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Council receives plans for Bayside Park

By Staff | Mar 18, 2020

Bayside Park, off of First Street in downtown Fort Myers Beach, could have a whole new look based on plans being considered by the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council. NATHAN MAYBERG

Lifesize chess boards, a veteran’s tribute with a timeline marking America’s wars and conflicts, rain garden, hopscotch, beanbag tossing, seating for musical performances, a viewing deck pavilion, compass, shade trees, and a 30 by 40 foot building with a gathering area, offices, restrooms, showers and elevator at Bayside Park.

These are the options the town council has before them from the Fort Myers-based firm DRMP to create a new Bayside Park, which is located off of First Street downtown.

Vice Mayor Ray Murphy said he originally opposed the concept of a building at the park due to concerns it would block the view of the water, but said he now supports it. “I was originally not to keen on the building concept,” he said. “I don’t find it very offensive at all. Congratulations, you nailed it.”

Councilmember Joanne Shamp said she was concerned about the idea of having a veteran’s tribute that you walk on. She would prefer a vertical concept.

Mayor Anita Cereceda said the council has set aside funds for this project, the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus and Times Square. “I think it’s lovely. You captured exactly what we were talking about,” she said to the architectural firm.

Bayside Park, off of First Street in downtown Fort Myers Beach, could have a whole new look based on plans being considered by the Town of Fort Myers Beach Council. NATHAN MAYBERG

No cost estimates were presented at the meeting.

At Town Manager Roger Hernstadt’s request, Cereceda said the council would support the firm and town staff moving forward with a design contract which would be brought to the next town council for consideration.