North Fort Myers
From Privateers to Retirees
Like most of the Gulf Coast of Florida, the area we now know as North Fort Myers was originally the hunting and fishing grounds for native American tribes. And the first Europeans to set foot here were likely Ponce De Leon and his men, searching for the fountain of youth.
But North Fort Myers has its own more prevalent legend that takes precedence. Long before Jack Sparrow sailed the fictional seven seas, his real-life inspiration was pillaging Spanish ships in the Gulf Coast waters.
Jose Gaspar, a Spanish Naval officer found himself on the wrong side of Royal politics, as the story goes. And when he was wrongfully accused of plotting to steal the crown jewels and a warrant issued for his arrest, he went rogue, stole a ship and became the pirate Gasparilla.
After almost 40 years of ransacking and hoarding, Gaspar made the decision to retire – especially the United States had purchased Florida from Spain and was more aggressive defending ships off their coast. Gaspar’s treasure was divided into 10 chests, to be distributed to his top lieutenants.
Unfortunately, the meet was ambushed by the USS Enterprise. Gasparilla reportedly walked off his ship into the waters, cutlass still in hand. The crew guarding the treasure chests buried them in hidden locations across the Gulf Coast, never to be found again.
While we’ll never know just how much of the Gasparilla stories are true, the pirate king did rule the shores of Florida from 1783 to 1821. And his main base of operations was the land east of the Caloosahatchee River – North Fort Myers.
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As the area grew, some families travelled, first by boat, then by the old river bridge, built in 1924, to the eastern shores. The first settler in the area was John Powell. In 1872, Powell bought 160 acres, built a house and planted orange trees. In 1884, the area gained the name New Prospect.
Early pioneers were attracted to the pristine and heavily wooded wilderness. One of the earliest industries was logging and milling, sending lumber to Tampa and beyond via Hickey’s Creek & the Caloosahatchee River.
The name New Prospect was left behind, remembered only as a cemetery now. Some other early names include Samville, Bayshore, Cabana City, and even Woodrow for President Woodrow Wilson.
The area struggled during the 1920’s due to a pair of devastating hurricanes hitting land in 1921 and 1926. This forced many of the settlers and loggers out of the area, and new development of North Fort Myers began in earnest in the 1930’s.
In 1954, the world famous Shell Factory moved from their seashore home in Bonita Springs that burned down to Powell’s old settlement in North Fort Myers. Despite severe damage from Hurricane Donna in 1960, the popular tourist site survived and remains a popular draw to this day.
The Lee Civic Center opened in 1978, becoming the area’s first major site for concerts, trade shows and sporting events. While larger venues have since opened in other parts of Lee County, it is still a popular site for more intimate shows and continues to host the Southwest Florida-Lee County Fair.
Like much of Lee County, North Fort Myers is home to hundreds of retirees. The gateway community covers some 70 square miles, with a permanent resident population that stays right around 40,000 people.
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Quick Facts About North Fort Myers:
- Boston Red Sox star & NASCAR driver Mike Greenwell grew up in North Fort Myers, and his extended family still lives there.
- Two time Super Bowl champ Neon Deion Sanders graduated from North Fort Myers High School.
- Country Music Singer – Songwriter Mindy McCready is from North Fort Myers.
- NFL player Jevon “The Freak” Kearse, started his football career with the North Fort Myers High School Red Knights.
- Vonzell Solomon, the 3rd place finisher in the 4th season of American Idol, left her job as a letter carrier in North Fort Myers to compete.
- Former Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp graduated from North Fort Myers High School.
- Canadian Football League player Noel Devine graduated from North Fort Myers High School.