Walmart coming to Fort Myers Beach Florida

Posted by Scott Meadows on Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 2:46pm.

 

Fort Myers Beach Florida Real Estate News, Fort Myers Beach and Walmart

The residents of Fort Myers Beach will soon be welcoming a new Walmart Superstore to the neighborhood. Or will they?

San Carlos Blvd Fort Myers Beach Florida, A new Walmart Superstore is planned for the Old Winn Dixie Plaza located just off San Carlos Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. And while most residents agree that having one of America's most popular big box stores right around the corner will be a welcomed addition, the additional traffic it brings will definitely not be a welcomed sight. Most residents of Fort Myers Beach agree that the traffic situation around San Carlos Boulevard is not great at present and residents worry that by adding such a popular retail outlet to the mix will only serve to make matters worse. "We are already waiting in traffic at least an hour to move through San Carlos Blvd on Fort Myers Beach during season at normal business hours. If you add Walmart traffic to the mix, movement through this corridor will be almost impossible," says one resident.

summerlin square fort myers beach florida, winn dixie plaza fort myers beach floridaCounty planners couldn't agree more. Alvin Block, a Lee County Community Development representative says "We want to make sure that if there are impacts on San Carlos that we try to address it. We want everyone to know about it." Of course county planners are concerned about the potential impacts to the traffic situation in this already congested area and have been working with the traffic Fort Myers Beach department in order to try and anticipate the impact.

Fort Myers Beach FloridaHowever, the transportation department has apparently no impetus to take immediate action to address the future traffic issue in the area, based on the latest staff report released late last week. Initial studies conducted by the transportation department indicate that alternate routes provided by Summerlin and Pine Ridge roads on Fort Myers Beach will alleviate the current and projected traffic concerns, at least for now. Some county representatives and residents disagree, stating that the study was flawed. The initial studies were conducted in December 2011, when normal traffic is significantly reduced due to a lack of tourist traffic. In addition, Lee County has been recognized as one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the most recent U.S. Census, meaning that there have been significant gains in the number of permanent residents over the past three years, compounding the traffic problems to and from Fort Myers Beach.

Additional discussions regarding handling the traffic conditions and potential road expansions won't happen until much later in the project planning phase and after construction has begun.

The Walmart project could begin construction in as little as 12 months, breaking ground next summer assuming the project plan and rezoning of the area are approved. This means that potential new traffic problems could begin much more quickly than anticipated. Of course, the bulk of the traffic concerns won't surface until after the construction of the Walmart is complete and the store is operable. However, construction on this scale is bound to cause intermittent traffic issues of its own.

A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for August 9, 2014 at 9 am to allow Fort Myers Beach residents a chance to voice their concerns over the project. Fort Myers Beach Real Estate News

2 Responses to "Walmart coming to Fort Myers Beach Florida"

Virginia Feidt wrote: Build it? Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 4:35pm.
Lydia Rodriguez wrote: I am so glad we need a Wal-Mart here I live by Kmart and i am disappointed with them. I can never find things that I need. And Wal-Mart always bring different stuff and have good sales. Can't wait to shop there. See you opening day. Posted on Sunday, August 9th, 2015 at 6:45am.

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