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Fort Myers/The Historic Section

The fate of the Edison Park area of Fort Myers, Florida was sealed in 1925 when the land was purchased by St. Petersburg developer C. Perry Snell, and his brother, local attorney G.E. Snell.  The Snells offered a portion of the plat for sale to New Homes Development Company, which was soon headed by James D. Newton. Together the Snells and Newton created their vision, a plat of lots and curved roads, naming the subdivision "Edison Park" in honor of their famous neighbor.  Newton took over the 55 acres to the north, and the Snells owned the southern two-thirds of this parcel. In early 1926, it was Newton's vision that defined the influence and character of the rest of Edison Park.  HIs deed restrictions set forth that all architecture was to be of Moorish, Spanish, Italian or American modifications.  In addition, every homeowner was given a unique guarantee.  For the first time, property owners were assured that they would be provided with asphalt streets with curbing, sidewalks, landscaping, and ornamental street lighting and street signs.  By the end of 1926, Newton's visions bccame reality.

On April 7, 1926, one year after purchasing Edison Park, Newton held the grand opening ceremony dedicating its main entrance on McGregor Boulevard.  The backdrop to the entrance was a sculpture of Aphrodite, goddess of water, which was unveiled by Mrs. Edison and served as a part of the impressive fountain flanked by ornate columns and arched walkways.

Edison Park was designated as the first Historic District in Fort Myers in November, 1995.   The Edison house is a popular stop for tourists.  As for resident, they greatly enjoy walks on Mcgregor Boulevard and strolls to the Caloosahatchee River.  

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Bonita Beach Dog Park, where Dogs and People Run Free

This was a big day For Mimi. Her first outing at Bonita Beach Dog Beach Park. Driving from Fort Myers Beach towards Bonita Springs, it's located just before The New Pass Bridge on your right hand, south of the Fort Myers Beach city limits. It's about one mile and a half South of Lover's Key. It's a Lee County Park and Recreation Facility and its free. It's a great place to let your dog or dogs let loose without leashes. Mimi just had a heck of a time frolicking with labs, terriers, bulldogs, poodles, Maltese, collies, sheep dogs and other proud mixed breeds.

The centerpiece of Bonita Beach Dog Park is a narrow white white sand bar which streches for about a third of a mile. The Gulf of Mexico faces you in the West and behind you at high tide like today you have to walk across stretches of water to reach the small beach. Its not a big deal and even during high tide, as the depth is only a foot or two. Mimi had never been in this free of an outside environment and of course, we were a bit curious to see how she would get along with the other sniffers.  Fort Myers Beach, our home, does allow does on the beach, but on leashes only, even when swimming.

So, off goes the leash and up she goes. Jumping and running along the shore line. four larger dogs greeting her with the formal sniffing etiquette and shortly after exchanging names, e-mails and cell phones, she was part of a furry and exuberant posse. They looked so proud!



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