Published: Jun 18, 2014 1:07 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- What do you hope the City of Fort Myers will look like in five years?

That's just one topic up for discussion at today's city council retreat. Downtown development and public safety upgrades top the list.

When you take a look at Downtown Fort Myers from the buildings to the river basin, you know a lot has changed over the past few years, and city leaders want to keep that growth coming. City council members, the mayor and department heads are meeting all day today to talk about their goals for the city and what they hope to see in the next year, and even five years.

Some common themes included continuing to develop downtown and that growth extending to other parts of the city. They also talked about state-of-the-art recreation facilities, like upgrades to the Stars Complex and public safety upgrades.

Mayor Randy Henderson said it's all about increasing the quality of life in Fort Myers.

City leaders will continue their retreat until about 5:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. It's being held upstairs at the old Art of the Olympians building.