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Land deed cleared for Luminary Hotel in Downtown Fort Myers

Posted at 6:26 PM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 18:28:23-05

FORT MYERS, Fla.-- The city of Fort Myers will be able to continue construction on a downtown hotel without any restrictions.

On Wednesday, a judge cleared any land deed restrictions on a property where the Luminary Hotel is being built. 

A family initially gave the city the land to build a public park, but city leaders said they were going to use the land to build the hotel instead.

The family eventually gave the city permission to use the land to build that hotel. The city agreed to make a new park on an island in the Caloosahatchee called "Legacy Island Park."

The city committed to a 3-year timeline to create the park, which will feature picnic benches and other amenities, security cameras, a trail and monument. 

The $91 million Luminary Hotel project includes a parking garage, event center and amphitheater. The city says it will bring about 250 post-construction jobs and $500 million in economic activity to downtown Fort Myers. 

The project is expected to be completed in early 2020.