FORT MYERS, Fla. - It's the same progressive chants we've heard throughout the country, but this time in historically conservative Southwest Florida. For the second consecutive weekend, Fort Myers was "occupied."
The national "Occupy" movement is just what Kathy Michaels wanted to join. The Fort Myers woman protested the Vietnam War in the 60's.
"We're, quite frankly, fed up with how the government is running," said Michaels.
The boisterous crowd marched and chanted down first street in the River District, Saturday afternoon. Activists made a stop at the Wells Fargo bank downtown. The Corporate Banking Giant received $25 Billion in the bailout.
"We want more out of our government and to actually let the people govern the county, not the corporate America which has been doing it," said Antoinette Moore of Fort Myers who was protesting in front of City Hall.
The largest critique of the occupiers is they don't have a message. Governor Rick Scott mentioned the same thing. The Governor says he's pleased to see "people getting involved," but he's not sure what they're message is.
"Over time, I'm sure, they would get more organized," said Scott, who skipped the two occupy events in Southwest Florida and instead volunteered at Koreshan State park in Estero.
Scott says the occupy movement hasn't established itself as a political force.
"We've been waiting, our time has come," said Michaels as she marched through First Street, "we will have an impact on the elections."