A Fire Kindles our Gratitude
In 1962, what is now known as Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, opened its law offices in downtown Fort Myers. It took over the northeast corner of Main and Broadway in what was prior to that a jewelry store. In 1979, the firm expanded north on Broadway by acquiring a two-story multi-office building that was then known as the Belmar Building. The firm remodeled the building and consolidated it with the existing building. The law firm has continuously done business at the expanded location since then.
Last year on April 27, 2016, a power line fell on the building after a downtown transformer blew causing a fire to start on the roof, within the walls, and the ceiling of the law office building. Though the fire was quickly contained and extinguished, more than half of the north end of the building was damaged; including all of what was once the Belmar Building. Thankfully no one was injured although there were people in the building when the fire started.
Restoration crews were out in full force the next day and now, almost a year later, construction is just about 100% complete. So now we want to say “THANK YOU” to those who have been on this journey with us.
First and foremost, thank you to the Fort Myers Fire Department and the three other fire departments that assisted us on that fateful evening. Without your quick and efficient response to our emergency we could have suffered a much larger loss.
Thank you to all our downtown neighbors who have been surrounded by the construction debris and the inconveniences this might have caused you. Working in and around construction is not an easy task, but our downtown neighbors have shown us the spirit we have come to cherish in the River District.
Next, we would like to thank our employees. Due to the location of the fire, the entire north end of our building was damaged—both upstairs and downstairs. Many of our staff temporarily moved to different locations or shared small spaces with co-workers in the interest of continuing to serve our clients. We will forever be thankful no one was injured and continue to be grateful for the hard work and support of our attorneys and staff.
Last, but not least—we would like to thank you, our clients. Your unfailing support for our firm has not gone unnoticed and remains one of the reasons we strive to continue to provide you with the best representation in our legal community.
One year ago—a fire changed our building; however, it did not change our business. Our commitment to our community has remained the same as it has been for over 50 years and will remain that way.