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Old 08-20-2008, 06:45 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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Well I read in a CNN article a few years ago before the mall was started. Its not an indoor mall so the classification isn't the same. It is an outdoor mall. It's Coconut Point Mall with 1.2 Million sq ft retail. The outlet mall is Miromar and the other mall off Alico is Gulf Coast Town Center.

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Coconut Point is the largest mall in southwest Florida. It is one of the largest in Florida.

Indoor or outdoor, it is not the largest mall in the country.

Never oversell a place.
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Old 08-20-2008, 07:54 PM
 
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brokerdave (and everyone else) thanks for the info....BrokerDave, i know about Fort Myers and Estero really well, I have vacationed there a lot and have always explored the area with the intention of moving there, so i am familiarized.
The malls you speak of are awesome--been to em all.
I just wondered if Sarasota was similar--in the shopping and new restaurats and buildings going up.
I really liked that Ft Myers area was booming with NEW construction everywhere and can you tell me if Sarasota is booming with the same kind of NEW construction?
thanks!
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Fort Myers, FL
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sarasota and fort myers have about the same amount of growth for the last few years, but this area also had naples booming to. sarasota is nice. have you thought about spending a week there, to get to know the area?
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:49 AM
 
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brokerdave (and everyone else) thanks for the info....BrokerDave, i know about Fort Myers and Estero really well, I have vacationed there a lot and have always explored the area with the intention of moving there, so i am familiarized.
The malls you speak of are awesome--been to em all.
I just wondered if Sarasota was similar--in the shopping and new restaurats and buildings going up.
I really liked that Ft Myers area was booming with NEW construction everywhere and can you tell me if Sarasota is booming with the same kind of NEW construction?
thanks!
Tony, you already got some good info re Ft. Myers, let me add a bit on Sarasota. As far as shopping, this place is fabulous. Check out this article on the new University Town Center currently being built on the northside of town (University Parkway) - it will be 1.9 million sq. feet - a beautiful lifestyle center built "green." Check out this article from 2006:

New Urban Observer - University Town Center Creates an Innovative Approach to Green Building (http://www.newurbanobserver.com/new-urban-news.php?id=226 - broken link)

Sarasota has lots of other great shopping as well. And FABULOUS restaurants in all price ranges all over the area. Ground breaking is also about to being on the "Proscenium" a huge project which will contain condos and a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, along with a huge performing arts center and world class spa. Check out the link:

http://www.theproscenium.com/components.html

Sarasota has the charming St. Armand's Circle, and beautiful beaches on Lido and Siesta. Longboat Key is miles and miles of extreme beauty. And Sarasota's downtown is has evolved into one of the most charming and lively little downtowns I've seen in Florida. Yet with all this, I don't find it that expensive at all. We just bought a beautiful little 1950's Florida rancher two blocks from Sarasota Bay for under $200,000. Can you tell I love this place?

You really need to come and spend a good week in the area, go ALL over town and see what you think. But my vote would be for Sarasota all the way.

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Old 08-22-2008, 01:47 PM
 
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If an outlet mall is needed to convince someone the area is the all that & then some....wow, that's all I got say.
Coconut Point is nice, but it's a MALL. That's it.
But, hey, more minimum wage jobs for the area so when the snowbirds come down they can shop at any store USA & eat at any restuarant USA...

I guess if one is looking to move to an area based on malls & restuarants, then it might be ok. Seems a little odd, but then again, we are talking FM.....
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:33 AM
 
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sarasota by far the better area as fas opportunities if you work hard at it(although right now that cannot be said) the class of people seem to be there and the theatres and such beaches are pretty my doctor moved here from hurricane ravaged port charlotte and enjoys it so much he would rather make the drive of 47 miles back and forth he really enjoys all the amenities. my kids have really enjoyed it up here andwish they had only beeb brought up here
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Old 08-29-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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I have to laugh and chuckle to myself.....I live in the woods of Maine and have lived in Cape Coral....I have traveled to many states.....Miromar Outlet and Gulf Coast are nice....but when I come down there....I do them both in one day......thats not big....we have bigger in Maine.....you need to get out more.
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Old 08-31-2008, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Amherst, MA
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I would rather go to Kittery Trading post in Maine. I LOVE going there. Actually anything from there on up to Kennebunk...

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I have to laugh and chuckle to myself.....I live in the woods of Maine and have lived in Cape Coral....I have traveled to many states.....Miromar Outlet and Gulf Coast are nice....but when I come down there....I do them both in one day......thats not big....we have bigger in Maine.....you need to get out more.
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Old 08-31-2008, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Amherst, MA
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Sarasota is a lot nicer than Fort Myers.....
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Old 08-31-2008, 05:20 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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I would rather go to Kittery Trading post in Maine. I LOVE going there. Actually anything from there on up to Kennebunk...
Ah....Kennebunkport. Now THAT is class.
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