Right at the moment...off the top of my head
...there is really only one marina that I can think of that meets your needs.... Centennial Marina in Fort Myers
It is to the west of the bridges, about 200 yards or so... Actually its called "Legacy Harbor Marina" now.... I googled it up as Centennial. It probably is still listed as "Centennial" on the charts
It will cost you above $15 a foot, and $130 a mo liveaboard
, plus electricity is metered, and sales tax on all of it. If your stick is higher than ?? feet, there is a problem getting under the bridge to get to the city marina or the mooring
field. I am not sure of the US 41 bridge height...so you would have to consult the charts
for the Caloosahatchie River.
That is the closest marina for your use. There is a marina just the other side of the river..."Marina Town".....and with a 5'+ draft...you would possibly run aground in their channel at high tide. We had our boat in there about 9 years ago....didn't like it....not a good area of town and other asundry reasons. Publix...one of the largest grocery chains in FL closed their store that was about 3 blocks from the marina back around the time we left there....the legal
liability for the number of their customers who were getting mugged in the parking lot got too high.
We live on our trawler
about 30 miles north of Fort Myers
.... and I've been in the area for 12 years....
The problem in the area is this: Developers bought marinas, built condo's around them, made the slips private....shortage of slips.
My advice...and mind you, I'm just playing "devils advocate", on two items is this:
1. Secure a liveaboard slip
in writing and have your deposit it on it before your wife secures the position! You are wanting to secure a slip when it is the busiest time of the year in SW FL, and as you will see if you check the rates for Legacy Marina....the rates are higher Nov 1 thru April 30. You would need to reserve that slip, if they have any available....NOW. They may have standing reservations from people who come back in the winter.
In the marina that I am in....a year or two ago....if you left...and you expected to return to the slip the following winter....you paid for your slip all year...that was the only guarantee you could get.
2. Have your wife get a written contract
from the hospital, stating everything, especially the pay ie, weekly salary or the hourly rate, and benefits. There has been more than one RN and other health care
professionals promised much, and then after getting there and reporting for work....found out that what they were promised verbally has gotten revamped...and where wages are concerned....it usually ends up lower.
The bright side in it all.....
FL's economy is so far in the dumps its pathetic....and even our marina....with 420 slips....has about 170 empty slips at last report. Who knows....maybe the same will be the case in Fort Myers..... The marina I am in is about 30-35 miles away from the Hospital in Fort Myers.....but there are no bridges and at a midtide you could get in and out.... And if you are in the mood to become a real estate tycoon....the recession has triggered massive foreclosures in the area....houses are at bargain prices, and FL has actually experienced a drop in its "population". Google
these words: Foreclosures Fort Myers FL ....and you will find that the biggest business in the surrounding area is trying to sell off all of the foreclosures.... After the summer of 2004 when we had 4 hurricanes hit FL...homeowners insurance
rates went out of sight, and real estate prices soared...people who bought homes got nailed for much higher property taxes
....and with the recession, couldn't hang on to the houses. Many of those were the older retired people with two homes...living off their investments....
I apologize if I gave you any bad news....but I would rather give you some honest information than not.