Save the dates



Friday, 2nd: Art Walk, 6 pm

Saturday, 3rd: Fort Myers Craft Beer Fest, 2 pm

Sunday, 4th:  Sunday Funday at the Butterfly Estates, 10 am

Monday, 5th:  RDA Annual Membership Meeting, 5 pm at the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau

Friday, 16th:  Heart of the Community Extravaganza, 2 pm at Cornog Plaza

Friday, 16th:  Boo-Tacular Music Walk, 6 pm

Saturday, 17th:  ZombiCON 9; The Fallout

Saturday, 24th:  Car Cruise-In


Thursday’s:  Downtown Farmers Market*:  Centennial Park; 7:00 am

Great weekly events at Cornog Plaza, see below.

RDA ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE:  October 5th, 2015, 5:00 pm.  Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, 1st Floor Conference Room, 2201 Second Street.  Agenda available under the “Information” tab above.

Board Candidates for Election; Kevin Boyd (American Legion), Merry Coffman (Pure Fort Myers), Jim Griffith (Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center), Rob Johnson (Butterfly Estates), Jason Kohn (Downtown House of Pizza), Pam Lemmerman (The Connection Bar & Grill), & Janet Wilson (Edison Ford Winter Estates)

Board candidate credentials and supplemental information as well as a membership absentee ballot are available under the “Information” tab above.

River District Alliance News:  Don’t forget to look through the monthly update on downtown issues to know!  Click on the Information tab above for the full monthly newsletter and other useful River District Information..



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Heart of the Community

Kudos to Cornog Plaza & Lee County Library, and thank you to Southwest Airlines & Project for Public Spaces!

On October 16th, Southwest Airlines, Lee County and City of Fort Myers officials will unveil the Heart of the Community placemaking grant enhancements to the Cornog Plaza on the campus of the Fort Myers Regional Library during a news conference at 2 p.m. The news conference kicks off the Heart of the Community Extravaganza, which will include a costume swap, Scary-oke Sing-off, treat bag craft, a stilt walker, balloon-tying and sweet treats provided by Southwest Airlines. Festivities wind down at 5 p.m. Costumes and blankets or lawn chairs are suggested. The Cornog Plaza is located at 2450 First Street in Fort Myers.

“We are excited to share these amenities with the public,” says Sheldon Kaye, Lee County Library System Director. The amenities are just part of Southwest Airlines’ Heart of the Community enhancements. The programming will continue throughout the year.

Southwest Airlines provided a $50,000 grant to the Lee County Library System to transform the Cornog Plaza into an interactive space through a combination of expanded amenities and family-oriented programs. The Library System worked with the community to determine a clear vision and programming platform for the space. New amenities provided by the grant include: oyster canopy, giant bean bags chairs, rocking chairs, colorful tables and chairs, large market umbrellas and game carts. Additional funds will be spent on programming and an interactive piece for children.

Placemaking is an emerging movement with environmentalist roots that positions public spaces as engines for urban development, serving as catalysts for building sustainable, healthy, inclusive and economically viable neighborhoods. For more than 40 years, Southwest’s lead partner Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has refined the participatory Placemaking process.

For more information on the Lee County Library please visit: For more information on the Heart of the Community Grant, please contact Kristy Kilfoyle at


Heart of the Community Extravaganza at Cornog Plaza

To celebrate the Heart of the Community Extravaganza, the library team have created an afternoon of fun on Friday, October 16th, beginning at 2 pm:

2 – 5 pm: Eco-friendly Costume Swap, Treat Bag Crafts for Kids, Balloon Animals from Too Tall Torrie, and Sweet Treats, provided by Southwest Airlines
2 – 3 pm: Thank You Celebration; County, City, and Library leaders thank Southwest Airlines for the $50,000 Heart of the Community Grant.
3 – 5 pm: Scary-oke; Karaoke in not-too-scary costumes for all ages!

For more information, please visit:


It’s a Boo-Tacular Music Walk on October 16

The October Music Walk will take on a fun twist with the Boo-Tacular event! Free as always to attend, registered merchants will be open for trick or treating! Merchants wishing to participate and have not yet registered, please download the merchant form under the “Information” tab.

RDA events, including Music Walk, are free and family friendly to all. Please respect the family oriented nature of this event and the participation of our merchants.


Pushing Daizies brings ZombiCon 8

Pushing Daizies, Inc. invites you to join us for ZombiCon 9 – The Fallout. THE biggest and best Zombi-Themed fundrasing event in Florida is gearing up for another great event. This years mega-event features: Kids AND Adult Costume Contests 6 stages of awesome entertainment 23,000+ zombi’s Interactive art and music for the kids Pre-Mature burial party 10/16 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of George Romero’s Day Of The Dead AND MORE !

For more information, please visit:

Cornog Plaza

October Fun at Cornog Plaza

Cornog Plaza at the downtown library offers great events all month long, including:

Hatha Yogo: Thursdays at Noon, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Join David Anderson from Soni Yoga in a Hatha Yoga class for all ages and abilities.  Please bring your own mat.

Weave-Along: Friday, 4 pm, October 2nd; Create a cardboard takeaway loom and learn how to weave on a pot holder loom!  For all ages.  Offered in partnership with the Weavers of Char-Lee.  Registration is required, please call 239-479-INFO.

Grandmother’s Day Story-time:  Monday, 10 am, October 12th; Whether you call her Nana, Grammy, Oma, or Gram, you can celebrate yours at this special story-time.  Crafts will follow.  Registration is requested, please call 239-479-INFO

Mr. Sun Story-time:  Monday, 10 am, October 19th; Celebrate the sun with stories and songs!  Miss Brooke, physician assistant at Florida Skin Center will talk about sunscreen and other ways of protecting our skin from the sun’s rays. Crafts will follow.  Registration is requested, please call 239-479-INFO.

Monster Craft & Music:  Friday, 10 am, October 23rd; Make a monster pal of your own and dance to some monster beats.  Registration is requested, please call 239-479-INFO

Book-K Busters Life-Sized Board Game: Monday, 2 pm, October 26th; Kids are the game pieces in a life-size board game.

For more information, please visit:


Moms & Dads, take advantage of the Great Halloween Costume Swap

Organized by the Lee County Downtown Library at Cornog Plaza, there will be a costume swap beginning on October 1st.

Donate your costumes of any size at 2345 Union Street (Library Administration Building) beginning on the 1st, where you’ll receive a token for each costume donated.

Those with a token will be invited to “shop” FIRST on Friday, October 16th from 2-3 pm at Cornog Plaza.  Those without a token may start shopping from 3-5 pm, of the same day.  All unclaimed costumes will be donated.

For more information, please visit: or call 239-479-INFO (4636)


2nd Annual Veterans Parade Returns to the River District

For the second year in a row the River District Alliance will host a Veterans “Day” Parade on Sunday, November 8th in downtown Fort Myers. Event will begin at approximately 2 pm with a parade route along First Street beginning at the Marina at Edison Ford and ending in core downtown. Although not on Veterans Day, the event is to honor the holiday without conflicting with other scheduled Veterans Day celebrations, and allow an opportunity for those who may be working on that day to still recognize the importance of it.

Parade participant, vendor, and non-profit vendor forms are available under the “Information” tab above. More details will be posted as they are finalized.

Passport Parking

Passport Parking in the River District

As season begins it’s a good time to review the recently implemented Passport Parking program throughout core downtown at all meters.

Guests to downtown who park at meters can download the Passport Parking app or can call 239-790-4675 to register. With this users can pay for parking with their phone or call from the numbered meter and pay via credit card.
Text messages and alerts can be enabled through this app, receipts sent, and guests will be able to extend their metered time from their phone.

Informational rack cards are available at the CRA (1400 Jackson Street) or at Denison Parking (2123 First Street).


River District Map & Directory

Seasonally updated River District Maps are now available! Map includes general area and merchant locations with contact information. Printed maps are available throughout River District establishments, or from the Community Redevelopment Agency at 1400 Jackson Street.

For a pintable map, please look under “Information.”


Mystery Walk Launch!


Historic Fort Myers River District