Gulf Coast Center

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Gulf Coast Center
Opened 1960
Closed 2010
Current Status Closed
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Fort Myers, FL
Alternate Names
  • Sunland Training Center, Fort Myers


In 1960, the second Sunland Training Center opened in Fort Myers, thereby giving Florida institutes at both the north and south ends of the state (Nourse, 2010). Despite the growing awareness of and attitudes toward the shortcomings of large institutional settings, the state Division of Retardation was primed for a rapid expansion of facilities for the mentally retarded.