The 2020 Census report reveals that Fort Myers’ population has grown by more than 38% since 2010. This sets in motion the need for a city-wide redistribution that reassesses the equitable distribution of the population in the six districts of the city.
Data shows that the makeup of Fort Myers has also changed dramatically, with a significant increase in diversity.
A population increase of this size is very likely to result in city commission districts with uneven populations. This requires redrawing districts to allocate resources and maintain compliance with the United States Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.
Liz Bello-Matthews, City of Fort Myers Public Information Office, says the Hispanic and Latin American population has grown 64%, making it the second largest in the city. And the number of residents who identify as two or more races has increased fivefold in the past 10 years.
So what impact will this data have over the next decade in Fort Myers? Bello-Matthews says they’re already seeing a shift in the city’s culture.
“We are already hearing more languages spoken in the community,” said Bello-Matthews. “Interesting and exciting dining venues are opening up all over the city, and it also reinforces the fact that the town of Fort Myers is an ideal home for residents who grew up here and for those looking for a new place to live that can too. offer them opportunities: good schools, a reliable housing market, history, charm and safety.
Bello-Matthews adds that the exponential growth of the city’s southeastern neighborhood in particular may have generated the need to redraw neighborhood boundaries.
“Ward 6 is a very attractive area and a lot of people have moved there,” said Bello-Matthews. “We recorded a population growth of 128%. Many might say that this is what started the redistribution process.
Fort Myers residents are encouraged to be part of the redistribution process. From December 2, the city will begin holding public redistribution meetings. The first meeting will gather public feedback and review the five proposed maps selected by City Council. Residents can create and offer additional maps and get a full list of meeting dates by visiting the city’s Redistribution website at CityofFortMyers.com.
How to participate
Email – submit your questions or card suggestions to email: email@example.com
Public Meetings – Attend one of the many public meetings listed below:
In addition, you can contact the offices of your local elected representatives: Contact the office of your municipal councilor
The public redistribution process
Redistribution is a public process. The final ward boundaries are chosen by a majority vote of the city council in a public hearing that has been announced and publicly notified in accordance with state law.
- A series of town halls began with a city council working session on Nov. 17 at the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center at 2:00 p.m. to consider mapping scenarios to be proposed as candidate maps.
- The mapping options will then be presented to the public at meetings at various public facilities for comments and suggestions.
- A second working session of City Council will take place on January 3, 2022, to discuss public comments and review for a final selection of updated neighborhood boundaries.
- January 17 City Council meeting – Authorization to advertise for a public hearing to select a final map option.
- Public hearing of the municipal council meeting on February 7 for the adoption of a new district plan.
Once adopted, the final new neighborhood map will be sent to the local Election Office Supervisor to begin the electoral district updates for the 2022 elections.
Download the current set of maps under consideration by city council
This last set of candidate cards was selected by the city council. The proposed maps will also be presented at various public meetings to obtain public comments and answer questions about the process.
A web map has been created. You can zoom in to any area and see the street names and property lines. Click on the layer button and you will see a list of all candidate maps.
Fort Myers 2020 Census Results by Ward
The city of Fort Myers increased by almost 39% of its total population from 2010 to the 2020 census. This population growth was not uniform. Each neighborhood has grown at a different rate, and demographic changes over the decade make redistribution more difficult.
- Ward 1: 12.8%
- Ward 2: 31.88%
- Quarter 3: 24.02%
- Quarter 4: 20.29%
- Quarter 5: 10.51%
- Ward 6: 128.49%
- City-wide growth: 38.70%
The city has also changed demographically over the past decade. Some demographic groups have experienced significant increases, while others have declined.
Download the City of Fort Myers Population and Demographics report