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Fort Myers, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida Elevation 10 ft (3 m) Population (2008)University of Florida estimate 68,689 - City 623,724 - Metro Time zone - Summer (DST) ZIP codes Area code(s) FIPS code GNIS feature ID Website EST (UTC-5) EDT (UTC-4) 33900-33999 239 12-24125[1] 0282700[2] http://www.cityftmyers.com

Fort Myers

Nickname(s): City of Palms

U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits

U.S. Census Bureau map showing city limits

Coordinates: 26°37′54″N 81°51′26″W / 26.63167°N 81.85722°W / 26.63167; -81.85722Coordinates: 26°37′54″N 81°51′26″W / 26.63167°N 81.85722°W / 26.63167; -81.85722 Country State County Founded Government - Mayor Area - City - Land - Water United States Florida Lee March 24, 1886 Jim Humphrey 40.4 sq mi (104.7 km2) 31.8 sq mi (82.4 km2) 8.6 sq mi (82.4 km2) 21.25%

Fort Myers is the county seat[3] and commercial center of Lee County, Florida, United States. Its population was 48,208 in the 2000 census. According to 2008 estimates, the population is 68,689. [4] The city is one of two major cities that make up the Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA, the other being Cape Coral. As of 2008, the population estimate for the metropolitan area was 623,725. [4] Established in 1886, Fort Myers is the historical and governmental hub of Lee County. It is the gateway to the Southwest Florida region, which is a major tourist destination in Florida. The winter homes of Thomas Edison (Seminole Lodge) and Henry Ford (The Mangoes), which are both primary tourist attractions in the region, are located on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. On August 13, 2004, Fort Myers was hit hard by Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall north of the area. In 2005, Hurricane Wilma struck south of Naples, but caused extensive damage nonetheless in Fort Myers and its southern suburbs. Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is located southeast of the city in South Fort Myers, near Gateway and Lehigh Acres.

History
Incorporated in 1886, Fort Myers is the center of a popular tourist area in Southwest

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Climate in Fort Myers Monthly av- Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun erages[7] Norm high °F (°C) 75 77 80 85 89 91 (24) (25) (27) (29) (32) (33) Jul 92 (33) 74 (23) Aug 92 (33) 74 (23) Sep 90 (32) 74 (23)

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Oct Nov Dec Year 86 81 77 76 (29) (30) (27) (25) 69 62 56 54 (18) (21) (17) (13)

55 59 63 68 73 Norm low °F 54 (12) (13) (15) (17) (20) (23) (°C) Precip. in. (cm) Avg. no. precip. days[8]

2.2 2.1 2.7 1.7 3.4 9.8 9.0 9.5 7.9 2.6 1.7 1.6 54.2 (5.7) (5.3) (7.0) (4.2) (8.7) (24.8) (22.8) (24.2) (20.0) (6.6) (4.3) (4.0) (137.6) 7 8 7 6 10 18 22 22 20 11 7 7 145

Florida and the seat of Lee County. It is located about 120 miles (190 km) south of Tampa at the meeting point of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River. Fort Myers was the frequent winter home of Thomas Edison and is the current home of the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins spring training camps. The first known resident of what is now Fort Myers was Manuel Gonzalez, a Spaniard from the province of Asturias, who came via Cuba in the 19th century.

where Billy Bowlegs and his men awaited ships to take them west. The fort was abandoned until 1863 when a small number of Union troops re-occupied the fort during the Civil War. In 1865 the fort was attacked unsuccessfully by a very small group of Confederates. After the war, the fort was again deserted. The first settlers arrived in 1866, but it wasn’t until 1882 when the city experienced a significant influx of settlers. By 1885, when Fort Myers was incorporated, it was the second largest city only to Tampa on Florida’s west coast south of Cedar Key even larger than Clearwater and Sarasota, also growing cities at the time. Fort Myers first became a nationally known winter resort with the building of The Royal Palm Hotel in 1898. But what really sparked the city’s growth was the construction of the Tamiami Trail Bridge built across the Caloosahatchee River in 1924. After the bridge’s construction, the city experienced its first real estate boom and many subdivisions sprouted around the city.

Typical architecture in downtown Fort Myers Fort Myers, built in 1850 as a military fort to fend off Seminole Indians that were massacring the area’s few settlers, was named after Col. Abraham C. Myers, who was stationed in Florida for seven years and was the son-in-law of the fort’s establisher and commander. In 1858, after years of elusive battle, Chief Billy Bowlegs and his warriors were persuaded to surrender and move west, and the fort was abandoned. Billy’s Creek, which flows into the Caloosahatchee River and runs between The Beau Rivage Condominiums and Alta Mar, was named after a temporary camp

Geography and climate
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 40.4 mi² (104.7 km²). 31.8 mi²(82.4 km²) of it is land and 8.6 mi² (22.2 km²) of it (21.25%) is water. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration classifies Fort Myers as a subtropical climate [5]. Others interpret the Köppen climate classification to classify it as a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw),[6]

Demographics
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As of the census[1] of 2007, there were 71,048 people, 19,338 households, and 10,799 families residing in the city. The population density was 584.8/km² (1,514.6/mi²). There were 21,836 housing units at an average density of 264.9/km² (686.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 56.35% White, 33.39% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.98% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 5.69% from other races, and 3.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.49% of the population. There were 19,107 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.3% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.8% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.10. In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.

Fort Myers and Cape Coral from space, July 1997.

Education
Fort Myers has experienced steady growth. Historical populations Census Pop. %± 575 — 1890 943 64.0% 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2,463 3,678 9,082 10,604 13,195 22,523 27,351 36,638 45,206 48,208 161.2% 49.3% 146.9% 16.8% 24.4% 70.7% 21.4% 34.0% 23.4% 6.6%

Secondary schools
Secondary schools in the area include: • Canterbury, a private school, was listed in Forbes’s "Top 400 Schools to Get Your Kid into Harvard". Canterbury students have also won the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Grand Award five times in the past 20 years. • Dunbar High School’s Science Olympiad teams won 15th place overall in the 2007 Florida State Science Olympiad, including a win in the remote sensing category. [10] • Fort Myers Senior High School, an International Baccalaureate school, was ranked as one of the best public schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine. [11] • Cypress Lake High School, which is notable for being one of the only high schools in the area that has a Center for the Arts. It specializes in media arts, music, dance, theatre, and visual arts.

Est. 2007 64,258 33.3% Population 1890-2000.[9]

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• Bishop Verot High School, a private, Roman Catholic high school in Ft. Myers, operated by the Diocese of Venice, Florida. • Southwest Florida Christian Academy, a private, Christian high school in Ft. Myers, affiliated with McGregor Baptist Church

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The Twins’ won the World Series following their first spring training in Hammond Stadium. Their agreement with Lee County for use of the complex runs through 2011.

Red Sox
Former Boston Red Sox left fielder Mike Greenwell is from Fort Myers, and was instrumental in bringing his team to the city for spring training. City of Palms Park was built in 1992 for that purpose and holds 8,000 people. Perhaps the most memorable game played at City of Palms was on March 7, 2004. This was the first game played between the Red Sox and New York Yankees since Aaron Boone hit the home run that eliminated the Red Sox from the play offs the previous October. Boone’s replacement at third base, Alex Rodriguez was the high profile key acquisition of the off season for the Yankees, and he was savagely booed by the 7,304 in attendance.

Higher learning
Institutions of higher learning in the area include: • Barry University • Edison State College • Florida Gulf Coast University • Hodges University • Nova Southeastern University • Rasmussen College • Southwest Florida College

Sports
Spring training

Hammond Stadium Fort Myers is the current spring training home for the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins baseball clubs. The city holds the distinction of being the host of five different Major League Baseball franchises who’ve gone on to win the World Series following spring training in Fort Myers. The Philadelphia Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals compose the five along with the city’s current two spring residents.

Red Sox logo on the fence outside the facility The Red Sox’s lease with Fort Myers runs through 2019, however, the Red Sox were considering exercising the early out in their contract that would have allowed them to leave following the 2009 spring season. Chief operating officer Mike Dee met with Sarasota officials on April 25, 2008 to discuss the possibility of the Red Sox moving to Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium once its current spring inhabitants, the Cincinnati Reds, move to their new spring home in Goodyear, Arizona. Representatives of the Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers have also met with officials from Sarasota.

Minnesota Twins
Hammond Stadium is located in the Lee County Sports Complex in South Fort Myers. The stadium was built in 1991 and holds 7,500 people. It is the spring training home of the Minnesota Twins.

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John Yarborough, director of Lee County Parks and Rec, met with Jeff Mudgett, a Fort Myers architect who is volunteering his time to brain storm ideas on what can be done to keep the Red Sox in Fort Myers. “I’d like to have a project by 2012,’’ Yarborough said after the meeting. No drawings were shown or locations were discussed for a new Red Sox spring training site, but they said the dream would be to have a facility look like a mini-Fenway Park, the Boston home of the team.[12]

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News-Press’ high school coverage area, but there were some quality teams from around the state, including Lakeland High, Brandon, Pompano Beach, Glades Central and Okeechobee. In 1985, Bill Pollock, a Fort Myers resident whose son, John, was a rising senior at Fort Myers High School, became involved in the tournament, as did the News-Press’ preps editor, Donnie Wilkie. The two have teamed ever since, and the tournament, sponsored by Bank of America (formerly Barnett Bank and NationsBank), quickly skyrocketed into a major national event. Pollock’s son led Fort Myers to the 1985 tournament championship against a still-mostly-local field. Currently, the tournament consists of a 16-team national bracket, with selected "Sunshine Series" games (featuring additional high school teams from Florida and Georgia) dotting the schedule throughout the typically five- or sixday event. Among the early breakthroughs for the tournament was a rivoting, triple-overtime championship game in 1989, in which Flint Hill Preparatory School (Falls Church, Virginia), led by Randolph Childress, Cory Alexander and Serge Zwikker, defeated Abraham Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, New York), led by Norman Marbury and Tchaka Shipp, 70-68, on a last-second 3-pointer by Childress, who went on to stardom at Wake Forest University. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) made its lone appearance (the Florida High School Athletic Association will no longer sanction them to play) in 1991, finishing third after losing to Franklin Learning Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) in the semifinals. But two years later, in 1993, the tournament made history with a field that included Danny Fortson, Ron Mercer, Tim Thomas and future NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper—all in consolation brackets! Crenshaw High School (Los Angeles, California) won that year’s tournament, scoring 117, 99 and 98 points in three of its four games, and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the nation by USA Today. St. Augustine High School (New Orleans, Louisiana) won the following year and went on to capture USA Today’s mythical national championship in boys’ basketball. The tournament has remained a highlight on the national schedule ever since, drawing the interest of major-college coaches and

New spring facility
On October 28, 2008, the Lee County commission voted 3-1 to approve an agreement with the Boston Red Sox to build a new spring-training facility for the team in south Lee County. Commissioner Brian Bigelow was the lone dissenting vote. Commissioner Bob Janes was not present for the vote, but stated that he supported it. Red Sox chief operating officer Mike Dee was present in the chambers for the vote. He will take the agreement back to Boston to meet with team owner John Henry and other team officials. Dee expects to have an answer in a week or so from his bosses on if they want to go ahead with the plan. The new stadium will be south of Hammond Stadium. Speculation is that the stadium would be in the general neighborhood of Florida Gulf Coast University, however, neither the county or Dee want to be more specific until proposals come in from developers. County officials have talked for months about the possibility of securing another team for City of Palms. No team has been contacted yet.[13] Terry Park Ballfield (also known as the Park T. Pigott Memorial Stadium) in East Fort Myers is also not currently in use by a Major League Baseball team, however, it is the former home of the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals.

City of Palms Classic
The City of Palms Classic is an annual high school basketball tournament held in Fort Myers, Florida. The tournament began in 1973 as a high school boys’ basketball tournament with a seven-team format. The earliest editions featured teams primarily from the Fort Myers

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recruiting analysts alike. Currently, 74 McDonald’s All-Americans (including six in each of the past four games) have played in this pre-Christmas event, and as of Dec. 1, 2007, there were 38 former participants on NBA rosters, including 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups and Detroit Pistons teammate Tayshaun Prince, Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks), Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats), Udonis Haslem (Miami Heat), Chris Duhon (Chicago Bulls), Al Harrington (Golden State Warriors), Martell Webster (Portland Trail Blazers), Luke Walton (Los Angeles Lakers), twins Jason and Jarron Collins, and teammates Leon Powe and Glen "Big Baby" Davis of the NBA Champion Boston Celtics. The tentative 2008 field (Dec. 18-23) has already been called "potentially the greatest in the history of high school basketball tournaments" by Clark Francis of HoopScoopOnline.com. It includes national top-20 programs Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California), St. Patrick High School (Elizabeth, New Jersey) Abraham Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, New York), Wheeler High School (Marietta, Georgia), Duncanville High School (Duncanville, Texas), Westchester High School (Los Angeles, California), Roman Catholic High School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh, North Carolina). Appropriately, with the 2009 McDonald’s All-American Game scheduled to be played in Miami, as many as 11 rising seniors who are considered likely participants (Lance Stephenson, John Wall, Dexter Strickland, Malik Wayns, Leslie McDonald, David & Travis Wear, Noel Johnson, Ari Stewart, Shawn Williams and Kenny Boynton) are slated to play in the 2008 City of Palms Classic.

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Past Winners
• 2008: Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California) • 2007: St. Benedict’s Preparatory School (Newark, New Jersey) • 2006: Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California) • 2005: Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tennessee) • 2004: Niagara Falls High School (Niagara Falls, New York) • 2003: Westchester High School (Los Angeles, California) • 2002: Rice High School (Manhattan, New York) • 2001: Westchester High School (Los Angeles, California) • 2000: Westchester High School (Los Angeles, California) • 1999: Ballard High School (Louisville, Kentucky) • 1998: Scott County High School (Georgetown, Kentucky) • 1997: Parkview Baptist High School (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) • 1996: Miami Senior High School (Miami, Florida), Classic I; Lexington Catholic High School (Lexington, Kentucky), Classic II • 1995: Dominguez High School (Compton, California) • 1994: St. Augustine High School (New Orleans, Louisiana) • 1993: Crenshaw High School (Los Angeles, California) • 1992: Dunbar High School (Washington, D.C.) • 1991: Miami Senior High School (Miami, Florida) • 1990: Gibbs High School (St. Petersburg, Florida) • 1989: Flint Hill Preparatory School (Falls Church, Virginia) • 1988: Carol City High School (Miami, Florida) • 1987: Jackson High School (Miami, Florida) • 1986: Forrest High School (Jacksonville, Florida) • 1985: Fort Myers High School (Fort Myers, Florida) • 1984: Cypress Lake High School (Fort Myers, Florida)

Locations
The event has had five hosts in its 36-year history, including Edison Community College (Fort Myers, Florida) from 1973-83 and twice more in 1990 and ’93, Cape Coral High School (Cape Coral, Florida) in 1984, Fort Myers High School (Fort Myers, Florida) from 1985-89 and the Harborside Convention Hall in downtown Fort Myers in 1991 and ’92. But the tournament found a long-term home when a new, 2,300-seat gymnasium was built at Bishop Verot High School (Fort Myers, Florida), and it has been played there every year since 1994.

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• Joe Johnson, Little Rock Central High School (Little Rock, Arkansas) Atlanta Hawks • Jason Kapono, Artesia High School (Lakewood, California) Toronto Raptors • Jamaal Magloire, Eastern Commerce High School (Toronto, Ontario) New Jersey Nets • Jeff McInnis, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) Charlotte Bobcats • Demetris Nichols, St. Andrew’s School (Barrington, Rhode Island) Cleveland Cavaliers • Leon Powe, Oakland Technical High School (Oakland, California) Boston Celtics • Tayshaun Prince, Dominguez High School (Compton, California) Detroit Pistons • Gabe Pruitt, Westchester High School (Los Angeles, California) Boston Celtics • Shavlik Randolph, Broughton High School (Raleigh, North Carolina) Philadelphia 76ers • Chris Richard, Kathleen High School (Lakeland, Florida) Minnesota Timberwolves • D. J. Strawberry, Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California) Phoenix Suns • Tim Thomas, Paterson Catholic High School (Paterson, New Jersey) Los Angeles Clippers • Gerald Wallace, Childersburg High School (Childersburg, Alabama) Charlotte Bobcats • Luke Walton, University of San Diego High School (San Diego, California) Los Angeles Lakers • Darius Washington, Edgewater High School (Orlando, Florida) San Antonio Spurs • Martell Webster, Seattle Preparatory School (Seattle, Washington) Portland Trail Blazers • Louis Williams, South Gwinnett High School (Snellville, Georgia) Philadelphia 76ers • Marvin Williams, Bremerton High School (Bremerton, Washington) Atlanta Hawks • Brandan Wright, Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tennessee) Golden State Warriors

Alumni
City of Palms alumni currently on National Basketball Association rosters (as of Dec. 1, 2007) • LaMarcus Aldridge, Seagoville High School (Dallas, Texas) Portland Trail Blazers • Trevor Ariza, Westchester High School (Los Angeles, California) Los Angeles Lakers • José Juan Barea, Miami Christian School (Miami, Florida) Dallas Mavericks • Chauncey Billups, George Washington High School (Denver, Colorado) Detroit Pistons • Kwame Brown, Glynn Academy (Brunswick, Georgia) Memphis Grizzlies • Greg Buckner, University Heights Academy (Hopkinsville, Kentucky) Minnesota Timberwolves • Matt Carroll, Hatboro-Horsham High School (Hatboro, Pennsylvania) Charlotte Bobcats • Tyson Chandler, Dominguez High School (Compton, California) New Orleans Hornets • Jarron Collins, Harvard-Westlake High School (North Hollywood, California) Utah Jazz • Jason Collins, Harvard-Westlake High School (North Hollywood, California) New Jersey Nets • Sam Dalembert, St. Patrick High School (Elizabeth, New Jersey) Philadelphia 76ers • Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Louisiana State University Laboratory School (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) Boston Celtics • Keyon Dooling, Dillard High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) Orlando Magic • Chris Duhon, Salmen High School (Slidell, Louisiana) New York Knicks • Al Harrington, St. Patrick High School (Elizabeth, New Jersey) Golden State Warriors • Udonis Haslem, Miami Senior High School (Miami, Florida) Miami Heat • Spencer Hawes, Seattle Preparatory School (Seattle, Washington) Sacramento Kings • Jarvis Hayes, Douglass High School (Atlanta, Georgia) Detroit Pistons • Amir Johnson, Westchester High School (Los Angeles, California) Detroit Pistons

References
• http://www.cityofpalmsclassic.com • Official website of the City of Palms Classic

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• St. Benedict’s beats Chester in 2007 championship game (USA Today) • St. Benedict’s advances to City of Palms Classic final (USA Today) • 2007 City of Palms Classic top prospects (CBS College Sports) • Top High School Prospects at the 2007 City of Palms Classic (DX Draft Express) • Two decades later, City of Palms still producing nation’s top talent (Naples Daily News, 2006) • Mater Dei wins the championship in Florida (Orange County Register, 2006)

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All-Star Game at Hammond Stadium in June 2009. The league’s mid-season classic returns to Fort Myers for the first time since 2003. The Boston Red Sox hold their spring training at City of Palms Park close to downtown Fort Myers. It is also home to the Gulf Coast League Red Sox. Fort Myers hosts the Florida Everblades ECHL hockey team at Germain Arena, and Florida Firecats af2 arena football. For the golfing enthusiast, the Fort Myers Area (Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Estero, Lehigh Acres and Sanibel Island) is home to over 50 of Southwest Florida’s renowned 130 public and private golf courses. Florida’s great weather combined with the scenic and challenging nature of these courses makes the area an excellent stop for the vacationing golfer. The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a private, not-for-profit, environmental education organization. Set on a 105-acre (0.42 km2) site, it has a museum, three nature trails, a planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, a gift shop and meeting and picnic areas.

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Other sports
The sports teams of Florida Gulf Coast University, the FGCU Eagles, began transitioning to NCAA Division I in 2007. In 2008-09, the Eagles women’s basketball team led the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 17-3 record, and had a 25-4 record overall, but was ineligible to take part in the 2009 Division I Tournament since it was still transitioning from Division II. FGCU’s sports teams play their games oncampus. Basketball plays at Alico Arena and baseball plays at Swanson Stadium.

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Points of interest

Crime
Unmarked Graveyard
In March 2007, the remains of 8 people were found in a wooded area in Fort Myers, leading to an ongoing investigation for a possible serial killer. So far three of the individuals have been identified using DNA as Erik Kohler, John James Tihay and John Blevins. Derek C Gair was briefly considered a suspect in early 2008.[14][15]

Crime Statistics
The Edison Theatre • Edison and Ford Winter Estates • The Lee County Sports Complex in South Fort Myers, which includes Hammond Stadium, home of the Fort Myers Miracle baseball club of the Florida State League, and spring training locale for the Minnesota Twins. The Gulf Coast League Twins also play at the Lee County Sports Complex. The Florida State League will hold the 48th annual Florida State League In 2007, the crime rates per 100,000 people for the Ft. Myers/Cape Coral MSA were as follows:

Notable people from the Fort Myers area
Present
• Jason Bartlett - Tampa Bay Rays shortstop • Bert Blyleven — former MLB pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers,

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Crime Murder Rape Robbery Assault Burglary Theft Fort Myers/Cape Coral MSA crime rate 8.7 35.4 156.3 396.5 1035.5 2165.9

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U.S. National Average[16] 5.7 30.9 149.4 287.5 729.4 2206.8 398.4 • Algernod Lanier "Plies" Washington — American rapper • Tommy Watkins — former Minnesota Twins player. • Walt Wesley — NBA player (1966-1976): Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Capital Bullets, Milwaukee Bucks, Cincinnati Royals. • Cliff Williams — bass player for AC/DC

Grand Theft Auto 416.8 Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians and California Angels. [17] Ivy Box - Actress, Artist, Producer, Entrepreneur, castmember of BET’s College Hill Interns Phillip Buchanon — NFL cornerback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (current team), Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders Stacy Carter — Former WWE wrestler. Bill Davey - Professional bodybuilder. [18] Noel Devine — running back at West Virginia University Earnest Graham — NFL running back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Greenwell — former Boston Red Sox left Fielder and current NASCAR driver Randy Hand — Offensive tackle, Buffalo Bills (current), New England Patriots. Mario Henderson — Offensive tackle, Oakland Raiders Nolan Henke — Professional golfer. Anthony Henry — NFL cornerback, Dallas Cowboys (current team), Cleveland Browns Sara Hildebrand — United States Olympic Diver (2000,2004) [17] Jevon Kearse — NFL defensive end, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans (current team) Terri Kimball — Playboy Playmate of the Month for May 1964 Mindy McCready — country music artist Seth Petruzelli — professional MMA fighter [19] Matt Prater — current placekicker for the Denver Broncos, attended Estero High School. Deion Sanders — Retired NFL cornerback for six teams, and Major League Baseball outfielder for five teams. Vonzell Solomon — American Idol 3rdplace finisher Elissa Steamer — Professional skateboarder

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The Mangoes: Henry Ford’s Winter home • Thomas Edison — Improved and perfected the incandescent light bulb and audio recording methods, had a winter estate next to Henry Ford. • Henry Ford — Founded the Ford Motor Company, and father of the assembly line, had a winter estate next to Thomas Edison. • Harvey Firestone- Founder of Firestone Tire Company, had a winter estate near Edison and Ford’s homes.[20][21] • Amanda Dunbar - Professional female bodybuilder ,[22][23][24] • Peggy Schoolcraft- Professional bodybuilder. 1997 NPC Team Universe Champion [25]

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• Patty Berg - Groundbreaking LPGA member • Charles Ghigna — poet and children’s author known as "Father Goose;" boyhood home 1950-1973[26] • Denise Masino- Professional bodybuilder • Kimberly Page- Former member of the WCW Nitro Girls and Playboy model. • Diamond Dallas Page- Former WCW and WWE wrestler, actor. • Jerry Lawler- WWE wrestler and announcer. • Beverly DiRenzo- Professional bodybuilder

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http://www.bestplaces.net/climate/ details.aspx?cat=Precipitation&wmo=722106. [9] "Census Of Population And Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/ decennial/index.htm. Retrieved on 2008-10-25. [10] 2007 Scores [11] America’s Top Public High Schools | Newsweek Best High Schools | Newsweek.com [12] "County targets 2012 for Red Sox project by Glenn Miller, Fort Myers News[27][28][29] Press". http://www.news-press.com/apps/ [30] • Gerard Damiano- Adult film director. pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008807230402. Retrieved on 2008-07-14. [13] "Lee County commissioners approve Red Sox agreement". http://www.newspress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ article?AID=2008810280398. Retrieved • The abandoned city scene from Day of the on 2008-10-29. Dead was filmed in downtown Fort [14] "Bone investigation solves 1 mystery, Myers.[31][32] opens another". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/01/10/ mystery.bones/ index.html?eref=rss_topstories. [1] ^ "American FactFinder". United States [15] [3] Census Bureau. [16] FBI crime rate tables (2006) http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved on [17] [4] 2008-01-31. [18] [5] [2] "US Board on Geographic Names". [19] [6] United States Geological Survey. [20] [7] 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. [21] [8] Retrieved on 2008-01-31. [22] [9] [3] "Find a County". National Association of [23] [10] Counties. http://www.naco.org/ [24] [11] Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/ [25] [12] cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved [26] Charles Ghigna bio on 2008-01-31. [27] [13] [4] ^ [1] [28] [14] [5] [2] [29] [15] [6] "Köppen Climate Classification Map:". [30] [16] Geophysical Institute of the University of [31] Day of the Dead (1985) - Filming Alaska, Department of Climate Science. locations http://climate.gi.alaska.edu/courses/ [32] Day of the Dead Locations - Fort Myers, geog401/World_Koppen_Map.jpg. Florida Retrieved on 2008-10-25. [7] "Monthly Averages for Fort Myers, FL". The Weather Channel. http://www.weather.com/outlook/health/ • City of Fort Myers fitness/wxclimatology/monthly/ • Fort Myers Economy at a Glance, U.S. USFL0152. Department of Labor [8] "Precipitation averages for Fort Myers, • The News-Press FL". Sperling’s Best Places. • Florida Weekly

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References

External links

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