Plans for controversial high-rise The Vue approved

FORT MYERS, Fla.- City planners approved The Vue, a proposed high-rise along the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers.

The building has been a source of controversy for more than 12 years. The Vue would encompass 133 condominiums in an 18-story building.

The high-rise would be built on a small piece of land, just west of Centennial Park, with a walkway along the river. The building would be pushed toward First Street, far away from the river as possible.

About 30 people turned out to oppose The Vue at a meeting on Wednesday with the planning board, worried that the building would cast a shadow over the park, and block the view of the river from some areas.

“What surrounds the park, needs to enhance the park. This doesn’t enhance it,” said Gene Gibson.

Now that the planning board approved the project, it will go before the Fort Myers City Council for a final decision.