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Holy mother of... I had no idea Ft Myers had grown so much!!!
Jason:) , my Masterchief and friend,

I tried telling everyone here in Florida 6 months ago,
there were at least 6 tower construction cranes that can be seen from the I-75 " Long river name that starts with a C " River Bridge into rt.78 going north on the freeway, Ft.Myers is the fastest and now tallest city on the Southwest coast,
taller towers than Sarasota,
and I wanted someone to take pictures and prove it,
and Florida Future:) ,my friend and Tampa Bay master came up with some pics of the New Downtown Ft.Myers:cheers:
 

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Holy mother of... I had no idea Ft Myers had grown so much!!!
Yep. Fastest growing metro area in Florida last year. Thirds fastest growing metro area in the NATION between 2000 and 2006. Fastest growing school district in the state as well. We added nearly 30,000 residents to the county last year alone.

On a side note, RSW has direct service to both Munich (2x weekly) and Dusseldorf Germany (3x weekly) as well as Toronto. It gets more action than most people think.
 

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Yep. Fastest growing metro area in Florida last year. Thirds fastest growing metro area in the NATION between 2000 and 2006. Fastest growing school district in the state as well. We added nearly 30,000 residents to the county last year alone.

On a side note, RSW has direct service to both Munich (2x weekly) and Dusseldorf Germany (3x weekly) as well as Toronto. It gets more action than most people think.
IN FLA:) , my friend,
very so true in your report post here,
the Regional South West " RSW " airport is one of the most recently beautiful new airports in the nation, built far away from the southwest cities so the F.A.A. doesn't have to limit the downtown Ft. Myers skyscrapers heights, yes.:cheers:

but, IMO:nuts: , the only problem I see and very pissed off every month I travel I-75 to visit my daughter in Brandon near Tampa is
The Still after 20 something years:nuts: ,
it's still a 4 lane expressway ( 2 lanes on each side ) from the Aligator Alley mile marker 104 , all the way up to Venice , Fla. Mile marker 201 , except for the Charlotte/Punta Gorda River Bridge which was widen to 6 lanes ( 3 on each side ) some years back:eek:hno: .

I know so far, its a rush hour's nightmare each time we get caught on friday afternoons going through the Ft. Myers to Naples area.
But , I also know there's No plans what so ever to widen any part of this over growing area of the Interstate.

If you live in this area , please let all of us know, if there;s ever going to be a widening taken place. Especially around the Airport and Germain Arena Interchanges,

thanks In FLA<:)
your input is needed:cheers:
 

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IN FLA:) , my friend,
very so true in your report post here,
the Regional South West " RSW " airport is one of the most recently beautiful new airports in the nation, built far away from the southwest cities so the F.A.A. doesn't have to limit the downtown Ft. Myers skyscrapers heights, yes.:cheers:

but, IMO:nuts: , the only problem I see and very pissed off every month I travel I-75 to visit my daughter in Brandon near Tampa is
The Still after 20 something years:nuts: ,
it's still a 4 lane expressway ( 2 lanes on each side ) from the Aligator Alley mile marker 104 , all the way up to Venice , Fla. Mile marker 201 , except for the Charlotte/Punta Gorda River Bridge which was widen to 6 lanes ( 3 on each side ) some years back:eek:hno: .

I know so far, its a rush hour's nightmare each time we get caught on friday afternoons going through the Ft. Myers to Naples area.
But , I also know there's No plans what so ever to widen any part of this over growing area of the Interstate.

If you live in this area , please let all of us know, if there;s ever going to be a widening taken place. Especially around the Airport and Germain Arena Interchanges,

thanks In FLA<:)
your input is needed:cheers:
UH!! You are so right. They are making plans and have already begun to widen it to six lanes in some places. Eventually it is going to be widened to ten lanes. The big problem down here is that they want to add toll lanes. Since the Expressway Authority involves both Lee and Collier Counties, both counties have to agree on a plan. Lee wants six toll lanes and Collier wants four. I personally like Collier's plan better. Six is too many. If they can get the funds then I-75 will be widened to 10 lanes by 2015. However, it is no secret that this area of Florida is by far the most shunned region by the State Government. They never give us any money. So right now it is a money issue. It is definatley being widened to six though as we speak. They are also building an interchange strictly for the airport. Also, the airport is already planning to add an extension to the middle concourse which will add more airplane gates. They are also developing an airport business park where the old terminal was. The interchange on Alico is pretty close to completion as well.
 

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I should add the Page Field General Airport is building a new terminal that looks AWESOME!! I've never seen a general aviation terminal like it. They have full size model planes hanging from the ceiling and it will even have a restaurant in it. I saw the renderings on T.V. but I haven't been able to find them online.
 

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No dedicated International Terminal and here's why. B/C there are a lot of airline alliances now, and if the terminal only has gates for say BA, Virgin, Aer Lingus, and Lufthansa (and perhaps soon Air France), and you need to take a connecting flight via United, Delta, or American, you would have to go back to the landside terminal to connect to the airside with your connecting flight.

What the new South Terminal will have, is 'contact gates' I think that's how they're called-- where the airside and landside are close together -- like in DFW's terminal... in fact, the South Terminal even looks like an inverted DFW terminal. There, you can have a Lufthansa gate, go thru customs, keep your luggage, and then connect within the same terminal quickly.

I imagine the new south terminals will all have the international carriers, as well as some domestic carriers as well.

I think MCO has something like 3 BA flights per day and 3 Virgin flights per day. As of 5 years ago and perhaps today, MCO was Virgin's busiest US hub.
 

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Well DFW now has the AirTrain, which makes connecting a breeze. Anyways, yes there a lot of airline alliances now. That's probably one of the reasons why the Delta/US Airways merger failed. Not to mention a whole mishmash of hubs that would have ensued had the merger gone through. Now Delta, Continental, Northwest, Air France, KLM, and (stupid) Aeroflot are with SkyTeam. US Airways and United are with Star Alliance, and American, Aer Lingus, and British Airways are with OneWorld.
 

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I think MCO has something like 3 BA flights per day and 3 Virgin flights per day. As of 5 years ago and perhaps today, MCO was Virgin's busiest US hub.
British Airways only has one flight a day to Orlando, while Virgin typically has 24 flights a week. New York City-JFK is, not surprisingly, Virgin's busiest US station.
 

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You left out SANFORD-ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL in Sanford at: SFB
1,645,989 passengers last year

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