FORT MYERS, Fla.- Members of the Fort Myers City Council are expected to discuss the future of the vacant Hall of 50 States. The abandoned building has sat on land at Hendry and Edwards for many years. Some would like to find a use for it.
"One option is to leave it there and renovate it. Another is to move it and renovate it. Still another is to just tear it down," said Bob Gardner, the city's Community Development Director.
The building used to sit on the Pleasure Pier over the Caloosahatchee River. It was moved to dry land in 1943, when the pier was deemed unsafe. The building has been used at various times as a tourist center, and headquarters for the chamber of commerce. But it has been abandoned for at least the past 10 years.
"We need to find a use for it and fix it up. Otherwise, if there is no use for it, then take it down and use the land for other purposes," said Lynn Routhier, owner of Enjewel in downtown Fort Myers. "I would hope we can find a way to restore it, it's part of our history here in downtown."