Fort Myers nightclub adds security ahead of closing in July

Reporter: Gina Tomlinson Writer: Jack Lowenstein
Credit: WINK News

A troubled nightclub in Lee County is expected to close this summer. But until then, added security has been hired for more safety, since there has been a list of incidents that gave the business a bad reputation.

Fly Lounge in Fort Myers hired new security to keep an eye on the bar and activity in the parking lot until it closes July 31.

“There was fights, and there was police problems,” Gene Burns said.

Fly Lounge promised to close its doors this summer after several violent incidents involving guns, drugs, street brawls and even a fight that put a Fort Myers police officer in the hospital happened on its turf.

“It’s very concerning,” Burns said. “It’s where my daughter won’t even take her children out anymore to have fun because they’re always afraid somethings going to happen.”

The activity at the nightclub has sacred off business from The Ranch, a next-door country bar know for evens, music and line dancing.

“Especially with summer here, and there’s so many kids, that when they come out,” Burns said. “They usually leave at 10:30, and that’s kind of when that kind of element gets here,” said.

The club’s landlord forced Fly lounge to add security to keep watch. We called to ask the owner of Fly lounge if he plans to move to a new location, but he hung up on us.

“Just go to an adult area that there’s no kids around,” Burns said. “That’s all were asking.”

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