Fort Myers is the county seat and commercial center of Lee County, Florida. The city is one of two major cities that make up the Cape Coral‐Fort Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area, the other being Cape Coral.
Established in 1886, Fort Myers is the historical and governmental hub of Lee County. It is the gateway to the Southwest Florida region, which is a major tourist destination in Florida. The winter homes of Thomas Edison (Seminole Lodge) and Henry Ford (The Mangoes), which are both primary tourist attractions in the region, are located on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.