Drive through downtown Fort Myers, and you will find: four intersections that suddenly have become four-way stops. The city conducted a study of traffic in recent months, and concluded, there are enough vehicles and pedestrians to justify new signs.
"I think it's a good thing. We need to slow down traffic so people will see the stores along the streets, and find parking. It's also much safer for our pedestrians," said Lynn Routhier, owner of a business on First St. in downtown.
Council member Forrest Banks told WINK: "It's all about pedestrian safety. Some people are not always paying attention, they are looking at the stores and so on, and they may step into the street or intersection. It can be dangerous. We just need to slow things down a little bit."
But people who dine or drink on the sidewalks along the streets, are not so pleased. Tamsin Moore of Cape Coral told us, she nearly had to leave her table, because a truck at a new stop sign, put out so much exhaust. "It was this plume of smoke coming at us. I could not eat. It was disgusting," she told WINK.
Kevin Piotrowicz complained about the noise at the new stops. "A truck came to the stop, then had to rev up to go again. It was so loud, we could not carry on a conversation. We had to stop talking and just wait for the noise to go away," he said.
Council member Banks says if the problems persist for outdoor diners, the city may have to look again at the matter. For now though, it's slower going through downtown Ft. Myers.