FORT MYERS, Fla.--For the past 25 years, most of the visitors to southwest Florida from the eastern seaboard were Boston baseball fans who flooded this once-quiet community every spring to get an early look at the latest rendition of their beloved Red Sox. A Midwest flavor was added with the arrival of the Minnesota Twins in 1991. Now, relocating baby boomers and other second-home buyers looking for more affordable property and a laid-back atmosphere have targeted the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida, turning the five-county area between Sarasota and Naples into one of the fastest-growing areas of the country. Three of those counties--Charlotte, Lee and Collier--are projected to lead the state in percentage of population growth over the next 15 years, growing by more than 70 percent with a r...
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