Luminary Hotel & Co. Unveils Name for Neighboring Convention Center

Harborside Event Center Rebranded as Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater

FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 15, 2020) – Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging & Development announced today 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 highly anticipated 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, Florida, 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.

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Mainsail Lodging & Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean. Their property portfolio includes four Autograph Collection hotels: Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (, a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands; the boutique, food-focused Epicurean Hotel ( in Tampa, Florida; Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club ( on Anna Maria Island, Florida; and the historic Fenway Hotel ( in Dunedin, Florida; as well as Mainsail Beach Inn (, a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida and The Karol Hotel (, the first Tribute Portfolio hotel in Pinellas County, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast under its Mainsail Corporate Housing brand, as well as exclusively managing the Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee markets for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® ( and Oakwood® ( brands. Mainsail Lodging also manages a portfolio of private vacation homes through its Mainsail Vacation Rentals ( offered on Homes & Villas by Marriott International. Additional future projects include Luminary Hotel & Co. ( in Fort Myers, Florida; Epicurean Atlanta Midtown; an Autograph Collection hotel in Roswell, Georgia; a 128-room Residence Inn in conjunction with an indoor sports complex in Pasco County, Florida; and a historic boutique hotel in Macon, Georgia. Mainsail Lodging’s corporate charity is Feeding Tampa Bay, the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community. Mainsail actively supports the cause through a variety of employee and guest programs ranging from packing and sorting at the warehouse, to annual events such as the Epic Chef Showdown. Learn more at

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