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HERE'S THE PITCH: Plan chosen for City of Palms Park replacement

The City of Fort Myers' first choice is a soccer focused development
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Posted at 9:13 AM, Jan 04, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-04 16:43:50-05

FORT MYERS, Fla — The Fort Myers City Council met Thursday morning to hear developer proposals to make major changes to the City of Palms Park.

In the end, they voted for a project focused on soccer.

The company Scythe LLC. pitched a development called Pitch Prime. The company says it will include a professional soccer team, as well as an academy to train amateur players. The plan also calls for a 9-month league.

The company also said it would build pickleball courts, beach volleyball courts and add a second rink to the Skatium.

The City of Palms baseball stadium was built in 1993 and was the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox until 2011. FSW has used the stadium at times since then, but it's mostly sat empty.

Last fall, the city sent out surveys to ask people what they would like to see happen to the land the stadium, other parks, and the Skatium complex sits on.