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U.S. soldiers first settled Fort Myers and the surrounding area in an effort to secure the access to the nearby waterways during the Seminole Wars. During the U.S. Civil War, the fort was used by Confederate blockade-runners, and settlement efforts didn't begin in earnest until the end of the war. Development in the decades to come was primarily focused on tourism, and today, the economy is mostly driven by the service sector. Typically regarded as a traditional winter resort town for wealthy northerners looking to escape the East Coast snow, the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford both still represent big attractions for tourists coming to the area. The town itself is comprised of a bustling downtown area, together with the 1920s-era subdivisions of Dean Park, Edison Park, and Seminole Park being other neighborhoods worthy of consideration for those looking to buy property in Ft. Myers. The area is also the southernmost town of any size on the Florida's Gulf Coast, and as such, it offers easy day-trip access to several places. These include Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Myakka River State Park, Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park, as well as the nearby metropolises of Miami, Orlando and Tampa, the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and many more nearby attractions of note.



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Fort Myers, Florida has just about everything a person could ask for in a small city. Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida next to Cape Coral, the city enjoys mild, beautiful weather throughout the year, with temperatures very rarely dipping below freezing and seldom going above 100 degrees. Most rainfall occurs in summer, which helps locals deal with the humidity when the weather is at its hottest. Looking for a home to purchase in Ft. Myers couldn't be easier than using Homes.com.
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