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Old 05-01-2009, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Venice Florida
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I am definitely moving to SW Florida when I retire and want to buy a house next year. I lived in Ft. Myers when I went to high school (man, many, many...) years ago and liked it but I'm worried about crime. Naples might be too high for my budget. I was looking at Punta Gorda. I do want to be around more things to do than shop or golf. Anyone have any suggestions?
Look at Venice Island, I lived in Naples before it was discovered, and Venice Island is very much like Naples used to be. Venice is an active community with many organizations that many of us become involved in. I'm a member of the Venice Area Orchid Society and VP of displays for area shows. My wife is a member of the Venice Area Garden Club. Whose members work hard to raise funds for scholarships and other learning opportunities for students at Venice High and to support other local students . There are an abundance of club and organizations here in Venice.
Venice works hard to maintain the architectural identity established in the 1920's with the Northern Italian Renaissance style. There is an architectural overlay that requires adherence to the historical style.
We have a great sense of community here on the Island.
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:54 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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independent man:

I livein Ft Myers, as you can read from my post in this topic above.

i have to say no, there arent areas in Ft Myers similar to the pretty parts of Sarasota. I mean, yes, the gulf is pretty, and some areas along McGregor and near the beach I think are quaint in the older Florida style, but still not to the degree and the authenticity that Sarasota has. The River district is pretty but it is dead, its empty. There is pretty landscaping around, but I wouldnt go so far as to say wonderful architecture like in Cocgrove, where I've also lived. Ft myers is overall just much more cookie cutter and manufactured saved for a spot here and there. and as for charm?? Erm, NO, definitely no charm here unless charm is a fishing boat.

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Are there areas of Ft. Myers similiar to the best parts of Sarasota? Does the River District and the historic McGregor Blvd. residential area have the same historic charm as Sarasota? Looking for an area of Ft. Myers with mature tropical landscaping and wonderful old architecture like Coral Gables, Coconut Grove or Key West.
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