government of Lee County has been weighing its options on what to do with the Lee County Civic Center. And it comes down to two options.
Option 1: demolish the building and redevelop the 100-acre property. Or option 2: the Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair will take over the property to resume operations as normal.
Option 1 would be overseen by the developers of Babcock Ranch, Kitson & Partners. They want to develop hotels, resorts, restaurants, and shopping centers. They also want to take the opportunity to widen the State Road 31 bridge over the Caloosahatchee River to improve traffic and water flow.
Option 2 would be for the current leaseholders, Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair, to continue managing the property. They have been responsible for graduation ceremonies, RV shows, gun shows, 4h Club gatherings, citrus industry expositions, and of course, the Lee County Fair.
The Lee County Publics Works Building at 2115 Second St. in Fort Myers will have a meeting on Friday at 1 pm to discuss the future of the Lee County Civic center and which course of action will benefit the community more.