Fort Myers, Home Sweet Home

Fort Myers is probably the one place in Florida that I could spend the rest of my life and be happy. Even though I am  not originally from Fort Myers, it is where I attended college and worked for a few years. I have always thought I had a laid back personality and Fort Myers is definitely a laid back town. 234 (1)

Fort Myers is usually  bit warmer in the summer, since the city is on the Gulf of Mexico. But Fort Myers has a balanced mix of beaches and wooded acres of untouched beauty. While this city is bustling during the winter months with older, retired seasonal residents, Fort Myers maintains its small town charm.

Florida Gulf Coast University, my alma mater, continues to shape the landscape of the area and is driving development. Educating nearly 30,000 students a year, Fort Myers is slowly embracing the university.  It’s common now for restaurants and stores to represent the school mascot, Azul the Eagle and offering discounts for more and more students.

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But part of the charm of Fort Myers is the calm beaches and beautiful sunsets. Fort Myers is near the Everglades, but it also is close to area beaches, offering the perfect balance. Fort Myers, despite being developed more and more every year, still has plenty of untouched land that is beautiful to drive through. It’s common to drive down one of the main roads, with hotels, businesses, and restaurants on both sides of the road, only to drive a little further to find empty land, sitting quietly amongst acres and acres of native trees . Some of the most well-known and abundant trees are the bald cypress.

Fort Myers

Fort Myers is also the former homes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone. This city is a rich with history. Nearby Fort Myers are smaller towns like Naples, Bonita Springs and Cape Coral. Each of these smaller cities have a local vibe and provide for easy access to beaches and nearby waterways.

Naples

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Sunset

Fort Myers will always be home to me. I feel such a connection to the area that I hope someday I can have a house there, allowing me to visit and spend time in the town that helped shape me into the person I am today. As I think about the city now, writing this article, I can picture the sound of crickets chirping the wooded fields surrounding FGCU. I can feel the dying warmth of the setting sun as it dips below the gulf. And at night, the cool night air invites any person to drive with their windows down.

Fort Myers is a great place to spend some time. And it’s a place that I will always call home.

 

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Welcome to Florida

 

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Michael McDonald and I am excited to be a part of this program! This is my first class online and I am looking forward to getting the hang of the format. Just to give everyone a brief background of myself.

I’m from Fort Lauderdale, FL and attended the Florida Gulf Coast University, studying English and Creative Writing. After graduating I worked as a copywriter for a few years before eventually meeting the love of my life and moving to Dallas, Texas.

Since then I have been working at Hilton Worldwide as an eCommerce Analyst.Working for a company like Hilton sparked my interest in International Business after realizing the impact that global corporations can have as they operate their businesses throughout the world.

This blog, titled Welcome to Florida, will aim to capture my love for Florida and describe all of the places in the Sunshine State that I love so much. I believe that when most people think about Florida images of sandy beaches come to mind. While there may be miles and miles of the world’s best coastline, there are so many other areas of Florida that help make Florida such a unique state. From the Southernmost Point of the Florida keys to the northern woods of Tallahassee, I hope to share some of the best memories I have from the Sunshine State, helping you gain a better feel for the beauty of Florida.