Published: Sep 27, 2010 3:26 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 26, 2010 11:16 PM EDT

ESTERO, Fla. - Lee County leaders are set to decide whether or not to change a long-standing rule banning bars that aren't a part of a restaurant, potentially increasing businesses and options for customers.

As it stands, stand alone bars are not allowed in the area - but leaders could vote on changing that in mid-October.

The change could bring in new bars and customers to the area.

"Any business that can come to Estero and bring potential new customers to Estero or people to the community is good for us," said Peter Ennis, owner of Beef 'O' Brady's in Estero.

A slumping economy is one factor driving the discussions - as leaders try and think of ways to not only bring people into the area... but keep them there as well.

"You have to drive 30 minutes this way or 30 minutes that way rather than just 1 area," said Derrick Morse.

Leaders are set to vote on changes to the rule during a board of commissioners meeting on October 18th.