Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging & Development announced Jan. 8 the former Harborside Event Center will reopen later this year as the Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater. Located in downtown Fort Myers, adjacent to the 243-room Luminary Hotel & Co., the fully renovated Caloosa Sound Convention Center will feature 40,000 square feet of function space, including a riverfront terrace. An additional 8,000 square feet of adaptable indoor and outdoor function space will be available at Luminary Hotel, expected to open August 2020.
“We’re excited to reveal the newly-named Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater, which takes its name from the Caloosahatchee river bordering the property,” said Bob Megazzini, general manager of Luminary Hotel & Co. “Once the renovation is complete, the new center will add to the excitement of the growing downtown, helping to put Fort Myers on a new level as a destination city for business and tourism.”
The Caloosa Sound Convention Center renovations include major updates to the interior and exterior of the building, including a new roof, windows and exterior walls. Numerous public spaces throughout the venue have also been updated to improve accessibility, add more flexible and transformable spaces, and elevate design aspects. New to the center is a ground floor space that was reconfigured to add more boardrooms, administrative offices which have been added on the second floor, and a new riverfront terrace with breathtaking view of the Caloosahatchee.
According to Megazzini, an announcement about the new amphitheater will be made soon, including details on the design and projected opening date.
Opening in August 2020, the riverfront Luminary Hotel & Co. will soar 12 stories above downtown Fort Myers as the area’s first hotel in the prestigious Autograph Collection of Marriott International. More than a hotel, Luminary will serve as a hub of excitement and discovery – a focal point where locals and travelers tap into the collective energy of a city, and a story, begun by a brilliant cast of audacious local luminaries. Luminary Hotel & Co. will be home to the signature Silver King Ocean Brasserie, Beacon Social Drinkery rooftop lounge, Ella Mae’s Diner with a separate street level entrance, a coffee roastery located in the lobby, The Workshop culinary theater, an indoor and outdoor fitness facility, retail space and a spacious pool area on the fourth floor overlooking the Caloosahatchee River.