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mission

The mission of the RDA is to promote and enhance the continued development of the historic Fort Myers River District as a hub of economic, social and cultural activity.

History

The Downtown Management Corporation of Fort Myers, Florida was incorporated on November 28, 1994. It was formed by a group of downtown property owners, business owners and residents whose purpose was to assist in the revitalization of the historic downtown district, by promoting events and the redevelopment of downtown while supporting efforts to restore historic sites. We became a 501(c)3 in 2000, and in 2007 we added a DBA: River District Alliance.

who we are today

Members of the RDA are locally-based merchants, residents and property owners within the boundaries of the River District; working together to enhance a better understanding of the Downtown community as a redevelopment area, promoting historic preservation, conducting business and producing special events as a cultural destination for residents and visitors.

goals and accomplishments

Our goal is to promote and enhance the continued development of the historic downtown as a hub of economic, social and cultural activity. RDA’s success can be judged by simply strolling down the streets of the River District. Eclectic boutiques, art galleries, live theater, award-winning restaurants, tourist attractions and fantastic venues line the streets and beyond throughout the River District. As one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, the RDA strives to preserve the essence of downtown while promoting the growth of the business and economic sectors that make the area thrive.

our officers

Chair

Jim Griffith - Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center Jim Griffith - Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center

Vice Chair

Bob Megazzini - The Luminary Bob Megazzini - The Luminary

Secretary

Patsy French - Florida Native Butterfly Society Patsy French - Florida Native Butterfly Society

Treasurer

Merry Coffman - Pure Florida Merry Coffman - Pure Florida

Board of Directors

Alicia Benison - Kearns Restaurant Group Alicia Benison - Kearns Restaurant Group
Eric Graff - Vector and Ink Eric Graff - Vector and Ink
Judy Grippo - Florentine Holding Company Judy Grippo - Florentine Holding Company
Daniel Kearns II - Kearns Restaurant Group Daniel Kearns II - Kearns Restaurant Group
Greg Longenhagen - Florida Repertory Theatre Greg Longenhagen - Florida Repertory Theatre
Robert Podgorksi - Green Cup Cafe Robert Podgorksi - Green Cup Cafe
Dannielle Schultz - Crown Valet Dannielle Schultz - Crown Valet
Gina Taylor - True Tours Gina Taylor - True Tours
Terry Tincher - Seed and Bean Market Terry Tincher - Seed and Bean Market

President and CEO

Lisa Sbuttoni Lisa Sbuttoni