|Published:||Dec 01, 2010 3:34 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 30, 2010 10:03 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A local convenience store that has been under fire with concerns of crime and illegal drug sales was allowed to stay open, but have a list of regulations they must abide by for the next year.
Pops Grocery, on Martin Luther King Blvd. just east of Veronica Shoemaker Blvd., has been put on probation for the next 12 months by the city of Fort Myers.
Nearly 5 hours of testimony at city hall from community members praising the store most likely saved the store from being shut down.
The store had been considered a nuisance after over 100 police calls to the location this year, and an investigation that alleged drug deals during daylight hours.
The city has given the owners a list of orders to comply with, which include allowing police to tap into newly installed security cameras, hiring private security and being subject to random police check-in's.
If the store fails to comply it could be shut down for a year.