The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Redevelopment District, which consist of 4 sub-areas, was established in 2000 for the purpose of stimulating commercial development along the corridor. With the exception of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the district boundaries generally include the commercial properties from Evans Avenue to the Fort Myers city limits.

On November 20, 2006 the City of Fort Myers, working together with the community and its consultants Dover, Kohl & partners, adopted the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevards Revitalization Plan (“the Plan”).

On January 20, 2015 the Fort Myers City Council adopted Ordinance No. 3727 Overlay District; rezoning 255 properties located within the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard. A zoning overlay district is placed over the existing base zoning and is a planning tool that provides flexibility to promote economic development and redevelopment. It creates direction and design standards to protect the community’s character while establishing zoning and development controls for future development. As an example, the new regulations remove many barriers to the development of shallow commercial lots that were created during the State’s widening of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevards Revitalization Plan:
Ordinance for the Overlay District:

To join the Commercial Revitalization Task Force, please contact Rachel Busch, Strategic Projects Manager, (239) 533-6816,


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