Published: Apr 23, 2013 1:08 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 23, 2013 5:18 PM EDT

ESTERO, Fla.- Healthcare could have a new home in Estero. The plan is to build a new, 80-bed hospital on Coconut Road, just off US 41.

The response is overwhelmingly in favor of Lee Memorial Health System moving forward. Neighbors in support of the proposed Estero hospital turned out by the dozens for a public hearing on whether the state should approve the project.

Lee Memorial is looking to build the $80-million hospital, just south of Coconut Point Mall, right next door to the Bonita Springs Community Health Center.

In a state-held public hearing weighing Lee Memorial's application, Estero residents spoke about current travel times to the nearest hospital in Fort Myers, which range from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic and the season.

So far, the health system reports getting 2,200 letters of support for the proposed location, including residents, officials and emergency responders. HMA originally had a bid in to build a hospital in the area, but has since backed out.

The Agency for Healthcare Administration will decide on the hospital application on June 7.