FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Centennial Park closed at 10:30 p.m. Thursday but that didn't keep protesters from taking part in Occupy Fort Myers. At 11 p.m, police officers arrived at the park and issued tickets.
The protesters were told Thursday to leave the park after six days because they didn't have the correct permits. The city said they needed a policy for liability for $1 million.
For six days, the city has let the rules slide but said Thursday, protesters needed to leave. The city is concerned about something happening to someone inside a city park and they don't want to be held liable. Protesters said its unconstitutional.
Some protesters left at the 10:30 p.m. deadline but others decided to stand their ground. At 11 p.m., several protesters walked up to officers and said they were planning to stay at the park and then they were given tickets.
Lt. Jay Rodriguez with the Fort Myers Police Department, told WINK News that they would issue tickets for $135 to protesters who decided not to leave the park. Those who were given tickets could stay in the park, but would be showing their tickets to police before they could stay.
Rodriguez said the chief of police and the mayor will meet on Friday to figure out what to do next.