Published: Nov 15, 2010 12:47 PM EST
Updated: Nov 15, 2010 9:47 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Downtown Fort Myers bar owners are taking their case Monday to the City Council for staying open later.

They want what's called a "soft closing." The bars would still stop serving alcohol at 2 am but have until 3 am to empty all the customers outside.

Raymond Allen from the Indigo Room says that, "it gives you a bit more freedom at the end of the night to make plans to get home safely and not force everyone out onto the streets at the same time."

The bar owners believe that your safety and the safety of police officers will increase with the soft closing. Between 600 and 800 people often end up outside at 2 am under the current system. "There's a mass exit," Steve Blasucci of Morgan House says, "and trouble prevails."

The City Manager is recommending against the soft closings. You can add your opinion at the meeting today before it gets voted on. The meeting starts at 4:30 in the City Council Chambers on Second Street.