Developer Jack Mayher recently unveiled plans for a new boat storage facility coming to Fort Myers Beach, Fla. In addition to retail, office and self-storage space, Compass Rose Marina will feature 20,000 square feet of civic space, a ship’s store, restaurant, 75 luxury residential condos and 15 townhomes.
To commemorate the announcement of the development project, community leaders and other dignitaries gathered for a groundbreaking event, throwing out golden anchors at the site of the forthcoming Compass Rose Marina on San Carlos Island at Fort Myers Beach.
The new boat storage facility will be capable of withstanding 200 mph winds and flood waters, another marina and eventually retail shops, condos and townhomes off Main Street near Fort Myers Beach.
The anchors replaced the traditional shovels and symbolized the setting of another project coming to Hurricane Ian-ravaged Fort Myers Beach. The boat storage facility — the first phase of the project — is expected to take about a year to complete and will have space to store 286 boats up to 50 feet in length. There also will be 29 wet slips. Just across the road will be RYCO Marine, which will be working with Compass Rose Marina. The next phases of the project will roll out 30,000 square feet of retail, office, mini-storage space, followed by the condos and townhomes.
The anchor-setting event featured comments from Mayher as well as Lee County Commissioner Ray Sandelli, Fort Myers Beach Mayor Dan Allers and Florida State Senator Jonathan Martin.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better kickoff to this project which has been in the works for 17 years,” said Mayher, who also owns Southern Comfort Storage. “This whole venture is a dream come true for me and we can’t wait to bring everyone back for a tremendous ribbon cutting when we open the storage facility in a year.”