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City of Bonita Springs
—  City  —
Bonita Beach

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Nickname(s): Gateway to the Gulf
Location in Lee County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 26°20′59″N 81°47′27″W / 26.34972°N 81.79083°W / 26.34972; -81.79083Coordinates: 26°20′59″N 81°47′27″W / 26.34972°N 81.79083°W / 26.34972; -81.79083
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Lee
Established 31 December 1999
Government
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Ben Nelson Jr
Area
 - Total 41.0 sq mi (106.2 km2)
 - Land 35.3 sq mi (91.4 km2)
 - Water 5.7 sq mi (14.8 km2)  13.95%
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (July 1, 2007)
 - Total 42,268
 Density 1,057.3/sq mi (358.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 34133-34136
Area code(s) 239
FIPS code 12-07525[1]
GNIS feature ID 0279207[2]
Website http://www.cityofbonitasprings.org

Bonita Springs is a city in Lee County, Florida, United States. The population was 32,797 at the 2000 census. According to the July 1, 2007 U.S Census estimates, the city had a population of 42,268.[3] It is part of the Cape CoralFort Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography and climate

Bonita Springs is located at 26°20′59″N 81°47′27″W / 26.349654°N 81.790937°W / 26.349654; -81.790937.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 106.2 km² (41.0 mi²). 91.4 km² (35.3 mi²) of it is land and 14.8 km² (5.7 mi²) of it (13.95%) is water.

The city is located on both Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The area referred to as Bonita Beach is located on a road-accessible barrier island (Little Hickory Island) that lies between the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay. The Imperial River flows through the downtown district of the city and empties into Estero Bay.

The city is the northernmost city on the west coast of Florida that has a tropical climate, having a mean January temperature of 65 °F (18 °C). (Fort Myers Beach directly to the north has a January mean of 64 °F (18 °C) which gives it a subtropical climate).

Points of interest

  • Art League of Bonita Springs - an arts organization that hosts both local and traveling art exhibitions, arts classes and other community events. (Website)
  • Bonita Beach Park - a 2.5-acre (10,000 m2) beachfront park that features a boardwalk and swimming area. Sand dunes and coastal vegetation surround a gazebo and 8 picnic shelters. (Website)
  • Barefoot Beach Preserve Park - is 342 acres (1.38 km2) of natural land and one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida's southwest coast. It is located on the border of Collier and Lee Counties and accessible by Bonita Beach Road. (Web Site).
  • Little Hickory Island Beach Park
  • There are also 10 beach accesses with public parking located up and down Bonita Beach.
  • The Everglades Wonder Gardens features a large collection of Florida wildlife including exotic birds, panthers, alligators, flamingos and bears. The facility, originally opened in 1936 as both a wildlife exhibition and a refuge for injured animals, also boasts a botanical garden and a natural history museum.
  • The Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track is located in Bonita Springs.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 32,797 people, 14,807 households, and 10,276 families residing in the city. The population density was 358.8/km² (929.4/mi²). There were 23,329 housing units at an average density of 255.2/km² (661.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.51% White, 0.36% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 7.87% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.12% of the population.

There were 14,807 households out of which 14.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.54.

Sunset over the bay in Bonita Beach

In the city the population was spread out with 13.9% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 19.8% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 31.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54 years. For every 100 females there were 104.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,603, and the median income for a family was $53,436. Males had a median income of $31,227 versus $25,358 for females. The per capita income for the city was $37,958. About 3.5% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Bonita Springs is served by the Lee County School District. (Web Site)

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Colleges and universities

Transportation

Airports

Major highways

Mass transportation

Fixed-route bus and trolley service is provided by the Lee County Transit Department, operated as LeeTran (Web Site).

Rail

Seminole Gulf Railway (Web Site) owns and operates a line which passes through the city. The company offers freight service and local, daytime excursions.

Media

Newspapers

Bonita Springs is served by local editions of the Fort Myers News-Press and Naples Daily News.

Radio

The metropolitan area is home to 32 radio stations. With an Arbitron-assigned 836,700 listening area population, the metropolitan area of which Bonita Springs is one part ranks 61/300 for the spring of 2009. Arbitron Standard Radio Market: Ft Myers-Naples-Marco Island.[5]

Bonita Springs Official Concert Band

The Bonita Springs Concert Band was an out growth of a concerted effort by a group of interested persons who, in early 2007, began exploring the idea of forming a new musical organization to be located in the Bonita Springs area. A meeting was held with the officials of the City of Bonita Springs who were enthused about the project and offered the band an opportunity to perform in the City's Band Shell located in Riverside Park. [1]

Their free concerts are held in the Band Shell on Sundays October through April under the direction of Dr. Dennis Hill. [2]

Bonita Beach, as seen from the Gulf of Mexico.

Television

Nielsen Media Research designated market area: Ft. Myers-Naples.[6]

2008 - 2009 estimate U.S. rank: 62/210 (509,530 TV Homes)

Sister city

Weather

Hurricane Wilma made landfall south of Bonita Springs on Monday, October 24, 2005.

Hurricane Charley made landfall just north on Friday, August 13, 2004.

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