Road closures proposed to create downtown FM entertainment district

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Streets in downtown Fort Myers could be closed every weekend to create a special entertainment district.

Four blocks in the heart of the area could become a pedestrian-only zone from Friday night through Sunday morning.

Currently, the city closes streets at least two weekends a month during a time where people are allowed to walk around with open wine and beer containers.

The proposed area extends through Hendry Street from Bay Street to Main Street, and First Street from Jackson to Dean Street. Thirty-six parking spots would be lost in the process.

One visitor worries about long walks from parking garages, but doesn’t want to just dismiss the plan.

“If they provide a place for people to park, maybe run a shuttle,” said Jennifer Kerle.

Some merchants oppose the idea.

“It would limit the amount of people who come here, as well as the elderly because they can’t park far,” said Lynn Routhier, owner of Enjewel.

The idea first has to be approved by the advisory board, and later, by the City Council.

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